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Fallout 3: Broken Steel (X360)

Fallout 3: Broken Steel (X360)

Fallout 3 was a huge success for Bethesda Softworks and the downloadable addon has finally been released for both the PC and Xbox 360. The additional content extends the original story, raises the level cap and brings new weapons and armour into the mix. Is it worth the money?

Broken Steel picks up after the main quest in the original Fallout 3 and one of the main criticisms from the public was the fact that the game ended dramatically rather than leaving the side missions open for further play. With this expansion pack that is no longer the case and the player can continue to explore the environment and increase their characteristics to the new level 30 cap.

After a brief interlude you emerge at the Citadel ready for more action and although the success of Project Purity meant that clean water is flowing, the war between the Brotherhood and the Enclave is still a hotly debated issue. Without a system of distributing this water you kindly take on missions to rectify this situation as well as opting for more sidequests if you so desire.

The majority of game is held in the Capital Wasteland and this sets the tone for the core of the missions, there are also a plethora of moral choices you will make which will cause the rest of the game to flow behind your decisions, much in the same way the developers effectively incorporated with the original title.

One of the big talking points will be the level cap increase from level 20 to level 30 and anyone who has played the franchise before will know that getting to level 20 was a pretty easy process, it happened long before exploring everything in the game. The age old trick of lifting the cap by a decent amount means that many gamers will want to purchase the new content and play longer. There are three new achievements available for reaching the new level cap of 30, one being awarded for good, evil and neutral karma. There are also some changes to the perk system which aids players who have made mistakes in the past and there is even one available which will reset the karma to whatever you like.

The game lasts between 6 and 10 hours which is quite a lot of time for an addon especially when compared to previous outings. There are also new enemies to deal with as well as some new weapons at your disposal, including the awesome new Tesla Cannon which is without a doubt the most fiercesome weapon yet seen in the Fallout 3 world. When you wield this behemoth of firepower even the most dangerous enemies can be taken out with a single well placed shot. To compliment the Tesla Cannon there is the Heavy Incinerator which hurls balls of fire for long range attacks.

When you take everything into consideration, the game offers good value for money but it is very unfortunate if you are a Playstation 3 owner and do not have access to not only the new content but the new level cap … strangely the game has not yet been made available and hopefully this will change in the not too distant future. I have heard via various sources that developing the original game for the Playstation 3 was a logistical nightmare due to some technical issues, but I have not had a firm response by Bethesda before hitting publication.

Graphically, the game has not changed since the original release and this is not a bad thing as the stunning vistas and dynamic lighting are inspiring to behold, even with some considerable time passing since the original release on the Xbox 360.

Broken Steel will prove a great purchase for fans of Fallout 3 and offers more value for money when compared to previous releases. The new level cap of 30 adds a lot of play time to the experience and by allowing the game to be played beyond the main quest the developers have offered exactly what the fans have been asking for. A mere 800 gamer points stands between you and this enjoyable romp so I see no reason not to give it a full thumbs up.


New quests are great and the level cap means long term playability is available.
Just as good as before but marked down a little since the original release but the variety is not really any different.
Great voice acting and solid background ambience.
800 points for many hour play. Seems good to me

Highly recommended to all Fallout 3 fans

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Stuart Davidson

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