OXM UK writes: "First we need to say that this is not the game a lot of Fallout fans will have been hoping for, and it's going to be responsible for massed moaning as a result. Things are much simpler and more vicious this time around.
Fallout 3 uses the Oblivion engine, and inside Fallout 3 (just like Oblivion), is a beating heart of dungeons, loot and killing stuff. Sewers, metro stations, other vaults - if it's underground, it's out there and it's full of bad guys who are perfectly content to hang around in the dark waiting for you to come along, slaughter them and take their pants.
Hell, if you're fighting one of the weirder mutants, and you're in a cave, and you're using a melee weapon, you could be playing Oblivion.
The world's rich and interesting now, but also features invisible walls and one broken setpiece. Side quests are much more fun and varied, yet the plot's got a few holes. There are more voice actors, but some are awful and don't get the direction they need. And while radiation and rubble make navigating a puzzle instead of a bore, such obstacles can also turn the more urban corner of the map into a frustrating maze.
It all means that Fallout 3 doesn't quite rank as a true classic, despite its obvious potential: you'll have to settle for it being merely excellent. That's a compromise we're happy enough to make." 9/10