Fallout New Vegas Review

Uploaded by Linkthe1st on 15.11.2010

Fallout New Vegas, the indirect sequel to the 2008 game of the year Fallout 3. Created
by a host of people responsible for the original games in the series, New Vegas is a mix of
the recent blockbuster of yesteryear, and the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. rules that made the series
standout in the late 90's. It's time to pull up a stool, place your bets, and hope that
there's a show worth your money.
When it comes to the story of Fallout New Vegas the idea is straight forward. You're
a courier who gets ambushed, shot in the face, and dumped in a shallow grave. Barely alive
your dug up not much later, and dragged to a doctor to have the shrapnel pulled out of
your brain.
Look at that. Maybe those bullets done your brain some good.
Having been put back together you set out after the man responsible for your ill turn
of events. That's where the game starts, and while there's
plenty of incentive to chase down your would be killer, the bulk of the New Vegas experience
lies outside of of the main story. Which is saying something, because chasing down your
sharply dressed assailant is only half the story.
The game was rigged from
the start.
If it had to be quantified the central plot would roughly account for one-third of the
game content, the other two-thirds being covered in the enormous number of side quests available.
There's a story told at just about every turn, and while most of them aren't as epic as your
primary goals as a courier, many of them are just as, if not more entertaining. For that
reason It can easily be said that the real meat of New Vegas, is in exploring the world,
helping it's inhabitants, and not in running from checkpoint to checkpoint as fast as possible.
Between dirty work for casino bosses, scaving tech from old vaults, convincing opposing
fractions to work together, or any of the other tasks that can be done it's clear the
spirit of the Mojave wasteland, and most of the game purchase for that matter, is found
in the 'extra' content.
The feeling of a rebuilt post apocalyptic Las Vegas and Mojave wasteland has been nailed.
Everything from the expansive desert to the 1950'sesque New Vegas strip feels authentic.
The world is more populated though, which helps when painting the game's canvas with
the multitude of activities available. As explained during the introduction Vegas
wasn't really hit by any nuclear warheads. As a result people seem to be having an easier
time prospering with the lack of radiation, making the world more rebuilt and organized.
This is where New Vegas strikes it's own unique chord, and feels the most different from Fallout
3. Gone are the desolate irradiated trash piles of the capitol, and in their place lie
a functioning and fairly structured society, complete with factions of varying size and
political intrigue. Make no mistake though, New Vegas still feels distinctly post apocalyptic,
it's just not the same feel from Washington DC. Instead of a few pockets of civilization
scattered about, there's an existing society which consists of government groups like the
NCR, Cesar's Legion, and Mr. House who runs the New Vegas strip; to minor factions like
the Kahns, brotherhood of steel, followers of the apocalypse, and several others. Obsidian
has put a large amount of work into making the world and it's inhabitants more real,
which is for the most part a success. There's still the uncanny valley tough, and like the
preceding games from Bethesda, New Vegas hasn't departed from the awkward doll like inhuman
feel that NPCs give off. Coupled with the aging Gambryo engine that struggles to keep
up with a game this massive, as well as technical flaws that hinder game play fluidity, and
you get an experience that's a bit too tarnished without enough shine. Which is a shame, because
even with the flaws the experience is still amazing.
The current Fallout franchise and the elder scrolls games which it take many queues from,
are unlike any other games out there. They work off of the idea that you should be unrestricted
in where you go, what you do, and how you go about it. No other games out there give
such an expansive world that can be interacted with on such a detailed level. This is what
drives New Vegas as an RPG. With Fallout 3 so fresh in the minds of many
gamers Obsidian took some liberties with New Vegas, and choose to play off of the pre-existing
familiarity with game mechanics. This is where the most noticeable changes have been made.
New Vegas has Significantly improved shooting, targeting, and aiming mechanics; in addition
to a revamped character creation system; and an increased difficulty curve. This system
allows anyone familiar with first person shooters to feel at home, but also slowly breaks you
into being governed by character statistics. Newcomers to series should feel comfortable,
and there's enough change for veterans to still experience a decent amount of challenge.
Going a bit deeper combat while being the main focus isn't the only game mechanic that's
highly emphasized. When it comes to completing quests, and talking to people in general,
there's a large emphasis on the number of choices you have available to you. Naturally
you can simply shoot and kill anyone you run across, but at an incredible number of turns
you have various speech options available based your skills. In addition when your forced into a combat
zone you can avoid fighting by sneaking which allows you to land critical, and often fatal
attacks. This is particularly advisable when your pitted against some of the bigger and
badder enemies in the game, such as death claws, which are very difficult to kill even
at higher levels. The only real problem New Vegas is the large
number of bugs that riddle the game. Patches are being pushed out quickly, but it's a bit
disheartening to know that an otherwise fantastic experience is packed with some of the worst
deal breaking bugs out of box. Without doubt excessive patching is in store for this game.
For or that reason it may be worth holding off getting until the holidays, or when the
worst of the issues are removed, whichever comes first.
Weather you're a veteran Fallout player, or are new to the series, Fallout New Vegas is
a great game that's so expansive there's no doubt everyone can find something fun in it.
Just keep in mind that if you decided to play this game it's very likely you'll lose countless
hours of your life to it, and one play-through may not be enough.