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Fallout 3 vs The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – guns or magic?

  • Fallout 3 has been released for almost a month now and having just finished the game last night I thought I would write my thoughts about this game instead of an actual review. Oh by the way I actually finished the game a little too fast, I still have tons of unexplored places and quests to check out I just didn’t expect to end so fast. Still, I would say I have spent more than 20 hours by going through some of the sub quests along the way.

    Developed by Bethesda Game Studios, Fallout 3 is really similar to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion except this time the story takes place in a post-apocalyptic United States in the year 2277 instead of in the medieval time. So you will be fighting your way through using guns most of the time and occasionally melee weapons like swords, sledgehammer and baseball bats. Graphicwise, while Oblivion looked amazing I think its safe to say that Fallout 3 looks even better because I can really feel I’m in a post-apocalyptic world with almost everything in rubbles, ashes and more than 50% of the time you will be exploring underground places. I don’t see why it shouldn’t be anyway given one was released more than 2 years ago.

    Fallout 3 Screenshot Fallout 3 Screenshot Fallout 3 Screenshot

    Let’s forget about the graphics for a second, I still prefer Fallout 3 over Oblivion because of the time period the story takes place. I much prefer modern to future than going back in time and also prefer guns over magic. So if you don’t have these preferences and you have played Oblivion before then its pretty safe to say you will like Fallout 3 for sure. What I also like about Fallout 3 is the fact that there’s a VAT System which allows you to aim at specific body parts, it also tells you the percentage of success. At first when I saw the trailers demonstrating this system I thought it was going to be an overpowered feature. I can assure you its not because using the system will drain your AP (Action Points) so you can’t really use it again and again over a short period of time without replenishing your AP by using AP healing items. Normally you will have to wait for AP to naturally replenish itself. It might be a bit of an overpowered feature if you are playing on very easy to easy mode. When you are playing in harder difficulties you will need this feature when fighting against multiple enemies.

    Fallout 3 Screenshot Fallout 3 Screenshot Fallout 3 Screenshot

    So I guess my point really boils down to whether you are into this time period or not, provided you played and actually liked Oblivion. Fallout 3 is a must for you if you liked it and either have no preference or are into modern-future time period and/or you prefer guns over magic.

    Fallout 3 Screenshot Fallout 3 Screenshot Fallout 3 Screenshot

    I hope this little article will help you in deciding whether to get this game or not. And I always wonder if there will be a MMO version of either Oblivion or Fallout in the future.

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    This entry was posted on Saturday, November 22nd, 2008 at 5:38 pm


  1. #1 KG
    October 31st, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    I like oblivion better because things are more balanced,the story line and quests are funner,and it is one of the only games that got me felling apart of it. I’ve played fallout 3 before it’s fun but there aren’t many convenient places the post apocalyptic world isn’t as inviting as a land with trees and tall stone buildings which i’m fond of.

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  2. #2 admin
    October 31st, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I am opposite of you, i prefer a story that takes place in modern time. It feels more realistic since we are in modern time. I got oblivion 2 years ago and stopped playing about 2 weeks or so and never got back to it unfortunately.

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  3. #3 rick
    March 29th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    ok i want to start this off by pointing out a major part of this article that i disagree with. the vats system. now yes its fun to use but it is a very “over powered” feature at the beginning it isent but there is a perk which allows the players character to automatically regenerate all Ap if an enemy is killed using vats. lol ok now if you unload a clip on most enemy’s with vats they will die allowing you to kill ALMOST all things without ever leaving vats. ok now back to my point.i have both the games i have completed the main story for both games as well. and i have to disagree i prefer oblivion by far now im not saying fall out is a bad game it is also fun. here are my reasons for liking oblivion more.. the leveling system is much better in oblivion there is no aspect of your character that cant be increased though training however in fall out u simply put points in a few selected categories when you level up. and seeing as how fall out has a much lower level cap this dramatically decreases your ability to make a strong and well rounded character. i also prefer the atmosphere of oblivion the world of oblivion is beautiful creative and inviting not to mention bigger. the fall out world is good to but the whole “everything if destroyed” thing gets really tiring to look at because they no matter where you go it always sticks to the post apocalyptic theme which makes sense i just think it gives everything a similarity that leaves me wanting to see something else. there are many more reasons why i prefer oblivion but i dont want it to seem like i dislike fall out, its a great game with a lot of fun things to do in it and it did largely come down to if you prefer “guns over magic” or “magic over guns” i personally chose the second

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  4. #4 rick
    July 22nd, 2010 at 2:35 am

    well honestly neither of the worlds are close to the one we live in post apocalyptic nor fantasy. so that’s stupid to say its more realistic. however it is certain that fallouts world is less diverse and less scenic and overall less attractive then the world of oblivion

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