It's been ten years since the release of Fallout 2 and 227 years after the nuclear devastation that all but destroyed humanity and now Bethesda Games returns you to the post-apocalyptic remains of what used to be Washington DC, packed with detail and excitement as you explore 2277. You get multiple challenges with consequences or rewards based on your actions. Build your character through pivotal events of your childhood in Vault 101. Assign skill points to reflect your style of play and put yourself to the test as you venture out into the sunlight in the shattered remnants of Washington DC in search of your father – the first man to leave the Vault.
You'll have to balance finding food to regain health against your radiation level – putting the struggle for survival in very real terms. Character interaction can lead you to shortcuts or dead-ends. Side quests give you the opportunity to gain aid and allies and more detail than you can pick-up on a single play-through. Play in either first- or third-person perspective as combat goes beyond simple run-and-gun with the Vault-Tech Assisted Targeting System (VATS) which lets you pause the action and spend points to target a specific part of your foe with dramatic results if you hit.
Make sure that you take care of your weapons, as they'll wear out without maintenance. Your character can combine weapons into newer, more powerful ones – if you took that skill. You'll find touches of the same dark humor that set Fallout apart in the first place along with retro 1950's styles set against the ruins. Prepare for the future!