Brandon Boyer

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The most devastating part of reaching the level 20 cap in Fallout 3 is losing that Paper Planes-like cash register ka-ching that punctuates each kill and discovery, but there’s always been something alluring about the way your Pip-boy experience meter continues on to 21 that lets you know that you’re not quite done just yet.

Which is true: Bethesda have announced the first round of downloadable content for the 360 and PC games, which will be spread throughout the first three months of next year, starting with “Operation: Anchorage” in January, which will let you “enter a military simulation and fight in one of the greatest battles of the Fallout universe – the liberation of Anchorage, Alaska from its Chinese Communist invaders.”

Next will come “The Pitt,” a “journey to the industrial raider town called The Pitt, located in the remains of Pittsburgh,” and finally, the first round of content that will extend the main quest, “Broken Steel,” in March, in which you’ll “join the ranks of the Brotherhood of Steel and rid the Capital Wasteland of the Enclave remnants once and for all.”

December will also see the release of the G.E.C.K., the “official editor for Fallout 3,” which will open up the game to the modding community, which I believe means I’m going to have to start the game anew there to reap the rewards, and I’m honestly not sure I mind.

Fallout 3 [Bethesda, photo courtesy Duncan Harris’s postcard-pretty set of images]

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