The year is 2277, two hundred years after humanity was almost eradicated a self-inflicted nuclear apocalypse. Humanity has survived, however, either by hiding away in large, subterranean, self-sufficient fallout shelters called “Vaults” or by cannibalizing the remains of the past to build the future. Your adventure begins in one such Vault, safe and secure from the outside world. This illusion of security is shattered the day your Dad goes missing, and your only option is to follow him outside into the ruins of what used to be the D.C. area, now known as the Capital Wasteland. You’ll have to survive Raiders who seek to survive by preying on others, hideously mutated Super Mutants, who kill and capture any humans they can get their hands on, montrously mutated animals, pre-war robots running amok, latent radiation… even the deluded remnants of the United States government.

Surviving these hazards will be easier if you create a character up to the challenge, so character creation will be the first part of the guide we will cover. In Fallout 3, as in most RPGs, how you build your character can vastly affect the rest of the game, and in this case, the character build presented will be that oh-so-rare “jack of all trades, master of all”. After that, we’ll get to the walkthrough itself. The walkthrough will not just be a collection of quests-in an open-world game like Fallout 3 you’d miss too much of what there is to see if you stick to the beaten path and just beeline to every objective marker. Sometimes we’ll go off on lengthy expeditions into the Wasteland just to score some key loot. Many times we’ll take detours to this effect while enroute to resolving a quest. This guide is for those who want to see and do everything they possibly can in Fallout 3, not for those who want to get through the game quickly.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, 360
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    7 February 2015
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin

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War never changes. The Fallout franchise certainly has, however. In 2008 Bethesda revived Interplay's famous "Post Nuclear Role Playing Game", moving from third person to first person, and from the west coast to the east coast. You are the Lone Wanderer, an outcast from Vault 101 who sacrifices a relatively easy life in order to brave the terrors of the post-apocalyptic Wasteland and find your Dad, whose mysterious departure from Vault 101 sets a chain of events in motion that will change the Capital Wasteland forever...

This guide is intended to be the ultimate completionist's guide to Fallout 3.

  • Every area in the game covered extensively including all side quests and main quests.
  • All the Bobbleheads, skill books and schematic locations.
  • A full trophy/achievement guide.
  • An in-depth information about character creation is also provided so you can create whatever Vault Dweller suits you best.
  • Good, evil and neutral alternatives to quests will be presented where applicable.

Become the Last, Best Hope of Humanity... or add to the continuing sum of human misery in your selfish quest for survival. Sneak past foes, talk your way out of confrontations, shoot everything in the head, or create a character who can do it all. The Wasteland is a big, dangerous place, and this guide will help you experience as much as possible.

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