Some things bug me.. and they're really stupid things, in the grand scheme of life.
Fallout 3 is a really enjoyable game. It is. But it's not Fallout `Three`. It's Fallout: Washington(or Fallout: East Coast). It doesn't really follow any of the previous Fallout game's storyline or continuity.
Sure, they brought in Harold.. weird that Harold would've made the trek so far east, considering that most of the mid-west is supposed to be a giant radioactive dustbowl full of storms that'll strip cattle to the bone in seconds.
Fallout:New Vegas is really, to me, Fallout Three. It follows much of the same storyline, is close enough to California, holds most of the same clans and factions and issues as Fallout and Fallout 2.. granted, the game's buggy as all get out and should NOT have been released with such issues still at large...but it's an enjoyable game.
To me, Fallout 3 belongs in the realm of Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel.. it's in the same vein of Fallout, uses many of the lore and factions...but it's not the same thing. (FO:BoS takes place in the Michigan/Illinois\Great Lakes area.. so it's a bit west of FO3, but still). I don't think anyone in their right mind considers Fallout:Brotherhood of Steel to be anything remotely close to a true Fallout game (this abortion of enjoyment is a console button-mash/hack&slash game)
Say what you will.. to me, New Vegas is the true Fallout Three.. and Fallout 3 is more Fallout:East Coast.
But they're both greatly enjoyable games.. if you haven't played them yet.. go play them. But find Fallout & Fallout 2 and play them.. if you can. You'll need an older computer (pre-pentiumIII\gigahertz processor) to play them.. but they're worth playing.
So.. a quick paint-up of one of the NCR's New Vegas Rangers: