Jonathan Marx writes:
The current generation of home consoles got off to a flying start with Bethesda Softworks' release of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for Xbox 360. That game brought a graphically-intensive open world that allowed players to experience a more in-depth, Western RPG. In Bethesda's latest title, Fallout 3, many of the lessons learned during the making of Oblivion have been brought to bear. As such, players can expect an absolutely massive world within which to play, explore, make decisions, and, of course, kick some ass!
For those of you unfamiliar with previous Fallout titles, the game takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth that is still reeling from nuclear holocaust and its subsequent aftermath. In the case of Fallout 3, players will find themselves in a decimated Washington D.C. some 200 years after the meltdown of humanity. Within this world, players will find small enclaves of pioneers strewn throughout a landscape rife with iron robots, punk bandits, political factions, and high levels of radiation. I was fortunate enough to get a half hour of game time with this title in Los Angeles last month. At E3 2008, the playable demo featured the game in its entirety, but we had to start from the beginning vault. With just 30 minutes to tool around, I only got to see one outpost of villainy. Nevertheless, it was sufficient to see that this game is going to be loads of fun.