Way More About Fallout 3's Point Lookout

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Posted by Brad (5384 posts) -
Bethesda's fourth (and counting!) DLC pack for Fallout 3, Point Lookout, is out next Tuesday night. Kotaku reported today that some retailers are actually selling the retail package of the add-on--which just consists of a code you can use to download the DLC--right now per the below picture, but since you can't activate the code till Point Lookout is officially released next week, there's not much reason for you to run out and hunt down the retail package early.

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In more official news, Bethesda put out a series of new screenshots today giving you a better look at what this add-on's going to be about.

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Lastly, the team has put up a surprisingly in-depth development diary describing the creation process for Point Lookout, which is apparently going to add a large amount of new real estate to the world of Fallout 3. It goes into all kinds of detail about how they arrived at the ideas in the add-on and then turned them into a new playable area.

Building a whole new region is a lot of work, but the team knew what it needed to look like and where everything needed to go.  Every tree and rock in Point Lookout is placed by hand, so simply filling out the world was a significant effort.  As the world-building team completed initial passes of the world, we held “World Walk” meetings that involved just running around the world and exploring it. We constantly gauged the feel of the world, the density of gameplay encounters, exploration rewards, and general points of interest. Thanks to these meetings, we knew when and where to add additional points of interest or tweak the ones what the team already had created. Many of the guidelines that we used in Fallout 3 for density simply didn’t apply to creating a swamp. While the Capital Wasteland is spread out and desolate, Point Lookout is much denser. The new region is more populated, there is a much heavier fog, and points of interest and encounters are much closer together.  This density in Point Lookout created new gameplay problems for us to solve. 

Lot of good graphics in this one showing before-and-after shots of level designs and so forth. It's definitely worth a read if you nerd out over game development stuff like this.

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There's a shocking amount of excitement in this office about another Fallout 3 add-on. Then again, while four DLC packs for any one game sounds totally nuts on its face, I think Bethesda has done a fantastic job so far of regularly extending the life--and expanding the fiction--of what was already a really solid role-playing experience. Are you in the same boat? Will you be staying up late next Tuesday night to grab Point Lookout, or have you finally had enough Fallout 3?

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#1 Posted by Brad (5384 posts) -
Bethesda's fourth (and counting!) DLC pack for Fallout 3, Point Lookout, is out next Tuesday night. Kotaku reported today that some retailers are actually selling the retail package of the add-on--which just consists of a code you can use to download the DLC--right now per the below picture, but since you can't activate the code till Point Lookout is officially released next week, there's not much reason for you to run out and hunt down the retail package early.

No Caption Provided
In more official news, Bethesda put out a series of new screenshots today giving you a better look at what this add-on's going to be about.

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3Gallery image 4Gallery image 5Gallery image 6

Lastly, the team has put up a surprisingly in-depth development diary describing the creation process for Point Lookout, which is apparently going to add a large amount of new real estate to the world of Fallout 3. It goes into all kinds of detail about how they arrived at the ideas in the add-on and then turned them into a new playable area.

Building a whole new region is a lot of work, but the team knew what it needed to look like and where everything needed to go.  Every tree and rock in Point Lookout is placed by hand, so simply filling out the world was a significant effort.  As the world-building team completed initial passes of the world, we held “World Walk” meetings that involved just running around the world and exploring it. We constantly gauged the feel of the world, the density of gameplay encounters, exploration rewards, and general points of interest. Thanks to these meetings, we knew when and where to add additional points of interest or tweak the ones what the team already had created. Many of the guidelines that we used in Fallout 3 for density simply didn’t apply to creating a swamp. While the Capital Wasteland is spread out and desolate, Point Lookout is much denser. The new region is more populated, there is a much heavier fog, and points of interest and encounters are much closer together.  This density in Point Lookout created new gameplay problems for us to solve. 

Lot of good graphics in this one showing before-and-after shots of level designs and so forth. It's definitely worth a read if you nerd out over game development stuff like this.

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There's a shocking amount of excitement in this office about another Fallout 3 add-on. Then again, while four DLC packs for any one game sounds totally nuts on its face, I think Bethesda has done a fantastic job so far of regularly extending the life--and expanding the fiction--of what was already a really solid role-playing experience. Are you in the same boat? Will you be staying up late next Tuesday night to grab Point Lookout, or have you finally had enough Fallout 3?

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#2 Posted by Sabata (829 posts) -

Wow, it's out next week? That was fast.

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#3 Posted by zombie2011 (5502 posts) -

I've spent way to much on this game. I might skip this one wait for the aliens.

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#4 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4941 posts) -

awesome!!

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#5 Posted by Scooper (7920 posts) -

I haven't yet bought any of the add-ons for F3 yet but I may have to get this and the last one that raised the cap to 30. I just love the feel of the game and I've been meaning to replay the game on hard.

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#6 Posted by samsaturday (119 posts) -

I skipped Anchorage and The Pitt, but I might play this one.

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#7 Posted by MaxPower13124 (15 posts) -

I'm playing a copy I borrowed from my brother.  I think I'm going to wait till October to get all of it at once.

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#8 Posted by Cook66 (272 posts) -

I think I've had enough Fallout 3 to last a lifetime. I wont be buying this, but it's nice that they keep adding content.

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#9 Posted by Jimbo (10472 posts) -

Nuts on its face indeed.

Finished F3 but haven't bought any DLC yet.  I figure they'll release a bundle eventually.


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#10 Posted by Venatio (4724 posts) -

Not sure about this one yet, Ive bought all the previous content though so I wouldnt be surprised if I bought both this and the aliens DLC

I love Fallout 3 so...yeah

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#11 Posted by jakob187 (22932 posts) -

The big question that I have is this:  do I have to have the other DLC packs in order to enjoy Point Lookout?  What I mean by that is "will I need to be level 30 for Point Lookout"?  I really don't want to buy Operation Anchorage, The Pitt, and Broken Steel individually when the GOTY edition is coming out later in the year with 5 DLC packs attached to it for $60.  However, if I can enjoy Point Lookout without having to get the other packages, then I might have to cheat and pick this up a little early for the Hell of it, because it just looks awesome.

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#12 Posted by Doomguy (20 posts) -

I like that they're going for a new theme with this DLC, the mad red neck family that lives by the swamp is something I might just have to check out.

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#13 Posted by MjHealy (1999 posts) -

Stay up late? I think it comes out at like 9/10 am GTM. MWHAHAHAH

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#14 Posted by natetodamax (19462 posts) -

Was going to save my 800 points for this, but chickened out and bought The Pitt today instead.

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#15 Posted by FallopianTube (113 posts) -

Yes Brad, im gonna play it - you should start doing that too. come on

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#16 Posted by VisariLoyalist (3130 posts) -

Fallout 3 forever..... and ever..... and ever..... and ever.......

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#17 Posted by Lydian_Sel (2537 posts) -

Dammit!!! This will probably break my vow to never return to the Cooter, my Fallout 3 good-2-shoes.



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#18 Posted by TheMasterDS (2912 posts) -

Yeah I just noticed it was coming out next tuesday right before you posted this. It looks great, will be loads of fun.

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#19 Posted by Bryce3333 (32 posts) -

Never stop releasing Fallout content, please Bethesda!!!!

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#20 Posted by Reverseface (1223 posts) -

This is probabley for me the most interesting looking add on for fallout so far. looks like it will make me pick up fallout again, after stopping playing it just before the end.

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#21 Posted by Reverseface (1223 posts) -

This is probabley for me the most interesting looking add on for fallout so far. looks like it will make me pick up fallout again, after stopping playing it just before the end.

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#22 Posted by Alphazero (1645 posts) -

They've all been good so far... yes, even you Operation Anchorage. I love you Chinese Stealth Suit.

I will play this DLC... for SCIENCE.

Although I might wait a while... just got Red Faction.

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#23 Posted by Seedofpower (4059 posts) -

Well, I just might buy this (maybe).

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#24 Posted by SunnyD (50 posts) -

Quick look?

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#25 Posted by Impossibilium (680 posts) -

As much as the mission quality of the packs has been up and down Bethesda do get the idea of "episodic content" better than Valve do.

Unless Valve are using the gap between Star Wars VI and Star Wars I as their reference ...

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#26 Posted by RedRocketWestie (381 posts) -

I have wanted to play every DLC they've released, but I can't justify the financial and time cost to play it all.  It's a great game and all, but the content of the original was rich enough to fully satisfy my need to explore the world and play the game.  I've explored the gameplay aspects just about as far as I want to, and STILL have things in the original game that I haven't seen and done.  So no, as much as I think it would be worth it, I just can't find myself wanting it enough to pay for it.

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#27 Posted by Ket87 (472 posts) -

Getting this and Mothership Zeta day one, I've probably put more time on F3 than any other single player game since the JRPGs of the PSone era. Typically I put a few hours on a game and lose interest or beat it and never touch. But F3 I've done everything, every quest/sidequest/achievement, I've found every location and rare item I could. Cannnot wait to see what is store in Point Lookout with a new region to explore.

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#28 Posted by Ket87 (472 posts) -

Getting this and Mothership Zeta day one, I've probably put more time on F3 than any other single player game since the JRPGs of the PSone era. Typically I put a few hours on a game and lose interest or beat it and never touch. But F3 I've done everything, every quest/sidequest/achievement, I've found every location and rare item I could. Cannnot wait to see what is store in Point Lookout with a new region to explore.

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#29 Posted by fugie7 (1134 posts) -

man another DLC i havent even started on the other 3 yet. i better get cracking.

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#30 Edited by natetodamax (19462 posts) -
@SunnyD said:
" Quick look? "
They will definitely do a Quick Look for it. They did one for each of the the last three.
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#31 Posted by Nat3TheGreat13 (270 posts) -

This one look'pretty sweet.

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#32 Posted by Rio (605 posts) -

I will be on vacation, but I will definitely grab this when I get back.  Since I semi-recently got back into Fallout I cant seem to get enough of it.

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#33 Posted by snownightmare (6 posts) -

I am too broke for this!

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#34 Posted by WreckinRodRumbler (125 posts) -

I gotta say, I'm pretty glad that they're finally releasing DLC for the Playstation 3 version. Can't wait for these!

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#35 Posted by Videogames (264 posts) -
Brad said:
There's a shocking amount of excitement in this office about another Fallout 3 add-on. Then again, while four DLC packs for any one game sounds

totally nuts on its face

, I think Bethesda has done a fantastic job so far of regularly extending the life--and expanding the fiction--of what was already a really solid role-playing experience. Are you in the same boat? Will you be staying up late next Tuesday night to grab Point Lookout, or have you finally had enough Fallout 3?
I can't tell if this is intentional or just a very bad choice of words.

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#36 Posted by ocdog45 (712 posts) -

cant get enough of fallour 3. but ill wait for the GOTY Editon.

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#37 Posted by ChrisInCali (149 posts) -

Waiting for the GOTY edition, not buying any more DLC.

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#38 Posted by skrutop (3812 posts) -

I'm still waiting for the GOTY treatment, so I can get all of the DLC in one go.

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#39 Posted by citizenkane (10875 posts) -

I have bought all three DLCs so far on release day and this upcoming expansion pack is no different.  Fallout 3 is only of my favorite games this generation and I am eagerly anticipating Point Lookout.

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#40 Posted by ares0926 (29 posts) -

I am a total Fallout Whore and as long as they keep putting out quality DLC, I'll keep buying it.

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#41 Posted by Manks (862 posts) -
Been waiting for this and Mothership Zeta.
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#42 Edited by DavidSnakes (699 posts) -

Something about Bethesda doling out piecemeal content and charging $10 for every one feels super terrible.  Are these four DLC packs worth $40?  For maybe 8-10 hours of the same Fallout 3 gameplay?  Absolutely not.  Lost and Damned had the same length for half price.

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#43 Posted by Alphazero (1645 posts) -

I love me some Fallout DLC, but for everyone saying they'll purchase it on Day 1, might I suggest waiting until Day 2?

I've been burned before.

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#44 Posted by RedSox8933 (2501 posts) -

I probably won't stay up late, but I know that the first thing I am doing in the morning is downloading Point Lookout. I can't get enough Fallout 3, I'm a junkie.

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#45 Posted by RedSox8933 (2501 posts) -
@jakob187 said:
" The big question that I have is this:  do I have to have the other DLC packs in order to enjoy Point Lookout?  What I mean by that is "will I need to be level 30 for Point Lookout"?  I really don't want to buy Operation Anchorage, The Pitt, and Broken Steel individually when the GOTY edition is coming out later in the year with 5 DLC packs attached to it for $60.  However, if I can enjoy Point Lookout without having to get the other packages, then I might have to cheat and pick this up a little early for the Hell of it, because it just looks awesome. "
I don't think that you will need to be level 30, but I did hear Todd Howard say that this expansion is best suited for the higher level people. He said that it will be the hardest expansion so far, and maybe the hardest part of the entire game.
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#46 Posted by Demyx (3247 posts) -

I'll have to wait for the Game of the Year edition. Glad PS3 is still getting all the DLC.

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#47 Posted by MeatSim (11140 posts) -

Man they sure do crank out this DLC efficiently and quick it seems.

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#48 Posted by artofwar420 (6905 posts) -

I'm still playing the original Fallout 3, so I'll wait for this.

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#49 Posted by Brendan (9036 posts) -

Some day all Fallout content will be purchasable on one disk for a low price.  That is the day my sabbatical for open world RPG's (after Oblivion's 200+ hours) will be over.

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#50 Posted by Colin (709 posts) -

I wish the addons where  a bit cheeper :(

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