we can at least agree that it’s not Oblivion with guns.
No, we can't. While that statement is oversimplified, it is accurate. The same people, using the same decision-making process, made Fallout 3 that made Oblivion. At the very least, almost every feature I disliked about Fallout 3 came directly from Oblivion.
Edit: no point in reviving a nearly decade-long argument. If not Oblivion with Guns, it was "the next TES game, but with a thin Fallout veneer, most easily described as changing the weapon focus to guns". And no, I didn't start calling it Oblivion with Guns until *after* I played it.
And to make the next post seem less out-of-place: In the deleted text, I claimed Fallout's background music was Techno. I am not a music historian, so I probably used the wrong term, but I can tell the difference between 1 & 2's music and 3's music pretty easily. Call it what you want.