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To say Bethesda's new Fallout 3 DLC, "The Pitt", is bug-ridden is a bit of an understatement. The terrain is filled with errors, as seen here, and sections of the environment yield almost instant crashes on all versions.  (Source:
Fallout 3 gamers voice their frustration about the botched release

Bethesda typically puts together solid entries, when it comes to its RPG games.  The Elder Scrolls series are best sellers, and its latest RPG, Fallout 3 is a certifiable hit.  The company has also made a great deal of income off its expansion packs for its RPGs.  While some of these packs have met with mixed reviews, they were at least relatively bug-free.  However, the company's excellent track record hit a snag Tuesday with the release of the latest Fallout DLC, The Pitt.

After a month-long delay, the content was released just after midnight.  Within hours of posting users began to complain of encountering curious floating diamonds with exclamation points in them, as soon as they began trying to explore the environment of their $10 purchase.  Turns out, the terrain was so botched and filled with bugs that it’s virtually unexplorable.

Bethesda promptly pulled the content off Xbox Live and issued the statement:

We are continuing to look into the issues people are experiencing with The Pitt for Xbox 360. As of now it looks like the file for the English version on Xbox Live was somehow corrupted. We are currently working with Microsoft to remove the existing file off of Live to prevent any further downloads. Our plan is to replace it with a new file as soon as possible. We hope to have another update for you shortly.

While it would be bad enough if the Xbox 360 version was the only broken file, it also appears that the PC version is badly flawed.  PC users are complaining of numerous crashes and lockups.  Many are saying that whenever you enter the central section of the new environment, you're virtually guaranteed a crash.

At this time the PC content remains posted.  Users are cautioned to download at their own risk -- for now your $10 may buy a broken addition.  Bethesda is left scrambling to repair this embarrassing mar on their track record like a Wastelander running from a Deathclaw.

Update:  The Windows Live version has now also been pulled due to the vast number of glitches.  Bethesda and Microsoft are working to release a non-glitched version which they say should be posted sometime today.

Update 2: Initial reports that the Windows Live version was pulled were incorrect, according to a Bethesda spokesperson.  The Xbox 360 Version is now posted on Xbox Live for your enjoyment.  The Fallout Wikia reports that while some of the bugs are fixed in the new version, there are still a number of assorted errors that range from humorous to serious.  The terrain mapping continues to give problems and one bug is reported to corrupt your saves, so watch out.

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weird that the 360 version has problems....
By someguy123 on 3/24/2009 5:53:12 PM , Rating: 2
...but I saw the PC version having problems from a mile away. the initial release of fallout 3 on PC had a huge problem with random crashes, and their first DLC had crash problems and a weird floating tree problem (not sure if this exists on the 360 version). seems like developers are having huge problems getting their PC ports to work properly.

RE: weird that the 360 version has problems....
By mmntech on 3/24/2009 6:05:29 PM , Rating: 3
Sloppy coding and PC games has been an issue for quite some time. I'm not surprised. It's why I stopped playing PC games to begin with. Fallout 3 is a decent game but I haven't been impressed with Bethesda's treatment of the game's fans. XBL and PC DLC is broken and PS3 owners aren't even getting the add-on content at all.

RE: weird that the 360 version has problems....
By walk2k on 3/24/09, Rating: -1
By StevoLincolnite on 3/24/2009 10:48:37 PM , Rating: 2
I think Bethesda needs to hire more Testers...

However they have a habit of only releasing a couple of patches and forgetting about it. (Oblivion? Morrowind?).

Oblivion on the Xbox 360 was alright but they should have really fixed the annoying stuttering issues that plagued it.

I got Fallout 3 on release day for the Xbox, and I am yet to run into a serious bug yet, but then again I haven't played it extensively either.

By TheDoc9 on 3/25/2009 10:44:44 AM , Rating: 2
Fallout 3 has been a disaster for me, thier QA either sucks or is understaffed or both. Esp. just starting the game. For some strange reason after launching other programs in windows I then have to reinstall the video drivers, direct x, and windows live, just to play fallout 3 again.

RE: weird that the 360 version has problems....
By mattclary on 3/25/2009 12:44:56 AM , Rating: 3
I think Fallout 3 has crashed on me one time. I haven't had any problems with it other than that.

The exclamation problem I have seen in Oblivion after (incorrectly) applying a mod. It's basically looking for a texture that it can't find.

By mattclary on 3/25/2009 12:46:19 AM , Rating: 2
p.s. I have the PC version

By trabpukcip on 3/25/2009 9:05:23 AM , Rating: 2
The PC version of Operation: Anchorage had/has [haven't bothered to play it recently] an issue where the content does not load if the game is not on the System Drive

I am not kidding, there is a silly workaround where you make an identical path on the Game Drive to the windows live stuff on the System Drive.

I think the blame can be solely pointed at microsoft for that one, why have such an over complicated install path for the content in the first place?

I don't think I will even bother with the Pitt for at least a couple of months. Thread on Games for Windows Forum generally full of complaints:

By kellehair on 3/25/2009 12:14:57 PM , Rating: 2
I got Fallout 3 for PC on launch day and it crashed on me all of once in the countless hours I played it.

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