Written by Erik Kubik Monday, 08 November 2010 06:00
Fallout 3 was a great game; Bethesda wowed die hard Fallout fans, like yours truly, while sucking in a whole new generation of fanatics.
Following up on 2008’s successful bid for epic “RPG of the year” is Fallout New Vegas. What can I say? It’s more of the same game with a few twists... But unlike a lot of games, this is a good thing for the Fallout series.
So you liked Fallout 3, but wished you could do more with your companions? New Vegas gives you a wheel of options. Didn’t like the options to make weapons? Well, New Vegas takes it to a whole new level. Thought Fallout 3 was too easy? Try hardcore mode, where you have to make sure your character eats, sleeps, drinks water, as well as a host of other slightly annoying things; seems like this mode is for those who don’t have jobs.
I think the big question, if you were addicted to Fallout 3, is if New Vegas will turn you into a wasteland zombie? The answer is, yes, this game will turn you into a wasteland zombie. There are hours upon hours of questing, killing and screwing around with the population of New Vegas. From the graphics to the combat it’s all familiar to the seasoned vet while rookies should have little trouble jumping in with a bang. The biggest change outside the minor tweaks listed above is that the plot to this game was very substantial. By the end of the game, you'll feel that the game really made players make moral choices, some which may leave a slightly bad taste in gamers’ mouths.
So, is it worth your gaming dollar? Should you drop $60 on it? October and November is the time of year gamers have to pick and choose their battles. With so many good games like Call of Duty Black Ops and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood coming out, gamers have to make choices, especially in this economy. The other games can wait a month or so, but Fallout New Vegas should be at the top of the list. Where else can gamers get a game that supports the central theme, go-anywhere-do-anythng-as much-as-I-want-with-a-loose-moral-compass-and-game-direction?
Take an afternoon off and have some fun around the wasteland featuring Vegas. Shoot some random people, pickpocket and plant c4. What else can I say? This is a game gamers will keep coming back to. You will play through it at least three times and you will look back at the time you invested as a good thing. Fallout New Vegas will keep gamers entertained for years. If you can get past the occasional bugs, load times, and a few other issues, then do yourself a favor and get this game before the holidays and take a few sick days and a weekend or two and invest some time into this potential 2010 game of the year.