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Worth Playing (Jan 30, 2009)
Even without the nuclear weapon-chucking bag of bolts, Operation: Anchorage is an impressive piece of content and is highly recommended for those looking for a good excuse to get the Fallout 3 disc spinning in the tray once more. The way the missions unfold within the VR exercise really gives you a sense that you're playing a game that isn't Fallout, yet it's using the exact same engine. I mean this as a high compliment, though, as it shows that Bethesda really has what it takes when it comes to adding even more content to an already massive game. You should really buy this before Bethesda catches on that $10 is too cheap for something offering this much content, enjoyment and fun.
That Gaming Site (Jan 28, 2009)
For those looking for more Fallout 3 or even a break from the regular gameplay, Operation: Anchorage is a great addition, the added mint condition weapons are a bonus.
In the end, Operation: Anchorage is worth the money. At only $10, or 800 Microsoft duckets, the DLC can add a nice amount of mostly combat oriented play to your game. And being able to roundup some sharp weapons and armor which can be used in the main world is a cool bonus. In fact, if O:A was made by anyone but Bethesda, it would probably have been more well received, at least by me. It’s a good game, just not great, and not up to the level of quality that we have come to expect from one of the world’s premiere development houses. Operation: Anchorage is no Horse Armor, but it’s not exactly Knights of the Nine either.
Atomic Gamer (Jan 29, 2009)
If anything, Operation Anchorage is a good hint of what's to come from Bethesda in future downloadable packs. With the third pack, coming in March, removing the game's ending and allowing players to continue the quest, we look forward to seeing this level of production values added to the game and integrated better with everything our wasteland adventurers have already done. Sure, taking the sweet loot in this add-on - and yes, there's something good for any character by the time you finish Anchorage - and using it in the rest of the game is nice, but we really like the Capital Wasteland, Bethesda. Give us more to do over there.
IGN (Jan 27, 2009)
The entire download only took me about three hours to finish which isn't a whole lot of time considering the $10 price tag. I had fun while playing Operation:Anchorage despite a few bugs and a couple of game crashes, and the items you get for completing the missions are awesome. If you get a kick out of watching heads fly in VATS like me, you'll find a lot to like in Operation: Anchorage. The combat levels are through the roof which makes the entire download a thrill ride. Still, I can't help but feel that the whole package was a bit slim. You can't reenter the simulation after you finish it, so you'll have to make sure you reload an old save if you missed any of the pieces of intel or just want to visit Alaska again.
Game Over Online (Feb 19, 2009)
Bethesda says Operation Anchorage takes 3-4 hours to complete. I’d put that number at more like 2-3, but for only $10 it represents moderate gaming bang for your buck. I’m hoping future DLC will be much better.
Cheat Code Central (Jan, 2009)
Operation Anchorage clocks in at about three hours. Players who've held off from brushing up against the level 20 cap or are only a short-way into the main campaign will find the goodies earned in this first expansion particularly bountiful. Succeeding in your virtual mission and cracking open the sealed stash translates directly into a big payoff of extra firepower, cool armor, and helpful gizmos to use in the rest of the game. Electrified ninja swords, stealth armor, and a new gauss rifle are only a few of the goodies awaiting players. The vignette is an entertaining diversion, but the rewards for completing it are what make it truly worthwhile.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Feb 27, 2009)
Met de hakken over de sloot! Hopelijk maakt Bethesda meer werk van de volgende Fallout 3 DLC-snacks.
GameSpy (Jan 27, 2009)
Ultimately, it's the die-hard Fallout 3 fans that should enjoy this new chapter in the series' history, and those same fans who may end up slightly annoyed after the fact. Operation Anchorage doesn't answer many questions regarding the lead-up to the big war, but it's an interesting piece of the puzzle that fits into the overall game without feeling out of place. It feels like a lot of money for just a couple hours of entertainment, but considering that Fallout 3 is already a great value, it's hard to balk at the price.
60 (Jan 28, 2009)
This all sounds a bit doomy and dour, but the truth is that Operation Anchorage is neither brilliant nor terrible: it's simply a sidestep that doesn't quite work. It's linear, simplistic and extremely un-Fallouty, but it does have couple of decent items and it offers a fresh change of scenery. If you think that's a fair swap for 800 Points, then go ahead and try it. Personally, we're not entirely convinced. Let's hope that the next two DLC packs, The Pitt and Broken Steel, fare better.
GameStar (Germany) (Feb, 2009)
Die Community blickt bislang mit Skepsis auf Download-Inhalte, und leider immer noch zu recht: Operation Anchorage ist Geldmacherei, anders kann man das nicht nennen. Bethesda hat im Addonchen alles, was Fallout 3 ausmacht, auf ein Minimum gedrosselt, um möglichst schnell Kohle aus den Spielern zu saugen, die das Ödland schon komplett erkundet haben. Und gerade für die lohnt sich die Erweiterung überhaupt nicht. Buh, Bethesda, buh!
50 (Apr 26, 2009)
Wenn Ihr einfach mal ein wenig den Shooter-Spieler raushängen lassen wollt, habt Ihr mit Operation: Anchorage wahrscheinlich kurzfristig Euren Spaß. Ich persönlich schätze an Fallout 3 aber eher die eingangs beschriebenen Aspekte, weswegen ich das Paket den Spielern, die ebenso denken, nur bedingt ans Herz legen kann. Die beiden kommenden Erweiterungen klingen da zumindest auf dem Papier schon wesentlich viel versprechender. Es kann also nur besser werden.
Factornews (Feb 12, 2009)
Opération Anchorage n’est pas un mauvais DLC. C’est juste dommage qu’il sorte en premier. Il s’écarte complètement de la « logique Fallout 3 », que ce soit en termes de gameplay ou de mission. Etant donné que la plupart (pour ne pas dire « tous les joueurs qui se sont senti très en boule quand ils ont vu la fin minable du jeu de base ») des joueurs attendait plutôt du Fallout 3, on se demande ce qui a pris à Bethesda de sortir un ersatz de Project IGI.
50 (Jan 29, 2009)
J’ai adoré Fallout 3. C’est pour moi de loin le meilleur jeu de 2008, et il ne risque pas d’être détrôné de sitôt du piédestal sur lequel je l’ai placé. Mais quand vous en retirez la substantifique moelle, à savoir le roleplay, la course aux balles ou aux cellules énergétiques, l’exploration et que vous remplacez tout cela par des tonnes de caisses de munitions et de soins… et bien on se sent franchement floué. C’est vraiment dommage. Espérons que Bethesda en tirera une leçon pour ses deux prochains DLC…
50 (UK) (Jan 27, 2009)
I love Fallout 3. I love it to an almost indecent extent. It was far and away my game of 2008, and doesn't look like being knocked out of my personal top spot for a good while yet. But when you sift out its role-play, the ammo-box inspection and the exploration and draft in a fleet of health and ammo regeneration points to compensate... well, affairs just feel shallow and somewhat naked. Hopefully a lesson has been learnt at Bethesda towers. Business as usual next time please.
RPGWatch (Mar 10, 2009)
Whether or not I think you might find Operation Anchorage worth $10 depends on your opinion of Fallout 3. If you absolutely loved Fallout 3, would give it a 5/5 and consider it great ... then my recommendation is 'only buy it if you are deciding between buying this or seeing Inkheart or flushing a $10 down the toilet, and even then re-read Inkheart first. If you are either conflicted over Fallout 3 or really didn't like it - run away, run far, far away. Should you buy it? No, NO, absolutely-positively NO! Let me put it this way - if you are like me and generally like the Star Wars prequels, but found the overexposure of Jar Jar, Pod racing and the boring political intrigue of Episode I to be the stuff you skip to get to the cool battles on the DVD, this add-on is like sitting down to watch 'Jar Jar's personal journey through pod racing and inter-galactic politics'.
AceGamez (2009)
The short answer to this question is: not very good. Even if you absolutely love Fallout 3, Operation Anchorage is barely worth a purchase, because all you're getting for your ten dollars is a two to three hour experience of minimal challenge that forsakes the best features of the game to provide a simple, dull, FPS-style quest. leaving a dull FPS-style mission behind. Let me put it another way. If you are like me and generally enjoyed the Star Wars prequels but found the overexposure of Jar Jar, pod racing and the boring political intrigue of Episode I to be the stuff you skip to get to the cool battles on the DVD, this add-on is like sitting down to watch 'Jar Jar's personal journey through pod-racing and intergalactic politics'.
40 (Jan 29, 2009)
Avec Opération Anchorage, Besthesda réussit ce qu'il avait soigneusement évité de faire avec Fallout 3 : vider la licence de toute sa substance. Réduire le jeu à un simple FPS, c'était prendre le risque de dévoiler ses limites en la matière, et ça n'a pas loupé : missions linéaires et convenues, IA à la ramasse, gestion d'escouade peu convaincante, aspect infiltration imparfait... Cette parodie de GRAW n'a vraiment rien pour elle et nous incite à la prudence face aux futures extensions annoncées.
Absolute Games ( (Feb 16, 2009)
Истинная причина существования столь никчемной поделки прояснится, когда вы сбросите китайцев в Тихий океан. Прогулки в синюшных тонах — прелюдия к получению отличного оружия и брони. Это очень похоже на покупку предметов за настоящие деньги в MMORPG с «корейской моделью». Правда, любоваться обновками из Operation: Anchorage вы будете в гордом одиночестве.