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I finally found time to play through Fallout 3 and I think I was lucky I

was already having the Broken Steel Add-On to not just end the game.

I really only went through the main quest this time, touching just a few side quests.

Now that I finished the main quest: does it make any difference whether I now start finishing all side quests or should I better finish them before I finish the main quest?

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It doesn't matter.

at the end of the main quest you can choose to live on or sacrifice yourself...

This means that there are a few different options.

  • Run trough the main quest, then do the sides
  • Take it easy, follow the path of the mainquest but also do most of the side quests that don't take a lot of walking. (remember you can fast travel!)
  • Go from town to town, do every quest and do the main quest on the end.

Option 1 is just for finishing the game, its a bit harder then the other options as you don't get the xp from other quests.

Option 2 would be the most common option, It gets you trough the game the best way. you level up a lot, you get companions and all the other good stuff...

Option 3 would be if you want to play trough the game with the best karma... since you can then sacrifice yourself in the end.

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Ok, so there's no problem in solving side quests after I went through the main quest? I thought maybe they are not all available/completable just because I finished the main quest and "did what I did". –  Turrican Dec 28 '11 at 11:42
    
Well there are ofcouse obvious reasons that you can't do them all, defusing or blowing up the bomb in megaton (these are both side quests) have their obvious aftermath... –  HTDutchy Dec 28 '11 at 13:08
    
Thanks, I'll go and do as much side quests as I like before finished the main quest. –  Turrican Jan 2 '12 at 2:14
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