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Fallout 3 DLC: Can You Survive a History Lesson?

Posted under News by Kenneth Ellis on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 -

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In a veiled attempt to get at your hard earned caps, Bethesda is releasing the first of three DLC packs on January 27th entitled “Operation: Anchorage”. Taking place during the liberation of Alaska from the Chinese, this new addition to the Fallout story gives a nice twist on the idea of new story content. It’s nothing new at all (storyline-wise), it’s the past! A look into the grim history of an even more grim future. It also brings a few new goodies to the mix such as the Chinese stealth suit.

This 800 point download will be coming to the Xbox 360 and PC on the same day, and has some interesting new features it’s bringing with it. During the game there will be a virtual helmet that will allow you to journey Bruce-Willis-in-Twelve-Monkeys style into the far past to help the American forces retake Alaska from the Chinese. As such there is going to be a “Strike Team” feature that will give the game a tactical feel, as you will assume command control of a small group of soldiers who you will be a able to deploy in the game and also choose specific jobs for, such as sniper and heavy weapons specialist. There are also a few new gadgets and guns, like the Chinese stealth suit that works like a stealth boy, but only when crouched.

The good news is that most of the equipment acquired in the virtual world will paradoxically follow you back to the present to help you get rid of those bastard super mutants… or innocent families. Along with that, Operation: Anchorage can, apparently, be accessed at any point in the game. So a level 2 “Scout” and a level 20 “Last Hope” can both get some payback against those Commies! There will also be some new mods for all the G.E.C.K. users out there.

The bad news is that there aren’t going to be any big additions to the canon of the game itself, and the level cap is not increasing until the third installment, “Broken Steel,” which isn’t being released until March sometime. Also, this new DLC content is all Xbox/PC exclusive! That’s right, none for you PS3! No new content will be reaching the shores of the PlayStation 3 until the next game.

Should be fun though. I’m definitely going to pick this one up.

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