Fallout: New Vegas Review

Fallout: New Vegas is the fallow up to the popular RPG Fallout 3 developed by Bethesda Softworks.  This time around Fallout is in the hands of Obsidian Entertainment. Well, how do they stack up against the RPG masters over at Bethesda?  We’ll see in the full review ahead.

What’s different?

Not much has changed from Fallout 3 to New Vegas. Most of the changes show though in the new location and plot. Although, since most of the location is ruins and desert most of the game will remind you of Fallout 3’s locations. The HUD, title screens, save screens and other various HUD remains unchanged.

Gameplay

The gameplay remains the same. Create your character and set out on your epic journey to find those who wronged you.  Complete new quests, collect items, and explore the area provided to you.  The game exceeds very well in this respect with implemented fast travel system to help you get around quicker.  With a few new additions to the gameplay such as campfires and reloading tables, both of these act like workbenches form Fallout 3. Campfires act as a station where you cook up items to heal yourself and reloading benches act as a place to create ammo.

(8.5/10)

Graphics

New Vegas seems to run on the exact same engine as Fallout 3 without any major updates. The graphics remain on par with Bethesda’s outing with the series but some of the same issues persist as well. Such as graphic clipping and 3rd person perspective issues (i.e. your character will appear like they are in small objects such as rocks.) The graphics are nothing mind-blowing but they are not that bad either.

(7.5/10)

Story.

The story starts off with you tied up in a grave and then you get shot in the head.  A unique way to start a game I would say. You then awake, saved from death by the local doctor and from there you enter the character customization as the doctor questions you. Great way to start off the story, not as creative as fallout 3’s opening of being born. Then again, you don’t have to sit through too much before the story takes off in this entry in the series.

(8.5/10)

Overall

Fallout: New Vegas could have been a $30 piece of DLC for Fallout 3 but also functions well as a full-length game. New Vegas is a worthwhile entry into the Fallout series bringing with it new gameplay elements and even new ammo types.  I would wait though for the price to go down or even wait for a bundle with the soon to come DLC before adding this game to my collection, but; if you’re a huge fan of the Fallout series this is a must buy as it stands.

(8/10)