Well, I finally have it. The years of waiting since Fallout 2 are finally over, the worries that Bethesda would screw it up with their "new take" are gone. This game is fucking amazing, FACT. I bought it on Friday (special edition, in the lunchbox with the DVD, artwork book and bobblehead: Â£39.99. The game on it's own only costs Â£28 in Zavvi which is a bargain) and finally got home to my PC last night. The weekend was a nightmare looking at the case and counting down the hours to the install, but it was all worth it. My recently-upgraded PC (now with Core 2 Duo 3.16GHz, 8GB RAM and a GeForce 8800GTX) handles it like a dream. The graphics are better than anything I've seen, turned up to the max. The first time you emerge from the Vault is particularly impressive - as your eyes adjust to the natural light for the first time you're greeted to a truly immense panorama of the wasteland, with the ruins of the Washington Monument and the Capital Building miles away in the distance. What makes it even more impressive is knowing that this view isn't just a background - these are rendered buildings, fully explorable when you finally reach them, but the game has drawn them in spite of the view distance. Six hours of gameplay (interspersed with the new Sharpe), and I doubt I've even begun to get into it. By the time I completed the first proper "storyline quest" ("Has anyone seen my dad please?") I'd already picked up about seven other side quests, at least two of which are easily going to take two hours each. I only have a couple of minor gripes so far, and mostly they're due to my own uselessness. The first is the controls, and the fact I keep hitting the wrong buttons. I guess this will improve with practice, but I recommend being careful when trading. I managed to spend 80% of my wealth on repairing my entire inventory (which was full of loot I wanted to sell) at the mechanic's store by accidentally hitting "A". A confirmation screen would have been nice, but never mind. The second weird thing that happened was that one time I bullied a super mutant. Level 2 waste-wanderer carrying a gash little 10mm pistol gets ambushed by a super mutant with a minigun. I duck behind a tree, pop out, whack it in VATS targetting mode and see what's happening. Turns out my best chance of a hit is to attack the minigun (it being massive and the closest thing to me), so I think if I can disarm him like that then it might give me a chance. Three rounds and he drops his gun, fair enough, but I'm still panicking he's going to give me a shoeing. No. The 8' tall, 400lb monster suddenly bricks it and starts running away over the rocks! Very strange, but not as annoying as the fact that his dropped minigun is nowhere to be seen. I reckoned it was worth a small fortune to someone in my situation. Maybe my eyesight is crap, but I can't help feeling I lost out there. The third thing is about perception and traps. In the first two, a good perception would flag up hazards to you, so you could have a crack at disarming them. Not the case here, as far as I can tell. My perception is massive, but I still keep walking over pretty simple tripwires. If you're a fan of the old games, you'll have to adjust your mindset when it comes to wandering around occupied buildings - the game doesn't do it for you! These are only minor things, and don't take away the fact that in six hours of play I already know I'm playing my favourite game of all time. I've yet to see a graphics issue, the load times are miniscule, it's funny and intelligent and fully immersive. I'm praying for some flu so I can get some sick leave. If you're a fan of the Fallout series (and let's face it, if you've played them then you should be) then why have you not already bought this game? If you've never played Fallout before don't worry. Fallout 3 is completed standalone in terms of storyline, so at no point should you feel that you're missing out because you didn't play the originals. However, I do recommend you go and buy the budget pack with Fallout 1, 2, Tactics and Brotherhood of Steel. It's probably only Â£15. One final point I feel is worth mentioning: Downloadable content. They're supposed to be doing a boatload of the stuff. I own a PC and a PS3, and my housemate has an XBox 360. F3 is available on all, but the downloads are only available on 360 and PC. If you have a choice of console, don't go for the PS3 version or you'll be selling yourself short.