"Hardcore Fallout fans will either hate Fallout 3 because it's not
Fallout or Fallout 2, or they'll love it because it's still a great game set in one of the best freaking universes ever. If you never played the original games and you like shooter/rpg combinations Fallout 3 is a must buy. Only time will tell if it is as timeless as Fallout or Fallout 2, but there's no question that it's a great game all on its own. You might want to make sure you're ready to give up a large portion of your time though, because once Fallout 3 has you it won't let go for a while."