I read the review... saw the rumors and chose to ignore them. Now it comes back to bite me where the sun don't shine. After playing Fallout 3 plus 4 out of 5 of the additional add-on missions, I fell in love. Possibly one of the best games I have ever played and dedicated myself too. Of course, once the sequel comes out, I am going to buy it. Boy, was I ever slapped in the face... BIG TIME!
After getting used to the game once again and trying to follow the storyline, main quests and multiple side quests, I decided to save my game inside Winn's Hideout. Of course I first killed both Winn's and looted their safe for a very cool 9mm automatic unique weapon. Satisfied for the day, and having put in a total of over 20 hours into the game at that point, I turned it off. The next day, after a long day at work and excited to get the chance to kill monsters, pickpocket friends and destroy factions... I hit the Continue option at the start up screen.
There is where it gets ugly... the Xbox 360 gave me a meesage that the DLC needed for this save was no longer available and some items not not be available. I tried to load my other 2 saves with no luck. This is possibly the most frustrating thing to ever happen to me in gaming (outside trying to beat an unbeatable Boss or something similar) solely due to the fact that there is nothing I can do about it. Just finished the G.I. Blues quest, ransacked Vault 34 for the special weapons and even found a few other weapons considered rare and was flying high. Now I have to start the whole game over from the beginning with no Caps, no special guns, no followers (I had 2 at the time) and no found locations on my map!
Since I do not play online, the supposed patch provided by Fallout will be useless to me. SIGH... will give it one more shot, only because the game is so awesome. But if this happens again... game will either go on eBay or be melted down with a blow torch. Wish me luck...