Without grinding out the details too much, I would like to start by stating that Fallout 3 is handsdown the best game to-date for both the Xbox-360 and the Playstation 3. There, I said it. Are you convinced? No? Ok, continue reading then.
Fallout 3 takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland that was once known as Washington D.C. The land has been ravaged by nuclear war. Left behind are small human settlements, camps of rebellious outlaws, dens of hideous monsters, and the absolutely terrifying armies of Super-Mutants.
You are born into this world within what is known as a Vault. These Vaults are self contained constructs that were placed accross the US to protect a small number of citizens from the nuclear aftermath until the time came to emerge and rebuild the Earth that humanity once knew. You emerge from this Vault in search of your father (a brilliant scientist) who has apparently fled to continue his research on what you know only as "Project Purity". And it does not take long for you to begin unfolding a deep story of heroism, corruption, freedom, and mystery.
What I like most about Fallout 3 is that it can really be enjoyed by any gamer. Whether you prefer a wild run-and-gun action based pace or you'd rather a more tactical, stealth-oriented shooter, this game can be played whichever way you like. Fallout takes its gameplay mechanics (both in and out of combat) from one of Bethesda's previous titles called The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. For those of you who have played Oblivion, you will know what I mean when I say that this game is truly versitile. Your character can be molded to adhere to whichever style of gaming you prefer. Skills such as guns, melee weapons, sneak, computer science, and many more can be adjusted as you progress through your character's experience levels to fit your liking.
Fallout 3 plays mainly as a first person shooter, but can also be enjoyed in third-person mode for those of you who would like to oggle at your shiny new armor as you trek across the wastes. The visuals in this game are absolutely stunning. Next-gen graphics with superb lighting effects, realistic terrain textures, and ragdoll physics that will make you want to kill every enemy with a BOOM!!! If these graphics don't impress you, nothing will.
While I stand by my comment that this is the best next-gen console game to-date, I would not recommend it for everyone. This game received a Mature rating for a reason. Fallout 3 is filled with some of the most intese blood & gore that you will ever come across in a game. To put it plainly: do not let a child play this game if they are not ready to handle extreme violence.
For those of you who are now convinced, and ready to go purchase Fallout 3...have fun! This will be a game you won't forget. Not only because of how wonderful it is, but also due to the fact that Bethesda has already released four downloadable content packs for it! I would recommend at least picking up the Broken Steel update for 800 Microsoft Points. A steal for the hours of extra gaming you will get out of it
I would have to say that as a hardcore gamer I am very stingy when it comes to dropping perfect reviews. But, alas, along comes a title that truly deserves the merit. Fallout 3, you are a 10 out of 10!