Reviews and Problems with Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage
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Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage
13 October 2009
Excerpt: [Join Christopher Matulich and Chris Carter, as they both review Fallout 3's Operation: Anchorage pack for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Chris M's review was written months ago when the DLC dropped on the 360, and Chris Carter's is brand new. Intro by Christopher Matulich.
Excerpt: While we've (hopefully) come a long way from the days of Oblivion's ridiculous Horse Armour, it's still hard to judge the true value of DLC packs. Anything would seem good value when compared to that ridiculous £4-for-one-item fiasco, and yet large expansion packs are still relatively rare, so there isn't much scope for making critical comparisons.
Conclusion: Our review for the last piece of notable 360 DLC, Fable II’s Knothole Island , raised the excellent point as to whether a place for such relatively frivolous content exists in such a tough economic climate. Operation Anchorage doesn’t help shed much new light on the matter, leading us to sit on the fence with regards to its merits.
Summary: Fallout 3 places a player in the role of a Vault-dweller, who ventures from his secluded, underground survival Vault into a post-apocalyptic world of mutants, radiation, gangs and violence. Enter a military simulation and fight in one of the greatest battles of the Fallout universe – the liberation of Anchorage, Alaska
Conclusion: Adds a totally new spin to the Fallout 3 formula. Adds new achievements. May attract more fans of action shooters. The level design is gorgeous. Great deal for the price. You get some nice "items" for completing the content.
Excerpt: Name: Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage Genre: Action RPG Platform: Xbox 360, PC (Reviewed on 360) Operation: Anchorage is the first of three planned downloadable add-ons for Bethesda’s epic open-world RPG, Fallout 3 . Focusing on the historic events where American soldiers liberated Anchorage from a Chinese invasion, fans of Fallout 3 are treated to a very different gameplay experience than they are used to.
Excerpt: Fallout 3 Operation: Anchorage review Game Over Online - http://www.game-over.com For those who do not know, for those who have not yet completed Fallout 3, here’s a quickie spoiler: Fallout 3 ends at the end of the primary mission tree. Unlike, say, Oblivion, where after completing the final primary mission you were free to continue to wander the countryside killing random monsters, searching dungeons, and fine-tooth combing for side quests you may have missed, Fallout...
Conclusion: You'll begin by broaching Cliffside installations, but eventually you'll operate from a central hub to four other areas – clear them all and you complete the simulation (it's a little bit more complicated than that, but I don't want to spoil the whole experience for you). It's not very difficult, and about the only replayability here rests in the intel cases you can collect (there are 10, but I only found seven but you'll earn a new Perk).
Pros: Refreshingly different environment to play through, More action-oriented (though this may turn people away), Fleshes out Fallout lore for aficionados, Rewards at the end extend game-time in the Capital Wasteland
Cons: Very short, Not nearly as RPG focused as the rest of the game, Not very challenging overall