Bethesda is at it again. This time with Fallout: New Vegas. We all know they know a thing or two about open world games. They did an awesome job with Fallout 3. This game takes us to Vegas which surprisingly remained untouched by the nuclear war. In this review we are going to find out whether this installment can be considered a standalone title, or if its an overpriced expansion?
The game takes place in war torn United States. A nuclear war that left the country in shambles. There is radiation everywhere but New Vegas is somehow untouched. Two groups emerged for the struggle for power in a ungoverned place. It was the NCR and the Legion. The NCR (New California Republic) gained control of Hoover Dam so had access to water and electricity. They were able to power and govern New Vegas. This gave them the advantage over the legion. The legion was led by an evil dude that named himself Ceaser. You run into him several times and he seemed to be full of himself. He goes around taking over small towns.
The game takes place sometime after a nuclear strike in New Vegas which used to be Las Vegas. The game style is basically the same as Fallout 3. Which is a good thing for some, but might be a downfall if you were expecting a complete overhaul. You can run around the open world completing the main objectives which would be your main campaign. That is what I tried to do. Which is a very hard thing to and ill tell you why.
As your going through the game you are constantly running into a bunch of side missions that are really tempting to take. Not that its a bad thing but does take a lot of time. This is where you start clocking in your hours of gameplay, in the side missions alone. If you try to beat the whole game including the side missions don’t expect to do it under ninety hours.
You have a few options on how you want to go into battle. You can do the good ol way and run and gun them down FPS style. You can also fight using a third person cam which helps you get a more broader angle. Third person gameplay was very useful in preventing bad guys from attacking you from behind. Or you can do it Fallout style using the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System, commonly known as V.A.T.S.. This is the battle system that is unique to the Fallout series. Its a turn by turn system that lets you choose targets and their limbs based on probability. I personally enjoyed the cam while in this mode. There were times where I just preferred fighting in FPS style because the V.A.T.S. system wasn’t to good at aiming.
This game has a karma system that is no stranger to Fallout lovers. If you go into any particular town and do somebody wrong the town usually holds a grudge against you. By grudge I mean they want you DEAD. You can be a good dude and go around being a nice guy which helps you gain friends. Some friends will travel with you helping you out with their particular skill set. Or you can be a total **^&%(^ and kill people for no reason and take their valuables and caps. Caps is the currency they use in Fallout. Being a bad guy also has its advantages (and disadvantages).
As you kill your foes you gain points. These points accumulate until you start to level up. As you level up your able to increase your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats. Its an acronym for; Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck. You can also choose some perks like bartering guns or lock-picking which can help you throughout the game. But you need to carefully choose your perks in order to get the most out of them depending on your gameplay style.
In the game you are just some regular dude that was supposed to deliver a package to someone. You were attacked by some nicely dressed thugs and they took your package. They thought they had left you dead but a robot comes by and saves your life. You start the game trying to find out who tried to kill you and why they took the mysterious package?
The graphics in Fallout: New Vegas are good. This is a PC review so it greatly depends on your particular machine. On high settings the environment really shines. Especially depth of field, which really opens up the world for your viewing pleasure. But even on the highest settings the characters didn’t show as much detail as I would have hoped. I did read that the game didn’t run that well on Nvidia based GPU’s which is what I was running. I did experience a crash during gameplay. Bethesda is supposed to put out a patch that addresses this issue.
The sound is good. I didn’t notice a difference from Fallout 3. Voice acting can be dull at times, and straight to the point. Not necessarily a bad thing because of the magnitude of the game.
This game didn’t bring much more to the table than its predecessor. But its predecessor brought a lot. If you loved fallout 3 you’ll love this game. Its has a linear story to enjoy, but side missions to immerse yourself in. This game is huge and will keep you entertained for countless school nights. Its not an expansion and it definitely took what worked from the previous title and polished it. Although I did run into some stability issues on my Nvidia based machine, they weren’t significant and its something that can be easily fixed with a patch.
I give this game 4.0/5.0 Chellas. Was based on a proven formula, but didn’t innovate within the series.
(4/4.5 Michelas? What does this mean?) 4/4.5 Michelas is like drinking 4 of your favorite drinks, you are feeling amazing and socializing with everybody in your group. You are at the peek of your buzz and only 1 michela away from Perfection.
Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Platforms:PC (reviewed on), PS3, Xbox 360
Minimum PC Specs:Intel Pentium 4 @ 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon XP 2500+,1 gig of ram,128mb of video memory, DirectX9,8gigs of HD space, nVidia GeForce 6800 / ATI Radeon X1600.