Wired's look at Bethesda Softworks' Fallout 3 praises its visual flair and combat mechanics, but little else. In a sharply-worded review up at its Game|Life blog, Earnest Cavalli slams it as "almost entirely lacking" the series' iconic charm. And a review it certainly is, with little in the way of hedging to conceal the author's judgment, even of a storyline he saw only half an hour of.
It really feels like someone wrote a fanfic based on the Fallout universe and somehow got the funding to create a game based on it. ... I predict a heavy backlash from long-time fans. At best Fallout 3 will be the blacksheep of the series: An oddity played only for completion's sake by those who absolutely adore the original games.
Grist for the mill for those who want it to fail. For the rest of us, sigh. If nothing else, it's a reply to those who insist that one must play a game to completion before setting the lead. Thirty minutes!