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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: CounterfeitCulture.com)
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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RE: Bethesda and bugs
By Major HooHaa on 3/27/2009 12:29:43 PM , Rating: 2
I bought my copy of Fallout 3 a while after it had been released on the P.C. and I have had big problems with it, despite applying patch v1.1 .

It may be partly to do with my set up, which is Windows Vista 64 running on a Core Quad duo processor with 8800 GTS graphics card at 1280x1024 resolution.

I had moments of slow down before I got out into the main game. But once I got out into the world, I would have regular crashes and game lock ups. These also seem to affect some of my save games.

As time went on, I progressively lowered the graphics settings so now the AA and AF (or whatever) are both set to x0 and the HDR\Bloom lighting is now switched off. This has helped and I managed to get outside, then blunder around the post-apocalyptic landscape for a whole in-game night before the game finally crashed on me.

I have since installed patch v1.4 but haven’t got around to playing the game again since the patch… To busy battling zombies in Left 4 Dead, using the trusty Half Life 2 Source engine.

Having said all of this, a friend of mine has had a totally different experience. She has played through Fallout 3 on her dual-core set up with no problems at all. I’m not sure which version of Windows she is running on her machine though.


RE: Bethesda and bugs
By Major HooHaa on 4/11/2009 8:55:28 AM , Rating: 2
An update to my Fallout 3 adventures. I downloaded and applied patch v1.4 to Fallout 3 on my P.C. and I also installed the latest drivers for my graphics card. I then went into the game and loaded my most recent saved file. After beating off an attack by a giant scorpion, the game crashed on me after just a few minutes of playing.

I might just as well un-install it from my P.C.


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