Differences Between Fallout 3 and 4

Last Updated on March 19, 2022 by QCity Editorial Stuff

Fallout 3 and 4 are both great games and it can be hard to decide which one is the best. I will compare some of the major differences between Fallout 3 and 4 to help you make an informed decision on which game you want to play. 

Fallout 4 has a more detailed world with better graphics, while Fallout 3 is still pretty good-looking for its age. There are also many new features in Fallout 4 such as being able to build your settlements, enhanced crafting system, and character customization options. The biggest difference is that Skyrim was released before Fallout 3 so there’s a lot more content in Skyrim than what there was in Fallout 3 when it first came out.

Fallout 3 was released in 2008 and is set in Washington D.C., 200 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization as we know it and left most of Earth uninhabitable with radiation levels too dangerous for any life to survive outside of underground vaults created before the war began. The player takes on the role of an inhabitant living in Vault 101 who eventually leaves his comfort zone looking for adventure out in “the wasteland.” Fallout 4 was released in 2015 and is set in Boston, 200 years after the events of Fallout 3.

Comparison between Fallout 3 and 4

Parameters of ComparisonFallout 3Fallout 4
VoicedThe protagonist in Fallout 3 was notThe protagonist in Fallout 4 is voiced
LinearThe story in Fallout 3 is more linear, with the player following a storyline that has been set by someone elseIn Fallout 4, there are no NPC companions to help you fight enemies or carry your items
SettlementLess settlementmore settlement
CraftLess craftingMore crafting
InterestingBoth are interestingBoth are interesting

What is Fallout 3?

The Fallout series is a post-apocalyptic role-playing game that takes place in the aftermath of nuclear war. The games focus on the conflict between survival and morality, as well as how humans react to various situations. The first two installments were published by Interplay Entertainment, but since Bethesda Softworks bought them out, they have been publishing all subsequent titles. To play this game, you need at least 1 GB of RAM, 5 GB of hard drive space for installation, and 8x DVD-ROM speed or faster. You can use your PC’s mouse and keyboard controls or an Xbox 360 controller if you’ve got one hooked up to your system.

Fallout 3 is a post-apocalyptic role-playing video game that was released by Bethesda Game Studios in 2008. It is the third major installment in the Fallout series and takes place in 2260, 200 years after a nuclear war that devastates most of Earth’s population. The player assumes control of an inhabitant of Vault 101 who is forced to go outside into what remains of Washington D.C., now called “The Capital Wasteland.” After leaving the vault, the protagonist eventually finds him or herself involved with various factions, including Raiders, Slavers, and Super Mutants. Later on, they may also join up with The Brotherhood of Steel (a military order dedicated to preserving pre-war technology) or run all over town as one without any allegiances.

Differences Between Fallout 3 and 4

What is Fallout 4?

Fallout 4 is a post-apocalyptic action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series and was released worldwide on November 10, 2015, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game is set within an open-world environment that encompasses the city of Boston and the surrounding area. Fallout 4 received generally positive reviews from critics with many praising the game’s story, world design, and graphical enhancements over its predecessor while criticizing its characters and glitches. With more than 111 million copies sold worldwide as of November 2019, it is one of the best-selling games ever made. 

Differences Between Fallout 3 and 4

10 Differences Between Fallout 3 and 4

1. The story in Fallout 3 is more linear, with the player following a storyline that has been set by someone else.

2. In Fallout 4, there are no NPC companions to help you fight enemies or carry your items.

3. There are many choices for customization in Fallout 4, including gender and appearance.

4. You can create settlements in Fallout 4 where you can build homes and shops for other survivors of the nuclear apocalypse.

5. Weapons are now customizable – you can add scopes, stocks, barrels, etc to them to make them more effective against different types of enemies. 

6. Different factions vie for control over various parts of the map; once one faction takes control they will start attacking any other faction that crosses their path.

7. The protagonist in Fallout 4 is voiced, whereas the protagonist in Fallout 3 was not.

8. There are more settlements and crafting opportunities in Fallout 4 than there were in Fallout 3.

9. You can build your settlement with a variety of different materials to make it look however you want.

10. To get new weapons, armor, or items you need to scavenge for them instead of finding them on enemies.

Interesting Statistics or Facts of Fallout 3

1. The game’s development budget was $30 million.

2. Fallout 3 is the first Bethesda Game Studios title to be rated M for Mature by the ESRB.

3. To create a more immersive experience, Bethesda introduced the Radiant AI system which allows enemies and NPCs to move around in towns and react to their environment.

4. There are over 50 hours of gameplay available in Fallout 3.

5. The original release date for Fallout 3 was set for October 2007 but it was later delayed until 2008 due to a variety of reasons including marketing concerns.

6. Players can choose from one of six different races when creating a character – human, ghoul, super mutant, robot, deathclaw, or animal (dog).

Interesting Statistics or Facts of Fallout 4

1. Fallout 4 has been released for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

2. The release date of Fallout 4 was November 10th, 2015.

3. Bethesda Game Studios developed the game.

4. The developer is known for creating games such as Skyrim and Oblivion.

5. In the latest installment in the series, players are taken to post-apocalyptic Boston.

6. You can play as one of several different characters including a male or female Sole Survivor.


The conclusion paragraph should be at least 5 sentences long. It’s not easy to compare Fallout 3 and 4 because they are so different from one another, but here is a side-by-side comparison of the two games that highlights some key differences:  -Fallout 4 has more visual detail than Fallout 3. However, it may lack in other areas such as transitions between scenes or animations on NPCs which can make them look robotic sometimes. -There are new weapons available in Fallout 4 including ranged weapons like pistols, rifles, laser guns, and plasma rifles which weren’t present before; this makes combat much easier for players who aren’t comfortable with melee fighting or using conventional firearms like shotguns or revolvers. Melee combat is still an option though.


Resource 01: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallout_3
Resource 02: https://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/377160/

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