It's been 3 years since I battled for over 100 hours in the Wasteland....
3 years since I scavenged dead bodies for my next bottle cap...
3 years since I savoured the refreshing taste of Nuka Cola....
3 Years since I crept around a spooky old abandoned building in search of a Pip Boy Bobblehead!
For me Fallout 3 was video games perfection.
The most open of open world gaming experiences where you made the experience your very own.
Fallout 3 gave you the free reign to create your very own Wasteland story and as you trod carefully around this most hazardous of environments you really felt vulnerable and excited at what possibly lay round the next corner or down the hole or cave.
At that point in time it was like no other video game I had ever experienced a truly eye opening experience as to what was really possible in a video game environment.
Two experiences really stand out for me...
The first was my initial encounter with "Raiders" ! For those that don't know, Raiders are vicious individuals who kill for the thrill of it and prey on others in groups of ruthless gangs.
As I strolled around the wasteland as a new escapee from vault 101 I located an old deserted super market called "The Super Duper Mart".
The Super Duper Mart looked ripe for exploring and potentially scavenging some important supplies so I armed myself with my trusty rifle and entered the building.
Little did I know that it was overrun by Raiders who were about to show me no mercy!
At this point in my journey through Fallout 3 I was a puny character with not much skill in anything except maybe picking locks!!
So as I entered bullet hell that was The Raiders in full flow I wasn't giving myself much chance until I stumbled across V.A.T.S and a cache of grenades!
I think the thing that sticks in my mind the most was how amazingly cool the camera work was when I managed to dispose of one of the evil Raiders by blowing his head off with a grenade in slow mo!
Now I don't usually go for extreme violence in video games but this seemed like the Raiders deserved their mind blowing fate as they were unrelenting in their pursuit of me........it was at this point that I realised Bethesda & Fallout 3 had got me.......I was in the Wasteland for the long haul!!
The other experience that really shaped my Wasteland experience was the side quest early in the game entitled THOSE!
A small boy called Bryan Wilks approached me in Grayditch and asked to help him find his father, who was trapped in the town infested with fire ants!
When I eventually found out that poor old Bryan's Dad was attacked and killed by Fire Ants it was time to try and exact revenge on those pesky creatures and as I entered the underground dwelling I realised exactly how puny I was as time after time after time the ants took me apart at will!
It was a humbling experience that led me to understanding that The Wasteland is never forgiving and you have to earn your right to be good enough to stand up for yourself out there!
So after 3 years, why am I talking about two of my most memorable Fallout 3 experiences?
Well i'll tell you why.........
I'm about to re-enter the Fallout Universe in the form of "Fallout New Vegas"
It's been long enough and now it's time to give up another 100 hours of my life to one of the greatest games ever created........
Watch Out For My Tales From New Vegas As This Time I will Attempt To Document My Descent Into One Hell Of A Gaming World!