Review: The Pitt

Game Review: Fallout 3 DLC: The Pitt
Release: March 24th, 2009
Genre: RPG / Shooter
Developer: Bethesda Software
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Players: 1 (Offline)
MSRP: 800 Microsoft Points ($10)
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

The Pitt

Fallout 3 was introduced to the world in October of last year. Since then Bethesda has released two separate DLC packages for it. The Pitt is the second of three set to appear on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The Pitt takes your character to the post-nuclear version of Pittsburgh. You are quickly informed that a disease is crippling the slave population of The Pitt and turning normal people into Trogs a fast and fierce new enemy in the Fallout world. You are tasked with getting chummy with the leader of The Pitt and snatching the cure before it is too late.

In order to do this you will first have to sneak into The Pitt, disguised as a slave, do some dangerous dirty work for one of the slavers, and survive a battle to the death in a makeshift arena. To encourage you to do this Bethesda has given players 4 new achievements to strive for, worth a total of 100 Gamerscore.

One of the first, and most positive things, you will notice about this DLC is that it has an absolutely phenomenal atmosphere. As you stumble across a mine and car littered bridge towards the city it is hard not to be awe struck at the gorgeous details that make up the skyline. Smoke billows across an evening sky, dogs bark in the distance, and the sound of Wildmen (humans living outside the city limits) rallying one another all make you feel like you are in for something incredible.

With this DLC comes 9 new weapons, 18 new armors, 3 new perks, and numerous new locations. Of these new additions almost everything is a success. The Auto-Axe is easily my favorite weapon to use now, and The Infiltrator (Silenced, Scoped, Assault Rifle) is satisfying every time I pull the trigger. The new armors look unique for the most part, and offer some nice bonuses. The perks aren’t as exciting, mostly just raising stats specifically for the new weapons.

As I mentioned earlier, The Pitt introduces a new creature to the mix, the Trog. These new creatures can leap, run, and generally sneak up on you quickly. It injects a nice bit of adrenaline into the game, and they are a welcome addition.

The Pitt

Another nice, and unexpected feature of the DLC is that it gives you quite a few opportunities to make good and bad karma choices (something Operation: Anchorage lacked almost entirely). You can rat our friends to a seedy slave who uses the information as leverage to do less work, or ignore him completely, among other things.

Despite all of these positive aspects, there are a few things that keep The Pitt from being a must buy. First and foremost, The Pitt is short, arguably even shorter than Operation: Anchorage. The quests are never challenging (The Arena specifically, I was able to blow through the three quick bouts armed with nothing more than the Auto-Axe and one Stimpak)

The Mill adds a bit more length to the overall experience, tasking you with collecting 100 Steel Ingots. This particular environment is laid out magnificently and the rewards for collecting the Ingots are great, but as it is entirely optional some might choose to skip it, stunting the length of the DLC.

Finally, while I didn’t experience any myself, there have been some reports of glitchy and buggy gameplay. Things like game crashes, audio dropout, and poor collision detection. Most of the time these incidents only occurred once or twice, but it is something to keep in mind when making your purchase decision.

Verdict: If you loved Fallout 3, and you’re looking for another reason to jump back in to its engrossing world The Pitt gives you an excellent excuse. The story might be lacking, but the new weapons, perks, and other rewards contribute to the overall experience of the game, and should not be missed.

  • Jeremiah night

    Not bad Shake..
    And I agree with your final verdict of the DLC.
    Though its to bad they don’t do a better job of furthering/expanding the story. Especially considering who’s making the game. Eh, still good stuff.

  • I loved the visuals and agree with everything the author said. The glitches however are very annoying. Some of the dialog talking to charachters drops out completely. The worst was completing the mission and coming to the end of the storyline and having the game freeze and corrupt 2 hours of gameplay and make me start over almost halfway through. I played the story a different way knowing the outcomes of my first choices but still it was infuriating

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  • Rob

    I’m definitely gonna be picking this up sometime. Probably after I actually finish the main Fallout 3 story. 🙂

  • Mikestoke

    Great review, I really want to get The Pitt, loved Fallout 3 and Operation: Anchorage, can’t really afford it at the moment though. 🙁

  • Nathan

    Excluding the glitches it sounds awesome. Definitly going to get it once I get to level 20.

  • Great review. Another collecting so many deals again, sounds fun. I still haven’t finished the the original game myself but it’s always good to add extra stuff before that you know. 🙂

  • Well, the bad thing was all the glitches it had in the beggining, but its a great game, and the DLC seems to be awesome 😀
    Nice review BTW 😀

  • Good review, cant wait to buy this. I think i will preffer this better than operation anchorage, this feels more like an expansion.

  • I can see why that would be an issue. Luckily through my 100+ hours of gametime I haven’t encountered very many glitches. I did get 1 line of text without sound in the very beginning of the Pitt, but after that it was smooth sailing. I guess the best advice is save often.

  • I thought this was a pretty good review. Didnt reveal to much about the story which is always great in a review. Seems like you took your time.

  • Is the download really heavy? Why is rockstar not doing something like this for GTA4? Bring us to Vice City! 😀 At least this kind of addons are worth the 800 points compared to the few maps u get in Halo 3 and GoW2 for the same price…

    Nice review!

  • DanteSparda504

    That is a pretty good review! Definitely makes me more interested in it but I don’t wanna buy it. Operation Anchorage disappointed me.

  • NBA Kirkland

    Thanks for the Review. I’m going to buy it if I don’t win a code.

  • Christian

    Super stoked for the expansion. Loved the review! Definitely can’t wait!

  • Everything sounds good except for the shortness, blew through operation anchorage in night… and this is shorter? Of course I blew through fallout 3 itself in under a week the first time.

  • I could always use more Fallout 3 and this seems to deliever that Fallouty goodness that I have been craving. The Trog looks awesome. I am sorta bummed that it is so short and that there is the artificial lengthening of the DLC via a “find all the ingots” quest. New Perks, new weapons, new armors, this is enough to get me hooked.

  • Zanza

    definitely better than the first one!

  • Thanks for the review! Based on what you guys have said and what I’ve seen on other sites I think I’m really going to like The Pitt. It takes place in my home state, so how can I not like it, right? 😉

  • I watched my brother play a lot of the Anchorage Alaska DLC, and enjoyed it very much, I got into a little bit of it , but not very far, hopefully get into this one 🙂

  • ColHartman

    Wow this is amazing!

  • ColHartman

    As someone who just started playing Fallout3 for the first time this week I have to say I hope I win. Great job on the review PfN, you guys do a great job.

    Col Hartman

  • This is going to be pretty awesome by the looks of it, im sort of surprised they are even talking about something like this, it seems like Operation Anchorage didn’t come out too long ago.

  • Fallout freak

    Wow, this looks great. I am really looking forward to playing it. A pretty good review overall from the ones I have read. Nice touch with the contest.

  • elephants and hannibal 2nd

    Contest FTW