After this weeks latest news from Bethesda, I felt a sudden urge to jump back in to Fallout 3. Reading the timestamp on my latest save file, I was so shocked to see it had been at least five years since I last stepped foot in the Capital Wasteland. Five Years! I can hardly believe it’s been nearly seven long years since the game released. Fallout 3 was one of those games that really resonated with me.

I’ll never forget the first time I walked free from Vault 101, finally liberated and unshackled from a life underground. As a player, looking out onto that horizon for the first time ever, and setting eyes on the outside world, that lonesome wasteland that was to become my playground for the next 200+ hours, that instant sense of pure freedom that was captured in that moment – Wow.

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That Incredible view from the clifftops of Vault 101.

It sent shivers down my spine, knowing that I could literally set off on my own adventure, in any direction I wanted, it totally blew my mind. There was no restraint at all; no matter what dangers lay up ahead it was my choice on where to go, or what to do first. It really was one of them moments in gaming that doesn’t crop up too often.

I’ll never forget the first time I walked free from Vault 101, finally liberated and unshackled from a life underground.

Fallout 3 is one of those games, to me personally, that will never be forgotten. It holds a special place, along with a select few others, that remain dear to me as the years go by.  Whenever I play, I like to play on the hardest difficulty. I love the true survival grit Fallout holds, where running into a group of Raiders can be a matter of life or death.

Having to scavenge on limited supplies, scarce of health pick ups and ammo drops, always making sure to make every bullet count and being tactful about how I approach the next clan of Super Mutants. Never have I felt such accomplishment in a game where the smallest of tasks can become the biggest of victories.

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About to unleash a barrage of gunfire on some unsuspecting super mutants.

The desolate landscape and pure isolation rings true to what a dystopian future may one day appear to be. Exploration just opens up more and more as you find yourself wanting to know more of the lore and history behind the Capital Wasteland.

The sense of curiosity that starts to stir as you set out to seek what loot the next collapsed and crumbling ruins of a building may hold, a building that once stood strong in a time now lost, it keeps you going back for more. If the fear of a lurking Centaur around every corner fills you with dread, it is suddenly lifted by the amazing soundtrack that plays over Galaxy News Radio.

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The environment really is something special, every crack and crevice holds something torn and spat out by the wasteland.

I really can’t express my adoration for the game. I still feel the same excitement now as I did compared to the first time I played it, and I know so many others feel the same way. As I’ve started a new save, I get the same feeling of always wanting to play it wherever I am, the same way you do when you get a new game. Yet this game is years old. I’ve played it through on Xbox 360, PC and PS3 numerous times, and it still feels fresh and exciting every time I play it.

A weekend looks certain to turn into another few weeks, as I find myself wanting to sink more time into the barron lands of Washington, DC. So when Bethesda announced this week that they would be holding their very first E3 press conference this year, you can imagine what video game series I, and many others, straight away pointed towards – Fallout!

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Bethesda’s recent post detailing their conference that’s being held at this years E3 2015.

I can’t even imagine how I would react to the news of another game in the series. I can only dare to dream at this point. But lets hope those dreams, rumours, hopes and speculations ring true, come June.

/ CR

34 thoughts on “A weekend in the Capital Wasteland

      1. That’s what I like to hear. I know many die hard Microsoft/Xbox fans who converted to PS4 when it came out, they haven’t looked back either! It’s definitely the superior platform and most powerful! – yepp, my ID is CreativeRhino add me once you get one 🙂

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  1. Ah, this is definitely something I can relate to. There must be something really special about Fallout 3 that still makes me wanna listen to the OST on a regular basis and imagine I’m strolling across the wasteland, anxiously waiting for that Deathclaw to appear. You can take me out of Fallout, but you can’t take Fallout out of me, ha!

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    1. I think the game resonates with a lot of people in the same way. Ha, Those damn Deathclaws!! I play on the highest difficulty setting so they’re an absolute nightmare when facing off against them. You’re definitely not wrong. Thanks for the follow!

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  2. I haven’t played Fallout 3 or New Vegas yet, but they’re in my Gaming Backlog and I’m looking forward to playing. I love the idea of having a game set in a familiar wasteland. It takes something you know, and shows you what it could be if things go horribly wrong. It’s surreal.

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  3. Great Article! I love Fallout 3, one of my top five all time favorites, despite it’s flaws. One of my favorite things about Fallout 3 is besides the freedom of being able to go anywhere you have the freedom to approach mission the way you want.

    For example if someone has information you need you can bribe them, do something for them, sweet talk them, wait till night and sneak in and steal it, or just kill them and loot the information of their corpse. And that is just an example of one quest. a majority of the time you can avoid certain people all together.

    Fallout 3 gives players unprecedented freedom to forge their own adventure. I have easily over 400 hours and every time I start a new game it feels like a new experience. I am still finding new ways to approach missions, discovering new locations, and meeting new people.

    I am more than ready for a next gen Fallout game. And even though I didn’t like Fallout New Vegas at first, it is starting to grow on me. But New Vegas is no Fallout 3, Fallout 3 is in a league of its own. The fact that it’s still this good after all these years really show how special this game is.

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    1. I totally agree with you. Also on the points you’ve made, I think being able to take on different missions at different times is another great feature.. not only that but having consequences to your actions. Such as blowing up Megaton, if you do so it totally changes certain outcomes of the game such as not being able to take on certain mission or other character leads.

      I’m totally ready for a new Fallout and will be very surprised if we don’t atleast see any gameplay for one before the end of the year. Thanks for the comment as well as the follow!

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  4. Been reading your blog this morning and I just had to comment on this one because Fallout 3 was the “No Man’s Sky” experience for me. I bought it after I saw the short TV ad they ran (which was just that short “I don’t want to set the world on fire” intro scene. Anyway, I knew nothing about the gameplay, narrative, anything; and I bought it. What a feeling it was when I first stepped out of the vault. You hit the nail on the head there.

    It was amazing to me how there was almost no hand holding either. I went the “wrong way” at first and ended up in Goodwood where I was immediately destroyed by fire ants. Such an amazing game. Thanks for reigniting my desire to play this game. Which I am going to go do right now lol.

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    1. I remember the first time I saw it we were heading off on a family holiday, I usually always bought some kind of gaming magazine for the journeys. I saw Fallout 3 in the preview that month and me and my brother were instantly hooked by what the game entailed.

      We both instantly researched the game when we got home and to our delight it wasn’t long before release. We both loved the game from the get go so when I revisited it last month I just had to write about it, currently still working towards the platinum trophy for the game now! Thanks for reading!

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      1. I’ve always wanted to do a series on my channel called “Scumbag of the wastes” and just be the biggest prick to everyone in the game and make all the “evil” choices. No one would be spared of my scumbaggery. I think you have reignited my desire to finally do it!

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      2. Haha I always save the game and tend to go on an unsaved rampage causing havoc and slaying anyone in my path. It’s so much fun. Good look on your new journey and I think you should definitely make series of that on your channel!

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    2. I did exactly the same thing! I couldn’t believe how hard it was, and then I realised I’d completely missed Megaton. Glad I wasn’t the only one!

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  5. A problem I have with a lot of post-apocalyptic stories is that they end up being largely the same. I know that’s not actually the case, but to me, it seems like a lot of authors use the setting without putting an original spin on the concept or cop out by using real-life history and leaving it at that. That’s why I like the Fallout series so much; it’s very stylistic and has an interesting history to make it stand out from other post-apocalyptic settings. Fallout 3 is an amazing game and is definitely one of my favorite Bethesda titles. The first two Fallout games were great as well.

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    1. The thing is I was thinking about this yesterday, and off the top of my head I fail to think of any open world, post apocalyptic games. That’s why I think it resonates with me so much, exploring the landscapes and digging deeper into the history, lore and to how and why it happened.. I love it. Im still yet to try the first two though. How do they fair? I know they’re quite different in terms of gameplay to the 3rd.

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      1. I think most open-world games don’t take place in post-apocalyptic settings because it would largely defeat the purpose. Exploring a dead world with no one to interact with would be incredibly boring. That’s what makes the Fallout series so great; it’s post-apocalyptic, yet there’s life everywhere you go, making the world feel alive despite its decaying appearance.

        The first two Fallout games do indeed play a lot differently from Fallout 3; rather than the first-person perspective, Fallout 1 and 2 are third-person RPGs that feature turn-based combat. The graphics were good for their time, both games having been released in the late nineties, and they’ve held up reasonably well. They’re shorter and there’s a larger emphasis on the main quest (in fact, the first game has a time limit of a certain number of in-game days). That said, the game doesn’t tell you how to accomplish the main quest. It does give you a chain of hints on how to progress, but you could skip them and finish the main mission quickly if you know how, so there’s still some sense of non-linearity to be found.

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  6. The Fallout series has always been one of my favorites. It consistently manages to floor me, especially when totally random, unscripted but just plain awesome stuff happens. The initial sense of discovery when you first march into the wastes and see just how bloody big it is is nearly overwhelming. The soundtracks for 3 and New Vegas are also incredibly important to the atmosphere, locking you down into the playground they’ve made for you.
    It may be time to cave and go through NV again… Already did 3 not that long ago. And my fingers are likewise crossed that we’ll be seeing Fallout 4 soon. I need something to swallow me up for a month or two. 😄

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    1. That’s exactly what I’m going to do, There’s a few trophies I need to pick up on the Playstation version. Then I’m still yet to play NV on a console as I had it originally on PC first. Both games are brilliant and I really do hope we at least get to set our eyes on a new instalment this year.

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  7. Great post. There was a great sense of freedom, scale and scope – perhaps still unrivaled – along with a real purpose to being in the world. I spent a good 30 hours in the Wasteland before going to speak to Moriarty in NukeTown, just to soak up the atmosphere and the world.

    And then Point Lookout came along and blew the capital wasteland’s atmosphere away!

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    1. I think with the capital wastleand being the first of it’s kind brough something new to the table. It was the first time we were able to traverse a post apocalyptic open world. As opposed to the usual urban or medieval ones shown in other games.

      Ha me too. You sort of created your own adventure before even setting foot in Megaton and you weren’t penalised for doing so.

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      1. Thats the place – not sure why i thought it was called Nuketown (aside from the obvious “this town as a nuke in it” thing).

        I agree with everything you’ve said, it made every nook and cranny worth exploring and it seemed that every location no matter how small had a pre-war story to tell.

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      2. All of this Fallout3 revisiting is making me want to plug that dusty 360 of mine back in – I’ve tried to make a clean break to next gen gaming, but I have those residual tugs that come from such classic and amazing games…

        Now, if Bethesda only uses this press conference for a re-release of Fallout 3 or NV on current gen consoles then I may freak out… not because it wouldn’t be awesome, but because it would not be nearly as awesome (or hotly anticipated) as their next instalment… so pumped!

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      3. I hope there is announcement of a new game in the series, that would seriously make me freak out! Fallout 3 is definitely a game worth dusting the old console down. There was just to many games on my backlog for me to close shut on my old gen consoles yet!

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