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Published on May 21, 2009
Death From Above.
Broken Steel is the third Fallout 3 downloadable content pack, released on May 5, 2009 for the Xbox 360 and Games for Windows Live. After difficulties with the initial download for PC users it was re-released for Games for Windows Live on May 7, 2009. It is announced to be released for PlayStation 3 eight to twelve weeks after the Operation: Anchorage PS3 release in late June 2009. The DLC costs 800 Microsoft points or $9.99.
In this DLC pack, the player joins the ranks of the Brotherhood of Steel to rid the Capital Wasteland of the Enclave remnants once and for all.
In addition to amending the game to let players continue their adventures after the end of the main quest and raising the level cap to 30, Broken Steel's quest line is of the same length as the ones of Operation: Anchorage and The Pitt. In order to access the new story content from Broken Steel, the player has to have finished the main storyline from the base game. However, the level cap expansion will take effect upon installation of the DLC, so players previously stalled at level 20 will once again accumulate XP even if they haven't finished the main storyline.
Broken Steel also adds a couple of new side quests, most of which have to do with escorting freshly processed clean water across the Wasteland and protecting it from Raiders. Broken Steel takes about 3-5 hours to complete and side missions could take up to an hour or two to finish.
The third DLC for Fallout 3 adds new enemies including Albino Radscorpions, Feral Ghoul Reavers, Super Mutant Overlords and Enclave Hellfire Troopers. These are equipped with new armor and weaponry which the player can acquire. Broken Steel also adds several new perks to cover the additional 10 levels as well as new encounters.
The player's action throughout Fallout 3 is woven into some of the quests in Broken Steel. For example, if the player decides to infect Project Purity with the modified FEV, it will affect how the Capital Wasteland looks as well as the interactions with the local inhabitants.