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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 the 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 Using the controls in the air traffic tower to unlock the next path.
Fallout 3: Broken Steel Windows Barracks at the Air Force base.
Fallout 3: Broken Steel Windows The Base is heavily fortified.
Fallout 3: Broken Steel Windows Aqua Pura is supposed to be free... this enterprising ghoul has other ideas.

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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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Critic Reviews May 06, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Gamer 2.0 May 13, 2009 8.8 out of 10 88
Gameplay (Benelux) May 29, 2009 86 out of 100 86
IGN May 06, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Worth Playing May 13, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) May 07, 2009 78 out of 100 78 May 14, 2009 7 out of 10 70 May 12, 2009 14 out of 20 70
Absolute Games ( Jun 01, 2009 60 out of 100 60
CanardPC Jun 01, 2009 5 out of 10 50


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

BurningStickMan (18030) added Fallout 3: Broken Steel (Windows) on Jan 03, 2010
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