“ Manufacturer: Bethesda / Genre: Adventure & Role-playing / Release Date: 2009 „
Point Lookout is just one of five possible downloadable packs available for the already massive Fallout 3 and can be purchased through Xbox Live for a large chunk of Microsoft points. Or, if you don't want to download each pack seperately of course, you could just do what I did and trade in your copy of Fallout 3 for The Game Of The Year Edition which contains all five as part of the package on a seperate disc!
This is the first downloadable mission pack I have played for Fallout 3 and, once installed, loads up a new message on your PipBoy; the device that tells you your current status, lists your inventory and lets you see which quests are currently available. This new message bids you check out a guy operating a ferryboat who has been selling some kind of weird fruit, obtained off the shores of Washington D.C from an island untouched by the bombs when they were dropped upon the Capital.
In exchange for a quite sizeable amount of Bottle Caps, the currency in Fallout, the ferryboat Captain agrees to ferry you across to Point Lookout but the haven you might have thought it would be is not all it seems....although no bombs were dropped, decades of inbreeding and radiation poisoning have had radical consequences.
The island is now a fetid swamp with strange new plants and lots of hill-billy yokels who are too retarded and mentally deficient to realise you mean them no harm and who attack on sight. An eccentric Ghoul lives out his days in a derelict mansion that he has made his own; another eccentric inhabitant seeks an ancient Relic, a tome that supposedly has necromantic powers and can control the dead and somewhere on the island walks a Chinese spy trying to infiltrate American shores if he hasn't already been caught!
These are just some of the mission strands available to you in this latest installment of adventures for your character. There are a couple of extra side missions also available or of course, you could just wander the island loading up with rare goodies to sell in the main game, killing anything that gets in your way. Once again, how you play it is entirely up to you!
There are new costume items available and new items of weaponry and one thing you will quickly learn is that your old weapons are of little use here so the first thing you should probably do is load up with a lever-rifle and an axe or two....preferably in good condition!
The game add-on itself, though short-lived, is surprisingly fun to play and not too dis-similar to the downloadable packs for Fable 2 but less annoyinfg and far more satisfying! I enjoyed playing Fallout 3 so much that to have new areas to explore is a dream come true! And this first downloadable pack that I have played is certainly worth investing a few quid in!
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this and think it is an excellent addition to an awesome game! What I make of the other downloadable packs remains to be seen.....
Point Lookout is the third addon for the RPG Fallout 3 and is, quite possibility, the best.
Point Lookout takes place in "Point Lookout", a large new area which was unaffected by the nuclear holocaust that happened in the Capital Wasteland. This means that "Point Lookout" is marsh-like, full of strange plants and harbours crazy new swamp creatures. This new environment is a great change from the boring barren wastelands and the new creatures look like they've been taken directly from a Lovecraft novel, which is not a bad thing at all. Point Lookout is also very dangerous with the less than friendly inbred locals and the blood thirsty cannibals that roam the swamps looking for new adventurers to feed on. These cannibals are very terrifying when they sneak up behind you late at night.
The main quest involves the Lone Wonderer negotiating with the natives and discovering the secrets of the local plant known as the Punga Plant. The main quest is a great adventure but is a bit too short and it was a bit hard to follow at times.
There are also a lot of side quests in Point Lookout. One side quest in particular involves the Lone Wonderer becoming a Chinese spy. It was very thrilling and a nice shake up from the tiresome fetch quests found in Fallout 3. The side quests are far better than the main quest.
Along with adventuring Point Lookout you'll encounter new weapons, such as the satisfying Microwave Emitter, a device that makes enemies heads blow up. Other than that the arsenal found in Point Lookout useless compared to great weapons like the Terrible Shotgun and the Lincoln Rifle.
Point Lookout is the third in a series of downloadable expansion packs for post-apocalyptic role-playing first-person shooter, Fallout 3. The expansion begins in a similar vain to that of its predecessors, The Pitt and Operation Anchorage, with the Lone Wanderer (The player) receiving a note on his Pip-boy wrist-held personal computer, this time informing him of a riverboat landing at the bottom of The Capital Wasteland. Investigating this area will lead to the Lone Wanderer meeting the ship's captain, Tobar, who boasts that for a small fee, he will take you to the old seaside town Point Lookout, a place where the bombs didn't drop, but a place the World forgot....
Point lookout is around one sixth of the size of the Capital Wasteland, and is a murky swamplike zone rich in dangerous natural gases and thick mysterious mist. You wont have to travel too far before you meet some of the less-than-friendly locals - Hideous, violent redneck mutations drunkenly slurring and lungeing at you, waving their fists and axes, firing their lever-action rifles at any interlopers. These Swampfolk enemies come in several forms, including the brutish sloth-like "Trackers." (see front cover.) fat, oafish "Brawlers" and emaciated wirey "Scrappers." The appearance of the swampfolk is mostly lifted from the film 'Deliverance,' which is an affectionate homage, but doesn't really give the game a great deal of points for originality.
But not everyone in Point Lookout is a loathsome inbred mutated hick, you'll also come across some very colourful characters, including an ancient millionaire ghoul, a sentient hologram professor, a christian missionary, and any number of misguided tribal hallucinogen-cultists, and bipedal mutant crab-beasts.
But alongside all of these new 'uns, you'll also find an equally massive number of new weapons, apparrel and chems, many of which are brilliantly conceived, such as double-barrelled shotguns, police hats, and the bizzarely mysterious Punga fruit. All of which complement the new missions, which are extremely original, (going on a vision quest, defending a mansion, uptaking a pre-war chinese spy mission.) perfectly. Graphics are excellent, with some brilliantly rendered new models. You can see the engine is really developing since the somewhat rushed original.
Like all expansions, you can visit Point Lookout before undertaking any other quests if you so wish. MUST HAVE FULL WORKING VERSION OF FALLOUT 3 TO INSTALL.
All in all, Point Lookout has a hell of a lot to offer, with all its new quests, characters, decals and items. It definitely feels like the most polished expansion yet, but I would argue that it still isn't worth paying the extortionate full-price of around £15 for, as at the end of the day, its just an expansion. Try and get it second hand, or save up your Microsoft Points to get your hands on this great addition.