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Fallout 3 : Point Lookout (360,PC)

Written by Jazzking2001 - Owner on . Posted in Video Games

{tab=Story}Point Lookout is a DLC which opens up a massive new area of the Wasteland. A dark, murky swampland along the coast of Maryland. So hop on the ferry to the seaside town of Point Lookout, for the most mysterious and open-ended Fallout 3 DLC adventure yet. {tab=Review (360)} Point Lookout is the fourth DLC released for the Xbox 360 and PC versions of Fallout 3.After booting up the download of around 700MB on Xbox Live and dumping 800 Microsoft points(10$),I tried out the new content.Unlike Operation Anchorage and The Pitt,Point Lookout emphasizes on exploration and uses around 1/4 of the original Fallout 3 landmass in a new swamp and marsh backdrop.Point Lookout had a creepy atmosphere throughout the entire time I was there and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of detail that went into the run down shacks and abandoned boardwalk.Now then onto the main part of Point Lookout.

The DLC starts off with a little story when a ferryman named Tobar arrives in the southern end of the Capital Wasteland on a ferry called the Duchess Gambit.After paying for some tickets from Tobar,my character headed for Point Lookout.Upon arrival,there was an abandoned boardwalk,thick fog,and creepy Dixie music haunting the backdrop of Point Lookout.My character left the boat and after mingling with the traders I decided to scope around the dark woods in search of treasures or new weapons.I ran into some swampfolk(mutated people) and gave me a typical friendly Wasteland greeting.They rushed me with axes and rifles screaming they were going to kill my character.They appear simple minded and weak but they clearly had more HP than I expected and their Lever Action Rifles were more than a match than my Chinese Assault Rifle.The northern part of Point Lookout was filled with Ghouls and robots,the southern half is claimed by the Swampfolk and the Eastern coast had a large number of Mirelurks and Swamplurks.

Among the most interesting quests was a meeting with a battle hardened ghoul named Desmond.He was trying to set up defenses against a tribal invasion in his mansion and needed my help to clear out the rooms.Tribals atacked from many sides and I was constantly ovrwhelmed not to mention that I kept falling through loose floorboards in the old mansion.After completing the mission,Desmod asked my character to infiltrate the tribal cathedral.That is as far as I'll go because I don't want to spoil the surprises but I will say that that Point Lookout holds many secrets and hallucinations that will twist your mind.It is not predictable in any way.

Anyway,one aggravating issue that appeared in Point Lookout was the return of several bugs including purple rays scratching the sky,sound glitches in which voiceovers go silent,framerate drops,and freezing issues.I honestly had hoped Bethesda would learn to effecively clean out the bugs before releasing their DLC.Point Lookout was brilliant but I was hoping stomping out the bugs should have been first priority.For this reason I will mark down Point Lookout despite its quality.

Overall Point Lookout is a well designed compliment to the Fallout 3 DLC catalogue and is highly recommended as the best content so far.If you do not wish to gamble your game saves getting deleted,step away from Point Lookout and look at the other content.Other than that be sure to pick this up for the most unique Fallout 3 experience so far.Word of warning though: Don't shoot the bubbles.

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