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  • Summary: The latest game in the post-nuclear RPG series is being developed by many members of the Fallout 1 and 2 team at Obsidian Entertainment using the Fallout 3 engine.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Oct 22, 2010
    95
    Fallout: New Vegas, looks and plays exactly the same as Fallout 3. But the additions that Obsidian have made push the survival angle even further to provide a much more immersive and authentic experience, and just like its predecessor New Vegas proves to be a role-playing masterpiece.
  2. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    In New Vegas, the fun Fallout 3 formula is intact, with more polished combat, high-quality side missions, and the exciting setting of the Vegas strip. Unfortunately, the bugs also tagged along for the ride.
  3. Jan 11, 2011
    90
    Fallout: New Vegas marries the best of Bethesda's open world tradition with Obsidian's excellent storytelling, writing and quest design. This is a huge and addictive role-playing game with an enormous amount of content and options for the player.
  4. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    Those accustomed to investing hours examining endless story arcs, or searching vast environments for details will certainly appreciate Obsidian's efforts, even if newcomers may struggle to see what all the fuss is about.
  5. Oct 20, 2010
    84
    A huge world to explore, lots of quests and decisions, tons of items and great replay value are reason enough to pick up this fine roleplaying sequel. Sadly, there are some noticeable technical problems, controls could have been better and the graphics look a little outdated. Still, if you enjoyed Fallout 3 for what it is, you will have a great time with New Vegas.
  6. 80
    Very few changes appeared since Fallout 3 but a strong storyline and partial improvements make New Vegas great to play. Take it as an alternative to Fallout 3 and you won't be disappointed. [Issue#197]
  7. Dec 17, 2010
    65
    This game got released too early. Had it been released around the holidays, and with the collection of bugs and broken quests eliminated, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a great gift for gamers. As it is, I can only say that it's beautiful but tragically flawed.

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  1. Negative: 56 out of 461
  1. Dec 26, 2010
    10
    I think we should get to the point. If you enjoyed Fallout 3, you will not only enjoy New Vegas, but that you should buy New Vegas for theI think we should get to the point. If you enjoyed Fallout 3, you will not only enjoy New Vegas, but that you should buy New Vegas for the great changes in game play and atmosphere. The most important change is the amount of factions. Bethesda finally got this right after the brief blunder of Oblivion and Fallout 3. Comparing Fallout 3 to New Vegas is like Oblivion to Morrowind. You do good things for one faction, the other one dislikes you more (lack of price discounts, more negative dialogue). You kill members of a faction, the faction members will try to kill you on sight for now on. It is so important to the RPG element for the ability not only to make personal choices, but the idea that actions may have both positive and negative effects. Why did it take over eight years to implement this again? Expand
  2. Dec 4, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I have played this game for 55 hours thus far. My game has crashed about 4 times, and I have had only a handful of minor bugs. I am thankful for this, since most reviews seem to focus in on how many bugs there are, and I've been able to enjoy this game pretty much unimpeded.

    And what a joy it's been. This game takes a lot from Fallout 3, but I'm fed up of the amount people focus on the engine. This is a lot more than an 'expansion pack's worth, tons of new weapons, new game systems, whole new story, a map BIGGER than the original, gambling games, new perks, new companions. As far as I see it, that's the meat of a Fallout game. I play Fallout because of its awesome story, immersion and beautiful locations.
    And let me tell you, despite low-resolution textures, clipping and a host of graphical shortcomings, it still manages to look beautiful when you look into the distance, especially when you see New Vegas and other massive structures.

    But I'll tell you the main reason this game is awesome. Factions. Nobody has any excuse to ignore the sidequests in this game, because while you CAN do that and still complete the main quest, you'd be doing it the most uninteresting way. Obsidian have fantastically tied in all the factions' sidequests (and let me tell you, after 55 hours I still haven't completed them) to the main story, which gives you an excuse to go round the Mojave doing just about everything to set up your perfect finale.

    If I had to nitpick, I'd wish that the Legion showed off Caesar's views a bit more. After speaking to the head honcho, it's obvious that he has some interesting ideals. However, none of these are expressed by anyone else at any other point in the Legion. Everyone else in his force makes it look like a big, savage tribe (which technically it is, but Caesar claims he is trying to be like the Romans).

    In essence, the story of this game is much stronger than Fallout 3's, but since it borrows a lot from Fallout 3's engine through models, textures, lore and even voicework, it lacks the punch Fallout 3 had. Thus I would put it on a par in my books. And hell, that's a good par, because I gave it a 10 :P.
    Just be patient you who are moaning about books and too much similarity, get immersed in the game and it'll reward you in kind.
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  3. Oct 23, 2010
    10
    27 hours in, just getting started. Take fallout 3, expand it, add more diversity, add more interesting locations, triple the amount of27 hours in, just getting started. Take fallout 3, expand it, add more diversity, add more interesting locations, triple the amount of factions, add a better theme, and add more immersion and you have fallout NV. Obsidian has taken a decent game and made it great. Really a lot more depth in the world and just overall better. Of course your on the same engine, so some of the same problems exist. But literally a new mod is released by the hour since they only have to be ported over. Im already using over 10 mods just as longer days, smaller ui, centered raised camera, perk every level etc. Oh and if you get stuttering get the d3d9 file, and if you have ati get the alternative d3d9 file so you can still use transparency mutisampling. If it wasn't for the mods i would have to take off a point or 2. Really though the best way to describe it is it makes the fallout 3 world seem boring. Expand
  4. May 29, 2014
    9
    The best thing Bethesda ever did was admit their failures and let someone more competent make a REAL Fallout game. Thank you, Bethesda, IThe best thing Bethesda ever did was admit their failures and let someone more competent make a REAL Fallout game. Thank you, Bethesda, I imagine it wasn't to admit to yourselves after you realized how hard it was to make FO3 and to still see it amount to nothing more than a bland mess, but you see, this is why we have professional game designers!

    These wonderful people fill our games with neat things like choice and consequence, character traits and abilities that matter, quest design with branching paths, intelligent world building, (no one's living on top of a bomb here, folks!) and all that stuff that seems to be a complete mystery to you guys over at Bethesda! But truly, I must thank you, for the world is a better place thanks to your tough decision to admit your failures, because Fallout New Vegas is the best RPG of the modern generation, and has done a nice job of reminding us that Fallout games actually used to be pretty fun and my gosh, interesting!

    If I had to say it has one major flaw it is the terrible engine you guys created that it runs on, because, like your game design/writing/world building/balance, it's complete and total garbage.

    So, once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, Bethesda, for letting real game designers create this game for us.
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  5. Jun 18, 2013
    8
    Buggy as hell, ugly as (mainly some textures) nevertheless really fun game with good story and solid actiony rpg mechanics. Dialogues andBuggy as hell, ugly as (mainly some textures) nevertheless really fun game with good story and solid actiony rpg mechanics. Dialogues and some colourful characters, some nice touches in terms of dynamic world affected by player's choices and good soundtrack are probably game's best assets. Expand
  6. Nov 21, 2010
    7
    Fallout New Vegas is obviously a game which has had a lot of care and attention put into its development. Unfortunately it is hamperedFallout New Vegas is obviously a game which has had a lot of care and attention put into its development. Unfortunately it is hampered massively by an out-dated and unforgivably buggy engine.
    The characters and factions retain that old Fallout charm they are witty, unique and well voiced however it is very hard to form any kind of attachment to any of the characters. This, I believe, is mostly down to the engine, very little emotion appears on their faces as they speak, it would be the real life equivilant of going to watch a play where none of the actors have read the script before and no indication of how they should feel is given. The story was somthing of a dissapointment in my opinion; I have always been a fan of narrative diven play whereas the open ended nature of New Vegas leaves very little space for detailed narrative. The weapons available to the player, remain as satisfying as ever, whether it is driving (a large number of) rifle rounds through the head of a Deathclaw or firing mini nukes into crowds of gambling innocents. While on the subject of crowds this, as with Fallout 3 is a dropping points. In the so called epic battles of the game, it is rare to see more than a dozen people in your area. This gives rise to a laughable occasion in the game when a particular character gives a speech.... to a crowd of around 5. What else is there to blame for this than the engine again, which unfortunately will hamper an otherwise great game all the way. Whether its the poor lip synching, to poor walking animations (walk diagonally and you can ice skate) or the rather imbessilic enemy AI, or the main issue which remains a large base of bugs and performance issues. Hopefully light will have finally dawned and this will be the last we see of this engine in any future game (TES V, anyone?)
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  7. Feb 3, 2012
    0
    Okay let me first say I came out of the Womb with a Nintendo Controller in my Hand. I know my Stuff I felt so insulted by the Good ConsumerOkay let me first say I came out of the Womb with a Nintendo Controller in my Hand. I know my Stuff I felt so insulted by the Good Consumer Review of this game I had to get my two cents in. I bought this game about waiting 2 years for it. I bought it as a Prerelease on a Special Order with Gamestop. 2. I played the Game and during it's Beta Stages the Game Damaged/Destroyed my Playstation 3 even till this day it freezes on Brand New Games just cause of playing FO3 New Vegas. I know it seems really odd for this to happen but think about how odd it was for me Screaming at the top of my Lungs at gamestop Employees about it...3. I played the game for 6 straight hours I decided I would work my way to this Mirror Device and shut it down so it would kill some mobs well here's the problem. I did that and the quest was bugged game me Infinite EXP and Stimpacks and Doctorbags. The Guy new to Dr. Fantastic or whatever his douchebag name was. So after 6 hours playing my 60 some odd dollar game the damn game was broken the mainquest I needed to beat to progress was bugged. Instant LV30 MAX and since the Doctorbags and Stimpacks was also bugged lets say Infinite Money. Top top it off my little nephew reached Las Vegas killing Mobs of Deathclaws at LV 8. I got through them at just a LV1. The Game needs to be built like on Borderlands Concept certain areas are accessible with a certain level or Quest completed. The Game had a great chance to be a Epic Sequel to FO3. Just like my Recent Experience with another Preorder Game Skyrim. This Game is no different to me than Oblivion, I played Oblivion and Marrowind 2012 on the PC. It's exactly the same thing just a new environment. #%@&*(% man. I don't care if people LOVE Skyrim. I thought the game was too easy and poorly built. EyeCandy was great but loads of Bugs and Awful Lag in large towns and the Mutiable Savegame Engine which was a hugh negative of FO3. FO3 was far better than both of those games combined. Open-Ended Worlds are just plain Terrible so what did I do? I returned Skyrim bought even a Worst Game called Little Big Planet 2. I Also Bought Two Worlds 2 even though the Lag is a major issue with TW2, Two World's 2 is far better of a Game than Skyrim. In just 2 days of playing Skyrim I was a LV25 and had Legendary Blacksmithing Capability and Transfuse and so forth. The Game was terribly Repeative and Boring to play. Marrowind by far was the best Elder Scrolls Game why? Cause you could conquer your own villages and necromancers or mobs didn't respond forcing you to fight again just to get to your things. Also why have a Fishingpole in the game and no fishing mode? You can't even pick it up? It's just there to Mock me. All these Games I mention are Terribly Easy, except Two Worlds 2 is a Genius Game I recommend it to all. And best of all it only cost me 15 dollars. How to make a Bad Game, No Story, DLC Mutiplayer, Bad Bugs, Hackable "Borderlands" Mod Guns. Exactly what I would expect from a Company Named after a Bethesda Beetle which is a Bug, These Gaming Companies and go Shove it! I'm rating this game what it really deserves and BIG FAT O. IDK if the game is 11 dollars which it is at my Gamestop I still won't play this %(!%*! and guess what! I'm one of the Biggest *#%@(% Fallout Fans around I absolutely loved Fallout Tactics and the originals as well as FO3, I bought all the DLCS for FO3 as well. I thought the game was a good value for my money. So why Bethesda! Why did you screw everyone for this Underfinished Glorified DLC of FO3??? Shame on you all! Expand

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