|System: X360, PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Bethesda Softworks||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Bethesda Softworks||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 25, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Mature||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The Pitt certainly offers some really enjoyable, story-driven content and different types of situations to explore, but it is slightly lacking in terms of new goodies and adversaries. The Trogs are nasty, slathering beasts that you'll run into in large numbers often when you're poorly armed. Unfortunately, they're the only real new creature you'll face and are easily dispatched with the Man Opener's spinning saw blades. You can also pick up some new armor variations and a cool, high-powered scoped machine gun, among other things. Since Operation Anchorage left you with access to a treasure trove of powerful weapons and armor, it makes sense to find The Pitt reward players with its overall experience instead of a mere loot dump.
Adventure-wise, the gameplay is also more open-ended than the first expansion. Whether you choose to focus on helping the slaves or helping yourself is largely up to you, and Bethesda cleverly throws in plenty of opportunity for you to explore the lighter and darker options. Even so, much of the decisions available to you encompass a moral gray area, and sometimes even the more obvious paths lead to surprising results. Also, completing the main quests opens up some minor missions to explore, and you can return to The Pitt any time after venturing back into the main world.
The quality experience in The Pitt makes Operation Anchorage feel like even more of a misstep than it might really have been. Both offer some interesting additions to the main game and definitely provide additional play value in different ways. The Pitt is certainly the superior of the two in most regards. Get over the fact it was initially launched as a broken mess, this is one expansion Fallout 3 fans will truly appreciate.
CCC Staff Contributor