Fallout 3 User Reviews
Vault 101 – Jewel of the Wastes. For 200 years, Vault 101 has faithfully served the surviving residents of Washington DC and its environs, now known as the Capital Wasteland. Though the global atomic war of 2077 left the US all but destroyed, the residents of Vault 101 enjoy a life free from the constant stress of the outside world. Giant Insects, Raiders, Slavers, and yes, even Super Mutants are all no match for superior Vault-Tec® engineering. Yet one fateful morning, you awake to find that your father has defied the Overseer and left the comfort and security afforded by Vault 101 for reasons unknown. Leaving the only home you’ve ever known, you emerge from the Vault into the harsh Wasteland sun to search for your father, and the truth.
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According to Emil Pagliarulo, the lead designer for Fallout 3, Tranquility Lane's Betty was inspired by the character Billy Mumy from the Twilight Zone episode "It's a Good Life." In the episode, Billy, a "little kid with godlike powers terrorizes the inhabitants of a town, and 'wishes' them into the cornfield when they're bad."
Originally Liberty Prime was planned to be massive and would allow players to ride inside his head during the final mission, but this idea was scrapped before the game's release.
The voice of the protagonist as a baby is actually Game Director Todd Howard's son, Jake Howard
The drug "Med-X" was originally just called Morphine, but in order to get a MA15+ rating in Australia by the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) board, all references to Morphine had to be changed to "Med-X". During the time there was no higher age rating (R18+) for video games, which would have meant the game could not be sold in Australia. The reason the OFLC board didn't pass the game was because of the usage of real-life drugs.
While the V.A.T.S. targeting system is an evolution of the targeted shot mechanic in earlier Fallout games, the slow-motion visuals were inspired by the Crash Mode Replays from the Burnout series. Artist Grant Struthers prototyped the V.A.T.S. camera system by filming stop-motion fight scenes with his Incredibles action figures.
Originally, President John Eden was meant to be voiced by former president Bill Clinton, but the team was unable to get him for the role.
Fat Man was the codename for the atomic bomb that was detonated over Nagasaki, Japan by the United States on August 9, 1945. Because of its relation to the real historic event, the weapon was renamed to the Nuka Launcher in the Japanese version of Fallout 3. It is, however, still referred to as the Fat Man in dialogue.
The Brahmin in all the Fallout games is in reference to "Brahmin" in Hindu culture, and the name likely plays on Hindu culture's reverence for cows.However, this (and the fact that you and other NPCs can kill and eat the mutated cows) was viewed as disrespectful, which led to Fallout 3 being banned in IndiaQuotes
Narrator: War... War never changes.
Father: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the End, I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life, freely.
Young Wally Mack: Amata has more chins than a Chinese phonebook
President John Henry Eden: When I was a child, growing up in rural Kentucky, I had the best friend a boy could hope for, my dear old dog, Honey.Easter Eggs
The scenario at the beginning of the game where Butch steals the player's sweetroll is a reference to a running gag in The Elder Scrolls series, where the game asks what the player would do when someone tries to take their sweetroll.
The mutant fire-ant centered quest called "Those!" is a reference to the 1954 film titled "Them!", in which ants are mutated by atomic tests in New Mexico, which in turn makes them gigantic and wreck havoc upon civilization.
The arts-centered Vault 92 holds a number of musical and sound-related references; • The Overseer of Vault 92 is named "Richard Rubin", who is likely named after music producer Rick Rubin. • "Zoe Hammerstein" gets her name from Broadway lyricist and songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II, who helped make the song "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy", which is played in-game on the GNR Radio Station. • "Gordon Sumner" is actually the real name of the musician known as Sting. • "Professor John Malleus" is named after the one of the three auditory ossicles, (small bones located in the middle ear) which transmit sounds from the air to the inner ear. The Malleus is the "hammer" in the set of "hammer, anvil, and stirrup," so named after their shapes.
The inhabitants of the Temple of the Union are named after Abraham Lincoln's cabinet; Hannibal Hamlin was Vice President, Caleb Smith was Secretary of the Interior, William "Bill" Seward was Secretary of State, and Simon(e) Cameron was Secretary of War. On top of this, the dog found there is named "Four Score", which is a reference to Abraham Lincoln's opening of the Gettysburg Address ("Four score and seven years ago...").
In Megaton, the undetonated atomic bomb and the Children of Atom are a reference to the film "Beneath the Planet of the Apes", in which a cult worships an intact nuclear ICBM
The village of Arefu is an actual real-world place inside of Romania, most well known for its proximity to the former castle of Vlad III, who is also known as "Dracula" and "Vlad the Impaler." It is also the main stage for the questline "Blood Ties", which deals with a group of cannibals who believe themselves to be vampires. One of the NPCs involved with the questline, Lucy West, is likely based off of Lucy Westenra, a character from Bram Stoker's Dracula.