''Fallout 3 isn't quite the game we were expecting. In theory it should be uncompromisingly excellent. Fallout is the franchise which popularized the nuclear war vibe and helped kick-start open-world role-playing, while Bethesda Softworks' titanic Elder Scrolls games gave that open world three-dimensional flesh. Outside of Natalie Portman and a gallon of whipped cream, we can think of few more desirable pairings.
And yet our recent hands-on time left us mildly perturbed. Something is rotten in the state of post-nuclear America. Bethesda has slam-dunked the experience on many fronts, but somehow we're not quite convinced.''