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    Is Fallout 3 More FPS or RPG?

    I really want to buy this, but I can't stand games that try to be both of the aforementioned but can't live up to either. Do you see this as more FPS action, or more RPG sitting in inventory screens, dabbling with powers and whatnot?

    Also, I see from the trailer that you can go 3rd person and 1st person... do certain weapons require you to be in one of those modes? Can you run around with a gun out and shoot it without aiming? I hate how console games make you aim.

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    yes you can run around shotting from the hip but your ability to hit something is still based on your stats, not your ability to aim.So if you have a gatling gun and you suck at big guns, then you could be right in front of someone and not hit them. But don't get me wrong its still allot of fun.

    Craig have you ever played oblivion or morrowind?

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    never played those games. i guess its a lot like them?

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    you can play it either way, I'm hesitant to call it a shooter, but it's by no means your traditional RPG either...if you want to play it in a straightforward manor, it's by all means very easy to do so, if you want to have the perfect character in both skill and equipment for each situation, you can play that way too...the game itself is very adaptable and the experience won't suffer in either case...

    what rage said to a certain extent is true...if you're a pipsqueak melee specialist, then you're not going to hit anything with big guns, you have to play to the strengths of the character you create...it's not a "twitch" game, but there are certain guns which do afford you this ability, and the game handles them extremely well...there is some inventory management, but it's dealing with what you can physically carry (weight) more than anything else...it can also be simplified (the inventory) if you follow a few easy rules...

    how do you think you would want to play it?...by just running through the main storyline, or straying a little from the path and completing some side quests, or going full rogue and experiencing everything the wasteland has to offer?...

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    you can also look at it this way if you want to get technical:
    this is based on the small gun skill.

    nitial Level: Starting Small Guns skill is equal to 2 + (2 x Agility) + Luck/2 (rounded up). Average starting characters (Agi 6, Lck 5) will have a Small Guns skill of 17%.

    In general, Small Guns skill raises your accuracy/damage with any weapon that isn't affected by the other skills.

    In addition to assigning Skill Points at Level up, Small Guns can be permanently raised by taking the Gun Nut Perk, finding the Bobblehead: Small Guns in the national guard armory, and reading Guns and Bullets. Small Guns can be temporarily raised by wearing various clothing which enhances either Agility or Small Guns directly (such as Ranger Battle Armour, with Small Guns +10).

    On average, increasing Small Guns by 5 points will increase Small Gun weapon damage by ~3.5%. There is also a diminishing margin of return. In general, increasing Small Guns from 5 to 10 will increase weapon damage more than increasing it from 95 to 100.

    The higher the Small Guns skill, the more stable scoped weapons such as the Sniper Rifle or the Scoped .44 Magnum will be when aiming through the scope. At 100 points in Small Guns, scoped-weapons have no sway at all. Having either arm crippled will result in severe sway while using the scope.

    High Small Guns skill will shrink the projectile spread of small guns.

    The first decent small gun available in the game is the 10mm Pistol. Common Raider and Super Mutant Small Guns such as the Hunting Rifle, Assault Rifle and Chinese Assault Rifle are also efficient weapons that you can reliably keep in good condition for the entire game. Small guns could be considered the best and most useful gun class in the game as they are very diverse, common, and powerful.

    Combat related Perks such as Gunslinger (L6), Commando (L8), Sniper (L12) and Wired Reflexes (Quest) will increase the accuracy of Small Guns in VATS.
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    Craig, this is an FPS if you want to treat it as such. There is a complex stats system, but it's easy to master if you take the time to learn it.

    The game itself is based around small quests. But there is a lot of good voice acting (Liam Neeson) which gives it a small aspect of Half Life (which also has tiny subquests).

    Now on the other hand, to really play the game proper, you're going to invent 20, 30 + hours in it..

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    it's like deus ex, but more depth both in the story/world and the rpg elements. i had a lovely encounter about 2 hours ago while exploring where i was attacked by about 5 bad guys carrying various weapons, including a missle launcher. that played out like an fps, i ran to get a better position while popping off rounds, swithcing between short and long range weapons.
    aka MOJO (commence lag-out)
    aka Hal 9000

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    I still get the willies thinking about those claw beast things that come from nowhere and just tear the hell out of you.

    Craig this game is a FRPS. It is worth the money. If your not sure about it I would assume a demo would be available somehwere maybe.

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    no demo

    that's why I'm asking around. I guess it's worth a go since no one is saying it sucks.

    I might install this on my MacBook for hotel gaming since it's offline only

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    I'd say it's far more a RPG than a FPS. The FPS part is just how you view the game and interact with the world. Calling it a FPS would be like calling Oblivion a FPS when the game has no guns at all.

    Both Oblivion and Fallout 3 are great single-player games. They're filled with lots side-quests, a good main quest, lots of exploring and finding cool stuff, etc.

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