Excerpt: Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage is the first downloadable content (DLC) mini expansion for the game. This new content takes place in the form of a military simulation that players need to beat in order to complete a new quest in the main game. The simulation itself is advertised as “one of the greatest battles of the Fallout universe, the liberation of Anchorage, Alaska from its Chinese Communist invaders”.
Conclusion: In my opinion, Broken Steel is definitely worth the purchase. At $9.99 on the PSN, a lot of PS3 owners wondered if it was worth the price tag after being delayed for almost a year. If your copy of Fallout 3 is collecting dust on the shelf, this gives you a reason to pick it up and get excited about playing it again.
Pros: If you're a Fallout 3 fan, and have been waiting for this all year long, you won't be disappointed. Broken Steel brings a lot of awesome new quests and locations to explore, keeping you entertained for hours.
Cons: Waiting a year for the first DLC drop is definitely disappointing and some gamers might argue against the $9.99 fee.
Excerpt: For me, the original Fallout game and its sequel represented some of the better things that happened during my “gamer” days. For me, these two titles represented the best two RPG games I have ever played (yes, better than Diablo or any other game you can think about). For me, Fallout deserved to be placed on the shrine of immortality and never be bothered again.
Excerpt: Bethesda Softworks, the developer of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion , has set out to continue what Interplay's Black Isle Studios had to drop: the Fallout series. Their first effort in this new venture is Fallout 3 for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Fallout games are typically set in a 1950s-style, post-apocalyptic future world, and Fallout 3 follows that tradition by placing gamers into the Capital Wasteland, formerly Washington DC.
Excerpt: Developer Black Isle Studios created three games in the 90s that still grace RPG "best of" lists today: Fallout , Fallout 2 , and Planescape: Torment . After the significant monetary investment in Stonekeep 2 was lost in its cancellation, the studio released the good-not-great Icewind Dale series before the entire team was axed by Interplay.
Excerpt: It's been almost two decades since the Berlin Wall fell and the cold war paranoia that began in the 1950's finally subsided. Many RPGamers are probably too young to remember it happening, but it is such a well-documented and frightening period of history that everybody knows its effects and repercussions.
Excerpt: Hmmm. Bethesda doesn’t seem to be getting the hang of this DLC malarkey. One minute things are looking up with Broken Steel and Point Lookout, then something like Mothership Zeta comes along and they're back to where they started. What we have here is Operation Anchorage in space - featuring the same mistakes and the same boons.
Conclusion: Fallout 3 is an interesting title that will satisfy the throng of Oblivion fans who have patiently awaited some kind of sequel. This title employs a lot of that game's conventions but significantly freshens up the formula with the distinct setting. For lovers of the genre, it's tough to go wrong with Fallout 3.
Excerpt: If you're looking for samurai, aliens, a good old fistfight leading to a prison break, and a new off-world setting for your adventurer from Vault 101 to explore, well, wait a minute. Clearly this is not what you were looking for, so that setup doesn't really work.