Why can't I get into Fallout 3...?

Discussion in 'Console Games' started by Taustin Powers, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. Taustin Powers macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2005
    Is there something wrong with me?

    My wife and I had fun creating the character and were really looking forward to this game. Now, just a few short hours in, we are barely motivated to play it. The pacing is so slow, the characters unconvincing, our own character is soulless due to having no voice, the combat controls are clunky, the world is grey and very samey (so far?), it takes forever to do anything... I know there is 100+ hours of gameplay in there, but right now that's almost a negative, cause it feels like a chore.

    This is supposed to be one of the greatest games ever made - what are we missing? Is it too soon, do we need to get further into the story? Have we just been ruined by games like Mass Effect, Uncharted and The Last of Us? Hell, even The Cave had a stronger emotional impact on us than this one so far.

  2. Janichsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 23, 2006
    No, nothing's wrong with you. Just because for other people Fallout 3 or other Bethesda RPGs are the best thing evah, it does not mean you have to feel this way, too.

    I'm somewhat in the same boat as you: I have seriously tried to get into almost every Bethesda RPG of the last 15 years or so, but none of them managed to grasp me, no matter if Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim or Fallout 3. Fallout 3 probably was the one I put the most time into (20 hours or so) before giving up, mostly for the same reasons as you: a bland, not really believable world,* horrible NPCs, copied and pasted locations (including whole "dungeons"), an uninvolving and easily ignorable plot, clunky combat…

    (* For instance, for a irradiated and desolate desert wasteland filled with dangerous monsters, it's completely unbelievable how many people you meet out there…)

    The same applies basically to all of Bethesda's RPGs, including Skyrim.
  3. foobarbazqux macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2014
    Nope, there's nothing wrong with you. I also was never really into the Fallout games. The main thing that kills it for me is how boring/bland/ugly/grey the world is, not that I'd really expect anything different in a post-apocalyptic setting. It makes me not want to explore anywhere because it all looks the same.

    I much prefer the Elder Scrolls games.
  4. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Good topic. I really want to get into Fallout too. My girlfriend is a fan of the series (has all the collectors editions, 200 hours+ into each). I've got them too on Steam but there's something that is stopping me from playing. It should be perfect for me but it isn't, or rather I haven't found the hook yet.

    I played a lot of Skyrim, though.
  5. VI™ macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2010
    Shepherdsturd, WV
    Do the quest! Without those, the game is nothing. Most of the fun and quirkiness from the Fallout series is from the characters and the quest, otherwise you're running around a desolate wasteland.

    There's some variety in there like running around DC and seeing the landmarks and recognizing other thing if you actually live near the area, but other than that, it's pretty bland if you don't actually interact with other people.
  6. Th3taJ macrumors member


    Jul 14, 2014
    Milford, NH

    Given the genre, I should enjoy everything about fallout. However, despite liking everything about the game's lore and design, I'm really not a big fan of actually playing the game. It's hard to explain, but I've dedicated hundreds of ours in Skyrim and it's one of my favorite games. Maybe it's the difference in age...I'm really not sure.
  7. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
    Wow, great topic!

    I am totally with you, OP. In fact, I've doubted my feelings given the love this game gets, and have tried this game from scratch three times now, each time getting a few more hours in. My last effort had over 25 hours logged, and I just . . . stopped playing. I literally just set the controller down and decided it just wasn't happening with this game.

    Unlike other posters here, though, I am totally sold on Skyrim. I probably have about 300 hours logged on that one, and if they release another in the series, I'll be doing it again.

    Besides the terribly ugly/bland/repetative landscape others have mentioned, I really took offense at the NPCs. Most of the voice acting just doesn't work. So many of the female characters are voiced with this incredibly irritating 1950s over-the-top cheerfulness, and if that was trying to be a statement given the situation, it missed the mark for me. The sequence in the vault (which I have gone through three times) doesn't make sense and just doesn't flow well. I don't want to kill the overseer, why would I? He's my best friend's father, and was a cult-like father figure for me my whole life, and I'm going to kill him because of an unexplained "catastrope" I wake up to? What-evs.

    Right now, I'm having way too much fun with Borderlands 2 to care about Fallout.

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