Thunderbolt Preview: Fallout 3

Anthony Karge reports:

''Now that E3 has finished and the Los Angeles Convention Center is temporarily a ghost town, the previews of Fallout 3 are all over the place. Bethesda was very keen on letting attendees get quality hands-on time with the Xbox 360 version. Already there are previews glowing about the depth of the world, the incredible setting and the tongue-in-cheek humor. I'm not going to pretend I was able to grasp everything that happened. I didn't just fail to scratch the surface. With only 30 minutes I hardly even touched it.

The demo began inside an underground vault. With the press of a switch, the seal opened and the screen faded to white. This, in addition to the music, suggested something pleasant, like a green field of freshly cut grass. When the world fades back I saw nothing but post-apocalyptic carnage as far as I could see. The environments in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion were undeniably impressive, but the landscapes of lush forests and castle towns have been done many times before. This beautiful decayed landscape has never been done to this scale before.''

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