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  • Summary: (Downloadable Content) Continue your existing Fallout 3 game and finish the fight against the Enclave remnants alongside Liberty Prime. Broken Steel moves the level cap for your character from 20 to 30, allowing you to experience even more of the game, including new perks and achievements. Story: You may have dealt the Enclave a serious blow at Project Purity, but their forces are still out there, and still pose a grave threat to the people and security of the Capital Wasteland. In Broken Steel, you'll continue your current Fallout 3 character past the events of Project Purity, and work with the Brotherhood of Steel to eradicate the Enclave threat once and for all. Travel to new locations like the Olney Powerworks, wield destructive new weapons like the Tesla Cannon, and fight powerful new creatures like the Super Mutant Overlord. [Bethesda Softworks] Collapse
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  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  1. PrincessS
    May 11, 2009
    Broken Steel does for Fallout 3 what the Extended Editions did for LOTR. It takes a great game with a pretty average ending and turns it into a great game with a strong ending. Absolutely essential. Expand
  2. RowanF
    May 21, 2009
    An luurvely peice of DLC, probably the best for Fallout 3. It fixed the only problem that Fallout 3 had for me: no free-roam option at the end. The perks and new levels are good, and the new quests do a brilliant job of expanding on the story. It's also probably woth getting just for the chance to ride in a Vertibird... The only complaint I would have is that if you have completed all of the story and side quests BEFORE getting Broken Steel then reaching the level 30 cap can be a real pain, as the quests that come with the DLC only get you about half way. Aside from that, a must buy. Expand
  3. Jun 17, 2011
    It's amazing. It's long (took me about 6 hours) but it's only DLC keep that in mind. there's lots of new weapons, interesting stories, and you end the game on a better note. Pretty great DLC, try it. Expand
  4. Mar 6, 2011
    If you can only buy one Fallout 3 DLC it's either this one or The Pitt, this outstanding piece of DLC adds a new quest taking place after the main one, extends the level cap to 30, adds new side quests, random encounters, new achievements, new weapons, free rome after you beat it, and hours of new gameplay, my only complaint is that the story backing it isn't all that great, but is still a must download. Expand
  5. Aug 16, 2012
    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 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 Expand
  6. Mar 20, 2012
    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-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. Expand
  7. Oct 29, 2013
    Essentially 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. Expand

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