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  • Summary: Enter the simulation pod and embark on one of the greatest military campaigns of the Fallout universe – the liberation of Anchorage, Alaska from its Chinese Communist invaders. Experience harrowing winter combat using Fallout 3’s patented V.A.T.S. targeting system, and employ powerful newEnter the simulation pod and embark on one of the greatest military campaigns of the Fallout universe – the liberation of Anchorage, Alaska from its Chinese Communist invaders. Experience harrowing winter combat using Fallout 3’s patented V.A.T.S. targeting system, and employ powerful new equipment like the Gauss Rifle, Chinese Stealth Armor, Winterized T-51b Power Armor, and more. Enlist today, soldier! [Microsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. The way the missions unfold within the VR exercise really gives you a sense that you're playing a game that isn't Fallout, yet it's using the exact same engine.
  2. 78
    The entire download only took me about three hours to finish which isn't a whole lot of time considering the $10 price tag. I had fun while playing Operation:Anchorage despite a few bugs and a couple of game crashes, and the items you get for completing the missions are awesome. If you get a kick out of watching heads fly in VATS like me, you'll find a lot to like in Operation: Anchorage.
  3. Bethesda says Operation Anchorage takes 3-4 hours to complete. I’d put that number at more like 2-3, but for only $10 it represents moderate gaming bang for your buck. I’m hoping future DLC will be much better.
  4. Play (Poland)
    70
    The first mini add-on can be beaten in an hour, but it's fun anyway. Especially for those who are about to start their Fallout 3 experience, since it allows to beef up the character just after the beginning of the whole adventure. [Mar 2009]
  5. PC Gamer UK
    62
    Better than Oblivion's DLC, but save your money for now. [Apr 2009, p.71]
  6. 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.
  7. Operation Anchorage offers three hours of uninspired action, turning Fallout 3 into a mediocre low-budget shooter without a trace of role-playing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Nov 19, 2021
    10
    One of the best games to the series and an All-time Classic. Also, the last Decent Fallout Game!
  2. Sep 10, 2011
    9
    I hate how everyone is hating on this DLC. This is for people like me who did not enjoy Fallout 3 because it was too slow and didn't use theI hate how everyone is hating on this DLC. This is for people like me who did not enjoy Fallout 3 because it was too slow and didn't use the VATS system to its optimal use. I honestly loved OA because of these reasons. I'm not one to care about story, atmosphere, graphics, acting, voice acting, or any of that stuff. The final boss was horrible, though(Extremely glitchy and far too hard). At least I got excellent rewards. Expand
  3. Feb 20, 2019
    7
    I wonder if this "dlc" is just some removed side mission from the original game just to make a few more bucks. That must be it. You can finishI wonder if this "dlc" is just some removed side mission from the original game just to make a few more bucks. That must be it. You can finish this "dlc" (it's even funny to call this a dlc) in under one hour. All of it is just fighting and that doesn't make it bad. What makes it bad is that it's less than hour and should be a part of the game from the very start. What the hell is wrong with you Bugthesda. I only can imagine the anger of someone who bought this for 10 dollars and then finished it in 40 minutes and was like WTF. Pickens doesn't approve! Expand
  4. JeremyH.
    Mar 22, 2009
    5
    Decent, I suppose. The fighting just got really old after a while, I mean the first encounter with the stealthed dragoon guys was pretty Decent, I suppose. The fighting just got really old after a while, I mean the first encounter with the stealthed dragoon guys was pretty cool, but, when you kept running around corners into stealthed snipers just sitting around, it got really old. I didn't even get 3 hours out of this, I was done in about 30 minutes or so. There was no real excitement after the first few minutes, just walking up to a corner and going 'I bet a flamer troop is gonna come around there.........yep'. The only real weapon loadout to use that was any good was the sniper pack as a missle launcher and a pistol was useless since you fight one unit that you really need missles for (actually, the Chimera goes down pretty easy without it); an assalt rifle which is also useless as just about all enemies are all stealthed with snipers sitting on rocks; and close combat was useless for the same reason. It was weird the way enemy stealth units would just sit and watch until you shot them to attack you, even as you were slaughtering their buddies and they had perfect shots lined up. The end was stupid, everyone just gets into a rumble over whether I got to take any of the useless crap in the armory, didn't even give me a chance to say 'no thank you, I'll just be on my way'. 5/10 for being somewhat enjoyable at the beginning. Though I wonder when Bethesda will let us climb like that. Expand
  5. Jul 8, 2011
    5
    This is a DLC for the wrong game. It keeps me wondering did the developers know that they are not making a DLC for first person shooter.This is a DLC for the wrong game. It keeps me wondering did the developers know that they are not making a DLC for first person shooter. Operation anchorage is fallout 3 without any kind of role playing elements, characters or anything else which makes fallout 3 to be fallout. It tries to be some kind of FPS action game based on war against China at Alaska. The story in this DLC is very stupid and unconvincing. I have to say that fallout 3 is not optimal game to turn into FPS. Everything just feels so old and all modern FPS standards are thrown into garbage bin.. After you complete the Operation Anchorage you get some overpowered equipment which makes your character way too powerful against the other enemies. If you can avoid this DLC at any costs, it almost ruins the whole game. I cannot get anything good into my mind about this DLCâ Expand
  6. Dree
    Jul 31, 2009
    3
    Worst example of what $10.00 (with +$1 for registering at GFWL). DLC pack can be. - No Roleplaying. (meaning No choice/decision making and Worst example of what $10.00 (with +$1 for registering at GFWL). DLC pack can be. - No Roleplaying. (meaning No choice/decision making and follow-up consequence.) - 45 minutes of boring meiocre shooter genre game. - the reward items are all bugged. - and there is no replayability value at all. (and even if you want, you cannot go back unless you restart.) - then why am i giving a generous 3/10 instead of 1/10? well, the winter envirnoment is done very well. It does offer a refreshing feeling to the player upon entering the VSS simulation. It is one unique feeling that I got from this particular DLC. but other than that, it surely wasn't worth $10.00. Expand
  7. CF
    Jul 11, 2009
    1
    An absolutely uninspired, shallow, linear experience harking on all the worst bits of Fallout 3. Is this what the expansion pack has become? An absolutely uninspired, shallow, linear experience harking on all the worst bits of Fallout 3. Is this what the expansion pack has become? Throw-away DLC nothings, most of which should have been in the game in the FIRST place (you know, letting you play after that crap main quest)? Thank god I pirated it. Expand

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