A bleak, twisted, yet utterly wonderful game.
It's rare that a game can hit the mark in so many different and often conflicting areas. Fallout 3 offers freedom without sacrificing a focused story. It delivers fantastic combat without forgoing a deep role-playing system. The characters you meet are engaging and oftentimes hilarious without feeling out of place in this harsh world. The game has a few flaws -- most of them technical -- but it's a case where the whole is greater than the sum. It's a fantastic game with incredible atmosphere that offers fun in so many different ways that you're almost sure to get hooked. The Game of the Year Edition adds five big expansions to the world. Some of the new additions are better than others, which means those with the game already might simply want to download a couple from Xbox Live and call it a day. If you haven't yet played Fallout 3, this is the disc to own. Stop dragging your feet and give it a shot.
A few bugs and camera issues keep things from perfection. The second disc filled with the downloadable expansions is great, provided you have hard drive space.
The landscapes are wonderful. The character models and animations could be a lot better.
Excellent voice acting and a soundtrack that completely fits the game's mood. The sound effects aren't bad either.
A rare combination of excellent combat and deep role-playing.
Lasting Appeal (9.5/10)
This is one game you won't soon forget. And now there is even more content in the package.