Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Electrified ninja swords, stealth armor, and a new gauss rifle are only a few of the goodies awaiting players. The vignette is an entertaining diversion, but the rewards for completing it are what make it truly worthwhile.
  2. Games Master UK
    71
    Swaps out top questing for dumb blasting. [Apr 2009, p.61]
  3. 70
    Ultimately, it's the die-hard Fallout 3 fans that should enjoy this new chapter in the series' history, and those same fans who may end up slightly annoyed after the fact. Operation Anchorage doesn't answer many questions regarding the lead-up to the big war, but it's an interesting piece of the puzzle that fits into the overall game without feeling out of place.
  4. It will extend the length of an already long game, and the 100 points are easy to get. I do however think it is slightly over priced.
  5. Operation Anchorage is the virtual representation of one of the most important conflicts in the history of Fallout, the battle between China and USA for Alaska. But where Fallout 3 is an experience of free wandering in a fascinating scenario, this expansion is a surprisingly linear and limited experience that misses many of the finest points of the original game.
  6. Operation Anchorage is an action packed expansion who seems to forget about all of the Fallout 3's strongest points: exploration is minimal, there are no choices to talk about and you can't even collect items or craft weapons.
  7. This all sounds a bit doomy and dour, but the truth is that Operation Anchorage is neither brilliant nor terrible: it's simply a sidestep that doesn't quite work. It's linear, simplistic and extremely un-Fallouty, but it does have couple of decent items and it offers a fresh change of scenery.
  8. AceGamez
    60
    A solid quest add-on, but little more.
  9. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    60
    For obsessive kit hoarders only. [Apr 2009, p.86]
  10. All in all, Operation: Anchorage provides an entertaining experience, but does not nearly live up to the “4-6 hours” of gameplay that was promised.
  11. Overall, it's a short DLC that doesn't have much in terms of role playing.
  12. I love Fallout 3. I love it to an almost indecent extent. It was far and away my game of 2008, and doesn't look like being knocked out of my personal top spot for a good while yet. But when you sift out its role-play, the ammo-box inspection and the exploration and draft in a fleet of health and ammo regeneration points to compensate... well, affairs just feel shallow and somewhat naked.
  13. In essence, Operation Anchorage is everything that Fallout 3 wasn't; if Bethesda set out to surprise then they've succeeded.
  14. 50
    Fallout's strength has always been found in the moral decisions and branching pathways. There is simply none of that to be had in this episode - it is simply combat. While it can be fun, and possibly challenging with a lower-level character, it's not what Fallout is about. There is no real plot, either - it is background information to the Fallout universe, and that's all.
  15. Another disappointing slice of downloadable content, with little of what made the main game great.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Oct 8, 2010
    8
    i liked this. i liked the video game within a video gameesque theme going on here. enjoyed playing through it. i liked the goodies you goti liked this. i liked the video game within a video gameesque theme going on here. enjoyed playing through it. i liked the goodies you got after finishing it. plus the photo being taken of a few soldiers which was then made into a landmark in the fallout 3 world. Full Review »
  2. KyleT
    Jul 20, 2009
    9
    Ok every stupid PC or Xbox 360 user needs to shut up about how this isn't long enough. What if you didn't get it at all. Would that Ok every stupid PC or Xbox 360 user needs to shut up about how this isn't long enough. What if you didn't get it at all. Would that be better for you jerks? Bethesda did a great job on the first DLC this was just the starer and they have gotten better. I own a PS3 so I have not gotten the DLC, but I have watched enough video's to know this a great DLC. it is fun gives good rewards and it is just a difernent style for Fallout. When I got this finally I will have something to do for 2-4 hours plus It will get me back into Fallout. Either like it or don't get it, stop whining, PS3 people don't even get it you babies. Full Review »
  3. Mar 31, 2015
    5
    Basically a FPS with unlimited ammo and health refills. It was way too easy. Very light on story and character development. I felt they wastedBasically a FPS with unlimited ammo and health refills. It was way too easy. Very light on story and character development. I felt they wasted a chance to do something really special with the Fallout lore. Full Review »