So, we’ve had Fallout 3 for a few weeks now and everyone I’ve talked to loves it. I have read comments on reviews here and there and I’m surprised by their disparaging nature. The most common complaint seems to be, “It’s just Oblivion with guns.” If that’s a bad point then I think I must have played a different version of Oblivion than them. Mind you, I don’t think that’s true at all. Sure both are RPGs and they both use the Oblivion Engine, but to me that’s where the similarities end.

I play tabletop RPGs, so I was very interested in the VATS system for battles. This system is obviously very much taken from the pen & paper RPG games where in some you can call shots and use your skills to hit them. Add into that the use of skills for things like sneaking and picking pockets and I’m one happy bunny. Finally your skills aren’t just for combat, but have been taken to be part of the game and actually make a difference.

I’d like to see more games taking that extra step when they make an RPG game. Fallout 3 is a game that truly lives up to the RPG genre.