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Up Past 3:00 A.M. — ‘Fallout 3’ Wouldn’t Let Me Sleep November 3, 2008

Posted by patrick.klepek in video games.

[This was originally posted over at my work blog, MTV Multiplayer.]

Open world fears be damned, I am officially addicted to “Fallout 3.”

I managed to squeeze in about four hours with “Fallout 3” yesterday afternoon. Then, my girlfriend went to sleep early.

It was midnight, and I could pop in “LittleBigPLanet,” which I’ve sadly ignored, or “Mirror’s Edge,” a title that’s piqued my curiosity but remains wrapped.

They both remained on the shelf.

I put another three hours into “Fallout 3” and forced myself to turn off my Xbox 360 at a little after 3:00 a.m., after finishing the “Reilly’s Rangers” quest. Who knew battling through a hotel could take nearly three hours? Well, only if you want to 100% your map…

I’m slightly overwhelmed by the open-ended nature of Bethesda Softworks‘ post-apocalyptic adventure. There’s nothing ever telling me to return to the main quest. I almost have to force myself back on track after a few hours. There can’t really be a whole new area to explore with no quest value, can there? It’s just there to be there?

I’ve never played anything like this before. It’s very exciting. I feel like I should give “Fallout” a break to try what else is on my desk — but will I? Hard to say.

What is keeping you up late at night these days?



1. Justin - December 29, 2009

Fallout 3…. It keeps me awake too…

Must have more Nuka-Cola-Quantum

The sad part is I got the game of the year edition. (Dec 09) which has 5 expansion packs worth of more open-ended goodness. Reileys Rangers was starting to annoy me so I loaded a previously saved gave and went on to other tasks. I couldnt get out of the damn hotel, or find that stupid Fusion battery. I carry one on me at all times now in case I end up on that side of town and decide to knock off some Mutants.

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