Fallout 3's Point Lookout Out Today. Does It Work?

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Posted by Brad (5000 posts) -

Bethesda's done a great job producing regularly scheduled downloadable (some might call it episodic) content for Fallout 3 this year. It's done a somewhat less great job of posting that content in a functional state, though, with things like corrupted files and DRM-related installation issues preventing a lot of people from actually playing packs like The Pitt and Broken Steel until a few days after launch.

Today the fourth DLC, Point Lookout, is officially out there, and it looks like the most substantive release yet, with a new overworld map somewhere around a fifth the size of the landscape in the original game. But I can't help wondering: Does it work? Have you been able to download and play this add-on without incident? Is the fourth time the charm for Bethesda?



I'd be curious to hear what issues you've run into with Point Lookout, if any--or simply what you think of the DLC and what it adds to the game, if not. Post 'em!

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#1 Posted by Brad (5000 posts) -

Bethesda's done a great job producing regularly scheduled downloadable (some might call it episodic) content for Fallout 3 this year. It's done a somewhat less great job of posting that content in a functional state, though, with things like corrupted files and DRM-related installation issues preventing a lot of people from actually playing packs like The Pitt and Broken Steel until a few days after launch.

Today the fourth DLC, Point Lookout, is officially out there, and it looks like the most substantive release yet, with a new overworld map somewhere around a fifth the size of the landscape in the original game. But I can't help wondering: Does it work? Have you been able to download and play this add-on without incident? Is the fourth time the charm for Bethesda?



I'd be curious to hear what issues you've run into with Point Lookout, if any--or simply what you think of the DLC and what it adds to the game, if not. Post 'em!

Staff
#2 Posted by frogsoblivion21 (128 posts) -

Worked just fine for me. I finished it this morning and I think it's the best expansion/add-on for Fallout 3 yet.

#3 Posted by Death_Unicorn (2877 posts) -

I think this is the best so far, however, I have suffered frame rate issues, this weird sound glitch where it seems as my character is kicking around  an object while he walks, and my game crashed twice.
However, other than that, I had a blast playing through the game.

#4 Posted by MeatSim (10989 posts) -

I gotta fine some free time to start playing Fallout 3 again I haven't gotten to play any of this DLC yet.

#5 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6922 posts) -

So far, no problems!

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#6 Posted by Tirrandir (222 posts) -

Hrm.  Picked up the card for this at gamestop this weekend.  9.99 for the card means that technically it was cheaper than buying it online proper.  So I'm going to go home and dl this.  Stupid work.

#7 Posted by nail1080 (2030 posts) -

Damn GIANTBOMB I was going to ask you guys the same thing...

*waits for quick look*

#8 Edited by The_A_Drain (4073 posts) -

Worked for me, but unfortunately I had a real bad time with it, hated it ;_;

Edit: To clarify, I hated the quests, thought the artwork, layout and quests were very very poorly designed in comparison to the main game, and while the map is a large aread to explore, there aren't really any notable areas aside from the main questline which in itself is no longer than operation anchorage and in my opinion, utterly devoid of interest, I found it very boring, unlikable and poorly designed. I kinda annoyed really after enjoying The Pitt and Broken Steel so much.

#9 Posted by MagicKiwi (109 posts) -

Side note, how the HELL is Bethesda churning these out so fast?

#10 Posted by AndrewB (7782 posts) -

Seriously... I was waiting for a little word elsewhere before deciding if I'm going to buy. I think I may finally be all Fallout 3'ed out. I thought Broken Steel was going to basically be the end to the game, and to go back for some trivial sidequest now seems rather anticlimactic.

#11 Posted by The_Tolman (458 posts) -

ive been playing it since 11 this morning and havent even started the main story in point lookout. there is alot to do and explore in this dlc. worth every penny.

#12 Posted by HatKing (6426 posts) -

I've kinda lost interest in Fallout.

#13 Posted by FlipperDesert (2133 posts) -

I love that it's gotten to the point where there's an article checking if the latest add-on is as broken as the others.

I keep wanting to go back to Fallout 3, then I remember the bugs, framerate issues and other nasties. It still crashes when I try it.

#14 Posted by TrashMustache (556 posts) -

god i just only started playing Fallout 3 like a month ago, i still have 5 side quests to go, and only own a ps3, in a way i'm glad so i can finish up on The original game.

#15 Posted by heavymtlhead (243 posts) -

I played through the whole thing today and the only minor problem I had was that the frame rate chugged a little but other than that it works fine

#16 Posted by afrokola (533 posts) -

I've run into three cases where my game froze but only once did it really inconvenience me. Other than that it's really unbelievable how much they've shoved into this one after playing all the previous DLC, really great area to mess around in a lots of quests.

#17 Edited by RedSox8933 (2501 posts) -

I've had no technical problems, but I do have a problem. I was walking in the swamps and FOUR motherfucking Feral Ghoul REAVERS came on me at once. I didn't stand a fucking chance. I thought the Presidential Metro Tunnels were hard, Christ.

Other than that, I'm really enjoying it. It is definitely the best (and hardest) add-on yet, and the Double-Barreled Shotgun is fucking awesome.

#18 Posted by VisariLoyalist (3088 posts) -

I don't know, I have a ps3 so I kind of hate bethesda right now >:-(

#19 Posted by Tirrandir (222 posts) -
@RedSox8933 said:
" I've had no technical problems, but I do have a problem. I was walking in the swamps and FOUR motherfucking Feral Ghoul REAVERS came on me at once. I didn't stand a fucking chance. I thought the Presidential Metro Tunnels were hard, Christ.Other than that, I'm really enjoying it. It is definitely the best add-on yet, and the Double-Barreled Shotgun is fucking awesome. "
Never go anywhere without a ghoul mask.  Seriously, those dudes are vicious, but totally avoidable.
#20 Posted by RedSox8933 (2501 posts) -
@Tirrandir: I totally killed all of the ghouls during Tenpenny Tower, is there another way I can obtain said mask?
#21 Posted by Pie (7215 posts) -

Is it free?

#22 Posted by Tirrandir (222 posts) -
@RedSox8933 said:
" @Tirrandir: I totally killed all of the ghouls during Tenpenny Tower, is there another way I can obtain said mask? "
Nope.  :p  S'what you get for being pro-racism.
#23 Posted by RedSox8933 (2501 posts) -
@Pie said:
" Is it free? "
800 points.
#24 Posted by RedSox8933 (2501 posts) -
@Tirrandir said:
" @RedSox8933 said:
" @Tirrandir: I totally killed all of the ghouls during Tenpenny Tower, is there another way I can obtain said mask? "
Nope.  :p  S'what you get for being pro-racism. "
FUCK.
#25 Posted by Pie (7215 posts) -
@RedSox8933 said:
" @Pie said:
" Is it free? "
800 points. "
I was talking about the free map packs and dang your quick
#26 Posted by Tirrandir (222 posts) -
@RedSox8933 said:
" @Tirrandir said:
" @RedSox8933 said:
" @Tirrandir: I totally killed all of the ghouls during Tenpenny Tower, is there another way I can obtain said mask? "
Nope.  :p  S'what you get for being pro-racism. "
FUCK. "
I was scouring the earth trying to figure out how to BECOME a ghoul originally, so ... yeah.  I wasn't going to kill any of those dudes. 
#27 Posted by RedSox8933 (2501 posts) -
@Tirrandir: What really sucks is that killing those ghouls was almost the only evil thing I did in the game. Aside from killing some innocents. I'm a good character.
#28 Posted by Tirrandir (222 posts) -
@RedSox8933: That does suck.  It made the metro tunnels laughably easy.  Only fight what you want to. 
#29 Posted by LordKorax (229 posts) -

I've been playing for the last few hours, and no problems so far.

#30 Posted by Krakn3Dfx (2704 posts) -

"with a new overworld map somewhere around a fifth the size of the landscape in the original game"

Wut? 

I WANNA GO HOME!  NOW!  GODDAMMIT.  HOME!

#31 Posted by belowradar (32 posts) -

I actually had my game freeze up during the Bog mission.  As soon as I woke up in front of the tree thing and started to move my game froze up.  It did this even after I loaded a previous save.  Deciding I wasn't gonna let this happen to me I went to the dashboard, cleared my cache and rebooted the game.  It started to lag a little when I walked away from the tree but after that little hang up I made it all the way out and to the church.
So far I'm having a great time.  Definitely worth the 10 bones.

#32 Posted by ElectricBoogaloo (487 posts) -

You can get high in this game, that automatically makes it awesome.

#33 Posted by phlegms (1622 posts) -

Im still trying to finish the main game, havent touched any of the dlc stuff. Curse you bethesda!

#34 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8663 posts) -

I want to buy this but I have downloaded all other DLC for the game and have yet to actually play any of the missions = /

#35 Posted by darkjohnny47 (147 posts) -

i keep having a lot of frame rate/slow down issues with it.  other than that i like it better than the rest of the dlc so far.

#36 Edited by Robinson (191 posts) -

I LOVED it.  Most worthwhile purchase of any of the download-able content packages.  The quests feel on the level of the original game in quality and thoughtfulness.    The backwoods feel also is a nice change of pace from the usual fallout world.  There are some instances of pop in occurring and slow down.  I'd loved to see a quick look on this.

#37 Posted by baba2 (276 posts) -

The only issue I have is that when things get busy, the frame rate drags a little.

Apart from that, another superb download!

#38 Posted by Nat3TheGreat13 (270 posts) -

I like this DLC alot

#39 Posted by Reverseface (1223 posts) -

I'm downloading it now, i'm actually looking forwards to this. I DIG the redneck / swamp atmosphere.

#40 Posted by Geekcore (109 posts) -

Mine is DLC is working great. I just finished my first quest. The Reaver glitchiness is still a problem.

#41 Posted by OptimusPrime (102 posts) -

Nothing but frustration with this DLC. first off it made fawkes go back to the museum or whatever, even though he was waiting in my house at the time. ( nowhere near me or the boat).  All the enemies look retarded and are annoying to listen too.  Overall this expansion is just too hard,  my character is a fairly low level, but they should have made this where even people under level 25 or 30 can play this comfortably.  I was an 18 my first try at doing any missions, and it didn't go so well.  I have levelled up to 20 since and will be attemping this again tomorrow.  Oh and I hope you have ALOT of money cause, it costs over 300 caps to go  1 WAY on the ferry.  A pretty dumb concept if you ask me.


At this point I am only playing this to get the achievements that i payed the ten dollars for, and certainly not for enjoyment.  The DLC for fallout has been getting progressively worse and after this one, I will not be buying the next DLC for this game.  Thanks for nothing bethesda, enjoy my 10 dollars.
#42 Posted by bwooduhs (1679 posts) -

I've only come across increased performance issues. For example unsyncing dialougue and stuff.

#43 Posted by Creamypies (4162 posts) -

My game froze and it corrupted my save. Luckily I don't have to go too far back (thanks to multiple saves), but it seems that once again Bethesda fail to make their DLC completely bug free. Whoever's testing this stuff needs to get fired... pronto.

#44 Posted by CitizenKane (10682 posts) -

I've noticed a few glitches(texture pop-ups, complete objects popping in late, slowdown), but overall it has been running smoothly.

#45 Posted by Maxszy (2103 posts) -

I haven't gotten the last couple yet. Loved Fallout 3 and I can't believe I have missed these. Don't really have a great reason for it either. Well, I shall have to start catching up!

#46 Posted by MasterControl (97 posts) -

Man, I want to have this on release day but it's almost like a lesson in futility with the dlc. I've devoted almost 90 hours of my life to this game, it can wait a week. :-)

#47 Posted by Media_Master (3259 posts) -

sounds better than the previous downloads

#48 Posted by Jimbo_N (1474 posts) -

Ran into some wierd framerate issues in the beginning but other than that it seems to work just fine so far. (PC version)

#49 Posted by gbrading (2283 posts) -

Probably the best of the DLC's, and when combined with Broken Steel it makes it even more worthwhile. The quests are diverse and interesting, and there are a couple of side missions you need to hunt around to discover. Not tell me Bethesda, if you could do this now, why wouldn't we have had the same for Operation: Anchorage and The Pitt?

#50 Posted by eduardo (442 posts) -

Works fine, but still has the occasional lock-ups and glitches!

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