VideoGamer: Fallout 3 Hands-on Preview

There are a whole bunch of people waiting to get their sticky hands on Fallout 3, and they fall into different categories. Many of you reading this will have little or no experience of the previous games; you've probably been attracted by the growing hype, the unusual setting and the attention-grabbing VATS system. A lot of you will be fans of Oblivion and the rest of the Elder Scrolls series, and some of you will simply be interested in what might be the biggest game of Q4 2008.

Then, of course, there are the Fallout veterans. If you're part of this camp then the chances are that you have strong feelings about this game, either for or against. The Fallout series has had a rocky time of it over the past few years. After the sheer pleasure of the first RPGs in '97 and '99, we were given the slightly odd Fallout Tactics - a reasonable squad-based strategy offering, but a sidestep nonetheless. Next we were subjected to the foul, maggoty turd that was Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, a deplorable bastardization of the license that deserves no further mention here.

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