The wasteland was never done like this before. Fallout 3 set the bar for open world games when these were starting up. Join me as I reminisce on such a masterpiece of a game which provided many days of much needed entertainment.
Since then I’ve enjoyed games like Rage, Wasteland and The Last of Us, games I would not be interested in because of the game theme and location.
Fallout 3 had a great main story, in my opinion, with great set pieces and memorable side quests. I will never forget playing through the section of the game where the Enclave takes away your equipment (“The American Dream”), this part of the game was a lot of fun to play through, especially when you reach the section of the game where you can hack a terminal and release a Deathclaw to wreak havoc. This mission was a little weird because they take you in as a prisoner but take your cuffs away and let you roam around the Enclave. Pretty much I grabbed my equipment and continued to do what I did best in Fallout, stealth kill just about everybody in this spot.
I was a little disappointed with the ending of Fallout 3, because I beat the game before the expansion pack that allowed you to continue playing, remember when PC DLC was called expansion packs… I’m getting old. I did enjoy the final mission, running behind that giant robot and watching it shoot massive amounts of damage was definitely worth it, but I didn’t know that whatever choice you made in the end would not allow you to continue playing like you would in Morrowind. So I went on my merry way and chose to not purify the water and then that was it, see the ending and then… game over. I had barely done any of the side quests; I had not even scratched the surface of this game. I immediately loaded a previous save file and went on my way to take care of the game side missions.
My favorite side mission from Fallout 3 was “Those!” this was the mission where you clear out the fire ants and fight your way to the fire ant queen. I loved this mission since I did it at a relatively low level and it presented a good challenge. Once I cleared out the streets and sacked the outside, I worked my way to the queen. They let you make a decision here where you can let the queen live or kill the queen. It was tough for me because I really needed the experience, but I chose to get the enhancement and continued on.
As I played through the side missions it had come to my attention that I could actually have two humanoid characters walking alongside me. This came at a cost, you had to get rid of your loyal dog companion “Dogmeat”. To me then it was an obvious choice, I created a save file, took Dogmeat to the backyard while wielding a shotgun and bye bye Dogmeat. I didn’t know about the puppies perk but I never cared for it. Now I think back on it and I never really experienced Fallout with Dogmeat as my companion, I felt like I missed out on something.
When the expansion packs came out I had to get them, the fact they allowed you to go to a higher level was enough incentive to get them. I really enjoyed Point Lookout; it was so different when compared to the other locales. The difficulty for these expansions was also significant, possibly the best way to approach them was Broken Steel, Operation Anchorage, Mothership Zeta, The Pitt and Point Lookout. Point Lookout for me was the hardest one but it was a lot of fun to play, especially since it begins on a high note where you are clearing out Desmond’s Mansion from invaders, a lot of invaders. This mission set the tone of what to expect for the rest of Point Lookout.
Fallout 3 was a great experience and I enjoyed this game, especially since I played it during my time in college during my free time. I didn’t have a lot of money so the fact that this game had a lot to offer meant a lot to me. Especially since the experiences it provided were on point and a lot of fun to play through. I don’t regret spending all these hours playing Fallout 3 instead of other games. Fallout 3 provided a fun sandbox that allowed players to explore wherever they wanted at their whim and play whatever style they wanted to play, which meant a lot to me then since I selectively chose how to spend my time in Fallout and I always came out having fun in each play through.