Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. May 17, 2011
    85
    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 18, 2011
    75
    The narrative could be stronger and there's a lack of variety in terms of creatures occupying the park, but these are minor complaints about an otherwise enjoyable time.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. May 31, 2011
    4
    I was not a huge fan of Dead Money. However, playing this DLC has made me appreciate what DM did so much more. Sure, it was cheap how theyI was not a huge fan of Dead Money. However, playing this DLC has made me appreciate what DM did so much more. Sure, it was cheap how they stripped you of our gear as soon as you got to the Sierra Madre and made it so you could never return to collect any goodies you missed, but here's the thing: Dead Money felt BIG. High stakes, theatrical events, a plethora of interesting characters, a creepy atmosphere, an epic climax and a generally well-told story. The events of Dead Money felt *special*.

    Unfortunately, none of that is present in Honest Hearts. Yes it was fun to finally see the Burning Man and he was an interesting character, but ask yourself: if all these quests were present in the vanilla New Vegas game, would it have appeared at ALL different or more epic than any other line sidequests? Would it have felt special? Memorable?

    I would say not. If what you like out of DLC is a couple new weapons, armor, and craftable items, you'll like this DLC for that, but not much else.
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  2. May 17, 2011
    8
    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 favoriteHonest 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. Full Review »
  3. May 30, 2011
    6
    The content I have waited for so long for is finally out, but it does not seem like the time was well spent. It starts by trying to give you aThe content I have waited for so long for is finally out, but it does not seem like the time was well spent. It starts by trying to give you a story or reason as to why you should travel to this land, and, as with all things in a wasteland, that falls to pieces. Then you meet "The burned man" in a very anticlimactic way. You just sort of meet him. Its not this epic encounter I was hoping for with a man, much like that legate, in the Grand Canyon, and, in a way, this meeting represents the whole of Honest Hearts. There are things you think would be more fulfilling then they are. Zion is a huge addition, but there is no incentive to explore, especially when most places are caves or campsites because any new weapons are on enemies you will find just doing the story, and there are few new items of interest. The story is also kind of boring. As with everything in Fallout, there is a choice at the end, but the possible plans at the end seem so different tactically that it surprised me that any set up I did before hand applied to both, and that when I was pushed to make a decision I could say I wasn't ready, save, and play both possibilities very easily. In the end, it seemed like there was plenty of room for more content, and those big moments Fallout has done so well, but they did not take them. For an add on that took this long, it felt rushed. Full Review »