‘Fallout 3′ makes gamer excited for latest game

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   “Fallout 3,” Bethesda Softworks. Copyright 2008, rated M for Mature. Available on Xbox 360, PlayStation and PC. Price ranges from $13 and up.

Commentary by Zoe King
Times-News correspondent

   Since the midnight release of “Fallout 4″ on Tuesday, fans of the Fallout series have been avidly tearing into the new game. The new addition to the series was announced via Twitter with a countdown timer on June 2, set to run out that day. On June 3, it was officially announced by Bethesda Softworks that Fallout 4 would soon be making an appearance.
    In anticipation for the new game’s release, my brother and I decided to finally pick up our own copy of “Fallout 3.” We’d heard many good tales of the game from friends, but had never actually played it. I was already a big fan of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, another game by Bethesda Softworks, so I was excited to check out the Fallout series as well and compare the two games.
“Fallout 3″ is set in post-apocalyptic Washington, D.C., in 2077, after a nuclear war has devastated the world. The story of your character begins about 90 years after said war. Humanity has survived by living in vaults underground. Your character has grown up in one of these vaults, but emerges into what’s left of D.C. — known in the game as the Capital Wasteland.
Immediately upon starting the game, I was struck by the similarities in gameplay to Skyrim. This made it easy for me to learn how to play quickly. The storyline was also intriguing, and as you advance through the game you learn more about what happened to the world in 2077 and how people have been forced to change since then. The game is open-world, meaning there is no real linear aspect of the game, and you are set free to do whatever you may choose. This allows for many diverse characters and landscapes just waiting to be met, and that’s one of the things I like best in this game.
Overall, “Fallout 3″ was a captivating and enriching game. I enjoyed the gameplay and the depth of the storyline, and I look forward to seeing the same in “Fallout 4,” along with many other excited fans.

Zoe King is a senior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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