Parents' Guide to

Fallout 3

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

An outstanding role-playing game -- for adults.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 63 parent reviews

age 18+

Be a rebel, not a sheep.

The game was very addictive and fun, because I loved RPGs. But because of the sheer amount of gore and violence in this game, it cannot possibly be suitable for 14+. You shoot off enemies limbs one by one.... in slow motion, and watch them explode and get torn to pieces, blood shed everywhere... in slow motion. You follow? Not to mention the absolutely creepy as hell atmosphere of getting stabbed in the back any moment by some octopus monster. Great game in itself though. But dang. 18+ minimum. And if you really care about being a sane human being - dont play it at all. LOL.
age 14+

A great game for 14+

This a great game for kids 14 and older. Besides the M rating, this game can be good for kids because they have the choice to be a good person, or a bad person. They will revive the proper outcome based on their choice. If they’re good, the people are good back to them. And if they are bad, people are bad back to them. Besides this, I think it’s a 14+ game because it does have a few curse words in it. The curse words aren’t terribly bad but not for younger kids. And the game does have strong blood and gore however, it isn’t as scary as it sounds. The violence is meant to be realistic, not scary or grossing. And this game has a great story your kids will enjoy. The story starts off by a group of bullies being mean to you on your birthday. You then turn older and take a test in high school. At one part you have to fight the bullies because your girlfriend is being harassed. You also had to tell the bullies a phrase of your choice. This can be very good for teenagers to learn about school and it’s very relatable. This is why I think this game is good for 14+ teenagers, it can be educationally healthy for them.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (63 ):
Kids say (174 ):

Not only is this game an immersive, futuristic Wild Wild West thriller that offers many dozens of hours of play, but it's also quite the looker with its high-definition characters, environments, and special effects (the game looks and plays the same between the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions). Animation isn't always smooth, though, and there are occasional camera issues that obscure your view instead of aiding it. Another minor shortcoming: it would have been great if a second player -- online or in front of the same TV -- could join in and play with you at any time (as you can in the Fable II RPG) but at least the artificial intelligence is smart and will keep you on your toes. Whether or not you played the original Fallout games, this sequel is one of the finest -- yet quite mature -- video games of 2008.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 , Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release date: October 28, 2008
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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