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Fallout 3: Point Lookout review

We’ll level with you; Broken Steel partially excepted, we’ve been mightily disappointed with the Fallout 3 downloadable content (DLC) on offer thus far. The fresh content – for one reason or another – simply hasn’t resonated, possessing neither the grandiose questing of Oblivion’s Knights of the Nine nor the diverse fantasy universe of the Shivering Isles.

That said, we’re chuffed to report that Point Lookout is, if not quite a DLC messiah, certainly a size 14 step in the right direction. For starters, it feels wholly fresh compared to the well-trodden paths of the Capital Wasteland, while simultaneously somehow fitting seamlessly into Fallout 3’s irradiated universe.

From the minute you step off the steamboat and onto the misty boardwalk, you’re thrown into a Lovecraftian world of horror – set upon by slavering packs of inbred freakazoids who look like they’ve shambled off the set of The Hills Have Eyes. They’re clever sods, mind you, hunting in packs and proving very adept at chomping you up and spitting you out. Besides the eyeball-popping landmass to explore, there are also new landmarks to be stumbled upon that are almost as iconic as the Lincoln Memorial or Oasis – our fav being the brooding lighthouse, which reminded us of that Dark Brotherhood quest in Oblivion.

Okay, so the relatively simplistic (though sometimes entertaining) quests don’t really hold a candle to the main game’s more stellar examples, but we’d be lying if we didn’t wholeheartedly recommend Point Lookout to series fanatics. It might not offer the powerful kind of weapons and armor that completists hanker after, but it instead offers a sinister atmosphere and top-notch exploration.

Jul 14, 2009

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15 comments

  • jshoemaker - October 19, 2009 6:54 p.m.

    where is the reward vault at the end of the MEETING OF THE MINDS mission which desmond gives you the key for
  • Shane1403 - July 16, 2009 4:07 p.m.

    sounds good maby a bit scary but as long as theres a gun in my hand im good
  • may.be.vital - July 15, 2009 7:23 a.m.

    This was definetly my favorite DLC just because it actually felt like it was an expansion pack, the others simply didn't have enough content (aside from Broken Steel).
  • MechanicalBird - July 15, 2009 5:53 a.m.

    I found this and Broken steel to be the best DLC's for Fallout 3 by far. The other two were glitchy and broken. I found Point Lookout however, to be very fun and challenging. Oh, and the spy mission was awesome.
  • Defguru7777 - July 15, 2009 4:34 a.m.

    I liked Operation: Anchorage and The Pitt. :( I have to admit, I'm surprised by how interested I am in this DLC. The other DLCs had something tying it to the Wasteland. Anchorage's historic battle, the real reason for the Slavers in the Wasteland, extending the main quest, and Mothership Zeta will involve the aliens. I don't know, everything I've heard about this game, I've loved. But I'm waiting for the Add-On Pack that has Broken Steel and Point Lookout to come out in August. And by morally ambiguous, do you mean like The Pitt's story? I may not have really liked the ending, but it really made me think.
  • MechGyver - July 15, 2009 12:44 a.m.

    If you like rape yu´r gonna love this peace of DLC
  • civver - July 14, 2009 10:39 p.m.

    How is a morally ambiguous main mission bad? They don't have enough of those in video games. Everything's always black or white...
  • jammyhippo - July 14, 2009 8:30 p.m.

    allow being on the ps3 and having till wait till september ;(
  • candyman - July 14, 2009 8:27 p.m.

    The punga fruit's nice, though.
  • Bhouse563 - July 14, 2009 8:09 p.m.

    Uninteresting loot? The double shotty and the Blackwater rifle didn't do it for you? Hmmm there was always the confederate hat...
  • DanteKen - July 14, 2009 7:57 p.m.

    Fallout 3 is one of the most impressive games I've played this year. To be honest, I still haven't completed the main campaign yet, since I'm trying to finish every side quest. I might have to take a break and start on this expansion. Looks different (in a good way) from the other expansion packs thus far.
  • RageGreen - July 16, 2009 2:26 p.m.

    Loved this, loved every dlc, love fallout done everything still not bored :|
  • jar-head - July 15, 2009 12:58 a.m.

    2 guns in the dlc, the double barreled shotty ( which Sucks if you miss!)and an easy Bake oven to microwave your friends! Literally..
  • r3ap3r - July 14, 2009 9:23 p.m.

    i have to agree on the unintersitng loot opinion sure ther were some cool guns and items u can find their was nothing amazingly cool to gt. although the quest were excellent my favorite bein the chinesse spy hunt quest.
  • DanteKen - July 14, 2009 8:02 p.m.

    Just to add, I got a late start on Fallout 3 :-) I only started playing it a short while ago.

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