Shack PSA: Bethesda PC Sale Weekend on Steam; Fallout 3, Morrowind and Oblivion Discounted

In celebration of Steam opening pre-orders for Fallout: New Vegas PC and the assorted in-game bonuses thereof, the digital distribution outlet has...

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In celebration of Steam opening pre-orders for Fallout: New Vegas PC and the assorted in-game bonuses thereof, the digital distribution outlet has kicked off its usual weekend promotional by marking down several other titles from publisher Bethesda.

In addition, fellow digital distribution outlet GamersGate has kicked off S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Week, offering 30% to 60% off the three entries--Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky, Call of Pripyat--in GSC Game World's celebrated PC post-apocalyptic role-playing series.

From The Chatty

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    June 10, 2010 11:48 AM

    I'm not sure if Fallout 3 is worth it. I played it at a friends house and lost interest before I even left the vault because of the horrible voice acting (was localized though so not English), the horrible animations and dead and empty faces.

    I probably should have waited until I leave the vault so I'm currently thinking about trying it again. Are there a lot of items and weapons to discover, so that you can make your character custom like in action roleplaying games like Diablo and Torchlight?

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      June 10, 2010 11:51 AM

      TONS of weapons and items to be found or crafted.

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      June 10, 2010 12:03 PM

      The vault is the worst part of the game. Once you are out of there it's pure awesome. I don't really play too many games all the way through, but I beat FO3 three times. It's so much fun.

      Lots of weapons, items and armor. If you want more you just go get some mods.

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      June 10, 2010 12:05 PM

      Its a really good game, just dont expect the graphics to be mind blowing. It is a pretty ancient engine and was never very good to start with. And dont forget, the tons and tons of mods available, many of which improve the graphics noticeably.

      The vault is basically the tutorial, its nothing at all like the actual game. Remember, its an open world style action RPG, and pretty much none of this is demonstrated in the tutorial section so you really havent experienced the actual game yet if you havent gone past the vault.

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      June 10, 2010 12:14 PM

      I'm not trying to insult you, but why did you think playing an RPG at a friend's house was a good way to experience the game? The part you describe is literally the tutorial. I can see going to someone's house and playing a quick round of an action game but to get involved in an RPG while your friend is getting bored and probably wanting their controller back is not really ideal.

      That being said your criticisms of the animations and uncanny valley faces is a common one, and I can't vouch for the non-English voice acting but the one here in America is voiced by Liam Neeson (the dad is, anyway).

      I'd suggest trying it again and at least make it to the first town. As a bonus you can nuke the place if you like.

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        June 10, 2010 12:26 PM

        Well I didn't have a choice for the voice acting, because there was no way to change the language.

        And not feeling insulted, it is a valid question. But these things I mentioned make the atmosphere for me, and that is a huge part of my enjoyment in a game, so if all that stuff in the first hour feels so hostile I don't feel the need to throw out 50 Euro for it as thats a lot of money for me and there are other games I can get. So yeah, that should explain why I based my decision on that hour play time.

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      June 10, 2010 12:20 PM

      I really wasn't sure about it after that vault level but that sounds really good

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      June 10, 2010 12:30 PM

      Paid $50 for Fallout 3 on day one and have gotten far more than my money's worth. Still need to get the last DLC, but got the first three and was happy with the middle two; could've done without Anchorage.

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      June 10, 2010 12:54 PM

      I've gotten nearly 200 hours out of Fallout. It's an enjoyable game once you put yourself some of the really wonkiness of it. The English voice acting is pretty good though.

      There are a fair amount of weapons and stuff to find/make, but you're not going to get the amount of customisation you'd expect out of Diablo/Torchlight.

      Anchorage aside, Point Lookout, Broken Steel and The Pitt were pretty good expansions too.

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      June 10, 2010 1:19 PM

      I paid $30 for Fallout 3 GotY and got about 50 hours of fun gameplay from it. The main quest was also rather interesting and it takes about 15 hours.

      I don't know how bad the localization was for you because I played the American release. You're correct about the uncanny valley problems with people speaking to you. It was also slow in the vault.

      If you like RPGs, then you should play Fallout 3.