So for my Birthday. I got The Post Apocalyptic Super title Fallout New Vegas On my steam account. After playing it quite a bit and Comparing it to the less recent Fallout 3 which is also by Bethesda known for such Games as Marrowind, Oblivion and Daggerfall (All of which are part of The Elder Scroll series)
So lets review this bad boy shall we?
The story start out Rather well. It start with the line that almost most every Fallout title begins with "War... War never changes..." but unlike most other fall out titles, you don't start out as a "VAULT DWELLER" about to leave the comfort of the fallout protection system built into this alt history world radiation soaked to the gills by the end of World War 3. No you start as a courier sent to deliver a very weird item to an equally weird client in what is now called New Vegas deep with in the Nevada Desert of United States.
It all going so well, up to the point you, are shot in the head by some Ratpack Sinatra wannabe and buried in a shallow grave. That enough to make anyone have a very bad day. But GASP! What is this! You wake up. In a doctors office in the nearby town where your grave seems to have been.
Now either you are very lucky or you are the toughest SOB on the face of the F---ed up and nuke scorched earth. Maybe a bit of both. and your goal is clear. Track down the guy that stole your package you where to deliver, and get that item back.
Along the way you are given the opportunity to help or hamper the lives of those scratching a living or feeding of those just barely scratching out a living. you'll be shot at, talked at, yelled at and even sought after the entire game. from all sort of tribes and organizations. the question is. who will you work you efforts towards?
The game ask a pretty primal question of survival of you. If all things being equal. what would you do to survive. clearly there are some Less honorable ways to go about things. There are even down right evil things that you are give the option to do at any point for any reason. The game it self will not judge you. the characters in the game game will but not the game itself.
At the heart of it all, it is a Role Playing game. In which you are given a character that can increase his skills and become conditioned to the environment they find them selves in.
THE WORLD IS A VAMPIRE!
One of the new feature the Game series has had added is the Hardcore mode. and no I'm not talking about porn here. This mode make it so you have to be mindful of keeping your character Fed, Hydrated and well rested to be effective. You also don't heal right away upon resting and the like. this can really ramp up the difficulty of an already difficult game to play. Which make the Game world seem to act more like a vampire sucking away your life and resources until you are eventually dead if you are not smart and manage your resources properly. and trust me. the word Wasteland has a very brutal meaning here when it come to resources.
DESPITE ALL MY RAGE I AM STILL JUST A RAT IN A CAGE!
Another new feature of the game is the modification and crafting ability. With the right components, you can make your self a tasty meal, Cools new ammo types that are situational effective. Or other useful supplies for your long journey into and throughout the Nevada Wastelands. also, you own weaponry can be modified as you go along with things like scopes, extended magazines, silencers and the like. to that you can hopefully have the highest edge to get the job done.
You'd be surprised how well and how long you can survive wearing an outfit that offer no protection, armed with a silenced Hunting rifle and just a little bit of skill points delegated to the stealth skill. If fact I went the whole game like that and survived just fine. up to and in to the end game missions before I started even wearing the Basic mad max styled light leather armor. and i was playing it on hardcore to boot. not saying it's an easy game. No it was damn hard getting to that point but it was sure enjoyable doing it. But the next time i play i think I'll go more Terminator Rambo, then the Ninja Commando of this first run through.
And that just it, the game can be completes is so many different ways and with so many different styles that there really is no one right way to play it. You can go in guns blazing you you can go in as a diplomatic representative in many cases. and still get the job done. it all a matter of choice vs survival.
The game mechanic are pretty darn well thought out and for the most part well executed. however this game feels and looks like an expansion of Fallout 3 rather then another chapter in the growing Fallout story.
Don't get me wrong this game rocks this new story like no ones business. and it is a completely independent title compared to Fallout 3. it just seems like it's an expansion at times. so much so I forget I'm not playing fallout 3 and wounder where a cretin location from that game is inside of this new game.
Another issue i am having with Fallout NV is that it still has many of the same bugs that the first game had, and added a few more of it's own. one of the major issues being that it crashes after so long and that it eats up memory like candy to the point that is start really slowing down after a few hours. This is an issue with Gamebryo's Content management issues. and is present in game from Marrowind, Oblivion, Fallout 3 and now Fallout NV to name a few. this is a minor issue that can be fixed by saving, and exiting the game just to turn around and start it back up again.
However there is also time where this gets so backed up so fast that the game crashes with out you noticing that it was ever slowing down to begin with.
the bit of advice i have is to never turn off the autosave features and also to bind the quick save to an easy to reach place on the keyboard (or in my case the Left bumper button on my mouse, just under my thumb) so that you can tap it every so often to ensure that you don't loose much progress. this is helpful.
So what am i going to give this game as a score? an 8 out of 10. it a good game but it has some minor flaws that keep it from being perfect.
When all else fails... Keep shooting at it!...