Comparing Fallout 3 Washington with the Real D.C.

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Not every pics post over at GamesRadar has the booby in it. Sometimes they haul off and do something thought-provoking, as in these comparisons of Fallout 3's Capital Wasteland with the real Washington.

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The verdict? Bethesda did a damn good job. Of course, when you're dealing with iconic monuments and landmarks, you're kind of forced to do so. But at least there was a ton of source material for them to work with. Only the fountain in Dupont Circle (which, I remind you, is lovingly dedicated to Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont) departs egregiously from reality.

But speaking as a former resident of the District, I tip my hat to Bethesda, too. One of the eerie and oddly joyous curiosities of the game is snooping around the bombed out capital and seeing if I can recognize places I've visited, or even feel like I'm there again. It comes as close as any game has so far.

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Fallout 3 vs Reality: Photo Comparison [GamesRadar]

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lived in DC my whole life. fallout3 only loosely resembles it. they've moved thigns around the city and the scale is significantly reduced (for technical reasons, of course). I suppose it was too much to ask it'd be a legit 1:1 representation, haha, but living here it just feels weird to go through it in Fallout 3 witout noticing how off it is.

But not too off. Bethesda is located in Maryland, after all.