I'm finally getting around to playing Fallout 3, and I heard there were differences between the PC version and the Xbox 360 version. Half of my friends have played the Xbox 360 version, and half the PC, but no one I know has played both. If I were to play Steam Fallout 3, I'd get achievements, right?

So what, if any, are the major the differences in plot, graphics, gameplay, expansions?

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    You can't use the console in the xbox version, which means you have less options to deal with potentially game-breaking bugs. Mar 22, 2011 at 17:16
  • Do you mean Steam achievements? If so, I'm afraid you only get the MS achievements on your MS account on the PC too.
    – Stu Pegg
    Mar 22, 2011 at 17:56
  • @Stuart Pegg so the achievements you get via steam in fallout 3 are the same as the ones you get on the xbox? or different? Mar 23, 2011 at 12:42
  • Good question. I suppose just because the account they're recorded on is the same doesn't mean the achievements can't be platform-specific.
    – Stu Pegg
    Mar 23, 2011 at 12:47
  • fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Fallout_3_achievements_and_trophies "Despite both the PC and Xbox having identical achievements, the game has separate IDs for the two on LIVE which makes cross-platform profile comparison not possible."
    – Stu Pegg
    Mar 23, 2011 at 12:50

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Regarding plot, gameplay and expansions Fallout 3 is exactly the same on all platforms (PC, XBox 360 and PS3).

The differences in the PC version are the ability to do more precise tunings on graphic setttings, the possibility to enable the developer console and the huge advantage that you can install many MODs developed by community.

MODs are modifications to the original game created by community members.

Fallout 3 in particular is easily moddable and for this reason the community created hundreds of different mods and modifications that change every aspect of the game:

  • Graphics (better textures, dynamic weather, object re-skins, NPC 3D models and faces etc.)
  • Gameplay (hardcore modes, balance fixes, etc.)
  • Sounds

or add original contents like new armors, weapons, buildings or even complete new quests.

I suggest you to visit the amazing Fallout 3 Nexus website that has a huge database of mods and patches and it is the reference site for many Fallout 3 modders.

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    +1 for the mods, the community has released some great content. Mar 22, 2011 at 18:23
  • MODS? tell me more... Mar 23, 2011 at 12:41
  • @LoveMeSomeCode I updated my answer with more info.
    – Drake
    Mar 23, 2011 at 13:40
  • ha, I know WHAT a mod is. I was meaning, 'i didn't know there were mods for this game. what sorts of mods are available.' but, good link Mar 23, 2011 at 14:16
  • @LoveMeSomeCode There are so many mods that is difficult to suggest you which you could like, depends also on what you are looking for: better graphic, different gameplay or new missions. I am sure you will find a lot of interesting mod in that site.
    – Drake
    Mar 23, 2011 at 17:02

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