Fallout 3: 360 Patch Shines... Literally

Fallout 3. One of the most hotly controversial cross-platform projects of 2008, the PlayStation 3 version in particular came in for plenty of criticism owing to its often-poor frame rate - though Digital Foundry was somewhat more even-handed in its Eurogamer assessment at the tail-end of last year.

It turned out that Xbox 360 version, despite its superior frame rate and full-on 4x MSAA, had flaws of its own - notably some inferior textures when viewed close up, along with a lack of specular maps on the monsters and characters, resulting in a somewhat flat look compared to the other versions of the game.

As it happens, the latest Fallout 3 patch isnít just preparation code for the upcoming DLCÖ one of the small issues with the launch 360 game has been addressed: the specular maps are back. Perhaps the omission was simply a bug? Or perhaps not, because while the effect has been replaced in the more obvious locations, elsewhere it is still absent. But regardless, itís an obviously welcome addition for 360 owners, and we presume that the upcoming DLC will be looking as good as it can possibly be. Nice.

And hereís a nice YouTube HD slideshow video with these images, and many more. See whatís improved, and what isnít in full 720p HDÖ be sure to hit that full-screen button.

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