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Fallout 3
Bethesda Game Studios
Windows, PS3, XB360
Fallout: New Vegas
Bethesda Game Studios
Windows, PS3, XB360


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The Fallout series sets a crystal clear example of why you would NOT want to survive an nuclear apocalypse. You will be up against a vast array of human, animal, and mutant enemies spanning over seemingly endless miles of radioactive wastelands, such as post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. and Las Vegas. Fortunately for you, there is a massive assortment of weapons that you find along your journey ranging from sledge hammers to nuclear missiles to help defend yourself. Not to mention, your advanced aiming system, known as V.A.T.S. (Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System), comes in more than handy :-)

We are only going to be discussing Fallout 3 and later tiles in the series. Although the original Fallout and Fallout 2 do have some blood and even a little gore, they are more traditional 2D RPGs (Role-Playing Game) that are rather slow paced and characters are displayed at a long distant view. Also, there simply isn't enough or frequent gore to satisfy us in the first couple installments. So, we are only talking about the fully 3D Fallout games here.

Although the Fallout series are technically RPGs, which aren't typically known for the gore factor, it actually plays like a first/third person shooter, much like the F.E.A.R. or Dead Space series, and delivers one heck of a gory delight. The gore of the Fallout series is best showcased using the unique V.A.T.S. It allows for a close up slow-mo view of the dismemberment of your target. Even though there is actually no torso dismemberment in any of these games, the excellent multi-sectional dismemberment of head and limbs more than make up for it. All limbs can be severed and or smashed depending on the type of damage and force it receives.

For example, if you take a pistol and shoot at your foe's leg it will most likely just sever in a certain spot. In contrast, if you take a big ass super-sledge hammer and smash a leg, it will splatter into a mixed mess of muscle, bone, and blood. It doesn't get much better than taking a shotgun point blank to your enemy's forehead and watching his brain, skull, and even eyeballs scatter about in slow-mo. Seriously though, you haven't seen eyeballs flying around like this since Rise of the Triad. Bodies can also be damaged after the enemy has died, which makes for some great melee limb splattering action.

Fallout 3 and New Vegas utilize the same Havok physics engine. The lighting, models, and textures in both titles are well above average for their time and produce some astounding visuals. Graphics are a bit better in New Vegas, but the gore is practically identical to Fallout 3. The only downfalls are that you will see some odd physic related glitches from time to time and for some ungodly reason, there are no functional vehicles! This means that you are stuck trotting around at a snail's pace over huge distances for hours. Be prepared to spend a LOT of time just walking around. Fortunately though, there are plenty of enemies and other acquaintances along your way to keep you company.

If you haven't played any of the Fallout games, you simply must. The exquisite sensation of bodily dismemberment coupled with extremely deep gameplay will keep you entertained to no end.


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Fallout 3

Fallout: New Vegas

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