WorthPlaying writes: "Imagine if 1950s Cold War paranoia and its sci-fi super future mentality had actually succeeded in building its pie-in-the-sky ideals, with white picket fences on every corner and nuclear-powered cars in every driveway. Now imagine it all coming to an end in 2077 as resources run out and war becomes inevitable over the remaining supplies. The bombs fall, sending everything back into the Stone Age and transforming proud monuments of progress into towering ruins. That's Fallout. It's been a decade since Black Isle's Fallout 2 was released for PCs. Now that Bethesda has turned its considerable talents into making Fallout 3 a reality, has it been worth it?
Fallout 3 takes place in the Washington, D.C., area 200 years after World War III had turned most of humanity into irradiated ash in the desperate struggle over the last resources. As a descendant of survivors who were fortunate enough to be in a vault when the bombs fell, your character lives away from the horrors of what the world has become. Your father suddenly leaves one day, and you decide to follow him on an epic adventure facing raiders and irradiated mutants, and you're forced to scavenge for survival through the dust of the past. Welcome to the Wasteland."