War never changes, but Fallout has.
The Escapist previews Fallout 3 and looks at some of changes and familiar elements in a 45-minute gameplay demo.
Highlights of the preview that may be of particular interest to fans of the original Fallout:
-The Pip-Boy, character stat system, and aiming mechanic of the original Fallout have been faithfully updated.
-The combat is not turn-based but uses the VATS (Vault-tec Assisted Targeting System) to allocate action points and target specific body parts.
-The atmosphere, humor and gore of the original Fallout world have survived, albeit in first-person 3D.
-NPCs feel more like Bethesda's than Black Isle's, but dialogue options are hilarious and wonderful.
-The game world changes and evolves more like Bethesda's than Black Isle's: the protagonist's decisions and actions have more impacts on the world in Fallout 3 than in the original Fallout.
-The world is more immersive and feels less isolated and alienated than the original Fallout.
-It is still very much like Oblivion meets Fallout, but the demo did not disappoint the reviewer.
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