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Fallout 3 Point Lookout DLC Review

Posted on 24 July 2009 by Rock'nRolf

The forth piece of downloadable content for the lovely post-apocalyptic role-playing game Fallout 3 for the PC following Operation Anchorage, The Pitt and Broken Steel takes you to the swamps of Maryland.

Someone needs your help – or so they said over a cryptic radio transmission to your pip-boy – and a new location has appeared on your map. Once you get there you realize that all of the inhabitants suffer from some sort of affliction, possibly due to a deteriorating gene pool but nonetheless they look awful.

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The Point Lookout DLC expansion is different from the previous expansions in that it’s actually a lot more meaty. There’s plenty of stuff to do and explore and the main mission is quite time-consuming (in a good way). If you don’t run straight through it, Point Lookout should last you a healthy ten hours, which is more than some full games in other genres will offer.

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Maryland was apparently spared most of the nukes that laid waste to the rest of the Fallout 3 world, so unlike the Capital Wasteland it’s a green environment. Naturally it’s not pleasant by any means – there’s just swampland, everything is worn down and the aforementioned inhabitants are unusually ugly. It’s obvious that Bethesda has gathered inspiration from games like Resident Evil and other survival horror games. There are quite a few scary moments in Point Lookout.

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You shouldn’t consider traveling to Point Lookout with a low-level character. The enemies you’ll encounter can really take a beating before they fall over, and even with a nearly maxed out character you’ll occasionally have a hard time tackling the misshapen Maryland farmers. Unfortunately there initial release of Point Lookout wasn’t entirely bug free, but those problems have no doubt been corrected since by the developers at Bethesda.

In all, Point Lookout is still the best expansion so far for Fallout 3 in my opinion, as long as the previously mentioned issues have been ironed out by the time you read this. There’s plenty of new things to do, places to explore and lots of amusing new dialogue.

See also: Fallout 3 review

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