Tag: Fallout 3
People on the GameFAQS boards constantly tell everyone else when they’ve completed the board’s game 100% with the maximum 1000 gamerpoints per game. I thought I’d start my own little section here for this since, well, this is my site and I can do whatever I want really. So here goes!
Call of Duty 4 – 1000/1000 on 1-21-2008
Fallout 3 – 1000/1000 on 12-15-2008
[UPDATE - 1-29-2009 - 1100/1100 now after Operation Anchorage DLC]
[UPDATE - 3-27-2009 - 1200/1200 now after The Pitt DLC]
[UPDATE - 5-20-2009 - 1350/1350 now after Broken Steel DLC]
[UPDATE - 7-6-2009 - 1450/1450 now after Point Lookout DLC]
[UPDATE - 8-11-2009 - 1550/1550 now after Mothership Zeta DLC]
Since Bethesda has not announced any further DLC for this masterpiece, I am taking this as the end for me. If they do decide to release more, I will pick it up, but if they don’t, then the ride was a great one and I will look forward to the next game in this series. Fallout 3 is easily one of the best experiences in gaming that I’ve ever had, took up 1497 save files, and lasted me well over 120 hours.
Tales of Vesperia – 1000/1000 on 12-28-2008
Fable II – 1100/1100 on 1-25-2009
[UPDATE - 6-4-2009 - 1350/1350 now after See the Future DLC]
Resident Evil 5 – 1000/1000 on 4-1-2009
Lost: Via Domus – 1000/1000 on 6-28-2009
I’ve been trying to think about how to put this back when I was still playing the game and knowing that I’d be writing a little blurb about it eventually for all of probably 3 people to see, but this is easily one of the worst games I’ve ever played. For anyone who knows me well enough, you know that I adore the show Lost. It’s my favorite television show that is on television now, and may be of all time. I’m thinking about The A-Team here, but I kind of put them in two totally different categories, so we’ll just ignore that. When Lost: Via Domus was announced and released, it got pretty bad reviews, and I passed over it thinking that it probably wasn’t worth $60….and it isn’t. I found this game a few months back for $10 at Best Buy and figured that I couldn’t really go wrong. I think I got a so-so deal on it. Anyways, when you boot up the game, you first see a Ubisoft logo. If I had read the box and saw that it was a Ubisoft game, I might have just left it be, as I am terribly upset with them and what they did to the Prince of Persia a few years back. But I didn’t see that logo and bought the game anyways. You play the game as a guy who was on Oceanic 815 and crashed with everyone else, but you don’t have any memory. You look almost exactly like Jacob’s nemesis from the Season 5 finale, which I find very strange, and I look forward to seeing if others feel the same way about this. It’s just uncanny how similar you look to him. As you “play” this game which consists of you walking around the beach talking to horribly created versions of the cast, being chased around the jungle by the smoke monster, doing stupid fuse puzzles that make no sense whatsoever, and recovering your memory via looping scenarios where you need to take pictures of things, I realized that I might have enjoyed it more if I wasn’t a Lost fan. I’m kind of on the fence about this one. If I wasn’t a Lost fan, I wouldn’t be so critical about the modeling or voice acting, though John Locke repeating “I’m over in the Banyan Trees” and “Hey, Look at me in the Banyan Trees” over and over again was actually funny, but the funny part was when he said “Banyan Trees”. I don’t know. I’m weird. Hurley, believe it or not, it even fatter in this game. The controls are very loose, and your actions seem to make you float around. You can trade fruit and stuff that you pick up for lanterns and guns, etc, but you only need to really shoot 1 or 2 people, so you never ever need a clip, though they seem to have lots to trade. What sucks even more is that in the end, all your stuff is taken from you, so it’s all pretty useless. They should have just given you what you need when you need it, but then this game would have been even shorter probably. It only took me about 2-4 hours to complete in its entirety, but it seemed like a chore. Would I rather deal with this mess or play CoD4? I had to force myself to finish this game so that I could delete it from my hard drive. One thing that I can say positively about this game is that I didn’t run into any game breaking bugs. That’s a nice thing, but there are some annoyances. One level starts out with you having to run away from the smoke monster, jumping over trees and running across wooden planks, but if you trip up then the smoke monster gets you. That’s not the bad part though. The bad part is that the game is set up episodically, so when you die, which you will a few times, you have to go through the whole 30 second long “Previously on Lost” crap. Argh! Anyways, Lost: Via Domus can’t be recommended by me. If you like Lost, and can get it for cheap (or borrow it from me), then check it out, but don’t expect much.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – 1000/1000 on 12-13-2009
Assassin’s Creed II – 1000/1000 on 1-18-2010
Bulletstorm – 1000/1000 on 3-6-2011
Portal 2 – 1000/1000 on 4-28-2011
Brink – 1000/1000 on 5-15-2011
L.A. Noire – 1000/1200 on 5-23-2011
Deus Ex – Human Revolution – 1000/1000 on 9-5-2011
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – 1000/1000 on 3-23-2012
SSX – 1000/1000 on 4-14-2012
Far Cry 3 – 1000/1000 on 1-2-2013
Borderlands 2 – 1125/1125 on 10-20-2012
I haven’t made many updates to my site in a while. The only game I’ve been playing is Borderlands 2, and though I’ve wanted to write up my impressions, I just haven’t had any time to do so. I guess I can use this space for a few of them. Borderlands 1 is one of my all-time favorite games, and I was really excited for its sequel. I’m glad that Gearbox took their time with this game, because they improved almost every aspect of it. They made an incredible game even better, which seems to be a difficult task now that publishers are trying to milk some franchises dry. Anyways, Borderlands 2 starts you off with no real good items for the first ~10 hours or so, and then starts dropping better ones in a seemingly exponential fashion. By the time you’re at max level, you’ve played through the game twice, and can then focus on farming bosses for better loot. I did this for a few days before starting up a different character. If Gearbox is going to raise the level cap like they did with Borderlands 1, then there isn’t much of a point to collect a lot of maxed out weapons now, or even use my maxxed out character. They’ve already released one DLC pack, which is why my score is 1125 instead of 1000. They’ve also released a DLC character, which I have at level 32 currently. As far as achievements go, the character-specific achievements aren’t as easy as they were in the first game. One character has to get to level 31 in order to earn his achievement, and another to level 25. In the first game, they could all be gotten in the first ~10 levels. Other than these, the rest kind of fell into place. Borderlands 2 is not a game that I play for the achievements. I play it for the amazing world that Gearbox has created, and I will play it until the next entry in the series releases.
1125/1125 on 10-20-2012- Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty – This was a surprise, releasing within 30 days of the actual game. It lasts about 5 hours, and is quite fun to play. I’ve gone through it with my level 50 Siren and level 32 Mechromancer. It adds a new type of crystal called Seraph, that only drops by the DLC’s two raid bosses. These bosses are not easy, and they only drop a few crystals each time. It appears as though the special items that you receive cost around 100 crystals, and they aren’t really that great, so I’m not putting a whole lot of time in here once finished. It is a really nice place for your character to level up, and it is quite comical and fun, so I recommend it for characters going through the story each time.
1250/1250 on 11-23-2012 – Mr. Torgue and his Campaign of Carnage – The humor in this piece of DLC is off the charts. I enjoyed this one as I did with the first, but still question why we haven’t been given a level cap increase to expand our characters some more. The achievements in this DLC were pretty straightforward, with one requiring a bit of luck. Every so often, an enemy will drop a photo of Moxxi, and you need to collect 10 of these. This was the last achievement acquired, and took a bit of farming.
1375/1375 on 5-1-2013 - Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt – So far, this is my least favorite piece of Borderlands 2 DLC. For one, if focused only on main story quests, this takes 2 hours maximum. I don’t usually play without doing the sidequests, but it isn’t as deep as the previous Torgue DLC, which is quite good. There is one treasure room that can be looted just once per playthrough. There are two raid bosses, one of which is insanely difficult (Voracidous), and another that requires you to travel around, lighting furnaces with Eridium in order to spawn (Dexiduous). This one has the chance to drop The Chopper, which is a throwback weapon to Borderlands 1. This isn’t a bad piece of DLC, but it isn’t as deep as the others. I think it would be better off if it had given a skill point upon completion, like the Mad Moxxi DLC did in the first game. By far, the hardest achievement was to complete all sidequests, but sidequest to defeat Voracidous took me a very long time.
On the main Xbox page, you can see the game that is in the drive, and with a hit of the Y button, you can choose to “Install to HDD”. This process then takes about 8-10 minutes. I did the dishes. I then checked my email. I then pet the cat until it was finished. I think Willie watched online as well, so he can attest to how exciting this process is!! Anyways, after it is complete, you can then “Play from HDD”….the game boots up…whoa, the xbox doesn’t sound like a jet taking off….this is pretty cool! So I start to play Fallout 3 and I notice a few things. Load times are improved but initially not drastically. The first load time is probably about 80% of the previous first load time, but going between house and outside, which used to take 7-10 seconds each time, was closer to 3 seconds. This was very cool. Fast travelling takes about 5 seconds, versus about 15 seconds previously. Also in my hour of playing last night, I didn’t have a single drop in framerate and enemies were being drawn further away than before. It was excellent. I had one glitch that I came across, but it wasn’t a big deal. I was walking East from Old Olney towards the Republic of Dave and I came across a farm of sorts. I can’t think of the name right now, but it was on the map. Up on a silo was a Raider. I shot the raider from long distance in VATS with Lincoln’s Repeater and got a Crit 1-hit-kill on her. It was one of those VATS shots that slow motion followed the bullet from the end of the rifle to the neck of the Raider separating the head from the body, and was totally awesome. When VATS exited, her arm was flying in the air around me…She was dead but her arm was flying around like a bug all crazy…it was very cool.
Around 9:30PM I decided to try installing Call of Duty 4 on the hard drive. This is a game that I solely play online so I didn’t think that much would really change, but I tend to listen to everything around me in this game, so I thought that the silent dvd drive would benefit me. Again, after 8-10 minutes I was ready to play, so I jumped into a party with some guys and we took off. I noticed immediately that before getting online, everything was instant. I would hit Multiplayer, it would wait 1 second and go into the Xbox Live room, then instantly into the party room. I noticed that when I clicked on Barracks or Create-a-Class, there was no pause….everything was completely instant. This doesn’t sound like much, but it really is in my eyes (am I weird maybe? well, yes, but I was still impressed with this). When using the disc, there’s the slightest pause, but from the HDD, nothing. It’s perfect. Okay, so I start playing in some matches, and I notice that I have a horrible connection, like 2 yellow bars, but everything is moving smoothly. I had a very bad connection, but I didn’t get a SINGLE pause in the game. I don’t know if this is because of the installation or not, but this has never happened to me before in my 500+ hours of online CoD4. The most impressive thing however was the silence. It’s something that you don’t really notice that’s there until it is gone. I have a relatively new xbox, with one of the quietest drives that I’ve heard in any, and CoD4 doesn’t really tax it very much (ahem, Fable II)… But playing off of the HDD was incredible, and something that I am so glad that I did for this game. If you are a fan of this game and are reading this and have an extra 6-7 GB of disc space, I highly recommend installing it.
I plan on installing Rock Band 2 and Fable II (once patched) onto the HDD as well. This is a really sweet feature, and as I said before, something that makes the Elite model not wasted any longer.
My Unique Weapons
Shishkebab – This is actually a custom weapon, but the thing is awesome. It is a sword that has a gas nozzle on the handle so it is engulfed in flames. It is strong and lights enemies on fire, dealing more damage to them. The only downside is when you’re in some underground passages, methane gas gets ignited and you catch on fire, though it doesn’t seem to do much damage to me, and the (currently 157) stimpaks that I carry replenish my health very well. You can get the schematic for this from Vance upon completion of the “Blood Ties” quest, or you can just kill him for his version. That’s what I did. I suggest doing this as soon as you get the perk that allows +20HP/blood pack from Vance after the quest is over. Up until then, be cordial to The Family, but afterwards, slaughter them all and you’ll get this sweet sword and a lot of ammo, guns, and caps with just a minor karma hit.
The Kneecapper – This is a two shot shotgun with incredible strength. The only problem is that it’s just two shots, so I still use the combat shotgun with its 15 shot clip mostly. This gun is repaired with sawed off shotguns. You can get this weapon by starting “The Nuka Cola Challenge”, speaking with Ronald, then either killing him and taking it, or using speech to get him to work for you, then following him to the Nuka Cola plant and taking it off his dead body.
Blackhawk – This is a modified scoped .44 magnum and it’s pretty awesome. I got this for completing the “Agatha’s Song” quest and bringing Agatha a piece of sheet music. I rarely use this gun though it’s nice to have and looks sweet.
A3-21′s Plasma Rifle – I just got this and haven’t used it much. It is a unique plasma rifle that can be gotten for completing “The Replicated Man” and siding with the AI unit. You can tell him that you’ll keep his secret safe, then just go to Zimmer and collect your reward from him as well.
Lincoln’s Repeater – I just got this last night and it’s AWESOME. It is a single shot weapon but each shot is super strong. I was able to down a Super Mutant in three regular shots, and another one with a single critical shot! You can easily find this in the Museum of History, in the offices upstairs above what looks like a library. It is in a case and you have to activate the case to get it. It takes .44 magnum ammo which is pretty scarce, but this thing is a beast. It also looks awesome, as it’s a yellow musket, so you have to cock it each time.
Xualong’s Assault Rifle – This is a unique Chinese Assault Rifle that I haven’t really tried out as I just got it. The key to this rifle is that the clip size is 36 instead of 24, and it had a damage of 56, which is much higher than the normal gun. I am really looking forward to using this gun but I’m also trying to save up some CAR’s for a guy in Paradise Falls, so I don’t know how much I’m going to want to repair it.
[EDIT] – I found this site … I’m going to check it out…
Heather had class last night so I got about 3 hours of Fallout 3 in. I decided to go on a side quest. There’s a girl in Megaton that hasn’t spoken with her family for months or years and wants me to deliver a package to them. Easy enough. They live in Arteu (sp?) on top of a bridge. I start walking there and run into a travelling caravan that consists of a dude and a chick and a shopping cart. I sell some of the crap that I’ve been taking from people (which is fun…I felt bad when I took this guy’s last pack of cigarettes, but hey, that’s 5 or so caps) and continue on the compass bearing that I created. This is when I really start to figure out the vastness of this world. It’s amazingly beautiful yet completely desolate. The walk is about 4 miles I’d average, and on the way there, I came across a destroyed neighborhood where I could search the mailboxes. I found a letter from the Vault company telling the home owner that they apologize but they were not selected to enter the vault. Too bad for them! As I continue on, I see some movement. This is my first encounter with the Raiders, or bad guys. Using the VATS system, I take a few shots at the head of one…..the second shot critically injures the head in slow motion, then it slows down even more, and follows the third bullet into the head, and the head just starts flying back, separated from the body. It. Was. SO. Cool! I took their weapons and clothes, got a flamethrower, and continued onwards. I walk through 2 bridges that I think are the one before actually getting there, only to find out that delivering this letter is not quite possible. So I’m sent to find some gang that has been bothering this 6 person town….I walk around, find a creature called a Mirelurk that is like a walking crab with a hard shell. It killed me three times before I just decided to avoid it. I end up going down into a subway tunnel for about 30 minutes on my way to an underground subway station. As soon as I get in there, I come across two more Mirelurks so I try throwing grenades at them. It works much better! I end up stepping on a bear trap that scares the bejesus out of me….first time I was really caught off guard in this game. Well, I end up getting to the subway station, and that’s where I ended. 3 hours later and this “sidequest” isn’t even completed yet!!! Kotaku posted a frankenreview of the game here…
List of Bugs found in Fallout 3
1. The comic you get in the very beginning….if you don’t use it then at the party while you’re that age, it goes away. It gives you +1 melee
2. When I sat down for the test the first time, it just hung and I sat there but he didn’t give the test. This is after I walked around the whole room talking to the other sitting students.
3. I got stuck next to one of the subway cars in Meresti Tunnel.
4. The game froze on me outside of Big City. I think it might have been partially due to the fact that I had been playing for 4-5 hours straight.
5. I hit Lug Nut with my Shishkabob in Grady’s hideaway and fell through the floor and ended up at the entrance to the subway tunnel.
6. Walter in Megaton has gone missing. I’ve read that he can lean against the wall and fall through it to his death.
7. Just south of Vault 92, there’s a barn where a bunch of raiders hang out. Upon approaching this barn, the ground went clear and it was as if I was walking on air. It was real cool, though definitely a bug.
8. The broken bow of Rivet City is just a complete mess.. I didn’t get stuck in there or anything, but it is clear that this was an area that the programmers decided not to finish or something….bad drawing and clipping walls everywhere.
9. I was walking East from Old Olney towards the Republic of Dave and I came across a farm of sorts. I can’t think of the name right now, but it was on the map. Up on a silo was a Raider. I shot the raider from long distance in VATS with Lincoln’s Repeater and got a Crit 1 hit kill on her…it was awesome. When VATS exited, her arm was flying in the air around me…..She was dead but her arm was flying around like a bug all crazy…it was very cool
To be honest, I wasn’t going to buy Fallout 3. Every time someone mentioned the game, I just wasn’t turned on by it. Even the 30 minute X-Play about the game did really nothing for me. I am also (still) heavily addicted to Call of Duty 4 and have been planning on playing Fable II for a few months. So Fallout 3 was going to be skipped.
This all changed after learning of sheer amount of bugs and glitches in Fable II. I don’t feel like putting 10′s of hours into a game just for it to glitch out and become unrecoverable because the designers decided to include just a single save file for the game. I emailed Lionhead and asked if the game will be patched, and got an affirmative answer, but it may take weeks still, so I decided to go over to Best Buy at lunch and pick up Fallout 3. I chose the regular edition and Collector’s Strategy Guide.
The Strategy Guide is made by Prima, enormous, hard-covered, with non-glossy paper that will be easy to write on, if need-be. I read through the first chapter to get my hands wet with what I was getting myself into.
The game starts as any other game does, with you being born of course. You get to see your father standing over you and your mother lying next to you. Your dad asks what sex you are, and I chose female (for the same reason that I did in Fable II, which is that it made me sick to stare at Captain Sheppard’s junk for 50 hours in Mass Effect). He then asks what they should name her, and I chose my wife’s name of Heather. After that, he ponders what she might look like when she grows up, and a very intricate face editor comes up. I tried my hardest to recreate my wife’s face, and I think it came out pretty good. So after spending about ten minutes or so here, my mom goes into cardiac arrest and my dad tries to save her while I’m being brushed out of the room. 1 year later and you’re a baby….you look at a child’s book and choose some attributes like Strength, Endurance, Intelligence, Agility, etc, then it shoots you 9 years into the future….Now it’s my birthday and as a present I get a Pip-Boy 3000 which is basically a really nice inventory and stats page. You go about talking to people and kids and whatnot…you learn that 200 years ago, there was a nuclear war where you are but your ancestors were locked into this vault and you will probably never leave it…you learn to shoot a BB gun at some roaches….then it whisks you ahead another 3 years…This is where you take an “exam” to learn what skills you want. The exam is pretty dumb but afterwards you get to choose some skillsets, like proficiency with small or large weapons, lockpicking, medicine, speech, etc. It is really starting to feel more and more complex already! After this it sends you another 3 years into the future, when you’re 19 years old, and something crazy is happening. I won’t get into it too much, but you basically need to leave the vault. I come across some guys that I think I need to kill so I use a baseball bat on them. By just hitting them, you do a little damage here or there, and it’s kind of tedious….but, if you use the VATS system, you pause the fight, can target certain body parts (like the head), then hit A and it will go on and do a combo of sorts to really do some damage. This feature is SICK and I haven’t used it enough! So I leave the vault and am greeted by a really sweet and disturbing look at Washington DC that’s been obliterated by nuclear weaponry. I use my compass to head towards a makeshift town and on the way there, kill a dog. I’m now in this town called Megaton, which has a huge live nuclear bomb in the middle of it. I need to do something about this bomb, and will find out when I play more.
I’ll add this in for PC users – I know of two people playing on the PC that are able to log into their Live accounts and gain achievements. I can see them online and send messages to them just as if they were on the 360. It seems like a very cool feature.
So what do I think about Fallout 3 so far? I am completely and utterly blown away by it. The game feels and handles like a mix between Halflife 2 and Bioshock. When walking around, I kind of wish I had a crowbar in my hands! The graphics are some of the best I’ve seen on the 360 and the music is all 1940′s-era jazz which makes it feel more like Bioshock and is incredibly well-done. I’ve leveled up just once and when you level up, you add more points to your skills. It also doesn’t stress the 360 out like Fable II does. That game makes the 360 sound like it’s on its last breaths from all the spinning. Anyways, I can highly recommend this game for you and will update with more posts in the future.