Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 75
    If I hadn't experienced so many bugs while playing through The Pitt, I would wholeheartedly recommend it. The download might be a little short for your money, depending on your tastes and how much bang you expect for your buck, but the quests are fun and The Pitt matches that feeling of despair that Fallout 3 does so well.
  2. 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.
  3. The flawed feel of Fallout 3: The Pitt extends beyond the battered, war-weary facade of its buildings, and the rushed, unfinished feel of this particular adventure makes it a painfully disappointing experience.
  4. The Pitt is a much more fleshed-out expansion than Operation: Anchorage could ever hope to be. Still, its four-or-so-hour campaign does not have as many choices as the original game, making it feel limited in some aspects. However, even after considering these issues, your trip to post-apocalyptic Pittsburgh is worth the ten dollars (or 800 Microsoft Points).
  5. Whether The Pitt is worth your money sort of depends on how much of a Fallout 3 fan you are. All said, the new quest line will probably only take you a few hours to go through once, a few more for checking out alternate solutions, and that’s about it.
  6. Given the fun factor, ten dollars seems reasonable value and if you're a big fan of Fallour 3 then it's definitely worth a look.
  7. I had a great time with The Pitt, and it single-handedly reinvigorated my interest in Bethesda's masterpiece. It's what DLC should be: good value, interesting, exciting and a concentration of what is best about the game it's expanding upon.
  8. A fresh infusion of high-quality role-playing quests and new gear to Fallout 3, but The Pitt isn't an entirely glitch-free experience. [June 2009, p.80]
  9. A good add on that offers lots of atmosphere and a thrilling story. Sadly the challenge concerning fights and survival is not very high.
  10. The Pitt is a worthy addition to the Fallout 3 name, but its enjoyable setting and storyline ends far too quickly for it to have any impact.
  11. A gorgeous dystopian setting. [June 2009, p.96]
  12. If you really enjoyed and are ready to take your adventures beyond the Capital Wasteland, then is a great place to start.
  13. Good fun, if a little short for the money. [June 2009, p.68]
  14. Unlike Operation: Anchorage, brief, dullish adventures in Pittsburgh are actually worth $10. It seems Bethesda has finally found the right formula for Fallout 3 expansions, although it’s far from being perfect.
  15. At around £6 it’s an invigorating addition for Fallout 3 fans.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. MadisonL
    Jul 2, 2009
    Much better than Operation: Anchorage for sure, but there isn't that much fighting to do. It's obvious that the concept tried to differentiate itself from the rest of FO3, but it's still pretty much the same desolate, gutter-like and lawless environment the player will be in. The new items are okay, but they are quite redundant once you're done with The Pitt. Full Review »
  2. Nov 25, 2011
    Not much fun, slow, and more of the same. It's not a lot different than the rest of the game, more to shoot, less freedom. I bought the game of the year addition for $10 on steam, but you aren't missing anything with the DLC. (Maybe worth The Brotherhood of Steel) Full Review »
  3. JeffA.
    Oct 19, 2009
    It has nice atmosphere, cool old steel mills and scary nasties, but the story and AI of your human enemies are really mixed up. People have conversations about stuff that has been undone, etc. I tried to play it guns a blazin, but it forced me to play by its rules, bah!! Full Review »