Review: Fallout New Vegas

Las Vegas under a buggy renovation 

The Fallout franchises have become very popular in recent years, despite the game series starting in the late ’90s. Fallout: New Vegas is the successor to Fallout 3, a well-received game and considered to be a modern day classic by many players – but does the next instalment live up to the reputation left behind by its older brother? 

This iteration of the franchise plays very similarly to the past title, with all the first-person exploration in a post-apocalyptic waste land, bottle cap collecting, mutant slaying, trigger happy locals and a plethora of perks to upgrade to become an overpowered wastelander. In terms of changes, not a lot has been improved, tweaked or altered in the mechanics of the game, so if you’re comfortable with playing Fallout 3, then you’ll have no problem with getting to grips with New Vegas.

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Bethesda has the reputation of creating huge open worlds to explore, with plenty to see and to do, time will really fly just trying to take in how much has been crammed into a little disc. The storyline in New Vegas is great, if you are a fan of plot in your video games then this title has you covered – topped with how the world is spaced out, it’ll feel like one of the biggest adventures you’ve been on in recent years. Not to mention the different paths you can travel, with the number and variety of quests you can take, or even refuse to take, the world really feels like a playground you can do what feel like in.

The game runs very smoothly. Considering how huge the world is, you would expect there to be a couple of bugs and some game changing glitches, true there are some loading spikes and the frames do drop ever so slightly because of that, but it really is only for a moment. It is very clear that Bethesda has learned from the past title, and took what knowledge it had and refined the engine supporting New Vegas.

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Despite the very impressive feats that this title holds, it isn’t immune to some stale moments; the lip-syncing for nearly all characters you come across seems half done and lazy. If it wasn’t for the voice acting being very enjoyable, it would have been a chore just to start or finish a quest.

Another gripe was felt towards the game’s atmosphere. Understandably, the world of Fallout is wasteland and is meant to feel lonely and abandoned, but given this game’s most encouraging motive is exploration and adventure, the tone isn’t exactly welcoming nor feels worth exploring.

If you’re looking for something brand new, then you won’t find it here, but if you want a refined version of a game you already enjoyed, then this is right up your ally. To give this game the justice it deserves word for word, would be an incredible task, so how about I just say that this is a must play classic for anybody who is after a fresh new feel with a virtual world.

By Casey Fedorowicz

 

SCORE – 6/10

Reviewed on PlayStation 3. It’s also available for Windows PC and Xbox 360.

PEGI 18

This game is available for download on Steam  

and for sale at Amazon: Fallout: New Vegas (PS3)

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