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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.
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  • Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
  • Genre(s): Role-Playing, Action RPG, First-Person, First-Person, Western-Style
  • # of players: No Online Multiplayer
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  • Rating: M
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 81
  2. Negative: 0 out of 81
  1. Oct 20, 2010
    100
    The map, though similar-sized to Fallout 3's, seems more jam-packed than ever – New Vegas is less a sandbox game than whole beach to play around in.
  2. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    Obsidian has created a totally compelling world and its frustrations pale into insignificance compared to the immersive, obsessive experience on offer. Just like the scorched scenery that provides its epic backdrop, New Vegas is huge and sprawling, sometimes gaudy, even downright ugly at times – but always effortlessly, shamelessly entertaining.
  3. Dec 19, 2010
    90
    You can beat the entire main story of Fallout: New Vegas in less than 20 hours, but that would be giving the game short shrift. It is really about savoring every little detail and side quest until you've seen everything there is to see.
  4. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    New Vegas is like a Huge DLC, an enormous add-on. But the formula is still fresh and deep.
  5. Oct 27, 2010
    83
    Fallout: New Vegas is an epic journey that matches the magnitude of Fallout 3.
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    And so it is Fallout: New Vegas is both playable and enjoyable. It's variable too - Hardcore mode, playing a super dumb character, ramping up your charisma and speech from the beginning - all of these will result in a vastly different experience when you play the game.
  7. Oct 22, 2010
    60
    Creatively, New Vegas gets almost everything right. Mechanically and technically, it's a tragedy. So, it's a simultaneously rewarding and frustrating game, the gulf between what it is and what it could be a sizeable stretch indeed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 227
  1. Oct 19, 2010
    10
    Simply an excellent addition to the Fallout canon. An imaginative and extremely crafted story, numerous and refreshingly enjoyable side questsSimply an excellent addition to the Fallout canon. An imaginative and extremely crafted story, numerous and refreshingly enjoyable side quests and engaging and thoughtful characters. This game will appeal to fans of Fallout 3 primarily, yet occasional references to previous games in the series to keep die-hard fans happy. By allowing Obsidian to create this game, it allows them to strike a near perfect balance of the complete Fallout experience. Many hours of mine have already been sunk into this game, and if you are looking for a thought-provoking enthralling video game adventure then look no more. This might sound sycophantic and gushing, yet this game really has brought a smile to my face. Roll on Fallout 4! Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2016
    10
    Sure, the game may be very glitchy, and has a BUNCH of bugs, but other than that, not only is it my favorite game, it's my favorite game ofSure, the game may be very glitchy, and has a BUNCH of bugs, but other than that, not only is it my favorite game, it's my favorite game of the series. And the DLC's are pretty good, but they could defiantly do better than what they chose the DLC's as. I also think they should have added some more references to other Fallout games. Expand
  3. Feb 14, 2011
    9
    Simply a great game, and a credit to the Fallout name. The game has lasting story, and there are at least three of them. This games majorSimply a great game, and a credit to the Fallout name. The game has lasting story, and there are at least three of them. This games major feature, as with all the previous games, is its instant replay value. The only thing that makes this game a 9 at best is that it has no real innovations from the last game. Expand
  4. Feb 5, 2012
    8
    An excellent RPG, but suffers a few drawbacks. There is a ton to do in New Vegas. There are plenty of factions full of quests for you to do,An excellent RPG, but suffers a few drawbacks. There is a ton to do in New Vegas. There are plenty of factions full of quests for you to do, all of which have rewards through rep with the factions, weapons, caps, etc. The map is full of locations to explore, but unfortunately so many of them are meaningless. The biggest flaw to New Vegas is definitely the glitches. Though most are patched now, when New Vegas first came out, the game was full of broken quests, freezing (most commonly in loading screens), REALLY slow loading screens, etc. Although it is a great game, the developers did a poor job of cleaning up all of the bugs in their game. I still thoroughly enjoyed my experience with New Vegas though, despite the flaws. Expand
  5. Jan 15, 2017
    8
    An expansive, immersive open world RPG brimming with details and choices that is marred by it's long list of technical difficulties.

    Pros:
    An expansive, immersive open world RPG brimming with details and choices that is marred by it's long list of technical difficulties.

    Pros:
    - The world feels alive and connected; each location has meaning, every action you take often affects NPCs in their attitudes or actions towards you
    - Excellent character building; play exactly how you want to play. Sneak up on people and drop grenades in their pants? Go ahead. Pop a super mutant's dome from a mile away? Give it your best shot. Almost any play style (even often non violent) is supported.
    - Hardcore mode is an excellent addition; though keeping yourself hydrated and fed isn't challenging, it lends to a more immersive world view. It removes many of the 'gamey' elements of Fallout 3 and replaces them with more realistic alternatives
    - Interesting and engaging story line and factions, giving the player actual motivation to care about their actions, outside of a karma meter. Reputation matters
    - The freedom; never have I felt so in control of the direction of a game. Though there is one path I was upset that I couldn't follow near the end of the game, overall I felt as though I could do whatever I wanted and change the world around me
    - Crafting has been opened up immensely

    Cons:
    - Crashing. Constantly. Every fast travel or room change - any loading screen whatsoever - is a chance for the game to crash. I lost count after a while, but I ended far too many play sessions on a frozen loading screen. At least two dozen times.
    - Corrupted save files. Tied to the last, 3 times my autosave file was corrupted. Thankfully I keep multiple saves (and you should too) or else I would have lost my game 50+ hours in.
    - Smaller bugs throughout; characters not having the dialogue options you need to continue a quest, characters not being where they are supposed to be, enemies spawning in under the environments - just a huge load of small bugs
    - Far too few character models and voice actors - seems like they settled on about a half dozen of each

    Mixed bag:
    - NPCs are occasionally brilliant and interesting, but just as many are boring and utterly generic and forgettable.
    - The music tracks selected for the radio stations are excellent in tone and quality, but stations themselves seem to repeat on a fifteen minute loop, meaning hearing the same songs over and over. A bigger selection would have been welcome

    Fallout: New Vegas is a brilliantly designed game that is the epitome of what a player is after in a role playing game. I felt truly immersed in the deep and living world, although I often was pulled out and plunged into frustration when the game crashed yet again on me. Though a good heap of patience will be required to overcome the bugs, beneath the glitchy exterior lies one of the best open world games ever created.
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  6. May 15, 2012
    7
    I loved Fallout 3, so I was mildly disappointed with New Vegas. It's not nearly as good as Fo3, but it's still a fun game to play. The storyI loved Fallout 3, so I was mildly disappointed with New Vegas. It's not nearly as good as Fo3, but it's still a fun game to play. The story is very interesting, with so many different ways to go that I could spent countless hours going down each possible story arc. There are many more quests (marked and unmarked) than Fo3, and the weapons are just as interesting and fun to use as they were before. The gameplay is much more balanced as well; in Fallout 3, I found that I felt like a powerhouse and I had few troubles with enemies, even on the hardest difficulties. In Fo: NV, I actually have had trouble with some of the various baddies in the Wasteland. Unfortunately, this game is also pretty buggy. Patches have been released that have fixed a lot of the bugs, but they're still there. I haven't tried the DLC yet, so I can't say much on that part.

    Overall, Fo:NV is a good game, and I do recommend it. However, Fo3 is a much better choice, so pick that up first!
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  7. Jul 14, 2013
    0
    Like all fallout games new Vegas is fun to play and has an intriguing story all while being one of the best post apocalyptic games out there.Like all fallout games new Vegas is fun to play and has an intriguing story all while being one of the best post apocalyptic games out there. while not as good s fallout 3 new vegas is defiantly a great game. Expand

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