Being set in the snow, Operation: Anchorage
offers a nice twist on the visuals of Fallout 3
. Again the world looks very good, and again the audio shines. In fact, I loved the ambient wind as you are pursuing your first missions on the rocky mountain cliffs of the Chinese camp. Not bad for a "simulation."
While it's true that upon entering the simulation, you won't be taking any real-world weapons that you've previously found into VR, you will instead be given new ones inside. Operation: Anchorage actually involves a lot more gunplay than you'll find in the original installation, which makes it - dare I say - even better than Fallout 3 in terms of action-packed excitement. You'll be able to use more weapons than you possibly had access to previously, but that does depend on where you stand with your character's statistics and levels of experience.
In fact, being that I used a character at a low level - I believe at Level 5 when I started the simulation - it was quite awesome to bust out some superior weapons within the simulation. The truth is that for those who are picking up this DLC at an early stage in your ventures, or for those who are starting a new character, playing through Operation: Anchorage is a great way to gain XP. I jumped three levels in the very short amount of time that it takes to defeat the DLC.
Operation: Anchorage actually will have you teaming up with a partner to get through the missions. You'll also be able to choose your team for later infiltrations, which is a cool little twist that does add a small amount of replay value to the DLC. Unfortunately, this doesn't really make up for the ease of play within.