I did my homework, in the form of a search of this forum. yes, a thread for this game is late and maybe unnecessary. I digress, as Fallout 3 is probably one of the best games ever made (at least, by Bethesda).
Subject Matter, aka Fallout 3
Fallout 3, as we know it, was released in 2008. It "started" as a Black Isle project set in the Hoover Dam - Las Vegas area (as seen in New Vegas) called "Van Buren." But, this idea went out the window when Black Isle became bankrupt, and sold the rights and wielded it's work on the game to Bethesda. Bethesda threw Black Isle's work in the dumpster, and began building Fallout 3 from the ground up, and it became the first, uhh, first (or third, if you're weird) person 3D game in the entire series. However, a game you might remember called The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion took priority, and Fallout 3 vanished into a place we gamers call
But, fortunately, it was released in 2008, and took the gaming world by storm. It received the Game of The Year award, and became a instant hit with modders. Shortly thereafter, 4 equally-awesome DLC add-ons were released, adding even more awesome characters, weapons, storylines, and locations.
Now, I said this was on of the most awesome games ever. I will list my reasoning(s) on this decision.
-Soundtrack is very consistent with the setting, and is extensive enough to not become repetitive. Believe me, the Soundtrack is a complete pearl. I'll never think of "I Don't Want to Set The World on Fire" the same way again.
-Characters are all interesting and diverse. You'll find enjoyable characters such as Three Dog, to shady characters like Burke in Megaton. The mix of characters and personalities in this game is amusing and never tiring.
-Same goes for armor. weaker armors will always be abundant and reliable, and better things like Power Armor is extremely tough and reliable, but rare and exspensive, requiring a perk to use / wear in the first place.
-Gameplay is fucking fantastic. From the level up sound / music to fighting a running battle with street thugs or hordes of Super Mutants with the Brotherhood of Steel, you will almost (if ever) tire of the gameplay. You will feel terror, you feel inspired, you will feel as though you were fighting alongside an army of Viking badasses against an unending horde of Ghouls and Super Mutants (I may or may not be exaggerating).
-Voice acting is always enjoyable and of the highest quality.
-Quests are plentiful and enjoyable. Fight mutants, explore a ruined city area, rescue stranded Mercs from a mutant-infested chunk of post-apocalyptic Washington D.C., and much much more.
-Locations are plentiful and cleverly woven into the lore. Some are dangerous, some are "safe," others are merely ruined shells of a world that ended 200 years ago.
-Finally, the DLCs, Operation: Alaska, Point Lookout, The Pitt, Broken Steel, and Mothership Zeta. All as good as the base game, adding EVEN MORE QUALITY to the base game, and just as enjoyable.