Title: Fallout 3
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platform: PC (my specs below)
Intel Core 2 Duo 6750 OC’d to 3.0 ghz
4 GB DDR2 (CAS 15)
Nvidia 8800 GTS 512 (some minor OCing here too)
Windows Vista Ultimate, 64 bit
Progress: 20+ hours on normal, not yet finished the main quest.
Performance: Solid throughout. I didn’t do any true benchmarking; I’m not anal enough to monitor my frickin’ FPS all the time. I only noticed some occasional chug in areas with complex lighting. Settings are on high with 2x AA and (I think) 8x AF. I’m sure additional tweaking on my part could get things running a bit smoother. A more modern GPU (Radeon 4870, or 4850, or the newest nivdia chips) should not struggle at all with this game.
Review: I’m addicted to Fallout 3. When I’m not playing it, I’m thinking about and when I am playing time seems to just disappear. It has been a long time since a game has done that to me. Stalker, came close but it never dominated my out of game thoughts quite as much as Fallout 3 does. That being said I’m going to jump into the negative aspects first because they are there, and they’re glaring. While the game certainly deserves praise for its entertainment value, art direction, and sheer detail I find the mound of perfect/near perfect reviews a bit embarrassing.
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