Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. May 25, 2011
    Honest Hearts is one of the better DLC packs Bethesda has released yet, and it comes down to the combination of an interesting landscape and original story along with unique RPG choices, then layering the signature Fallout brand (at least, since Bethesda took over) of slightly off-kilter, but still intensely entertaining FPS combat on top.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. May 22, 2011
    Very boring dlc, very bland, and it has nothing we haven't seen before in other fallouts. The only good thing is the scenery, which is really well done except for some confusing navigating. aside from that, it lasts about 2 or 3 hours and has a very straightforward plot that takes advantage of none of it's elements. The burned man is here, but aside from his bandages, and a few spoken lines, hes unremarkable. No legion assassin hunting him, or NCR rangers, or any other subplot you could think of (and there are many), to be seen. there only two tribes, and they are really just the same one but in two different camps. the side quests take literally 5 minutes apiece to complete, and there is almost no new gear to be had. whats more, like the Dead Money DLC, it has absolutely no bearing on the Mojave. but then again thats true of all FO/DLC Full Review »
  2. Jun 5, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Fallout: New Vegas - Honest Hearts has committed the most serious of gaming sins; it's boring.

    Centering around the infamous Burned Man, a war hero punished for failure by Ceaser by being covered in burning pitch and tossed into the Grand Canyon, the story had every chance to be interesting and dynamic. However this chance is squandered as the character in question hands the player plain and boring fetch or kill quests while spouting biblical prose. Instead of an angry, driven who should seem 10 feet tall, we encounter a totally bland anti-hero.

    Honest Hearts also suffers from some of the same bugs as New Vegas itself - AI frequently spawn inside world geometry and get stuck there; your companion AI often make bad decisions both in combat and navigation wise.

    All up, I can't say I recommend this as a worthwhile addition.
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  3. May 19, 2011
    Compared to Dead Money: I definitely liked Dead Money more. The only thing I liked about HH was the environment and Joshua Graham's character... everything else went by far too fast and was just too bland. You barely get to interact with any of the tribes - the moment you meet them you're immediately put on generic fetch / kill quests. Fortunately, the environment is excellently done. The introduction sequence was also done very well, but I found it to be a downhill ride from there. I felt the ending sequences were very anticlimactic, mostly due to poor scripting, and the endings themselves didn't have any effect on me. Besides Joshua Graham, all the characters are very two-dimensional and feel like cardboard cutouts, especially one of the main characters you will meet called Daniel. In contrast, I found all the characters of Dead Money to be very interesting, and also felt it had a much better story. The endings of Dead Money are also much more satisfying and had a far greater effect on me than Honest Hearts'. Gameplay wise, Honest Hearts is very much like the base Fallout game - very open-ended and sandbox like. Unlike what seems to be a lot of people, I don't judge DLC based on the items / perks / whatever you get from them (would you pay $10 for a DLC that added a 9000 damage pistol and nothing else?)... and I think that Honest Hearts' narrative is on the weak side. If you don't have either DLC yet and want a more story and character-driven experience, get Dead Money instead. On the other hand, if you want to learn more about the Burned Man or think the very powerful guns in Honest Hearts is worth $10, get this instead. (Or just get both). Full Review »