Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 100
    After creating this masterpiece, Bethesda has a mighty task creating something just as good. I can’t recommend Broken Steel highly enough. If you have Fallout 3, you need Broken Steel to go with it.
  2. Providing players the broadest DLC quest line yet, new weapons, new enemies, and ten more levels to gain, Broken Steel is worth every penny you'll pay to download it, and is recommend for both newcomers to Fallout 3 and veterans alike. Broken Steel's additions to the game will continue to be felt and enjoyed long after the 4-5 hour storyline is complete. Wastelanders, get out there and crush the Enclave!
  3. All in all, Broken Steel winds up being a great diversion and a good excuse to re-visit the Capitol Wastelands. Between the continuation of the storyline, the tougher enemies, and the great amount of action given, it's well worth the $10 to take a ride with the Brotherhood of Steel one more time.
  4. Put simply, if you love Fallout 3, Broken Steel is an essential purchase.
  5. Broken Steel does a great job of both extending the Fallout story a bit longer and creating incentive to keep playing even after you've "beaten" the game.
  6. You really should not have had to pay for Broken Steel. It should’ve been included on the original release, but it’s so worth it.
  7. As far as add-ons are concerned, Broken Steel is by far the best one to come along for Fallout 3 since The Pitt.
  8. With a solid new campaign, an improved level cap, dozens of new perks and tons of powerful weapons at your disposal, Broken Steel is hands down some of the best content Fallout 3 has to offer.
  9. Basically if you have missed the wastelands, Broken Steel gives you more than enough reasons to return. Keeping with the high quality set by the original, Broken Steel gives you more engrossing content for up to five hours of gameplay, whilst increasing the story behind the game whilst removing the full stop.
  10. 85
    Lifting the level cap breathes new life into a great game, but shouldn't totally overshadow a new series of quests that is a lot of fun.
  11. Fallout 3 gets new content and Broken Steel set a new quality level on the downloadable content for this game. Expanding the level cap up to 30 and adding a nice set of new items, enemies and weapons is only one of the features of this expansion. Also, it really makes you feel the way the original did and let you play with your characters forever so it's worth buying if you expend a lot of time developing your avatar.
  12. Hopefully not the last but so far the best DLC for Fallout 3, rather than the linear Pitt and Anchorage, Steel opens up the game and adds the important open world adventure element lacking in the precious DLC.
  13. Still a price we'd pay. [July 2009, p.78]
  14. Overall, a solid DLC that is worth your time and money.
  15. One of the finest examples of downloadable content that other developers should emulate.
  16. The best of the released add-ons for Fallout 3, because the new level cap, perks and events breathe life even into the old content. The basic problems of undramatic storytelling and lack of polish remain, and the overabundandace of equipment has eliminated the fun of gathering resources. [June 2009]
  17. A solid set of new missions. The real benefits come with being able to fix the ending and explore more of the world afterwards.
  18. Broken Steel is a recommended DLC for Fallout 3, that brings some good patches to the original story, first of all the open-ended final. Other good news: new powerful equipment, new hours of play, and the possibility to level up again the character. All for 800 MP.
  19. 80
    Broken Steel doesn't fuss too much with the existing formula, but it does provide more adventure that easily lives up to the high standards set by Fallout 3. Highly recommended.
  20. The value is apparent when looking over what the Broken Steel content has to offer, and more than just extra content, Bethesda went above the call of duty to figure out how to fix a few of the major complaints with the original game.
  21. Whether you’ve played through the other two downloadable packs, or you’ve been waiting them out in favor of “Broken Steel,” this new addition is well worth the time and money. Hopefully there’s more to come, but even if there isn’t, at least Bethesda gave gamers a much more satisfying conclusion for their character.
  22. Even after you’ve finished the extended campaign there’s plenty to go back to with the new level cap, including a way for all you dog lovers to bring Dogmeat back from the dead - Awww.
  23. 80
    Despite not being as creative or purpose driven as previous offerings, Broken Steel is a must buy. Its natural transition from Fallout 3's original conclusion and its open-ended nature are just what fans wanted.
  24. Satisfyingly chunky, Pitt's a knockout. [June 2009, p.92]
  25. That said, those are extremely minor concerns—Broken Steel is an absolute necessity for any Fallout 3 player and certainly justifies the cost of the download.
  26. Some players might find themselves a bit miffed that the end of the game was essentially changed - or removed, rather, considering it now has no definite ending - but the fairly large amount of extra content added, as well as the overall change of mood throughout the Wasteland and the replay value presented, should be enough to keep gamers satisfied after dropping a mere 800 points.
  27. The bottom line here is that Broken Steel is more Fallout 3, and if you’re a fan that can’t possibly be a bad thing. Like with the other DLC, the story will probably only take you a few hours to go through and then you’re left with the goodies.
  28. This is certainly what we want to see from Bethesda and our hopes are soaring with regard to what the newly announced installments could contain. [July 2009, p.131]
  29. The third add-on pack for Fallout 3 is packed with action and gives you plenty of bang for the buck.
  30. Fixes gameplay elements that were broken and a story that wasn’t.
  31. Broken Steel is important in the sense that it continues the individual campaign of Fallout 3, however, its technical features and lack of novelty are a bit of a shame. The extension that we are discussing here offers a slightly longer duration than its preceding expansions, but it is less intense that the action in Operation Anchorage and less interesting than the captivating The Pitt.
  32. An essential upgrade to Fallout 3 that any committed fan will want to grab immediately. If you've held out buying any DLC for the game so far, we'd advise you start with this before getting the others, because the process of acquiring new perks and skills will enrich the game no end.
  33. Despite the raising of the level cap, we find it difficult to recommend Broken Steel – its shockingly unimaginative lean towards near constant shooting is remarkably unlike what we’ve come to know and love about the game.
  34. I don’t recommend buying Broken Steel, because it’s a matter of principle – let's not encourage trade in endings. You won’t miss anything important anyway – this DLC is only slightly better than its mediocre predecessors.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Oct 29, 2013
    7
    Essentially fixed the game. Added some interesting quests as well, but it's largest contribution was that it let the player continue playingEssentially fixed the game. Added some interesting quests as well, but it's largest contribution was that it let the player continue playing the game. Besides this, the changes to the Wasteland are relatively interesting and the final destruction of the Enclave is a FAR more satisfying conclusion to the main questline than the original end to Fallout 3. Full Review »
  2. Aug 16, 2012
    8
    After a long break from Fallout 3 i'm now going to play the last two of the DLC'S. So far this is the best DLC. Broken Steel countinues withAfter a long break from Fallout 3 i'm now going to play the last two of the DLC'S. So far this is the best DLC. Broken Steel countinues with the story of Fallout 3 and finish the fight with the Enclave. You don't really get many stuff in this DLC but 3/4 in to it you ass-kicking Tesla Cannon. You also your cap raised from 20 to 30. Now just one more Dlc to go and then i'm done. Fallout 3: Broken Steel 8.0/10 Full Review »
  3. Mar 20, 2012
    8
    I really enjoyed the extra content this DLC provided, and the additional level cap was great. I am of a personal belief that this add-onI really enjoyed the extra content this DLC provided, and the additional level cap was great. I am of a personal belief that this add-on ruined an otherwise wonderful ending. It is my belief that you should leave well enough alone - unless you intend it that way from the beginning. I do not believe this was the intent, but the developers bowed to the will of the fan base. Another game (Mass Effect 3) has a similar problem, but I think the add-on involving an ending is something that was intended from the beginning. Don't get me wrong, this is a good addition, probably up there with Point Lookout as one of the best, but the changing of the ending still sits sore with me. Full Review »