From PC World comes a rather different take on Fallout 3:
But dig deeper and you’ll find an extremely promising game. Fallout 3 is shaping up to be 2008’s answer to BioShock, a game that re-defined shooters by jacking up the psychological horror and allowing players to explore a ruined landscape. That, in essence, is Fallout 3. You explore from a first-person perspective (though you can swap to third-person with a tap of the Left Bumper). You can shoot enemies from this perspective, or hop into an assisted aiming mode that allows you to target individual enemy body parts: I mostly targeted headshots, and time and time again I watched enemy craniums popping off like dandylion flowers. It’s simple, gory, and very immersive.
But Fallout 3 nails the BioShock vibe in other ways. For starters, you’ll spend lots of time picking through trashcans, desks, and boxes scrounging for ammo, weapons, or other helpful items. You can loot corpses, too, to snag new guns or armor. Fallout 3 is definitely heavier on the RPG aspects than BioShock, but that RPG focus will allow for more customization and more replaybility — you can specialize in Heavy Weapons, Energy Weapons, Hand-to-Hand combat, or Melee weapons like sledgehammers.
Update: Thanks to one anonymous on Meebo that noticed this article had already been published at GamePro.