Fallout 3

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

  • Huge on content and detail – V.A.T.S. system
  • You won't want to stop

Fallout 3 is an action RPG that has players exploring a massive wasteland in a post-apocalyptic game world. The game was developed by Bethesda Game Studios and released in 2008 for multiple platforms.


There are a total of 5 pieces of downloadable content available for Fallout 3 that each adds new locations, features, enemies and an increased level cap. All of these additional content packs are available in the Fallout 3 Game of The Year Edition which is available (and recommended) on all platforms.

In Fallout 3 players play as an inhabitant from one of the many Vaults that were used as shelters to protect humans from the nuclear war. The player has lived in Vault 101 for their entire life but after the mysterious disappearance of their father decide to leave the vault and investigate further.

While the main quest follows the search for the player’s missing father there are countless side quests and other locations to explore. Players will quickly find themselves lost in the huge game world and even (sadly) forget about finding their father. The game is simply packed full of enemies, NPCs, towns, factions, loot and much more.

Fallout 3 takes players from their very birth (to potential death). Upon birth players are able to use the variety of customisation options to create their own unique character appearance. Customisation continues further before the player eventually leaves the vault; with players choosing their primary attributes as a baby and determining three primary skills after completing the GOAT (a test) at the age of 16.

Throughout the game players earn experience and guide their characters growth through stats, skills and perks which can give each playthrough an entirely different feel. Karma is also an important consideration as you advance through the wasteland and changes how other characters react to you in the game world.


The most notable and unique feature to Fallout though is the V.A.T.S. system which lets players pause combat to target particular enemies and specific body parts. Players can use V.A.T.S. to cripple enemies, blind them or shoot their weapon right of their hand. This system provides an extra level of depth and must be used effectively on the higher difficulty levels to ensure success.

Fallout 3 ticks all the right boxes in the action RPG genre and will have you hooked for hundreds of hours and then a hundred more.


  • HUGE game world to explore with plenty of side quests.
  • Plenty of character customisation.
  • Unique V.A.T.S. system lets you pause real time combat
  • Collect weapons and armor to protect yourself in the wasteland.
  • Grab the Game of The Year Edition for best game experience.



Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on June 13, 2014. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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