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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: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Oct 22, 2010
    Fallout: New Vegas, looks and plays exactly the same as Fallout 3. But the additions that Obsidian have made push the survival angle even further to provide a much more immersive and authentic experience, and just like its predecessor New Vegas proves to be a role-playing masterpiece.
  2. Oct 20, 2010
    In New Vegas, the fun Fallout 3 formula is intact, with more polished combat, high-quality side missions, and the exciting setting of the Vegas strip. Unfortunately, the bugs also tagged along for the ride.
  3. Jan 11, 2011
    Fallout: New Vegas marries the best of Bethesda's open world tradition with Obsidian's excellent storytelling, writing and quest design. This is a huge and addictive role-playing game with an enormous amount of content and options for the player.
  4. Oct 21, 2010
    Those accustomed to investing hours examining endless story arcs, or searching vast environments for details will certainly appreciate Obsidian's efforts, even if newcomers may struggle to see what all the fuss is about.
  5. Oct 20, 2010
    A huge world to explore, lots of quests and decisions, tons of items and great replay value are reason enough to pick up this fine roleplaying sequel. Sadly, there are some noticeable technical problems, controls could have been better and the graphics look a little outdated. Still, if you enjoyed Fallout 3 for what it is, you will have a great time with New Vegas.
  6. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 13, 2011
    Very few changes appeared since Fallout 3 but a strong storyline and partial improvements make New Vegas great to play. Take it as an alternative to Fallout 3 and you won't be disappointed. [Issue#197]
  7. Dec 17, 2010
    This game got released too early. Had it been released around the holidays, and with the collection of bugs and broken quests eliminated, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a great gift for gamers. As it is, I can only say that it's beautiful but tragically flawed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 733
  1. Oct 23, 2010
    27 hours in, just getting started. Take fallout 3, expand it, add more diversity, add more interesting locations, triple the amount of27 hours in, just getting started. Take fallout 3, expand it, add more diversity, add more interesting locations, triple the amount of factions, add a better theme, and add more immersion and you have fallout NV. Obsidian has taken a decent game and made it great. Really a lot more depth in the world and just overall better. Of course your on the same engine, so some of the same problems exist. But literally a new mod is released by the hour since they only have to be ported over. Im already using over 10 mods just as longer days, smaller ui, centered raised camera, perk every level etc. Oh and if you get stuttering get the d3d9 file, and if you have ati get the alternative d3d9 file so you can still use transparency mutisampling. If it wasn't for the mods i would have to take off a point or 2. Really though the best way to describe it is it makes the fallout 3 world seem boring. Expand
  2. May 31, 2015
    Some of the original developers from the first two Fallout games worked on this game, making it great. Ain't that a kick in the head?

    Some of the original developers from the first two Fallout games worked on this game, making it great. Ain't that a kick in the head?

    The story in this game is the equivalent of the first two Fallout games while the gameplay matches up to that of Fallout 3. This game is simply amazing. Fallout: New Vegas is a game where you play as a courier on a quest for revenge after he is shot in the head (and somehow saved). This game is fun to play with interesting characters, great atmosphere, an amazing storyline and fun gameplay. It was smart of Bethesda to let Obsidian create this game as they still had people who worked on the first two, meaning that the story was great and it had no plot holes (I'm looking at you, Fallout 3).

    Fallout: New Vegas takes place in a post-apocalyptic Nevada. On October 22 - October 23, 2077, a nuclear war named The Great War happened between the U.S and China which caused catastrophic damage to both countries. In 2281, Fallout: New Vegas follows you, a courier who was shot in the head by a man named Benny. Why were you shot? Beacuse he wanted to take the item you were delievering, a platinum chip. After you are saved by a robot and a doctor in a local town named Goodsprings, you begin your quest to find the man who killed you, which eventually leads you to the big city: New Vegas, The Strip. While you are on this quest, you will find interesting people along your journey which will make you do tasks for them in return for information, rewards or them becoming your companion. The lore in this game is extensive and is not too little or too overdone.

    On your journey, you get caught into something much bigger. You begin to find out that two factions are fighting for control of the wasteland, more importantly The Hoover Dam. The two factions are named NCR and Caesar's Legion. The NCR wants civilisation and law and order to be restored to the wasteland while Caesar's Legion wants civilisation but through enslaving people. You can choose to either take control of New Vegas yourself, help the NCR or help The Legion which makes for interesting decision making. The factions in this game are great and they all feel very unique. The best factions consist of: The NCR, Caesar's Legion, Yes-Man (Your own) and the Brotherhood of Steel. This game also has an interesting reputation system as everytime you commit a crime to one of these factions, your reputation will lower and if it is too low, they begin to attack you on sight. For example, if you are helping the NCR and they tell you to eliminate a camp of Legion soldiers, after you kill them you will be shunned by Caesar's Legion and they will shoot you on sight. If you help one of the factions, your reputation will increase and they will constantly give you rewards and be more helpful to you.

    The gunplay in this game is great. The guns feel good to shoot, even though some of them feel weird with weird sounds and animations. While the gunplay is good, it can even be further improved through using mods. Mods will make this game SO MUCH better! They offer a greater challenge and great gameplay improvements that should have been there from the start. Examples of great mods are Project Nevada, Nevada Skies, Realistic Headshots and many others. Project Nevada adds in more immersion, helmet HUDs and much more which really immerses you into the game. Some mods also alter the graphics of the game to match it up to today's graphics while still keeping the initial charm of the original ones.

    The world that Obsidian has created is incredible. It's interesting, the atmosphere is creepy and desolate and it really feels alive (Even though it is a dead world). When in cities, you really feel that they put effort into them as there are many missions, most of the buildings have details and they look great. The roads are destroyed, mutated animals and raiders roam the wastelands in hope of food and survival and merchants and traders go across hoping to find someone to trade with for bottle caps. Once you reach Freeside, the town in which you find access to The Strip, you think you have reached civilisation but you quickly find that the wasteland has still corrupted it as thugs roam around and gangs still fight for control.

    In conclusion, this game is one, if not the best Fallout game ever made. It was a MAJOR improvement of Fallout 3 and the story matches up to the first two games as some developers in Obsidian worked on the original ones. The game has great gameplay (even more with mods), an interesting story, a good reputation system and factions that are all unique. If you are an avid fan of Fallout or any post-apocalyptic games, buy this game on PC and get mods. You will not regret it!

    5/5 with mods
  3. Nov 21, 2015
    Fallout 4 is rubbish, so I thought why don't I drop back and give a score to one of the best game ever made in the rubbish creation engine.Fallout 4 is rubbish, so I thought why don't I drop back and give a score to one of the best game ever made in the rubbish creation engine. Anyway the game is awesome, if you like obsidian you will like this game, if you like Fallout 1,2 you will like it. If you like actual RPG games then you will fap to this game. Expand
  4. Jul 8, 2017
    This game is one of the greatest combinations of RPG and Action that the gaming-verse has ever seen. Obsidian has hit Bulls eye with FalloutThis game is one of the greatest combinations of RPG and Action that the gaming-verse has ever seen. Obsidian has hit Bulls eye with Fallout New Vegas, it succeeds at being an amazing RPG like the Fallout of the past and being a great open world game like the new Fallout games. It's story is incredible, it has an amazing open world with great locations, some of the best writing that will ever grace your ears, and actually manages to make the spamming combat of Fallout 3 fun with all sorts of different weapons and sound quality. The game also has some of the greatest DLC you will ever experience. This game isn't just good, it is the gold standard that every RPG should strive to become. Do yourself a favor and play the Greatest Fallout Game and one of the Greatest RPGs of all time. Expand
  5. Apr 8, 2016
    Fallout: New Vegas is an excellent RPG and more true to the originals than Fallout 3. Obsidian did a great job writing exhiliaratingFallout: New Vegas is an excellent RPG and more true to the originals than Fallout 3. Obsidian did a great job writing exhiliarating dialogues, great quests, and a thrilling (though simple) story. Factions matter for once and are to some extent responsive and mutually exclusive. Your actions and decisions can reshape the wasteland, it's new settlements and politics. Choice and consequence are very present and at the end of the game, you are shown the results of your actions in a slideshow like with Fallout and Fallout 2.

    There are often different ways in which to tackle certain quests and the ones open to you will depend on the build and development of your character.

    Fallout: New Vegas has a wide range of interesting weapons and futures iron sights, as opposed to fallout 3. The desert/vegas setting is very fun and interesting. Music choice and DJ is very good (though the only point at which fallout 3 was better).

    I ended up putting over 200 hours playtime into and unlocked all achievements, just because it was fun. Real score 9.2/10.
  6. Dec 29, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Anyone who complains about the amount of glitches in Fallout: New Vegas, or how it isn't a drastic improvement over Fallout 3, clearly never played the original two Fallout games. If they had, they'd remember how horrifically glitchy they were, how half the quests in Fallout 2 couldn't even be finished, and how there were few changes between the two games. This isn't to say the glitches in this game are "acceptable", but one should expect it in a Fallout game. Now on to the real review, ladies and gents.

    As someone who grew up playing Fallout 2 (I didn't, unfortunately, play Fallout until years later, although I loved it just as much), I was thrilled when I heard Fallout 3 would come out. No, it didn't have the same quality of plot as Fallout 1 & 2, but it was a great game in its own right, and I'm proud to own it.

    Then New Vegas came out. I was excited, because I heard the writers from the first two games were returning. I wasn't disapointed.

    There are numerous improvements to New Vegas (as compared to Fallout 3), including better graphics (in my oppinion, anyway), more difficult game play, multiple ammo types + weapons mods, the new survival mode, a wider array of enemies, improved A.I. (I suppose you could say), more interesting followers, the follower wheel, many more quests, the factions system, an improved karma system, and a much better plot.

    I can tell that the old writers are back, and I love it. The sense of humor Fallout and Fallout 2 had is back, and I didn't realize how much I'd missed it.

    The plot is much deeper than Fallout 3's, with many different endings and actual SIDES TO PICK. As many of your side quests effect your ultimate ending, you feel more compelled to complete them - and doing so is much more rewarding. NPCs acknowledge your followers, and your followers do more than carry your scavenge and shoot at enemies; you can have actual conversations with them, and end up caring about what happens to them.

    There are cameos from old characters, including Marcus, and refferences to the past games all about.

    There is replay value, and as (with side quests) it can take you 30+ hours to beat it once, it is well worth the ticket price in entertainment.

    Now, for the flaws, and yes, this game has some.

    There ARE glitches, although the majority of them have been fixed now. I've twice gotten stuck in mountains, had foes fall through the floor, had the game crash about a dozen times, fallen to my death upon fast traveling, had a follower vanish and a quest has literally disappeared off my pipboy. However, I've put about 70 hours into this game, playing it twice and redoing parts due to error of my own, and the majority of these glitches happened within two days of the game being released.

    Like Fallout 3, the game favors a "good guy", and it's very hard to get bad karma without going on random NCR killing sprees. Although siding with the NCR provides you with about two dozen side quests, Cesar's Legion only has about four, and they're all shorter than the NCR quests usually are. It's understandable that Mr. House and the independant paths wouldn't have side quests, but it's disapointing that Cesar's Legion has so few.

    The Wild, Wild West trait doesn't do much, and should of had more uses. It isn't worth taking, which is a damned shame.

    The plot, while strong, ends poorly, with a "final battle" that isn't awe-inspiring or all that difficult. Armed with the Alien Blaster, I was able to down the "big bad" before I even realized that's what he was. The game starts off slow, and until I got past Primm, I was honestly disapointed. After that, it did pick up, but there is no excuse for such a weak start, especially after a damned good introduction cutscene.

    You are still limited to only two followers (one humanoid, one non), at least without mods, which bothers me greatly.

    The NCR seems to be a hivemind, as if you kill an NCR member 50 miles away from the nearest camp, you STILL lose reputation with them, even if it isn't an entirely allied character, and no NCR witnesses are around.

    Weapon mods are all too rare.

    Your guns are taken regularly, and are not automatically put back where you had them, meaning you have to reset your quickkeys over and over again.

    Third person is still useless.

    Although it's a good game, Bethesda still has a ways to go before their Fallout games will be perfect.
  7. Feb 9, 2018
    **** game with save problem that game cannot load it. People have already written about this problem in 2012 or earlier. I will never buy**** game with save problem that game cannot load it. People have already written about this problem in 2012 or earlier. I will never buy anything from people who have been able to fix something like this for 5 years Expand

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