Are the DLC any good?

Posted by HellBrendy (994 posts) -

After 3 years of it dusting down in the shelf I decided to finally give Fallout 3 a real chance since I dropped it after five hours back in 08 (I actually started it on release)

Now, I'm 80 hrs in, walking to find empty triangles in Capitol Wasteland before I complete the game, and I'm wondering if I should jump over to New Vegas or extend the gameplay some more. Is the DLC worth the money?

Playing on Xbox 360.

#1 Posted by HellBrendy (994 posts) -

After 3 years of it dusting down in the shelf I decided to finally give Fallout 3 a real chance since I dropped it after five hours back in 08 (I actually started it on release)

Now, I'm 80 hrs in, walking to find empty triangles in Capitol Wasteland before I complete the game, and I'm wondering if I should jump over to New Vegas or extend the gameplay some more. Is the DLC worth the money?

Playing on Xbox 360.

#2 Posted by McGhee (6094 posts) -

The DLC in Fallout 3 is awesome, especially The Pitt, Broken Steel and Point Lookout.

#3 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7614 posts) -

Point Lookout is really good. The rest are semi-interesting quests, but not really necessary. Worth playing if you're really into Fallout though.

New Vegas is a much better game.

#4 Edited by FTomato (234 posts) -

Broken Steel is fantastic, it increases the level cap by 10, new perks, adds a bunch of more difficult enemies to the random spawns, and adds 6-7 more quests after the end of the game. If you haven't completed every single bit of content in the main game, this is a must buy, and even if you have it's great.

The Pitt and Point Lookout are both pretty good, they add a new area - The Pitt is smaller and has less quests, but the main plot line is better. I didn't like the main plot line in Point Lookout, but the area is larger and more interesting, and has some nice side quests.

You should pass on Mothership Zeta and Operation: Anchorage, they're pretty bad.

Also, you should consider taking a break from Fallout, jumping from F3 straight to F:NV seems crazy. The games are super long.

#5 Posted by pweidman (2319 posts) -

Broken Steel extends the story and lvl cap and adds some perks, so it's essential imo.  Point Lookout is great, and well worth the play as well.  The others are for the hardcore fans, and not as worthy of your time or money.   
 
And if you like Fallout 3 you need to play New Vegas.  Despite it's smaller scope and size, and it's technical problems which are numerous(it's been patched to death), it's just loaded w/great ideas and improvements that make it more fun than FO3.  Black Isle dudes got involved w/Obsidian on FO:NV and their effects were very positive imo.
#6 Edited by spazmaster666 (1966 posts) -

I agree that Point Lookout is probably the best DLC for Fallout 3 and is probably better than any of the New Vegas DLC as well. Broken Steel is okay as well but more important because of what it gives you gameplay wise (increased level cap and more perks) versus the actual content itself. Though if given the choice, I would recommend you play New Vegas since story and character wise, it's a much richer experience than you'll get from any DLC. Also, while the improvements they made to the gameplay is meaningful is not hugely significant (hardcore mode for instance is a great addition). Money wise, it's definitely better to buy New Vegas for ~$15 vs. $10 for each piece of Fallout 3 DLC. You could also wait a couple of months and get the New Vegas Ultimate Edition which have all the DLCs for $50 but I didn't really like any of the New Vegas DLCs that much (and you would only end up saving $5 anyway).

#7 Posted by TheUnsavedHero (1255 posts) -

I had the most fun with Point Lookout, Broken Steel, and The Pitt. Mothership Zeta was ok while Operation Anchorage was just 'meh'.

#8 Posted by HellBrendy (994 posts) -

Tanks! I'll get Broken Steel and Point Lookout.

How do they tie in with the game? Is just just there in the world or do I have to finish the main game because they take place in a "different" wasteland?

#9 Posted by FTomato (234 posts) -

Broken Steel immediately increases the level cap and changes the enemy spawns when you install it, but the new quests show up after the end of the original game.

When you install Point Lookout it gives you a quest to talk to an NPC who sends you to the new area. It can be done before completing the original main quest.

#10 Posted by TooWalrus (13156 posts) -

@HellBrendy said:

Tanks! I'll get Broken Steel and Point Lookout.

How do they tie in with the game? Is just just there in the world or do I have to finish the main game because they take place in a "different" wasteland?

Broken Steel (I think that's the one) extends the end of the game, so make sure you've got that installed before you finish it. The others just appear as new radio distress calls and appear on your map like any other quests... Mothership Zeta actually causes a phat UFO to crash in the wasteland, and most of that DLC takes place inside of it (that was a nice change of pace).

#11 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

Apparently Fallout 3 has the best DLC in history 

#12 Posted by TobbRobb (4590 posts) -

As many other have said, Broken Steel is pretty much a must, Point Lookout is the best of the bunch in every way and The pitt has a cool storyline, though I didn't like it that much. Mothership Zeta is plain shit, Operation Anchorage was kinda fun and you get some cool items, but meh, skip it.

#13 Posted by HellBrendy (994 posts) -

So if I'm smart I'll get Broken Steel, play around some more to level up and then play it?

#14 Posted by Getz (2996 posts) -

Skip Operation Anchorage, and probably even Mothership Zeta unless you just HAVE to have more fallout 3 content. They're not really that exciting.

#15 Posted by Catfish666 (190 posts) -

If I were you, I'd just get the F3 GOTY Edition, with all the DLC packed in. Been awhile since its release, so I bet you can find a used copy for what you'd pay for a single piece of DLC in the marketplace.

I agree that if you just wanna play the top DLC, then it's Point Lookout and Broken Steel. The thing with the other 3 DLCs (and main reason why people diss them) is that they follow the formula of enter DLC, lose all gear and don't get to return to main world until you've finished the new content.

#16 Posted by AlecOfTheWest (278 posts) -

@WinterSnowblind said:

Point Lookout is really good. The rest are semi-interesting quests, but not really necessary. Worth playing if you're really into Fallout though.

New Vegas is a much better game.

This, although I would say The Pitt is worth playing as well.

#17 Posted by sickVisionz (1268 posts) -

Broken Steel is great and it extends the level cap, which was the most important thing for me. I put down every RPG once I reach a point where I can't progress my character anymore. Broken Steel was what let me start playing FO3 again.

#18 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

operation anchoagre has some nice loot at the end of it

#19 Posted by mandude (2669 posts) -

I can't say I enjoyed the DLC too much, but if you're enjoying the rest of the game that much, I'm sure you'd like it enough. With New Vegas already out, I'd have to recommend that over the former, though.

#20 Posted by HellBrendy (994 posts) -

@Catfish666: Yeah, I've been thinking about it. Maybe I'll fid a used copy on Gamestop or something.

@mandude: Yeah, I'm thinking more and more on that too. But it's something about playing the shit out of this game wich I've been really enjoying so far that's keeping me from start up NV.

#21 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

@McGhee said:

The DLC in Fallout 3 is awesome, especially The Pitt, Broken Steel and Point Lookout.

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