Gaming On A Budget: Fallout 3: Game Of The Year Edition

Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition


On today’s Gaming On A Budget, I head to my local Wal-Mart for a copy of “Fallout 3: Game Of The Year Edition”, for a mere $12.88 (before tax). Tons of people know and love Fallout 3 for its expansive map, enthralling game play, and riveting story. Now, with the popularity of Fallout 4, people are turning back to play number 3, either for their first time or the hundredth, and what is better than being able to buy it all for under $15.

If you happen to be new to Fallout 3, there are a few things that you should know. For starters you can own and play this game on both your Xbox 360 and Xbox One, unfortunately PS4 does not support it. The next thing to remember is that just about everything can, and should, be looted. Containers come in many sizes and shapes, and you never know what could be in them until you look. Lastly, there are all sorts of baddies in the Capitol Wastes, but here are a few that you should be wary of, Super Mutants, Yao Guai, Mirelurks, and the worst, Death Claws. Everyone has their favorite part of this fantastic game, whether it is befriending a lonely dog, or rebuilding a giant robot, this game has it all and more.


Fallout 3 takes place two-hundred years after “The Great War”, in which the global powers decided it was doomsday and nuked the planet. Included in the “Game Of The Year” edition are all of the downloadable content (DLC). The first is Operation Anchorage, where you and the United States Army fight off a Japanese invasion, in a simulation of course, before the war. Completing the simulation unlocks a vault full of the weapons and armors used in the simulator, most notably is the winterized T-51 power armor, which is indestructible.

Second, is The Pitt, this takes you to industrialized Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to free some slaves that are being forced to work for an evil band of raiders. When you do this you have access to an ammunition maker/converter, which helps out a whole lot.

Next is Broken Steel, which effectively continues the main story, and raises the level cap from twenty to thirty. In many people’s eyes this is the most important DLC because it allows you to beat the game and continue playing.


Point Lookout is the fourth DLC for Fallout 3. It is also one of the toughest. In this add-on you travel by ferry to the Point Lookout State Park in Maryland infested with “swampfolk”. Here you end up settling a two-hundred year feud between two scientists and help bring the park to peace. Filled with psychedelic drug trips and lever-action rifles, this is a very fun addition.

Lastly, Mothership Zeta takes you on a journey, to outer space! You start this quest line by travelling to an alien spaceship that has crash-landed in the Capitol Wastes. As you approach the wreckage, you are beamed onto the mothership. Abducted by aliens that want to do weird tests to you, you have to fight your way to bridge and take down the captain. After this you can return to the wastes with the newly acquired alien weaponry and take the rest of the game by storm.

Altogether this is a fantastic game for an even better price, and you get all five add ons. If this will be your first time to the Capitol Wastes of Washington D.C., make sure that you tell good ol’ Three Dog I said, “hello.” 


Price: $10-15

Platform: PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One (Backwards Compatible)

6 thoughts on “Gaming On A Budget: Fallout 3: Game Of The Year Edition

    1. Well, to save, I would get a hard drive(HDD) anyway, but the way the DLCs work with the game is that they download to your HDD so that they run simultaneously with the native game. So, my answer is yes, I would purchase a hard drive. Also at Walmart, they sell hard drives for computers for fairly cheap that will run on your Xbox 360 or Xbox One consoles. That being said, always do research before you buy a hard drive of any kind.


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