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Fallout 3

Fallout 3

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios
Released in 2008
Played in 2008
Played on Xbox 360
Played to completion

What it’s about

Life was pretty great in Vault 101. Sure, it was dirty, dark, and populated mainly by glitchy animatronic dummies, but it was home. Then dear old dad had to go and blow everything. He breaks the cardinal rule of Vault 101: no one enters, no one leaves. Wanted to answer for your father’s crimes, you make your escape and follow him out into the capital wasteland. Then you wander around for a long, long time. Eventually you find your father trapped in a VR simulation and free him, allowing him to continue his work to purify the waters and pave the way for life for thrive on the surface once again. Naturally, this comes at a cost.

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Oblivion

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios
Released in 2006
Played in 2006
Played on Xbox 360
Played to completion*

What it’s about

Set in the central Imperial province of Cyrodiil, Oblivion tells the story of the assassination of Emperor Uriel Septim VII and the resulting chaos as the dragonfires — bear with me here — go out, leaving this plane of existence vulnerable to invasion by demonic forces. You are tasked by the Blades (it’s always the Blades doing the plot’s heavy lifting, isn’t it?) with finding Martin, Uriel’s illegitimate son and last surviving heir. By putting him on the throne, you can close the Oblivion gates opening across the land, which you will certainly want to do because they are extremely repetitive. Naturally, complications arise.

Of course, it’s an Elder Scrolls game, so saying that it is “about” the main plot is practically missing the point. It’s an unfathomably large game.

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