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Wasteland 3: The Battle of Steeltown

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Fun, challenging, mature expansion is a hit for series vets.

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Everything that made Wasteland 3 a gratifying post-apocalyptic adventure is amped up even more for the content in this expansion. Toss in a whole new story and location, extra gameplay mechanics, and more decisions to make during combat, and The Battle of Steeltown is a clear winner. There are a couple of minor issues, mainly technical, but it's a stellar and relatively inexpensive purchase for those who want more meat from this game universe. The Battle for Steeltown challenges you to travel to this troubled industrial area at the request of the Patriarch. While your characters have to be level 9 to play the expansion, don't expect it to be a cakewalk. In fact, you should be at a higher level to tackle these tougher skirmishes, as well as the new gameplay mechanics, which add some extra depth.

This expansion is perfect for those looking for a real challenge. The addition of nonlethal weapons is great because it gives options to change the story, since you can either knock out or kill some foes. In fact, you'll need to make some decisions that will affect future events, too, such as siding with the factory workers or the security guards. The main quest and optional side missions, elemental attacks and shields, new gear, and even a robotic sidekick you can enlist all help to keep things fresh. Also new to this expansion is Tellurium Steel, a rare alloy exclusive to Steeltown that can be used to make stronger weapons and armor, as well as craft equipment and some items. The character dialogue breathes life into your squad, including the same kind of humorous banter as the main game. The biggest issue is that there are some technical issues, like occasional sluggish frame rates and some units that couldn't be clicked on at times. Wasteland 3: The Battle for Steeltown is a worthy addition to a great game -- but it's only for advanced players looking for a tougher fight.

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