And yet, like most Fallout fans, I'm actually a little bit nervous for the release of Fallout 3. There's a nagging suspicion that this really could just be Oblivion but with guns and more brown.
But it isn't. I know it isn't because I've just played it and that's the root of my rocky relationship for the game – my love waxing and waning into trepidation as the months between sightings stretch ever longer. I'm saying all this to help put my thoughts in a context that other hardcore gamers can understand. You may think, just as I did only yesterday, that this is Oblivion with guns and that's it – but you'd be wrong.