Ok seriously, (not from here havent read them yet as of writing this) I dunno what all the hate for Fallout 3 is from supposed fans of fallout 1, 2.. I played owned and still own fallout 1, 2, fallout tactics, fallout 3 and new vegas I love 3 so so sooo much it was just what i would have wanted for the next one in the line of fallout games.
I dont care for new vegas personally go figure.. Still playing 3 once in a while have yet to explore every single place on that map.
Fallout 3's story and character creation i really thought this would light that fire under game developers thats sourly needed. Character creation like this should be main stream, the Consoles can easily support the feature and its adds a some player attachment to there character as you have to invest time into creating it.
the Story while by it self is fairly short you could easily get through the whole story in a few hours, there is so much exploring and side quests you can get and want to be distracted easily. 10 in my book if you never played it your missing out + get the expansions if you haven't got them either they are fun.