The first Fallout 3 previews are up; the game is not due until late 2008. I read Worth Playing’s take on it along with Eurogamer’s version (EG’s is better). It sounds surprisingly orthodox, continuing the Fallout franchise in ways that probably won’t upset too many fans (yeah, right). You”ve been living in Vault 101, you need to get out of there, you have a quest to find someone, there’s a whole world to explore on the side. And the PIPBoy is there, and so is the old statistics system SPECIAL, which I’d say is welcome indeed.
I was really suprised about the inclusion of a sort of stop-motion aiming system (“VATS”), though, even if it was still a little vague. Sounds interesting, although how it will function with the realtime game proper, we’ll need to see. The 3D visuals don’t really surprise me, but they’re looking mighty fine too. The focus on individual NPCs is really welcome after the identikit NPCs in Oblivion.