Broken Steel was initially released exclusively as downloadable content on Xbox Live and Games for Windows Live on May 5, 2009. After difficulties with the initial download for PC users it was re-released for Games for Windows Live on May 7, 2009. It was made available for PlayStation Store on September 24, 2009. For Xbox 360, download codes for Xbox Live are also available in retail.
For PC and Xbox 360, Broken Steel is available as a disc version as part of the second Fallout 3 Game Add-on Pack, released on August 25, 2009. The pack also included Point Lookout.
Like all add-ons, Broken Steel is included in the Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition, released on October 13, 2009 for all platforms.
For Steam users, Broken Steel, along with all the other Fallout 3 add-ons, is available, released on July 16, 2010.
For GOG users, Broken Steel, along with all the other Fallout 3 add-ons, is available, released on June 2, 2017.
In this add-on pack, the Lone Wanderer joins the ranks of the Brotherhood of Steel to rid the Capital Wasteland of the Enclave remnants once and for all. The pack allows them to get to see the fruits of their father James' work, Project Purity's completion, and clean water flowing into the tidal basin for the first time in centuries.
Broken Steel's quest line is of the same length as the ones in Operation: Anchorage and The Pitt. Unlike those add-ons, in order to access the new story content from Broken Steel, the main storyline from the base game has to be finished.
In addition to extending the game to let players survive their adventures after the end of the main quest, the Broken Steel add-on raises the level cap to 30. The level cap expansion will take effect upon installation of the add-on, so players previously stalled at level 20 will once again accumulate XP, even if they haven't finished the main storyline.
Broken Steel also adds a couple of new side quests, most of which have to do with escorting freshly processed clean water across the Wasteland and protecting it from raiders. Broken Steel takes about five hours to complete and side missions could take up to an hour to finish.
The third add-on for Fallout 3 adds new enemies including albino radscorpions, feral ghoul reavers, super mutant overlords, and Enclave Hellfire troopers. These are equipped with new armor and weaponry that the player can acquire. Broken Steel also adds several new perks to cover the additional 10 levels as well as new encounters (see Broken Steel encounters).
The player character's actions throughout Fallout 3 are woven into some of the quests in Broken Steel. For example, if they decided to infect Project Purity with the modified FEV, it will affect how the Capital Wasteland looks as well as the interactions with the local inhabitants.
Armor and clothingEdit
- Capital Wasteland
|Name||Level req||Other requirements||Ranks||Description||Code|
|Almost Perfect||30||1||All SPECIAL stats are raised to 9.||004c6b|
|Deep Sleep||22||1||Can get the Well Rested benefit of +10% XP for eight hours regardless of bed slept in.||003213|
|Devil's Highway||24||Karma not equal to Very Evil||1||Karma is instantly set to Very Evil.||004c6d|
|Escalator to Heaven||24||Karma not equal to Very Good||1||Karma is instantly set to Very Good.||004c6f|
|Karmic Rebalance||24||Karma not equal to neutral||1||Karma is instantly set to Neutral.||004c6e|
|Nerves of Steel||26||AG 7||1||Action Points regenerate faster.||0011c2|
|No Weaknesses||24||1||All SPECIAL stats below 5 become 5.||00108e|
|Nuclear Anomaly||30||1||Whenever health is reduced to around 20, you will erupt into a devastating nuclear explosion affecting enemies and allies alike.||004c6c|
|Party Boy/Girl||28||1||You no longer suffer the withdrawal effect from alcohol addiction.|| 0011bf|
|Puppies!||22||(Does not require having met Dogmeat prior to selecting this perk, but you will have to find him and have him die for this perk to take any effect.)||1||If Dogmeat dies, you'll be able to get a new canine companion from his litter of puppies. Just wait a bit, and you'll find your new furry friend waiting outside Vault 101.||003211|
|Rad Absorption||28||EN 7||1||Radiation level slowly decreases automatically over time.||0011bd|
|Rad Tolerance||26||EN 7||1||No effects from minor radiation poisoning.||0011c1|
|Quantum Chemist||22||Science 70||1||Every 10 Nuka-Colas you acquire are automatically converted into a Nuka-Cola Quantum (ice cold Nuka-Colas do not count)||004c71|
|Warmonger||26||IN 7||1||All custom weapon types become available to you without schematics.||0011be|
Quests and achievementsEdit
|Name||Location(s)||Given by||Reward||Achievement points||Trophy||Quest ID||Image|
|Death From Above||Citadel||Owyn Lyons||1300 XP||30||000802|
|Shock Value||Citadel||Paladin Tristan||1400 XP||30||000afd|
|Who Dares Wins||Citadel||Paladin Tristan|| 1500 XP|
Tesla cannon, various items
|Name||Location(s)||Given by||Reward||Quest ID|
|Holy Water||Jefferson Memorial||Scribe Bigsley||100 XP, 300 caps||004c75|
|Protecting the Water Way||Jefferson Memorial||Scribe Bigsley, Officer Lepelletier|| 100 XP, Enclave power armor and helmet, Gatling laser,|
Plasma pistol, electron charge packs
|The Amazing Aqua Cura!||Museum of History||Scribe Bigsley (after speech check), Griffon||100 XP and/or other possible prizes such as caps and Karma||003b67|
|The Sorrowful Suitor||Presidential metro||Sorry, my darling holotape||All-nighter nightwear, Lag-Bolt's combat armor, Lag-Bolt's shades, heavy incinerator|
|Getting Ready for Prime Time||Citadel||Scribe Rothchild|| 100 caps, 25 XP per Camera|
75 caps, 10 XP per sensor module
|Blood Brotherhood||Citadel||Paladin Tristan||50 caps, 10 XP per sample|
|Devil||Reached Level 30 with Bad Karma||20|
|True Mortal||Reached Level 30 with Neutral Karma||20|
|Messiah||Reached Level 30 with Good Karma||20|