‘Fallout 3’ Gets Midnight Release

Last night at the stroke of midnight, Best Buy stores across the U.S. were open for business to launch the release of Bethesda‘s hotly anticipated Fallout 3 game.

By early accounts, Fallout 3 is being hailed as “one of the year’s best gaming experiences”.

Have you played it yet? Let us know what you think by posting your reviews and comments below.

Bethesda’s Fallout 3 is the next game to get the midnight launch treatment–the game industry equivalent of a red carpet premiere. The game is buzz-heavy, to be sure, but lacks the clear mass-market appeal of Halo or GTA, and is the kind of talky, drawn-out, plot-driven role-playing game that usually appeals mostly to serious gamers, not the adrenaline-fueled, trigger-happy masses.

Best Buy stores will be opening at midnight on October 27 in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Dallas, and Chicago. The New York event is being held at the same midtown Best Buy that hosted last year’s Halo 3 launch, which featured, massive TV coverage and a visit from a full squadron of costumed characters from the game.

Having spent the last week playing Fallout 3, we can safely say it’s one of the year’s best gaming experiences. Built around the same game engine as Bethesda’s 2006 hit Oblivion, Fallout 3 keeps the same wide-open world and morally gray decision-making, but trades the swords and sorcery for guns and high-tech gadgets in a post-nuke Washington, D.C.

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