Fallout 3: The Pitt Review
Xbox 360 | PC
Fallout 3: The Pitt box art
System: X360, PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Bethesda Softworks 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Bethesda Softworks 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: March 25, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The Pitt certainly offers some really enjoyable, story-driven content and different types of situations to explore, but it is slightly lacking in terms of new goodies and adversaries. The Trogs are nasty, slathering beasts that you'll run into in large numbers often when you're poorly armed. Unfortunately, they're the only real new creature you'll face and are easily dispatched with the Man Opener's spinning saw blades. You can also pick up some new armor variations and a cool, high-powered scoped machine gun, among other things. Since Operation Anchorage left you with access to a treasure trove of powerful weapons and armor, it makes sense to find The Pitt reward players with its overall experience instead of a mere loot dump.

Fallout 3: The Pitt screenshot

Adventure-wise, the gameplay is also more open-ended than the first expansion. Whether you choose to focus on helping the slaves or helping yourself is largely up to you, and Bethesda cleverly throws in plenty of opportunity for you to explore the lighter and darker options. Even so, much of the decisions available to you encompass a moral gray area, and sometimes even the more obvious paths lead to surprising results. Also, completing the main quests opens up some minor missions to explore, and you can return to The Pitt any time after venturing back into the main world.

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The quality experience in The Pitt makes Operation Anchorage feel like even more of a misstep than it might really have been. Both offer some interesting additions to the main game and definitely provide additional play value in different ways. The Pitt is certainly the superior of the two in most regards. Get over the fact it was initially launched as a broken mess, this is one expansion Fallout 3 fans will truly appreciate.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.2
Graphics
The Pitt sports some killer visual environments and excellent design.
3.8
Control
Everything is fine and in working order here.
3.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Yup, sounds good too.
4.1
Play Value
A vast improvement over the first expansion. Lots of variety and a return to form make this several-hour romp a real treat.
4.1
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Dive into Pittsburgh's dark underbelly in a covert operation as an undercover slave.
  • More of the great RPG-action gameplay established in the main game.
  • Unlock new perks and get your hands on the awesome Man Opener!


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