Initial Observations on Fallout 3: Premature Ejacufail

I’ve played Fallout 3 for about 8 hours now, and my review so far is that it is hideous. There are quite a few borderline-dealbreaker issues that I have with it, and I really have to search for some positives. I had such high hopes for this game, but the clunky functions are just really wearing me down. Minor spoilers ahead.

1. There is so little ammo anywhere. There are giant ants that shoot fire at you from 10 yards away, and all you have is a tire iron at your defense. Oh, you’ve got a sniper rifle, two automatics, three kinds of pistols, a shotgun, a flamethrower, and two laser weapons — but no ammo, anywhere! And when you do actually GET ammo, from a random passer-by who will sell you some — your aim is so wretched that you waste 4 bullets only to land one, so you might as well not even bother, even with the spiffy aiming system.

2. You can accumulate a lot of junk to sell to people, but people have so little currency there’s little use looting up places, and health packs cost you your left nut, each! The shop owners never seem to get any new inventory, and once you’ve exhausted their supply of currency, they don’t get anymore. I’ve tried on five different days so far with the first shop owner and she never seems to get anything new or have any more money. What the frack?

3. Three times, I’ve talked to people and someone is standing in betwen us that I can’t see the person talking and the screen is zoomed into someone’s back. The first time happened in the first 10 minutes of the game. Did they actually have Beta testers? It doesn’t seem like it.

4. Pulling up menus takes way too long, and not that the menus are clunky necessarily (they’re a bit similar to Oblivion) but when you hit the button to go to the menu, such as at an opportune time to pause the game to switch weapons from the last valuable bullet you fired and inevitably missed, it takes like 5-7 seconds for the menu to even appear, meanwhile you’re standing there like a doofus, backing away into other enemies who also somehow posses flamethrowers. That is about 6 seconds too long.

5. The enemy indicator only seems to work part of the time. Sometimes you’ll be walking around and all of a sudden, huge burst of flame in your face because there was a “fire ant” (that really shoots fire, and at a distance that is unbelievably far even for a kitten-sized ant) hiding in some grass. You have an enemy indicator on your radar, and they’ll show up from a sizable distance most of the time, but only most of the time.

My major hold-out that I’m hoping will appear is a dupe glitch whereby I can get way more ammo somehow. My main gripe is the insane dearth of ammo — if there were actually feasible ways to defend myself besides running away (from creatures who run faster than you and have the presence of mind to swarm from multiple directions), I’d be much more at ease.

10 thoughts on “Initial Observations on Fallout 3: Premature Ejacufail

  1. You are just a bad player…
    thats all

    I have been playing like 5 or 6 hours, and i have a lot of ammo, lot of weapons and health pack,
    you just dont know where to look or you are stupid as a donkey…
    After mi first attempt in a small town, i´ve learn that i shouldnt walk near the center of the streets,
    that you have to walk slowly until you have a nice shoot view,
    and you´ll realize that you dont need more than 3 shoots to kill a raider or a monster,
    if you kill a raider in 3 shoots, you have a great chance of get more than 3 ammo pieces.-
    but thats me…

  2. I am sorry that you have had a bad experiance with the game so far. Dont worry about the ammo problem because pretty soon you will have so much that you won’t know what to do with it. As far as the menu problem goes, that is not the games fault that is your Xbox360. You might want to think about getting a PS3 is you want an amazing experiance with this game.

    Michael

  3. Edit to my original post:

    I feel a little better about it after having played it a few days, but there are still a lot of irritating things about it. The menu irritation is a coding issue, not a hardware issue — there is an animation of you bringing your arm up to the Pip that I’m irritated about, whereas in Oblivion the menu simply comes up right away. I may simply be contrasting it with Oblivion too much instead of judging as it as a game on its own.

    I had sacrificed a few points of my Luck on my first try in favor for other things like endurance so I could carry around more loot, so I naturally had a tough time finding ammo whereas I’d assumed it was a coding issue. On another seperate save, I started a character with all points dumped completely into luck (but without substracting any from the others), and now I can find ammo like crazy — even finding over 300 rounds of ammo for a weapon I haven’t even discovered yet (5mm).

    It normally doesn’t take more that three “shoots” (shots) to kill someone if you’re within a somewhat close of them. I’m very much a hide-n-snipe type person, and always go for the long-range kill and take little to no damage at all. If you’re a run-and-gun, that’s fine, but I’d rather conserve my stimpacks for when I’m up against a Behemoth or something instead of wasting them all on piddly citizens out in the open.

    The perks make the game considerably more fun, particularly the Mysterious Stranger, who is my own personal Chuck Norris that appears when I could use some assistance. With my high Luck now, he appears favorably often. Good times =P

  4. Hey ablest mage…

    Have you tried entering V.A.T.S. mode at all?

    I was just thinking that may be a good reason why you’ve spent all your ammo…

    😛

  5. On most shooting kinds of games, I normally always take people out from far away and wasn’t expecting the accuracy to be so terrible from a distance. I’ve had to adapt by running up right into their face before using VATS and the hit-percent goes way up. But now that I’ve got around 180 Stimpaks, I can afford to take a bunch of damage, but I still don’t like the idea of having to get so close to have the best accuracy =P

  6. Well if you neglect to increase you “Small Guns” “Big Guns” & “Energy Weapons” skills then you accuracy will be worse over distance, duh

  7. i am having a problem with the yellow one i only have hand to hand and the roach wont leave me alone, how can i stomp this parisite out and move on in game thank you and i know i can write makes it more interesting

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