How the new Fallout 3 DLC changes the game's ending

If you wished that Fallout 3 could have ended differently (or, indeed, not ended at all), then you'll be mighty interested in the newly announced Broken Steel DLC. Scheduled for Xbox Live on May 5 at a cost of 800 points, the fresh content will offer new options for the game's final mission (Take it Back!), effectively changing how Fallout 3 ends. And, once the main quest and the Broken Steel story are completed, you'll be able to continue with side quests and exploring the Wasteland.


Previously in the game players had to sacrifice either themselves or Brotherhood of Steel member Sarah Lyons at the end of 'Take it Back!'. Broken Steel, however, lets you send in one of your followers, either Fawkes, Sergeant RL-3 or Charon to turn on the water purifier. And your ass is thus saved from a lethal dose of radiation.

Above: Lovely clean radiation free water

The story then picks up two weeks after 'Take it Back!'. You'll get side quests from Aqua Pura - who have taken on the task of distributing water to the Wasteland - but the new main quest focuses on locating and destroying an Enclave stronghold. Before you can launch an assault on the Enclave, you'll have to construct a new super powerful weapon called the Tesla Cannon. It can shoot down Enclave helicopters with one shot. Nice.

Above: That right there is the Tesla Cannon in action

Besides the extra gameplay, Broken Steel will also introduce the following new bits and pieces:

- Level cap is raised from 20 to 30.

- New Achievements.

- New perks. One of which will be called 'Puppies' and will give you a brand new doggy if Dogmeat ever dies.

- New higher level enemies: Super Mutant Overlord, Feral Ghoul Reaver and Enclave Hellfire Trooper.

- New locations: Presidential Metro Tunnels and Adams Air Force Base.

Above: They're Super Mutant Overlords

Above: And this would be the Presidential Metro Tunnels

If you're wondering what happens if - during the main quest - you chose to help President Eden by slipping the FEV virus into the water supply, Bethesda has said that this and other choices previously made will affect Broken Steel. Bethesda also believes that Broken Steel is bigger than both Operation: Anchorage and The Pitt, with the main quest on its own estimated at being around 4-5 hours long.

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  • Valkire47 - May 12, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    Uuum.... Do you all know that Fawkes is a girl???
  • Vash779 - April 25, 2009 8:30 p.m.

    Hey does anyone know if Charon can respawn? If so can you tell me when and where? I miss my body gaurd
  • Shane1403 - April 24, 2009 5:42 p.m.

    finaly i can complete the game without fear of it ending PS YAAAAY for xbox!!!!!!
  • ThomasMitchell11 - April 23, 2009 7:37 a.m.

    They seriously need to make DLC for the PS3 version this sucks ass that its on the 360 along with Pitts!
  • sage62 - April 23, 2009 1:41 a.m.

    OMG, I seriously need to get the 360 version now, I got fallout 3 for ps3 on christmas because I told my mom I didn't really care because they were the same, but now all this awesome DLC is coming out for 360 and I am pissed
  • BrotherhoodOutcast - April 23, 2009 12:51 a.m.

    when the Pitt first came out it said that the Pitt was for PS3, and Xbox360 then it only came out for xbox. so will DLC at least come out for the PC. this sucks Bethesda, u sure know how to piss your customers off!
  • bron1417 - April 22, 2009 11:48 p.m.

    lookin good cant wait!
  • Pocotron - April 22, 2009 9:07 p.m.

    Ahhh... My reCapthca suits me seeing as I have this on PS3... Love croaked well looks good anyway
  • helix92 - April 22, 2009 8:43 a.m.

    I got it on PS3 instead. Stupid microsoft buying all the DLC... and stupid Sony for refusing too. I think its pretty unfair how they do this. If your going to release a game multi format then make sure everyone gets their fair share.
  • S3AN1GL3 - April 22, 2009 2:45 a.m.

    Damn, I wish a had a good enough PC, but I don't :( I wish a had an Xbox 360 :( :( :( :( :(
  • FrozenImplosion - April 22, 2009 1:42 a.m.

    im excited for this now :) i actually just got and finished the pitt today :)
  • key0blade - April 22, 2009 12:31 a.m.

    Charon died on me as i was getting the declaration of independence. it was like WTFHAPPENDLOLWUT
  • Lock - April 22, 2009 12:20 a.m.

    Finally I can beat the game and not worry about it ending!
  • HungryBeaver - April 21, 2009 11:56 p.m.

    Looks very good. Good thing Fawkes can go in there now. The stubborn bastard. @DrRock - Deathclaws not Deathhands LOL - reCAPTCHA - deepest deep
  • marcusfenix22 - April 21, 2009 10:18 p.m.

    i can't wait for this! i only have 1 achievement in the pitt and i have all the achivements
  • SunshineHobo - April 21, 2009 10:03 p.m.

    If you just buy the Broken Steel DLC and refrain from doing the Take it Back quest can you still reach level 30, even though you haven't completed Broken Steel?
  • WonsAuto - April 21, 2009 9:16 p.m.

    Lol, same thing happened to me, Darkstar.
  • Skellington - April 21, 2009 8:27 p.m.

    @ jar-head; according Bethesda, Fawkes is male, but a confusing terminal and the voice actor who played him say otherwise. Anyhow, Super Mutants are all sterile. Also, Fallout: New Vegas was supposedly just announced. I really don't know a thing about it though.
  • jar-head - April 21, 2009 7:21 p.m.

    fawkes is actually a girl, he turned into a guy(?) just a little after you found It(him, her...yeah It)and Damn, These DLC are Awsome, keep em commin
  • Gotxxrock - April 21, 2009 5:37 p.m.

    Same thing as Jbo87, WTF. Can't wait for this to come out, but also sad since it will mark the end of my time with Fallout 3 (this is the last DLC right?). Maybe they'll release another expansion pack similar to Oblivion's Shivering Isles.