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I'm really interested in picking up Fallout, but I'm wondering if the whole game can (enjoyably) be played completely using the third person camera. I heard the third person in Oblivion was a bit of a stinker, and I'm wondering if this is the case for Fallout 3 also. I have quite a bit of trouble with first person games as I get motion sickness. Aiming and such in first person is fine and dandy, but asking me to strafe and move around in gunfights is my ticket to laying down on a bed for a good ten minutes to recollect my spinning head.
As a big fan of both third-person and first-person games, I will have to tell you no. It's obvious that Bethesda meant for this to be played in first-person and the third-person view seems like an after-thought. It's no better than the third-person view in Oblivion.
Third person can be exploited to allow you to peak around corners (ala Metal Gear style) and also zoom out to a relatively far distance from your character to get a better situational awareness of the field around you.
But to say it's a third person playable game might be misleading. The camera always goes into FPV in VATS mode and I think anytime you speak with someone.
lol i use the 3rd person camera in order to not see some of the creatures such as mole rats up close (i hate getting spooked by some random creature out of nowhere when i use the 1st person camera). but i pretty much use it to have a better view of everything around me especially the whole wasteland field : ).