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  • Summary: In Old World Blues, releasing in June, you will discover how some of the Mojave’s mutated monsters came to be when you unwittingly become a lab rat in a science experiment gone awry. You’ll need to scour the Pre-War research centers of the Big Empty in search of technology to turn the tables on your kidnappers or join forces with them against an even greater threat. Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Jul 28, 2011
    100
    Essential, easily worth both the time and monetary investment not only to your own gameplay experience but also to that of your character. Besides the raised level cap, new traits, arsenal and items, once completed, the Big MT can be revisited at will. And unlike other DLC, this is one you'll actually want to revisit again and again.
  2. Jul 20, 2011
    90
    It all adds up to the strongest expansion in the relaunched series, across both Fallout 3 and New Vegas.
  3. The best bit of Fallout DLC so far.
  4. Sep 25, 2011
    82
    There's several enjoyable hours of fighting and fetch-quests here. [Nov 2011, p.91]
  5. Jul 30, 2011
    80
    Old World Blues is unequivocally the most successful New Vegas's DLC. Thanks to an irreverent storyline and a gameplay enriched by an excellent level design, this expansion is highly recommended to anyone who still wanders the desolate lands of the Mojave.
  6. Jul 22, 2011
    80
    Old World Blues was a great surprise. Sure, the gameplay formula is typical Fallout -- fetch quests, exploration, killing, and moral decision making -- but it's wrapped in a genuinely humorous package.
  7. Jan 17, 2012
    65
    Although it's larger and more fully developed than Honest Hearts, I'm afraid that Fallout: New Vegas-Old World Blues is another case of a great idea not living up to its potential.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Jul 19, 2011
    10
    At long last, a Fallout DLC which delivers MORE than anticipated. New Vegas finally has a DLC even better than Point Lookout that actually makes the player want to immerse themself in the setting rather than purchase the content for loot. The dialogue is extremely hilarious and the ambiance of the location truly makes you feel like you're in some sort of 1980's science comical-horror film. Expand
  2. Mar 20, 2012
    10
    Actually exceeded my expectations of any piece of Fallout DLC, providing a zany alternate location that provides as much or more Sci-Fi sass since Portal. I found myself laughing at so much of the dialogue, and the easter eggs present only add to it's awesomeness. The entire experience is an excellent homage to the B-movies of the 1950's. If you only have time for one DLC, make it this one. Expand
  3. Aug 6, 2011
    10
    Old World Blues is probably the best DLC for Fallout: New Vegas, although Dead Money is certainly deeper. As the third of a four-part series, it is the comic interlude, like the Porter at the Gate is in Macbeth, and like the Porter it tends to be vulgar, obscene, and flippant in the interest of momentary relief from the dramatic tension. Unfortunately, it is ridden by a whole host of bugs, from annoying to crippling, guaranteed to drive gamers up the wall. The map is better constructed than that of Fallout New Vegas; so far I've found only one place where you can fall through. However, it is still possible for both you and your adversaries to get stuck in the geometry. I was once rushed by three nightstalkers, one of which took a header into a pile of debris and was never heard from again, and two that sank half-way into the floor and could do little more than yelp as I shot them to pieces. A bit of a relief there, but it should never have happened.

    The most annoying of the other bugs was the refusal of the Sink Central Intelligence to pay for anything it was given after about one-third of the game was past. This is a bug that Gun Runners used to have in Fallout NV; it was cured by a patch, and it's frustrating to see it come back here. A close runner-up was a fast-travel bug that crashed the game to desktop between fifty and one hundred per cent of the time you tried using fast travel when it was active (not always, thankfully). There are also the usual issues with invisible walls making it difficult to snipe. and a good deal of climbing and clambering around necessary with a game engine that hates the vertical and will often stick you on the edge of something, only able to slide back and forth helplessly.

    When looked at closely, the strengths and weaknesses of Old World Blues reflect the strengths and weaknesses of its authors very precisely. In other words, the dramatic side is as usual superb, and the stage settings are meticulously constructed. This is a map that is just plain fun to wander around and eyeball. Interest is heightened by rewards being unpredictable: it is quite possible to sweat over cracking a "hard" lock, only to find that the container it is attached to has a trivial amount of caps or ammunition in it. Difficult things can be rewarding, but they aren't guaranteed to be, which gives the game a more lifelike feel compared to games where you can guess how much you get at the end from how difficult it is to get there.

    The actual gameplay mechanics, the layout of the quests, is rather less commendable. It can be mind-numbingly repetitive: you go through one obstacle course no less than six times. It is top-heavy with fetch quests, though quite often the things you fetch are amusing enough to make it seem worth it. But it suffers severely from the unimaginative practice of putting your opponents on steroids rather than making the quest itself more difficult. The Lobotomites stretch credibility in their ability to take multiple AP rifle hits while dressed in nothing but hospital gowns -- the toughness of the Y-17 Trauma Override Harnesses is much more credible, since they have a protective suit and helmet. The nightstalkers, your biggest wild-animal nuisance in Old World Blues, have apparently been armor-plated, since they can take a good deal more damage than in Fallout New Vegas. It is, to say the least, annoying to blow one of these fifteen feet into the air with a well-aimed rifle grenade only to have it land and go after you instantly, seemingly none the worse for wear. And as far as offensive abilities are concerned, these also seem to have been magnified in a rather illicit manner: it is weird to get into a fight with Lobotomites and be shot to ribbons despite wearing medium armor, and then find out that said Lobotomites were firing 10mm pistols and 20 gauge shotguns, weapons that should hardly be making a dent in you. You'll be spending a lot of money repairing your armor, which is what makes the bug that shuts down the merchant function of the Sink Central Intelligence unit so tiresome.

    Enemies also spawn in a very irregular manner, popping up right in your face sometimes. The worst example of this is at the entrance to the villain's lair, where three large roboscorpions suddenly appear literally under your feet. That's just cheap.

    In short, Old World Blues has all the strengths and weaknesses we might expect, given the people who made it. And that's depressing. Can't they afford to hire someone who can actually program a computer so that the game doesn't crash so often? Buy it and play it, by all means. But also remember this word: tcl. It's the command to go into No Clipping mode, and you'll be using it, perhaps not as much as in Fallout New Vegas itself, but still far too often.
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  4. Sep 19, 2011
    9
    Well worth the ten dollar price of admission, Old World Blues is a proper sequel to Fallout 2. While the base game of New Vegas picks up a lot of Fallout 2's storyline, it mostly takes itself pretty seriously and while it runs the gamut from western to sci fi to gangster, plays things pretty straight. Old World Blues, on the other hand, picks up Fallout 2's mix of science fiction and black comedy that was largely missing in Fallout games since. It's a fun few hours with a limited, but memorable roster of new characters (including, among others, a genocidal robotic toaster and six mad scientists, one of whom can only communicate in radio waves). The actual plot of the DLC is of varying quality; the initial premise is paper-thin, but serves to set up a good third act revelation that maybe the heroes and villains of the Big MT are not who they initially seemed. The good dialogue, fun quests, and an actual Borderlands-style boss fight are complimented by some nice new loot that both looks and acts cool. If you can only buy one DLC for New Vegas, buy this one and you won't be disappointed. Expand
  5. Oct 29, 2013
    9
    The must-have DLC for New Vegas, Old World Blues add an entire new setting with a wealth of new quests and genuinely entertaining gameplay and characters. It contains the power of SCIENCE!, Intelligence Draining Robo-Scorpions, and large amounts of other peculiar humor. It possesses a plot that is both very funny and quite compelling and interesting. OWB also adds a wide variety of side quests and locations for you to explore, many of which have their own interesting histories and events. It still feels like you are playing Fallout New Vegas, while still being distinguishable and easily identified as its own bizarre little entity. Expand
  6. Jul 30, 2011
    8
    Old World Blues is the third in the series of downloadable content released for Fallout: New Vegas and I have to say it is the best so far. It also adds new perks and a level cap increase of 5. The map layout which is a crater filled with scientific labs located in what is known as Big Mountain or The Big Empty translated to Bid MT is by far the best as it is the most outstanding (unlike the very forgettable Zion from the Honest Hearts DLC) without being annoying (like for example Dead Moneys layout) which means Bethesda's decision to introduce the choice to revisit the map after completion a brilliant idea and the new enemies are again the best so far. The first time I saw the X-17 trauma override harness - basically a skeleton in protective clothing - I literally nearly lost control of my bowels which brought me back to the first time I saw a feral ghoul back in Fallout 3 when the very same fatality nearly happened again. Also worth mentioning are the old world so called 'boffin's' that happen to be floating brains - that seem to have single digit IQ - which you work alongside that provide some very humorous dialogue although the interactions between them and you can whilst at first be funny, become tiresome as I found myself to be skipping through their speeches. The funniest moment came when I first met the Sinks various AI personalities which included a tiny robot obsessed with cleaning mugs and a toaster that wants to scald the world. The storyline in this DLC was very simple and although while sometimes this can be a good thing this time it wasn't as the story was distinctly average. The thing I think that most F:NV fans will be wanting most is DLC which prolongs the game past the last mission like Fallout 3 did with Broken Steel. But of course there is still time and Bethesda has announced that there will be at least one more DLC package to be released. For Old World Blues however I'll give an 8 out of 10. Expand
  7. Sep 7, 2011
    3
    The fallout universe has always been full of trekking from A to B then back in search of scrap off of the floor, but Old World Blues goes above and beyond. It seems that every time i find the necessary quest items, 6 more will sprout up from nowhere, then 6 more and so on. I wouldnt mind but it is such an artificial way of lengthening game play which i have come to expect but have since never been so aware of. Sure, a lot of detail has gone into the environment, the irritating AI characters and reskinning existing models, but on the whole the Big Empty is exactly that. Expand

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