In a way, Fallout 3 is Bioshock for the people who felt let down by Bioshock. Even more than last year's much argued over masterpiece, it's the successor to games from an older, maybe smarter era of PC gaming. Like Bioshock, it's a game that takes inspiration from period style and classic science fiction, and like Bioshock it goes heavy on narrative, dark humour and atmosphere. Also like Bioshock, it transforms many of the conventions and play mechanics of the traditional RPG in order to make a game that appeals to a wider audience. Arguably, Fallout 3 does some of this stuff better.