Platform(s): Windows, Xbox 360, PS3
Year Released: 2008

Not without its share of controversy, Fallout 3's darkly realistic take on the futuristic, post-apocalyptic setting dropped its players into a battle-scarred Earth in the year 2277, where they tore through barren wastelands in search of their character's father and the means to revive a lost planet. Bethesda Studios has always been an ambitious development team and, in the wake of releasing Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, they showed no signs of slowing down on their successes with Fallout 3.The character-building elements that gamers loved in Oblivion were equally present in Fallout with its S.P.E.C.I.A.L. attributes system and karma-tracking aspect, helping to fill out the role-playing end of the title. Certain glitches and fumbles in execution were annoying to some, but overall, Fallout 3 easily asserted itself as one of Bethesda's stronger works, refusing to stay in the massive shadow that Oblivion cast over it.