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So I got the original PC DVD-ROM release of Fallout 3 (with no DLC) from my brother a couple of years ago as a present (can't remember if it was for my birthday or Xmas). I played the crap out of it for a few months, despite also being tethered to World of Warcraft at the time. I then got a bit burned out[1] and put it down for what ended up being 15 months (during which time I got married, quit WoW, had a baby, and beat several other single-player games including KotOR 1, Deus Ex 2 and Mass Effect 1 & 2). I also picked up the PC DVD releases of the first 4 DLCs (Anchorage/Pitt and Point Lookout / Broken Steel) on sale from Newegg and let them gather dust with the intent of someday finishing the original/core game first, and picked up Mothership Zeta more recently.

After beating Mass Effect 2 a few weeks ago, I finally got the itch to play Fallout 3 again and attacked it with a vengeance. I picked it up at around 2/3 of the way completed (in terms of locations discovered; main plot-wise I was supposed to make my first visit to Project Purity, which would have then led me to Tranquility Lane). Eventually I discovered all possible locations in the original/core game, save for a few main quest-related ones such as Raven Rock and Vault 87. I then went back and finished the main quests and got the original, "crappy" Fallout 3 ending.

I then had some doubt as to whether I could stay focused enough to play through all of the DLC, which adds at least a good 50% more locations to explore. So far I've beaten Operation: Anchorage and am now a good chunk into Mothership Zeta, but those are the smallest of the 5 DLCs...

  1. I should mention that I have a hard time finishing sandbox RPGs because I tend to try to visit all locations and collect all items in the game; this often ends in failure when I can't stand playing any longer. As a result, I had also hit the level 20 cap well before halfway into the game (by measure of locations discovered). By contrast, a friend/co-worker of mine is only level 14 or so on the PS3 version and already has Power Armor training...