The Fallout series had to move out of the West Coast, Bethesda did a damn fine job working with the Fallout Lore up to that point (even referencing the 'Broad Strokes' that was Fallout Tactics). Hell I myself was annoyed with the bugs, but usually they died when I reset the game by logging out. I encountered few CTDs in my playthroughs as long as I keep my browser off.
Hell it is also home to one of the most awesome ideas turned mod ever: Mothership Zeta Crew mod. Current version is 1.66 but it is awesome. It mixes in some of the Fallout satire with some seriousness and makes it work. It does have some things to work out but the creator of the mod understands that and tries to work it out but there is only so much you can put into a game... then there is mods for that mod... holy shit are there addons and mods for just this mod. We got weapon and clothing mods, a MOON BASE mod, even various retex mods for the sodas and weapons! This has a very active community folks, and its all good.
Also, in the mod you get to WALK ON THE MOON! Seriously, what mod LETS YOU WALK ON THE MOON!?!
i have no idea about predecessors nevertheless FO3 deserves best RPG ever created. It makes entire Diablo series look like games made by 5-year-old. Of course, I admit that game is quite improperly balanced(main quests give EXCESSIVE experiences even before completing all side quests. besides, distributing 7-8 in intelligence before leaving vault and taking 'educated' perk asap contribute to creating OVERPOWERED character.....lastly, playing on very hard mode also gives ADDITIONAL experiences and it makes game less funny) in conclusion, developers did it correctly yet superbly, when compared with those wretched craps don't deserve the term '(video) game' made from my country.
"FO3 deserves best RPG ever created." It really doesn't considering it's RPG mechanics are limited 'at best'. New Vegas, Dragon Age, Deus Ex and from what I've heard Witcher are all superior to Fallout 3 in terms of RPG mechanics, and that's not even going into the older games, PnP games and the new kickstarter projects. Doesn't mean Fallout 3 ain't a fun game, cause it is. But none of it's RPG mechanics are particularly good and several are either missing or have been streamlined to ridiculous proportions.
ohh, i apologize for my ignorant comment. now i have been finished FNV(including all DLC+GRA+Stash)nearly three times without using cheats and can compare two games' major features, pros and cons. yes, both can not be best RPGs have ever created but still surpass tons of crappy games made from my country and this fact shames me. the reason is simple. both are so American. that means they feature pure American style while craps from my country feature nothing but lame mishmash of Japanese style and American style. i do hope you forgive my ignorant reply.
Oh when I posted that I was more ticked off at the objective statement of "best RPG ever created". Hell, had you said Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role Playing Game was the best RPG ever created I would be just as ticked off really.
I'm kind of like a grammar nazi when to subjective and objective statements. Anyway, have you tried out the first games? Lots of people I talk to about Fallout started with Fallout 3/New Vegas and then tried out the older games and loved them. You should give them a try if you're further interested in the Fallout lore and need yourself a Fallout fix.
fyi, you should play at least one of korean crappy online rpgs to understand my feeling.....that exotic sentiment i felt when i first bought f3 goty via steam. they are very repetitive, always feature SAME game play styles(quests aren't major feature. they are only playing trivial roles in game. thus all players can do is dungeon raiding with same patterns, tedious monster killing with no reasons). are always made in low-budget. inflation is always major problem in game economy since game developers don't care about it, thus encouraging item transaction with real-world currency via either 3rd party site or secret 'smuggling'(latter works well these days since gov't started to regulate 3rd party sites help game item transaction). as i mentioned before, lore and background show nothing but crude mishmash of Japanese style and American/European style. no, developers don't care about lore at first, since they have only interested in exploitation of teenager gamers' real world money. to compensate the lack of well-written lore, developers always are adding new characters or items without enough consideration of balances thus utterly dooming the game's balance. nevertheless, at least developers care about bugs fairly frequently. exploitation of tech problems and glitches always involve heavy penalty to players. that is all.
at first, when i bought f3 via steam, it was completely different game, different experience when compared to all the other craps i have been playing. and this exotic experiences from fallout style rpgs still prejudice me, thus made me put such dumb comment. anyway, i appreciate your point, made me see more clearly bout another games