Fans of Fallout 3 waited in anticipation for the release of Fallout: New Vegas earlier this week. If you loved Fallout 3 then Fallout: New Vegas will definitely be a game you’ll want to spend countless hours playing.
I have already lost over 15 hours in New Vegas and I’m very pleased with the overall mechanics and story of the game. If you are new to the Fallout franchise and wondering if you would like the game, ask yourself this, do you love first person shooter / RPG style game play with a strong storyline attached? Do you love a game that will take weeks if not months to finish? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then Fallout: New Vegas will be a welcomed title to your game library.
This is an epic game, don’t expect to beat it in a week and then get nickel-and-dimed into buying add on missions, that won’t happen with this game. While there will certainly be add-on mission to purchase for this game down the road, you’ll most likely still be playing the main story when they come out. Fallout 3 took me months to complete, and even then there were numerous cities, surprises and locations I never got to explore fully.
For the seasoned Fallout players you can expect an almost identical experience as in Fallout 3, but with a new setting, new enemies, a new storyline and a new rival gang element that makes the choices you make in Fallout: New Vegas that much more important. There is also a new hardcore mode where your player will need to eat and drink to stay hydrated just like in real life, and the damages you sustain will need to be treated by a doctor in order to recover. I don’t recommend playing in this mode unless you’re a seasoned Fallout bad-ass, even with the numerous hours I have logged on Fallout 3, I would never dare myself into such a challenged, especially when enemies lurk around every corner in Fallout: New Vegas.
There are a couple minor flaws with Fallout: New Vegas, but they can’t be blamed on the developer, the Xbox 360 once again is really showing its age and lack of powerful newer graphic processors. Some of the ground textures in the game are a little jagged, but when I played the game on a pimped-out PC, New Vegas looked stunning. Outside of that I love this game and can definitely recommend buying it for any fan of the series or any gamer looking to play an epic game that they can get lost in for weeks at a time.
I rate Fallout: New Vegas for the Xbox 360 a, 4.75 / 5, and is one of only a few games that is a must buy for 2010.
4.25 – Graphics
4.5 – Sounds
5 – Story
4.75 – Controls
5 – Replay value
5 – Video Game Magic*
*Video Game Magic is the video game’s ability to transport you the player into the game experience – usually the effects this has on the human condition are, severe loss of time management, extreme video game jonesing, and an extended altered state of reality.