Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta

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Killzone 3 beta theme goes live tomorrow

Killzone 3 beta theme goes live tomorrow

Plus, free Fallout 3 DLC for PS Plus users.

The theme you'll need to download to gain access to the Killzone 3 beta will go live in the PlayStation Store on Wednesday at 8pm UK time, Sony has announced.

According to the European PlayStation blog, the first 10,000 Plus subscribers to download it will win a place on the beta.

The PlayStation Plus update also reveals that all five Fallout 3 add-on packs will be available to Plus members for free, for one week only.

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Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta

Lavishing a game's community with an unprecedented amount of post-release content can be taken one of two ways: either you're cannily responding to an irrepressible demand with memorable experiences, or just being brazenly cynical by churning out filler that wasn't really good enough for the main game. Now onto its fifth episode downloadable expansion, even Bethesda's staunchest supporters must be wondering whether Fallout 3 really warrants this many extra episodes. After all, the main game was hardly lacking.

The law of diminishing returns had to kick in at some stage, and so it has proven with Mothership Zeta. Regardless of whether you view it in isolation, or in the context of the wider Fallout 3 experience, it struggles to justify its existence. It's a shame, because the alien abduction premise offered rich promise for something interesting that operated out of the game's post-apocalyptic comfort zone.

As usual, the DLC kicks off after you respond to a radio distress beacon in the wasteland. Approaching the crash site of a wrecked flying saucer, you, as the Lone Wanderer, find yourself beamed aboard an alien mothership orbiting the planet. With blurred vision, and the sight of alien creatures (probably) performing unspeakable experiments upon your person, you come around to find yourself imprisoned in a white room alongside an unimpressed woman called Somah. Quickly hatching a cunning escape plan, you find yourself aided by Sally, a chirpy young girl with an intimate knowledge of the craft's innards and its crawl spaces.

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Mothership Zeta weapons, perk details

Mothership Zeta weapons, perk details

Plus, you'll be able to revisit the ship.

Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta developer Jeff Gardiner has said that the upcoming downloadable content has "the most high tech weaponry in the game" and released a bit more info on your new toys and the inevitable new perk.

According to Gardiner, speaking to MTV, there's a Shock Baton for melee fighters alongside the previously announced Alien Atomiser (pistol), Alien Disintegrator (rifle) and Drone Cannon.

Gardiner also mentions a new grenade, the Cryo Grenade, "which freezes enemies for a short period of time". "On top of that there are new unique weapons, and a new heavy weapon." One of those may be the Drone Cannon, which he didn't mention in the main body of his comments.

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Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta dated, priced

Plus: GOTY edition still set for October.

Bethesda has announced that Fallout 3's fifth downloadable content pack, Mothership Zeta, will be released on 3rd August on Xbox Live and Games for Windows Live for 800 Microsoft Points (GBP 6.80 / EUR 9.60).

Bethesda doing more Fallout 3 DLC

Supporting PS3, doing retail bundles.

Bethesda has unveiled two more Fallout 3 downloadable add-ons, one called Point Lookout (unsurprisingly) and the other called Mothership Zeta.