Thanks to BoomerangRental, I got a copy of Fallout 3 GOTY through the post last weekend and it given me a chance to delve back into the Fallout 3 universe.
Now it’s been some time since I beat Fallout 3, so to say I was rusty was an understatement. First thing that struck me was that the buttons just seemed to be in the wrong place…reload was on the circle button, and not the square where I normally keep it, and interact was on the square button…..however after about 30 mins, I got used to the button locations, and also remember how to use the pip-boy interface and found the button for the V.A.T.S
So, the game. I had to load a previously saved game, as my last save was an autosave just before the final decision on the main game, I did load it and try leaving the room and getting out into the world, but all doors were locked…so loaded the previous save.
After around 30 seconds of wondering around Megaton, I had 5 messages pop up on the screen notifying me of the new missions detected from the GOTY disk. After a quick google, I found that Operation: Anchorage was the first DLC, so obviously a good place to start.
You can tune into a radio station asking for help near Baileys Crossroads. This is accessible via a subway station near Red Racer Factory. I did spend about 20 minutes running around the street heading for the waypoint, only to find it was underground. Basically head for the broken subway station and there’s a door to the building next to it (hopefully that saves somebody 20 minutes :))
Once at Baileys Crossroad you head into a base where you are needed to sit in a simulation which will the allow you to unlock a vault full of shiny military tools, a lot of which would have been amazing at the start of the game, at the end of the game…the contents were less than what I were wearing/using.
Ok, spoiler free time. You run through 4 distinct missions in the simulator. All the weapons and armour you’ve picked up through the main game are left behind and your back to basics. The theme of the simulator is America vs the Chinese Red Army…..you being an American.
Now if you play this alone, or have somebody watching you play, it could be a good drinking game, the word ‘Commy’ is used far to often by the NPC’s….so if you were to have a drink every time you hear it, I’m sure you’ll be very drunk by the end.
The game itself does look a little dated now, but I do understand it’s a good few years old now, and I guess this also explains some of the crappy AI.
Fallout 3 was notorious for bugs, and I saw myself and NPC’s get stuck in a lot of environment, as well as NPC’s clip through their surroundings. I would also suggest to save often, as I had the game lock up my PS3 twice….one was unfortunately after completing one of the 4 missions.
If you like trophies, there are 4 un-missables ones, 3 silver and 1 gold, just from playing the DLC.
All in all, it wasn’t bad, I’m glad I didn’t pay for it, and I’m now 1/5 of the way to being able to play Fallout: New Vegas …yes, I have OCD 😉
Approx Time taken to beat – 4 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:3/5]
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