Fallout 3

Good old Fallout 3! I do love it, despite it’s severely railroading main story/quest line – the world all around that is just fantastic and it’s so much fun to play in. It’s basically a huge open world that you can pretty much do as you please in… the kind of thing that Bethesda seems to do so well!
After the recent Mass Effect 3 heartbreak, I’ve steered away from RPGs for a bit (Thankfully Minecraft hasn’t yet let me down!) – but I recently got the itch to play Fallout 3 again.

What’s Fallout 3 you ask?
It’s a RPG set in a future world of an alternative history. In the Fallout universe, things went a bit differently sometime around the 1950s, and whilst things like Nuclear weapons still came to be, things like the Microchip didn’t so much. The biggest difference of cause, is the great war. A world ending Nuclear cacophony occurs. Have a look at the Fallout Wiki’s Timeline if you’d like some more detail.
Seriously, if you’ve never played it, it’s worth the £15 that Steam is currently asking for the Game of the Year edition…

Anyway, after reinstalling it I’m left facing the question of mods…
There are SO MANY mods out there for this game – and a lot of them are just simply awesome.
Seriously, If you’ve got Fallout 3 on the PC you need to get some mods! Head on over to Fallout 3 Nexus and take a look.
I highly recommend the following; Fallout Wanderer’s Edition, Mart’s Mutant Mod, Fellout, Weapon Mod Kits, EVE, NMC’s Texture Pack [FULL] and the DC Interior’s Project.
There are many, many more though, from additional ‘Perks‘ to new Radio stations.
And I would just like to take a moment to thank all of the awesome mod makers who have enriched the game with all this additional content. Thank you people!
But perhaps two of the most important ‘mods’ you should look at are the bug reducing/error fixing ones – namely Fallout Stutter Remover and Error Reductions – Reduce CTD – these two alone are perhaps the most important downloads any Fallout 3 fan could ever do! Seriously.

After all this, perhaps it’s no wonder that my Fallout 3 directory is 18Gb in total…
But when my Vault Dweller character makes his first trip out of Vault 101 now, the post apocalyptic world that greats him now looks like this.

Nice.

SSD’s make everything faster…

I saw recently that an online retailer had the OCZ Vertex 3 120Gb SSD in a sale, so I snapped two of them up, thinking one for my system and one for games and stuff (my Steam install alone is well over 100Gbs!). These are SATAIII drives and my motherboard was only SATAII so I thought I’d upgrade that whilst I was at it.
This has, unfortunately, brought Project:HTPC to a halt for the time being…
So I got (eventually… damn you Parcel Force) all my goodies and assembled everything and began the fun that is installing Windows on a new drive. Installing onto an SSD is refreshingly quick, up until that SSD (after two/three hours of use) reports an internal error and freezes up. Sigh.
What on Earth has happened to companies QA practices these days? If it’s not sub-standard software (I’m looking at you Bioware) it’s defective hardware…
Fair enough, I was buying highly discounted goods, I still expect those goods to actually work!
So, my final thoughts…

SSDs are great, when they work. The Vertex 3 drive I have running at the moment is performing admirably (just under 500Mb/s read and write). They’re also a damn site quieter than the old spinning HDDs! Performance is exceedingly good but the reliability… am just hoping that this one doesn’t crash out on me anytime soon.
Worth the money? Probably.