So, it's my second time through Fallout 3, which when I play seems unnecessarily long. I actually stuck around in Evergreen Mills this time and watched the Behemoth. Took it out with a Chinese Assault Rifle of all things, because I forgot my bigguns at home. I just got into Vault 112 on the Main Quest, so there's a lot to go.
While I tend to defend Fallout 3 a lot, Fallout 1 and 2 are definitely more sweeping games. That being said, the flaw both of the first one had and the third one managed to introduce was the lack of a more personal, character-based plot. Fallout 1 and 2 were all about McGuffins - The Water Chip, and the GECK.
Fallout 2 also had an annoying sequel premise - the adventures of the grandson of the Vault Dweller. Why not play around in the same time period as the Vault Dweller, and have a little fun elsewhere, like, I don't know - Seattle, Chicago, New York.
Truthfully, it's obvious that Fallout 3 is more of a reboot than a sequel, moving to a brand new location. However, it wasn't original enough. Deathclaws, Radscorpions, and Super-Mutants are still primary enemies, and less imaginitive altogether. Yao Guai isn't what I would call a mangy radioactive bear, and I don't think a lot of Washingtonians would have as well.
Just some quick thoughts this morning.
Continuing to expand on New Jersey, never imagined I'd get so into it. Hope to do the same treatment to other places that need expansion.