Fallout 3
E3 2009: Fallout 3's Point Lookout Preview
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The fourth piece of downloadable content for Bethesda’s hugely successful Fallout 3 is but weeks away and looks to offer a slightly different slant on the DLC we’ve seen to date. Point Lookout, which is nearly complete and is just going through the final stages of testing and certification, throws you into a mysterious land on the coast of Maryland, accessible from the Duchess Gambit, Tobar’s ferry situated along the Potomac River. The main quest of Point Lookout asks you to choose side in a local conflict between Desmond and the Tribals over a mysterious local fruit, the Punga Fruit.

Unlike the downloadable content so far, Point Lookout doesn’t lock the player in to the main quest line so players can come and go as they please. The main quest of Point Lookout is said to take between 3 and 4 hours to complete but players can tackle the side quests situated around the area to squeeze a few more hours out of the adventure.

Point Lookout is Bethesda’s biggest environment to date with regard to their DLC, and is said to be about one fifth or one sixth the size of the Wasteland itself. As you approach the area from the Duchess Gambit, the first thing that will strike you is the area’s eerie, almost haunted nature as you see an abandoned amusement park on the docks covered in a light mist. The amusement park that you will encounter within minutes of landing on the mysterious dock is loosely based on Coney Island in Manhattan, but derelict and with its better days long behind it.

As the other downloadable content episodes have delivered so far, Point Lookout also looks to add new weapons and new enemies into the equation. Point Lookout is set to add 4 new weapons to the title and 3 new enemies. The four new weapons; the double barrel shotgun, the lever action rifle, the shovel and the axe, are all worthy additions but fall short of the powerful and unique weapons that we’ve seen in previous DLC episodes. The new enemies featured in Point Lookout are all variations of the Hill Folk who wander the mist encased hills frowning upon new comers who dare wander around in their neck of the woods. So whether it’s a Tracker, who is more of a bruiser, or the Scrapper, fresh with their buck teeth and nimble toes, Point Lookout adds these new rogue, mutated hillbillies to the proceedings to make your life a living hell.

As well as the new enemies, Bethesda even went a step further to reskin a few of the more standard enemies you’ll run into around Point Lookout to give this episode a fresh look and feel. For instance, the Mirelurks are reskinned to make them seem like new varieties of the ones that you encounter on the Wasteland.

As far as the main story quest goes, players will have to choose sides between the lone warrior, Desmond, who resides in his hilltop mansion fighting off the Tribals, or the Tribals themselves in a quest to discover the mysteries of the wild Punga Fruit. The initial conflict takes place in the mansion itself as you stand alongside Desmond to take down wave after wave of invading Tribals before you get into the thick of the action and place your loyalty in one of the sides ... which in true Bethesda style, is completely your choice.

The eerie and haunted feeling you get from Point Lookout is nothing like we’ve seen before in any of the downloadable content and Bethesda should be commended for their variety. With bringing new weapons, enemies, a massive location and plenty of quest action, Bethesda seem to be delivering here as they have done with the rest of their DLC to date. We look forward to seeing whether the content is as long and in depth than those that have come before it. Is it me, or do they seem to be getting longer anyway? Either way, we’re just hoping for a bug free release when it hits consoles later this month.

Fallout 3’s Point Lookout is available for download on the Xbox Live Marketplace this coming June 23rd for 800 Microsoft Points.  Check back around the release of the title for our official review on the content and see whether it’s worth your cash.


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Comment #1 by OblivionsRow
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 07:37:48 PM
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Looks good can't wait!

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Comment #2 by gtarshredr
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 07:38:01 PM
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Nice. I like the whole backwoods/the hills have eyes type of enemies

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Comment #3 by Teh Alex30
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 07:43:15 PM
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i love fallout its awesome@!

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Comment #4 by UnerringBiscuit
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 07:47:22 PM
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Wow this one looks to be the best Mothership Zeta sounds kinda dumb tho

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Comment #5 by Oultranator0731
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 07:50:18 PM
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Comment #6 by The Subtle Arts
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 07:51:37 PM
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More achievements are inevitable pressumably...

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Comment #7 by The Subtle Arts
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 07:56:08 PM
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My bad... I just checked and there they were! haha

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Comment #8 by Picass0trigger
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 08:00:18 PM
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I can't tell which Fallout DLC I like the most so far.....they're all just so good. Operation Anchorage was kinda like wtf though. So I'll probably say the Pitt was the best so far. Hopefully they'll keep making DLC that is better stoked for Point Lookout

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Comment #9 by galvins
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 08:02:31 PM
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awesome more fallout dlc!!!!!!!

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Comment #10 by FallenDream20
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 08:14:49 PM
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For some reason I just don't see Zeta being the last... I mean why would they do that when they could make a 6th and release a third disc version. I mean the disc version is Microsoft after all, and since when has Microsoft not tried to milk something for all it's worth? Either way I look forward to the new expansions, and I welcome more as well.

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Comment #11 by CrossFireZX5
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 08:21:51 PM
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hopefully there will be unique versions of the new weapons to collect
oh yeah and as I the only one who noticed this but in the Point Lookout trailer there was a quick shot of what looked like an assault rifle with a silencer

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Comment #12 by SENTACOLIS
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 08:30:36 PM
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i got to see this demo'd at e3....didn't see a silencer, but the double barreled shotguns are bad!!!

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Comment #13 by quikloda11
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 08:48:22 PM
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sweet!!!!!!!!!!!! hopefully more achievements so i can get 1450

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Comment #14 by nrask7
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 08:57:21 PM
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please raise the level cap again. pretty please?

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Comment #15 by Diaxen
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 09:02:31 PM
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This game is exhibit A of why completionists hate DLC. Come on, 5 DLC upgrades? I can get a longer storyline by buying the main game for cheap used.

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Comment #16 by StewCa
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 09:08:41 PM
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#13...4 new achievements for 100 points...looks outstanding*i7%05%05

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Comment #17 by Schism
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 09:17:49 PM
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hopefully they include "unique" versions of the Axe or Double Barrel shotgun. each DLC rewards you at the end with perks maybe??

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Comment #18 by iNf3Rn0 Lan
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 09:23:33 PM
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Awesome, I'm going to end up spending more money on 3 hour DLC so I can get achievements than I'll have spent on the full game itself.

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Comment #19 by Gabber Pete
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 10:01:46 PM
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Comment #20 by ii iLLMaTiC
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 10:07:41 PM
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this looks amazing.

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Comment #21 by SM Rollinger
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 10:08:33 PM
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badass, cant wait. more excited bout mothership zeta though...

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Comment #22 by SabresZoMg
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 10:12:43 PM
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Ugh, I love this game but I'm going to end up shelling out more money on DLC than I did on the actual game... Not too sure how I feel about that. At least this one looks unique, I'm definitely digging the psuedo-zombies, the only thing more fun than killing zombies is killing nazi zombies after all...

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Comment #23 by Nightbeam
Tuesday, June 09, 2009 @ 10:37:38 PM
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Ugh, I hate that these upcoming DLCs might be the last (or already announced to be the last). It would make the achievement list 1550 (100 per pack, excluding Broken Steel). Oh well, looks good. Sure to pick it up instantly.

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Comment #24 by ROA5T BeeF
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 02:36:44 AM
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Anyone know if this DLC is also included on the upcoming Game of the Year Edition of Fallout 3? Is it including ALL released DLC or just the previous ones?

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Comment #25 by EletricMafia209...
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 04:00:49 AM
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Bethesda is making mad money off these DLC's.. I don't mind paying for them as long as their quality of them are good :-P

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Comment #26 by Blackhole Riot
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 04:41:26 AM
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Can't wait. Looks awesome, I'm actually happy that they're not going with so many hardcore weapons this time around. I think I'll enjoy the weaker, slightly more basic weapons.

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Comment #27 by BootlegVenom
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 05:13:18 AM
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Found this with a detail stating all dlc will be shipped with game of the year, think ill wait for it b4 getting stuck into the fallout 3 world!

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Comment #28 by ShinAkuma
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 05:35:55 AM
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JUNE 23RD!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY :D right after my exams...

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Comment #29 by Epic Phantom
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 06:38:25 AM
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i love all fallout dc but i always beat it to fast. no pun intended

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Comment #30 by KIDDRAGON67
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 06:56:35 AM
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can't wait! loved all dlc's so far but they have been to damn short, 3-4+hours is great! not 30min-1hr

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Comment #31 by DevilDog7856
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 07:11:14 AM
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Can't wait for this! Bethesda is the best developer out there!

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Comment #32 by Octobox
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 09:38:44 AM
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if point lookout is truly 1/5 of the wasteland, that is just incredible... hopefully itll be worth the 800

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Comment #33 by NaughtyNinja74
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 11:03:11 AM
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#15 has a really good point...i hate paying for dlc after I've already paid 60 bucks for the game...

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Comment #34 by unkee888
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 11:32:16 AM
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Comment #35 by Removefromme
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 11:35:39 AM
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#34 Really. You don't HAVE to get the DLC the day it comes out.

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Comment #36 by Blackadder13
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 12:21:54 PM
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@ 33 you don't have to get it

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Comment #37 by oFILECOMPLAINTo
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 12:33:27 PM
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looks a bit like oblivion with guns this DLC :)

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Comment #38 by Carbonmist
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 01:06:12 PM
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Great, keep the dlc coming. Ive enjoyed every bit of every dlc they've brought us. Whats another few hours onto the game.

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Comment #39 by Lemon Of Life
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 01:12:01 PM
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Damn I'm gonna save up my points and get every DLC they've released.

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Comment #40 by Night45Fox
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 05:38:14 PM
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Looks really good, going to get it no doubt.

"If that alone isn't reason enough to wait for Fallout 3: GOTY Edition, you're an idiot." referenced from the link from

but i would rather not wait.

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Comment #41 by I T e N l
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 08:02:50 PM
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Can't wait for this and Mothership Zeta

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Comment #42 by CLET8
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 08:33:26 PM
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I've spent probably over $100 on this game, and every penny is worth it

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Comment #43 by Elit3 m0nkey
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 @ 08:34:22 PM
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Can't wait for June 23rd... too bad a accidentally overwrote my main story and have to start over from scratch (again).

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Comment #44 by Mr.Teflondon187
Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 01:11:30 AM
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This looks so great. I can't wait until I can play it. I wish I could just sleep until then. You know, go to bed now and wake up on June 23. Fallout 3 is the great game ever given to man.

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Comment #45 by Snake Eyes1499
Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 05:36:36 AM
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Got all the others an this one looks just as good!!! And well I need to level up someway, damn those level 30 achievements!!! :P

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Comment #46 by 232323jvc
Thursday, June 11, 2009 @ 08:04:33 PM
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mmm Operation Anchorage for me it was like 8/10 cuz its kinda short but you get a lot more stuff than other DLC`s.The Pitt 9/10 it was friggin long cuz of the steel bars,the quests... but fun at the same time cuz bethesda likes to play hide and seek0_o.Broken Steel 11/10! because i wanted to level up since I reached level 20 and because of the places you visit,the side quests the TESLA CANNON! the HEAVY INCINERATOR! the TRI-BEAM LASER RIFLE! and the HELLFIRE UNIT POWER ARMOR! made me rate Broken Steel as 11/10 and well Point Lookout looks awesome too hope its awesome too! :)

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Comment #47 by november 17th
Monday, June 15, 2009 @ 02:16:49 AM
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I need the level cap raised, again.

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Comment #48 by Neil867
Friday, June 19, 2009 @ 03:47:29 PM
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I would LOVE to see the level cap raised...lets say to 50! But I guess that would bring more "Reach level 40 with good karma" "reach level 40 with neutral karma"...oh god the humanity....

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Comment #49 by BloodDrunk
Saturday, June 20, 2009 @ 01:34:00 AM
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Mutated Hillbillies

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Comment #50 by halofan1989
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 03:36:12 AM
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The Hills Have Eyes 3?
lol jk
looks great, and can't wait. :)

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