When Bethesda Softworks announced their plans to develop Fallout 3 back in 2004 many die-hard fans had their doubts that it could live up to the high standards set by previous Fallout games. After all, they were changing the core gameplay format from a traditional turn based RPG into a real-time action RPG. While doubts may have eased since then, in all but a few nostalgic, hard-core fans, the question of whether the final game would live up to the months of building expectations still remained. With the release of Fallout 3, any remaining doubts can be put to rest and the game summed up in a single word. Fantastic.