Fallout 3: The Pitt DLC Hands-On

We headed over to postapocalyptic Pittsburgh, grabbed ourselves an auto-axe, and killed us some trogs.

At the beginning of Fallout 3, all seems lost. You emerge from the depths of Vault 101 and make your way into the Capital Wasteland to find it a desolate, barren, and seemingly lifeless place. But by the time you finish the game, you have encountered--and quite possible killed--all manner of people and creatures, from fire-breathing ants to slaves and rather civilised ghouls, but with few hints to life further afield.

The Pitt, which is the second piece of downloadable content for the game, opens with less of a solitary feeling. You receive a radio transmission asking for help, and this leads you to a dishevelled-looking gentleman called Wernher. He asks you to accompany him to the ruins of Pittsburgh to obtain a rumoured cure for the radiation-based mutations that are blighting humanity. As you might expect with Fallout, how he approaches you will vary depending on your karma--if your karma is good, he'll appeal to your better nature, and if it's bad, he'll appeal to that basest of instincts, the urge for profit.

Welcome to The Pitt, worm.

Take him up on his offer, and you head to a train tunnel, jumping on an old-fashioned handcart for the 190-mile trip northwest to Steel City. On arrival, you are met by a raider--but given that we don't much care for raiders, we elected to use the deathclaw gauntlet handily provided by Bethesda to off him and his buddies.

Making our way down towards the Pitt proper with directions from Wernher, we dispatched a few more raiders--including a pesky sniper--before being greeted by a small group of fleeing slaves. Countering our normal urge to shoot anything that moves, we let them by and proceeded the way they had come, finding ourselves eventually at the main gate to the Pitt. The gates opened with the guards expecting some fresh grist for their slave-driven mill, so we responded--against the advice of our guide--with a swift volley of fire from our new machine gun. Picking over the corpses, we found another new weapon from the main gate guard--what looked to be a partially silenced assault rifle called the infiltrator.

Unfortunately, at this point it became clear our cunning was for nought, as on breaking into the main part of the complex we were met by a very angry guard and a gang of henchmen, who exacted revenge for their fallen comrades by knocking seven shades of something unmentionable out of us and stealing our hard-fought goodies. Coming to, we found ourselves greeted by a young lady who'd been expecting us--Wernher's contact on the inside. Wandering through the Pitt we saw slaves hard at work and unwilling to engage in much dialogue for fear of retribution from the watching raider guards.

Our next mission was a collection quest, and in an effort to look busy and not draw the attention of the guards for slacking, we chatted to a few Pitt denizens. We discovered that while the area around Pittsburgh may lack ghouls and supermutants, it more than makes up for that with a new creature--the trog. Trogs are similar to ghouls in that they were once humans, but they changed dramatically under the effects of radiation and general postapocalyptic environmental toxicity. To help ward off these fearsome-sounding creatures, we dropped by the main steel mill and obtained an auto-axe, which we were told was made from reclaimed car parts. One interesting thing we noted during our travels was that conversations with slaves revealed news of various other bastions of humanity with cryptic names suggesting there are groups of survivors all the way to Toronto, perhaps laying the groundwork for future updates.

Heading outside the mill to complete our task, we found a multilevel space littered with bodies of slaves previously consigned to this god-forsaken place, and with claustrophobic train yards to trek through. We encountered a few trogs, who turned out to be very fast, feral creatures that were recognisably human and very animal at the same time. They bounded around on all fours, growling and slobbering, though inexplicably frequently carrying bobby pins. Thankfully the auto-axe makes swift work of them once it's up and running, tearing through flesh in and out of VATS.

Trogs are almost human. Almost.

Making sure we fully explored the area outside the mill, we discovered a few camps of wildmen--a rival raider group, it seems--who provided us with a trusty hunting rifle and some other accoutrements that looked likely to come in handy later on. We also found the corpse of a fallen slave that triggered a side quest--to return his dying note to his bereaved friends--which provided us with a very fetching bandana and a handy sidearm.

With the job done, we headed back inside to rendezvous with Wernher's contact again, to find out that she had a plan, of sorts. The master of the slave colony--he who has the reputed cure to radioactive mutations--was organising a tournament, in which slaves get to fight to the death in some sort of gladiatorial event, with the ultimate prize being freedom and an audience with the man himself. The plan is that you enter, win, meet the boss, and nick the cure. Simple, really...

Making our way down to the arena, we were rather glad to have picked up a few weapons. All we were given for defence was a board with a nail in it and some very basic firearms. However, it was at this point that a Bethesda representative stepped in and parted us from the controller because our time in the Pitt was up.

The Pitt looks to be a return to form for Fallout 3 after the lukewarm reception that greeted Operation Anchorage, the game's first DLC pack. It's full of action, objectionable and interesting characters, and plenty of opportunities for exploration and further development of your character. Keep it tuned to GameSpot for more updates as the 24th of March approaches and you can launch yourselves into the fray.

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109 comments
antonisbob
antonisbob

I can't wait.. I got the PS3 version!

bgracindo
bgracindo

I have both the ps3 and the xbox 360, so I am impartial. I think it is wrong not to have all the dlc for the ps3. It's understandable that some games only come to either one of the platforms, but not having all the extra content is plain wrong and makes me really hate bethsaida. It sucks because I love their games, but it did make dislike the company.

Ragnarok8153
Ragnarok8153

X360 owners pay for their online play, so why shouldn't we get a few exclusives, and microsoft is just doing what it takes to be successful. They pay Bethesda for DLC and Bethesda delivers, im sorry for you PS3 owners out there, but thats the way it is. For those that own PS3 and X360, i would suggest only buying games for 360 (unless they are PS3 exclusives), its obvious that Sony is heading to the crapper. And on the subject of the game, sounds great. Has to be better than operation anchorage.

GaMeWiZaRd83
GaMeWiZaRd83

i think the expansion pack should come out on all systems.

ChickenHawk07
ChickenHawk07

Umm Kenji, u been living under a rock? M$ did pay for the expansions. They made sure that only the 360 would get them, this ensuring that anyone truly faithful to the game would buy it on the 360. Same as GTA IV. I have all next gem systems and it's clear which one I would buy the game for. Sony is Broke, and Microsoft is taking advantage of that. More power to them.

ghettalife
ghettalife

Da 'Burgh!! Probably won't be street-by-street realistic, but hopefully better than representation in some movies (looking at you Inspector Gadget)!

pakhair
pakhair

I own PC So I played it but it's really bad when company releases the game and does not the expansion packs. I feel sorry for PS3 Owners because I remember Test Drive Unlimited and TR Underworld which DLC wasn't released on PC

kurts2112
kurts2112

ps3 owners should stop complaining 360 owners pay for their online sevice, you do not.

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

this must make ps3 owners mad...i kinda feel bad for em this better be longer than the other dlc hopefully...sounds a bit better from this read up

SgT_P3pr
SgT_P3pr

Kenji, stop your bloody whinning, if you love FO3 that much, go sell ur PS3 and get an Xbox. I'm sick of you playstation asses you always complain when you dont get anything, you bought the playstations in the first place, eh.

Hoodlumz
Hoodlumz

Thats exactly wat Microsoft did and its awesome

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

anyone know why bethesda is being a ultra douchebag to PS3 owners of their game? It's not like M$ thew down cash to secure exclusives in this game.

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

"the pitt" looks a lot better then anchorage, this is how the whole fallout game should have looked with more of a dark disturbing creepy feel to it.

tranvanjohnny
tranvanjohnny

this is bullsh*t i dont know why ps3 never gets any dlcs dont get me wrong i have both systems but id like to know which system is getting what but id rather not have to worry about that sh*t

Mercurey64
Mercurey64

I hope the pitt is better than the anchorage alaska add-on it was to short and to easy.

Jamesp2005
Jamesp2005

Why I feel bad for those who have only a PS3 I can't really feel bad for people who have both systems and complain because they bought the "wrong" version. It was announced well before the game came out that only the 360 would get dlc.

ghstbstr
ghstbstr

I don't know about anyone else, but I just can't wait to play The Pitt!!!

Un4givingAsault
Un4givingAsault

hope they advise you to leave your gear somwhere safe, or so at some point can get it back

Silverbond
Silverbond

I love Fallout 3 and can't wait for this DLC!

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

i hope you get ur gear back. im still gonna put everything in my suite before i go to pitt. yeah OA was alright, i feel like it only deserves one playthrough though, but we all know what the real prize was. beth have had 2 months to clean it up so yeah it should be better. @brother115, i live in the uk and im afraid most of us like the ps3, i dont though i have allways preferred microsoft products, being an american company, they are wealthy and at the moment they are using thier wealth to benefit microsoft consumers aka this dlc. microsoft are soon to be the kings of the gaming industry and i will be buying a x720, x3 or what ever its going to be called.

43n1m4
43n1m4

Anything that'll be in tune with the rest of the game, will be bought eventually by me. Anchorage was OK, though the basic idea behind the DLC was a bit on the experimental side. I'm looking forward to the next DLC, and as most mentioned - Bethesda has a great track record with DLC, if you give them enough time.

brother115
brother115

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muzza93
muzza93

Oh well... this is why xbox only have 2 decent exclusive games, cos they spend all their cash on bribing game companies to get exclusiv DLC

Dem0nD0nkey
Dem0nD0nkey

i read another review on some of it and it said that u will get ur equipement back

salvucci91
salvucci91

360 wins when it comes to anything online. you get what you pay for.

brian3434
brian3434

son of a $%^& i have ps3 and a 360 but i bought fallout on the ps3 biggest mistake i ever made i love bethesdas games but i absolutely hate what they do to ps3 owners- totally unfair

KamikazeDonut
KamikazeDonut

Looks cool but when does Broken Steel come out?

JunglemanchiId
JunglemanchiId

The Trogs look like those Reapers from Blade II.

Mohmikee
Mohmikee

Looks really fun, its good that its taking a different path from the other DLC. Cant wait for March 24

doug789
doug789

Even though i have a xbox 360, i still think its silly for bethesda NOT to put it on the PS3, but they "might" release it in a GOTY package for u PS3 fans. i hope you do get it, cause i would be pissed off not to get DLC.

Andybsg1_basic
Andybsg1_basic

"PS3, why is it fine to have PS3 exclusives (MGS4) but 360 exclusives are unfair?" Games exclusive to one platform are just something people have to accept. However, when you have games on several different platforms like GTAIV and Fallout 3 then the DLC should be available to all. I think the Dev's really don't realise how much this is starting to annoy people and i'll certainly think twice about buying Bethseda titles in the future. I love Fallout 3 but really do feel i've been short changed and ripped off because I bought the PS3 version.

megamega777
megamega777

besides, just take your weak character through it and you will know what to do to get the good stuff! (my first character mainly)

megamega777
megamega777

first of all: "...conversations with slaves revealed news of various other bastions of humanity with cryptic names suggesting there are groups of survivors all the way to Toronto, perhaps laying the groundwork for future updates." Toronto? **** ya! Born there and raised there! Would love to see my hometown done. Secondly @bretstter: If you don't want your goodies taken, don't take them! Besides, Bethesda would most likely add in a point at the end or somewhere to get your stuff back. Last but not least: Bethseda took money and ran... end of story... Would you do the same? (given that people need money in a world right now in the economic downturn for there businesses to stay afloat)

FalsePlacebo
FalsePlacebo

I just love how ANY time we hear about F3 DLC it inevitably turns into console wars BS. Just stupid childish crap. As far as the DLC goes though it looks sweet, I can't wait!

boothiness
boothiness

Doesnt really bother me because i have a ps3 and a 360, i just wish i knew which games would have the DLC exclusives so i knew which version to buy. I have fallout on ps3 :(

fadersdream
fadersdream

if it helps, you do have resistance 2 and we don't... i ... don't... know how... i'll live without it... *sob* the reason i'm joining in on the console wars is because i'm playing mgs4 and am so bored during cut scenes i've been reduced to cleaning my living room to pass the time.

chasase
chasase

Sucks to be a PS3 owner

bretstter
bretstter

The idea of having all your goodies taken is very... unnverving, nevertheless, the threat of my chinease camo-suit, gauss rifle, fat man ect being taken just makes me want to find a way of 'cheating' the will of the gaurds robbery, therefore adding a few extra hours gameplay. Therefore i don't think that you should keel over and die under a rock because you lost some stuff, wheres your adveturer in you. (i still think that if i can't 'cheat' the robbery of my chinease camo-suit, i mite cry)

ShroudedEagle
ShroudedEagle

Again with the whole console wars thing... I don't see what the big deal is, I can see plenty of great Playstation 3 exlusives that are already out and a few that are coming to your console. So why is it that you have to make such a big deal out of DLC coming exclusive to Xbox 360 and PC? Just buy it for the PC, the requirements don't even need much to run Fallout 3. And on topic at first I was going to skip this DLC and wait for Broken Steel, but thanks to reading this it looks like I'm getting both!

StarlightHunter
StarlightHunter

@GodsPoison, your point is flawed, you can say that about any exclusive. its a loss in money for konami for only releasing mgs4 on the ps3, dont be stupid dude.

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

First off, im gotta applaud the guys who thumbs downed me for wanting this on ps3 as well, yknow cause bethesda dosnt want my money right? second, well really thats all i can say, if bethesda doesnt want more money then i guess they dont have to make the dlc available to us, its their loss really.

KingKevo71789
KingKevo71789

this looks WAY better than Operation Anchorage, hopefully this is at least close to being worth 10 bucks

fadersdream
fadersdream

PS3, why is it fine to have PS3 exclusives (MGS4) but 360 exclusives are unfair? as far as the game goes i'll probably wait until the third expansion to purchase, that way if i have leveling room left over i can use it in the other DLC sets. it would suck to buy all three in order and then topping out at level 27 or something because you ran out of material... which i know would be hard to do considering the landscape. how long do you think it would take to fast travel from pittsburgh to anchorage?

rift_zone
rift_zone

@GodsPoison It was announced well before the game was released that the DLC would be exclusive to the xbox. No one ripped you off, you just didn't bother to do any research at all. Buy a 360 and dry your eyes.

comewhatevermay
comewhatevermay

Amazing game. Can't wait for this. I think it great how Operation anchorage was more action and this more RPG. Keeps thing open more audiences.

Darth_Ultima
Darth_Ultima

Sucks for the PS3 fanboys because Bethesda never intended to do DLC for fallout 3 until Microsoft came along and told Bethesda that they would pick up the tab to make it if they kept it microsoft exclusive.

setonj18
setonj18

looks good. I think it will feel more like Fallout 3 than operation anchorage did

PeteMad
PeteMad

Uh oh. I don't like the sound of the raiders taking away the weopons and equipment. I gotta hide my trusty chinese camo suit before I get to that part.

PeteMad
PeteMad

IT SUCKS TO BE A HARDCORE PS3 FANBOY. HARHARHAR :D