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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: 51 out of 57
  2. Negative: 0 out of 57
  1. Dec 13, 2010
    95
    There are a few glitches but even so, these do not hamper the gaming experience and if you're looking for value for money, than you have come to the right place my apocalyptic brothers and sister.
  2. Oct 20, 2010
    91
    The way New Vegas' story plays out is incredibly immersive, providing a real sense that you're playing a key part in shaping the future of the world. It's not a million miles away from Fallout 3 but it's big, crazy and very entertaining and that's all that really matters.
  3. Oct 20, 2010
    90
    More of the same in the best possible way.
  4. Oct 20, 2010
    82
    Fallout: New Vegas is difficult to classify. It is not really an add-on, because it tells a completly new story. If you love Fallout 3, you may as well cheat on it with New Vegas, no harm done.
  5. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Dec 13, 2010
    80
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  6. Oct 20, 2010
    80
    It's rather clear: Fallout New Vegas is everything Fallout 3 should have been. Well, in terms of freedom and storyline that is, since from a technical side, it's as disappointing as ever. All we can do is pray and hope for their colleagues id Software to lend Bethesda a decent engine - Obsidian couldn't do miracles with what Bethesda's coders gave them, and sometimes it even ruins some nice gameplay ideas like their crafting system. But in the same manner everyone overlooked the flaws of Fallout 1 & 2 because their creators were storytelling geniuses, Obsidian's work on New Vegas is good enough to make us forget about all the lesser details - except maybe the overall lack of challenge.
  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: 18 out of 158
  1. Oct 24, 2010
    10
    I'm still not sure why this game is receiving such low scores. I see Fallout New Vegas as a vastly improved Fallout 3. The gameplay is moreI'm still not sure why this game is receiving such low scores. I see Fallout New Vegas as a vastly improved Fallout 3. The gameplay is more fun with the new iron sights, the story is more intricate and well told, the sounds have been improved and it's LESS glitchy than Fallout 3. Now... I really hate having my PS3 crash because of a game, and Fallout New Vegas has crashed my system twice now, but it isn't nearly as bad as Fallout 3 as far as stability. If it weren't for the occasional crashes and glitches, i'd give this game a 10... but all things considered, I think a 9 would be reasonable. Again, this game is better in every way than Fallout 3. Expand
  2. Apr 8, 2016
    10
    Despite it being six years since the game was released, Fallout: New Vegas is still a classic that i will forever cherish. It brings the rightDespite it being six years since the game was released, Fallout: New Vegas is still a classic that i will forever cherish. It brings the right aspects forward from Fallout 3 while incorporating its own new twist to the Fallout franchise. The game play is smooth, combat is quick and fun, and who doesn't enjoy blowing a fiend's head off with the Goby Companion Scout Rifle. New Vegas is one of the greatest RPGs of all time and is deserving to be in the conversation around the two other fallouts, the elder scrolls, and dragon age. Highly recommend purchasing this game even years after release. Expand
  3. Oct 23, 2010
    9
    As a big fan of fallout 3, i was somewhat suprised to see the negative reviews that Fallout nv recieved upon release. However, despite theAs a big fan of fallout 3, i was somewhat suprised to see the negative reviews that Fallout nv recieved upon release. However, despite the fact that many critics and fans alike have labelled the graphics engine of new vegas as outdated, and the fact that many people have said that this is more like an expanison of fallout 3 than a new game, i bought the game. After 15 hours of gameplay can say that this truly is a fantastic game, a far more rewarding experience than F3 (which is saying something). The inclusion of factions is a revelation, the new combat system (iron sights in particular) is great, hardcore mode is unforgiving, and the overall depth of the storyline/world as a whole is amazing. Forget all the talk about glitches and outdated graphics, in a world of 10-hour single player games fallout new vegas is more than just a game, it is an incredible, immersive experience, a world of unexpected twists and turns in which the minor 'glitches' fade into oblvivion in the face of what is a truly great achievment in gaming. A must have on the shelves of gamers. Expand
  4. Nov 17, 2010
    8
    If you liked Fallout 3, you'll like Fallout NV as it's the same type of game with a different story and some nice additions. Unfortunately, itIf you liked Fallout 3, you'll like Fallout NV as it's the same type of game with a different story and some nice additions. Unfortunately, it can't get a score as high as it's predecessor because there are too many bugs that freezes the game. I'm playing Hardcore mode and it's a great way to think a little bit more before charging the enemy. I still love VATS and the universe where you walk alone on the wasteland in search of friend/foes and caps! Expand
  5. May 29, 2014
    8
    FNV is a post apocalyptic open world RPG that can be played from both the 1st and 3rd person perspectives.

    It's a really great game,
    FNV is a post apocalyptic open world RPG that can be played from both the 1st and 3rd person perspectives.

    It's a really great game, despite its many flaws. It kept me playing for hundreds of hours over multiple playthroughs even though it feels half-assed at times.

    Cons:

    - This game has a very slow start that is probably off-putting to impatient players but trust me, it gets better.

    - The world isn't exactly "open." The lower part of the map loops around some mountains and you're basically forced to go in one direction at the beginning, and then the world opens up after a certain point, but it's filled with invisible walls and again, freakin' mountains (visible walls heh). HOWEVER this map structure is important for setting up the story.

    - I'm all for "gameplay > graphics" but cmon. How can a 2008 game (FO3) THAT USES THE SAME ENGINE have better graphics than a 2010 game. How. The environments are really dull, too. Oh, and the animations are terrible.

    - Ending could've been executed better.

    - Many things feel unfinished (like certain questlines, Legion comes to mind) and useless (like the survival skill, even on hardcore mode).

    - Speaking of which, hardcore mode would've worked much better if the game had the same survival aspect as FO3, and better companion AI. Instead you're gonna end up babysitting/leaving your companions to prevent them from dying and you won't ever starve to death unless you make it your personal agenda to ignore food.

    Now the good stuff:

    - Factions and reputation. I don't know any other game that does these things so well.

    - Branching storylines and multiple solutions for every quest (even side quests). Meaningful choices.

    - Every. NPC. Is. Killable. Well except one.

    - Same Fallout 3 gameplay, with the same awesome gore and even better weapons, and this time you can live without VATs, as there are iron sights.

    - Companions actually have personalities and sometimes comment on what happens in the game, and they all have their own storylines.

    - As a Fallout fan, the fact that this adds a lot to the amazing Fallout lore makes it even better.

    In terms of bugs, etc... I couldn't finish one quest and the game crashes every 3 hours or so (with the DLC installed, otherwise it runs fine for me). The DLC aren't included in this review btw.

    Being a fan of Fallout 3 doesn't mean you'll like New Vegas though. They might look the same but they're actually completely different games.

    I recommend this game to any RPG fan, specially fans of the original Fallouts, considering you can overlook the bad graphics and in some cases, bugs. It's fun, deep, and cracks you up from time to time.

    8/10.
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  6. Jun 10, 2012
    7
    Tons to do and see and a lot of fun to be had. New Vegas is a worthy entrant in the Fallout cannon, though I found the story harder toTons to do and see and a lot of fun to be had. New Vegas is a worthy entrant in the Fallout cannon, though I found the story harder to connect to than the epic, emotional journey of Fallout 3. Expand
  7. Jun 15, 2011
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Great game until you come to find that the game doesn't end as Fallout 3 with the DLCs, where you could continue playing the same player after you finish the main game. I really don't get this from the developers, it's just lazy and ridiculous. If you want to play any DLC you have to load a previous save file as if you have never finished the game. Freaking stupid. Expand

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