After the 1980s TV comedy Sledge Hammer! ended its first season by killing off its cast in an massive bomb blast, the second-season première laughed off the cliffhanger with a title card explaining that new episodes would take place "five years before that nuclear explosion." Fallout 3: Broken Steel opens with a different slugline-"TWO WEEKS LATER"-but it's the same sleight-of-hand. Forget that (spoiler alert!) your character gets nuked with a bone-melting flash of radiation at the end of the original game. According to Broken Steel, the Lone Wanderer isn't dead at all, just tired. Those who want to play more Fallout 3 won't question that.