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Broken Steel is the third downloadable expansion released for Fallout 3. It extends the level cap from 20 to 30, alters the original ending of the game, and provides a series of quests acting as an epilogue to the original story.

The player must finish Fallout 3 main story line to access the new content for Broken Steel. The ending selected by the player through their actions will affect the state of the Capital Wasteland in Broken Steel. The player will wake up in the care of the Brotherhood of Steel, and is tasked with helping them continue their fight against the Enclave forces. The player can also take side quests to help distribute new Aqua Pura (un-irradiated water) to the citizens of the Wastes.

The main series of new quests will take the player to new locations, such as an Enclave satellite relay base, the secret underground Presidential Metro system, and an Enclave stronghold at Andrews Air Force Base. Rewards include new weapons, such as the powerful Tesla Cannon and an Enclave napalm launcher.

As Broken Steel is intended for players who finished the main game, content is designed for higher level characters. Three new high-level creatures now roam the wastes, along with tough Enclave guards. There are nine new quests, six new achievements, and 14 new perks to supplement the new climb from level 20 to 30.


Fallout 3: Broken Steel Windows Aqua Pura (un-irradiated water) boxes now turn up throughout the Wasteland.
Fallout 3: Broken Steel Windows The MARGOT computer controls the Metro, and has some tasks for you.
Fallout 3: Broken Steel Windows Orbital strike - enjoying the show
Fallout 3: Broken Steel Windows Slow to fire, but hits enemies hard, and for damage over time.

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Fallout 3: Broken Steel Screenshot
Fallout 3: Broken Steel Screenshot
Fallout 3: Broken Steel Screenshot
Fallout 3: Broken Steel Screenshot


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XboxAchievements Xbox 360 May 06, 2009 10 out of 10 100
GameFocus Windows May 06, 2009 9.5 out of 10 95
Gamer 2.0 Xbox 360 May 13, 2009 8.8 out of 10 88
Gaming Nexus Xbox 360 May 09, 2009 B+ 83
Game Revolution Xbox 360 May 21, 2009 B+ 83
Thunderbolt Games Xbox 360 May 11, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Game Critics Xbox 360 May 18, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows May 07, 2009 78 out of 100 78 Windows May 12, 2009 14 out of 20 70
Absolute Games ( Windows Jun 01, 2009 60 out of 100 60


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  • G4
    • 2009 - Best DLC of the Year
  • IGN
    • 2009 - Best PC Expansion (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best PC Expansion (Readers' Choice)

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