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  • Summary: Honest Hearts takes you on an expedition to the unspoiled wilderness of Utah's Zion National Park. Things go horribly wrong when your caravan is ambushed by a tribal raiding band. As you try to find a way back to the Mojave, you become embroiled in a war between tribes and a conflict between a New Canaanite missionary and the mysterious Burned Man. The decisions you make will determine the fate of Zion. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. May 17, 2011
    There isn't anything mind blowing about Honest Hearts, but it's a much more solid effort than Dead Money, and a step in the right direction for New Vegas' DLC.
  2. May 19, 2011
    Honest Hearts is most exciting at the start and then gradually ebbs, as Zion ends up being much smaller than it first seems.
  3. May 19, 2011
    The story could be a lot stronger but Honest Hearts is a welcome addition to those mainly looking for a nice new area, new weapons, monsters and perks.
  4. Jun 5, 2011
    Even though this DLC pack as slightly shorter than Dead Money, it definitely felt more satisfying to complete. It also feels more polished than Dead Money and I definitely ran into less bugs during gameplay.
  5. May 23, 2011
    It's a fair package -- more expansive than Dead Money but not quite as rich as Point Lookout, which is the current gold standard for Fallout DLC. And, of course, it's a long way from the expansion packs of yore, where $30 could occasionally yield what amounted to an entirely new game. Ten dollars is a fair price for what Honest Hearts brings to the table, but its ultimate appeal is down to whether or not you're still in the middle of a campaign. As it is, this four hour romp through Zion National Park isn't quite worth dusting off your seven-month old copy of New Vegas.
  6. May 30, 2011
    There are good ideas in this DLC. A real shame for the bugs and the overall lack of content.
  7. May 20, 2011
    A typical Fallout download that buries a few interesting new ideas and locations beneath a patchwork of overfamiliar, and increasingly outdated, content.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. May 18, 2011
    Really good DLC. Really impressed me. I loved Dead Money, the last DLC. This one is by far better. Its about as long as Dead Money, even longer if you decide to just explore everything that it has to offer. This DLC takes us to Utah, at a place called Zion you meet new faces, specifically the Burned man, Joshua Gramah. Joshua Graham and Daniel (another character you meet) are part of a religious group called the "New Canaanites". At the beginning of the game, you find out Joshua was part of legion, Caesar's right hand man, but later betrayed and burned alive and thrown into a canyon.Turns out Joshua survived. Caesars has sent out men to look for him, and won't admit Joshua survived. But this DLC isn't about Legion You head out in a caravan to New Canaan, only to find its destroyed, and the people you wen't with are killed instantly. You meet up with a guy named "Follows Chalk" at the beginning of the game, he says Joshua is alive, and taught a group called the "Sorrows" and "Dead Horses" how to survive. He's revered as a war hero. Follows chalk takes you to him, you find out Joshua is alive, and have a nice chat with him. Joshua is a extremely religious person (although not a pacifist, and probably Mormon, go figure), and defending the Sorrows from a group called the "white legs". Not gonna say much more about the story. You meet a variety of enemies, new faces, and a whole new area to explore, and get achievements and kill stuff. And at the end you get a bunch of **** (lol, by the way, thats not much of a spoiler so don't complain). Good stuff, highly recommend it. 9.4/10. Expand
  2. Sep 20, 2013
    Honest Hearts has a great story and memorable characters, set in the excellent Zion Valley in Utah. The game focuses on the tribal warfare we hear about in the main game, but have never actually experienced until now. The Sorrows, White Legs and Dead Horses are all enjoyable factions and The Burned Man is an amazing character to have running around with you.

    Yao Guai make a violent return from Fallout 3, a welcome addition to the roster of returning monsters from the Mojave. The new weapons and armour are great and make use of the previously semi-redundant Survival skill. Sadly, the big final decision doesn't feel that spectacular and the final confrontation and boss fight are rather forgettable.

    Although being shorter than the other DLCs, Honest Hearts is a great expedition for an experienced Courier.
  3. May 17, 2011
    Honest Hearts improves over Dead Money in many ways, and is definitely a buy for any New Vegas fan. This $10 DLC will take our favorite Courier to Zion, located in Utah. You pick up a radio signal, like any Fallout DLC, from Happy Trails asking for you to join them in a trek to New Caanan. After your Happy Trails expedition is decimated by a surprise attack from tribals upon arriving, you'll become embroiled in a war between tribes. This story differs greatly from Dead Money, which had a compelling story, but was weighed down by too much survival gameplay. You'll meet the Burned Man, formerly Caesar's right hand man, and discover fun "pre-War" technology. It comes with the typical New Vegas glitches; sometimes characters mouth's don't sync with their words, falling inside a rock, V.A.T.S. bugs, but it doesn't hamper the experience too much. The best thing about this DLC is learning more about the rich history of the Fallout Universe. Your level cap will be raised by 5, new guns are available, new companions, new locations, and new perks make this a fun Fallout experience. Overall, an 8/10. Expand
  4. Jul 23, 2011
    Beautiful expansive vistas are somewhat dimmed by an uninspired storyline. The landscape in this expansion is gorgeous and like wandering through a national geographic documentary on the desert. Rich oranges and reds for the sandy landscape, a starry sky that goes on forever, and weather effects that aren't present in the regular game. The downside of all the nature of course is that the interiors are less than interesting and are mostly caves, and there is only so much you can do with caves. The storyline wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either and I couldn't help but think a western theme would have suited it better than a native one. So be prepared for an enjoyable game, but alas, not an exciting one. Expand
  5. Jun 1, 2011
    Honest Hearts introduces a pretty cool new area with a few worthwhile areas to explore but suffers from lackluster characters and a boring, uninspired story. Outside of a few decent weapons, perks, the increased level cap and some new enemies to fight, there is not much in this DLC pack that the average Fallout player will be interested in. -------The story is easily the weakest part of this expansion. It consists of you getting stranded in Zion National Park in Utah and helping out the local tribes in order to return to the Mojave. While at first I was interested in this DLC because it included the Burned Man, they totally dropped the ball in including anything interesting or worthwhile surrounding his history and his background. Zion itself is the strongest part of this DLC. Zion is a unique area and quite large, though many of its locations are nothing more than barren campsites. For the dedicated explorer, there are terminals spread across several caves (I have not found all of them) telling the story of a survivor in Zion which is pretty interesting. There are a few new weapons, some of which may be as good or better than what you can find in the Mojave and Honest Hearts also sees the return of the Yao Guai. Expand
  6. May 18, 2011
    Too short, too boring sums up what I think of Honest Hearts. Maybe four short main quest, all of them fetch until the final showdown. The scenery is nice, and the new outfits and weapons are cool, it's the thin story that lets this dlc down. Expand
  7. Jul 15, 2013
    This DLC felt like I was playing Nancy Drew. Go here, go there. Hardly any story. Horribly boring quests that left me feeling empty, and hoping the end was near.

    Avoid this DLC.

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