Fallout 3 (2008) review

I’m a little slow of the mark here really, but since I’ve recently finished it and I’m in need of something new to write about I thought why not! Who cares if I’m 6 years late?

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You are the “lone wanderer” you have been brought up in the safety of Vault 101 when one day your father decides to leave and head into the wastes created from the destruction of nuclear war, you’re forced into an unwelcoming harsh world and for the first time you have to fend for yourself.

There is a main quest line to follow, but if that isn’t enough for you there are side quests and a huge selection of areas which can be explored. I found the quests all enjoyable, although I personally didn’t find the story line as engaging as I would have liked, but this didn’t take away any of my enthusiasm to play it.

Fallout 3 gives you the option to be good, neutral or evil , this is usually determined by actions you make, this can affect the game in different ways, certain followers won’t join you if you have the wrong type of karma (if you have bad karma for example, someone who is good will not follow you).

The world is vast, there are many different places to explore such as massive stations which can be a good way to travel to new areas there are also towns, office blocks, destroyed buildings and much more. Quite a few of these areas do look the same (the metro stations for example) but that’s to be expected from such a large game.

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The combat is entertaining (and sometimes amusing) whether you want to go with melee, firearms grenades or just ridiculously huge rocket launchers. One of the big plus points of the combat system in Fallout 3 is V.A.T.S. (vault-tech targeting system) this allows you to target a specific area on your enemies, this also informs you of the expected damage and the chance of a hit. This feature also shows you your destruction up close and in slow motion which I have to say, never gets boring.

Unfortunately as you have more than likely heard/seen the game is constantly suffering from bugs and glitches, luckily this happened rarely to me and I’m pretty thankful for that, one issue that came up is that my companions had a habit of occasionally going missing.

This game is totally worth the time and effort I put into it and if you haven’t yet played it I suggest you go pick it up as soon as possible.

Rating 3.5/5

Heart of the Diamond Review

Heart of the Diamond – Carrie Brock

I have to confess, regency romance is not a genre I would usually choose although I will certainly be keeping an eye out for them from now on, this book has definitely changed my opinion for future reading material.

The two main characters are perfect and very well developed, both were intriguing. Nicole (Nicki as she prefers to be called) isn’t your average women and doesn’t want to settle down anytime soon, Blake is cold hearted and out for revenge. At first Nicki seems to be the perfect way to go about it, until it all goes wrong and he begins to fall for her charm. Their interactions are enchanting and often amusing as they both contend with one another as well as their own emotions.

As the story began to unfold I wondered where it would go next, question after question left me guessing as to each character’s motives, sometimes giving me answers I would have never suspected. These questions do not only concern Nicki and Blake, but everyone else around them such as Nicki’s father and step mother who have already come across Blake earlier in life, and Teddy who Nicki seemed to think her one true love and best friend.

I was beginning to enjoy the book so much that to an extent, I was rather disappointed for it to come to an end as I would have loved to see something more from these characters.  There were points in which I did not want to put it down. When I managed to pull myself away, I could hardly wait to read more, I was eager to get back to reading it again.

Carrie Brock has certainly put a lot of effort into this book and I would be interested in reading any future books she releases. I would highly recommend to anyone, and I’ve already been persuading others to take a look.