Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Worthy expansion/ Just as good as Broken Steel/ With more atmosphere.
  2. This jaunt away from the Capitol Wasteland is a welcome addition to the three adventure add-ons that build on Fallout 3's awesome adventure.
  3. The bottom line here is that Point Lookout is probably the best model for Fallout 3 DLC yet.
  4. PC Format
    87
    Fallout 3's downloadable content just keeps getting better. At this rate, Mothership Zeta-Jones will melt our eyes. [Sept 2009, p.96]
  5. Non-linear exploration returns! Clever twists and a great new setting usher in some welcome entertainment.
  6. 85
    Point Lookout is one of the better Fallout 3 expansions and feels well worth the $10 price tag. There's a brand new area with over a half dozen trippy and exciting missions to find and work through. Plus, there are inbred hillbillies. If you're still looking for more Fallout 3, definitely give Point Lookout a try.
  7. While the “Broken Steel” expansion may have reopened the game world, and had its fair share of huge action set pieces, “Point Lookout” really stands out as the best in the series so far.
  8. On the whole Point Lookout is a very nice addition to the main game. Sadly you’ll also need Broken Steel, if you want your char to reach level 30.
  9. What you will get is a solid story that delivers several hours of interesting dialogue and familiar FO3 action - but make sure to explore a little to dig up the rest of what this add-on has to offer.
  10. Point Lookout is the best Fallout 3 add-on this far, and this is probably the only one actually essential in the gameplay side. A brilliant story and a big and vigorous new map are among its main virtues.
  11. Although the main quest is a little short and the rewards leave much to be desired one of the better Fallout 3-add-ons.
  12. The new game world looks great, and the omnipresent vegetation is a real change from the barren rock and destroyed highways that we’re used to. At times the frame rate seemed to take a bit of a hit, but this issue never became serious enough to affect gameplay - the action was just a bit less smooth than usual.
  13. This times Bethesda serves us a more free gaming experience compared to the earlier downloadable material. The main questline is quite linear, but the area offers a lot to explore and enough hidden sidequests to please most of us. It’s a very different environment compared to earlier addons, and it features some of the more surreal and odd events and characters yet in the game. It’s not as deep in gameplay as The Pitt was, but instead it offers more diversity. Without question a big thumbs up.
  14. Essentially, Point Lookout feels more like an organic extension of Fallout 3 rather than a collection of missions bolted onto a new environment. A couple of technical glitches aside, this DLC is sure delight players who want to test their mettle in a great new locale.
  15. PC PowerPlay
    80
    "Deliverance" with a laser rifle - more fun than it sounds! [Sept 2009, p.67]
  16. PC Zone UK
    76
    An incongruous addition to Fallout 3 that has little or no bearing on the wider world itself. [Nov 2009, p.73]
  17. It provides an interesting locale, great story, and some fun new perks and equipment. It's also a bit lengthier than the first few DLCs, with a fairly larger map to explore, rewarding you each time you replay, checking every nook and cranny.
  18. It's the fourth mini add-on to Fallout 3 and if you concentrate on playing the story, Point Lookout only offers two hours of gameplay with no dramatic ending and no real reward. Disappointing.
  19. If you can't get enough of Fallout 3 and want to take a vacation away from the bleak, crumbling spires of the DC wasteland and experience what the past two centuries have done to a quiet spot on the East Coast, Point Lookout does a fairly decent job with its change of scenery.
  20. PC Gamer
    73
    Only the Microwave Emitter energy weapon is likely to stay in my inventory. [Sept 2009, p.81]
  21. Point Lookout is a miniature copy of Fallout 3. Alas, just like the original game, the wrapping is much better than the contents, but even this result is a great achievement for Bethesda Softworks. Not only they managed to produce a decent expansion, but finally added their own ideas to the legendary post-apocalyptic universe instead of ripping off stories about supermutants and The Brotherhood of Steel.
  22. An intriguing plot, fascinating characters and even a psychedelic trip within your own mind, characterize an expansion perhaps weak in terms of content, such as weapons and armor, but very enjoyable.
  23. So, then: the best expansion so far and the game at its worst. Such a contradiction could only be made by Bethesda.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 98 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 98
  2. Negative: 10 out of 98
  1. Mar 4, 2012
    8
    Absolutely the direction dlc in fallout 3 should have universally gone. And consequently the best dlc for fallout 3. My only complaint is theAbsolutely the direction dlc in fallout 3 should have universally gone. And consequently the best dlc for fallout 3. My only complaint is the length, which is a little short. It has a few standout moments that are very memorable as well. Full Review »
  2. Dree
    Jul 31, 2009
    7
    While I enjoyed this DLC the most, I have slight disappointment about this particular DLC. Anyone who enjoyed Shivering Isle, will feel that While I enjoyed this DLC the most, I have slight disappointment about this particular DLC. Anyone who enjoyed Shivering Isle, will feel that this DLC is almost copy-and-paste version of Shivering Isle. The themes.. swampy green enviroment (rather than Wasteland feeling, this is Dementia.) Classic go-and-fetch quests, the tribal worshipping high-tech-comp. (this is where insane dremora god being worshipped by lot of insane folks.). There is no other energy weapons/power armor other than the microwave emitter. (which by the way is nothing but a copy of mesometron with different stats.) This is a good example of how a dev can recycle their previous content and sell it to the fan base. however, the main story was sorta fun. (but too short.) Explorable dungeons were above average. and thankfully the monsters/enemies were tough and added more challenge, which is why I give 7/10 instead of 5/10. Full Review »
  3. Feb 13, 2015
    8
    From my personal experience, I didn't enjoy Point Lookout due to the sudden stretch in difficulty, but it is a great DLC nonetheless. Having aFrom my personal experience, I didn't enjoy Point Lookout due to the sudden stretch in difficulty, but it is a great DLC nonetheless. Having a Western-Style hill-billy DLC mixed with scientific concepts is unique and perfectly fitting for the post apocalyptic environment. Those that found the other DLC's too easy will be either pleased or shocked (like myself) with the much higher scale in difficulty. Just like the other DLC's, the main campaign is short but there are side-quests and other ways to occupy yourself in Point Lookout. Characters are quirky and interesting, with a dangerous decision at the end of the campaign. Full Review »