Fallout: ‘Joe’ Vegas Review

Hello Traders! Welcome to a new review; this time we’ll be looking at a classic. If you love FPS-RPGs, a million different endings and everything that just works. You’ll love Fallout New Vegas!

I have picked this game as I have a personal connection to it, I was seven years old when I played this game for the first time and 12  years later I am still playing this, so lets get straight into it!

Developed in 2010 by Obsidian Entertainment, Fallout: New Vegas was a return to form for the Fallout franchise with the writers and designers of the original isometric Fallout games taking control.

The game opens with a mysterious man in a checkered suit stood over a grave, we get no context as to who this person is but what they say will be cemented in your mind as you journey through the Mojave Wasteland, “the  game was rigged from the start”. Before your journey even begins you are shot in the head. Game over, right?

As you awake, you see a bright light and a doctors office, you are the luckiest son of a gun in the Mojave as the towns Doctor has patched you up and sent you on your way, with your only mission out of the gate being to find the man who shot you, and then your story begins.

On your quest for redemption you will traverse the dangerous wasteland and around every corner is a raider, super mutant or the dreaded deathclaw. You wil meet a cast of characters interesting and sometimes a little strange, beit the tragic life of Craig Boone or the insane ramblings of No-Bark Noonan the wasteland is filled with colourful personalities both ally and foe.

As you make your way north to the dazzling lights of the Vegas strip, you will fall into a years long conflict between the Bear (NCR) and the Bull (Caesers Legion) which splits the Mojave in two. It is up to you, the player, to decide the fate of the wasteland forever.

The gameplay for New Vegas is dated, using Bethesda’s Gamebryo engine with its many limitations, the effect is immediately felt in the gameplay and graphics. Luckily, this can be fixed with the use of mods but if you are playing vanilla then don’t be surprised if “Fallout NV has stopped working” gets burnt into your soul.

The game has 4 major DLC expansions being Dead Money,  Honest Hearts, Old World Blues and Lonesome Road, all with their own unique weapons, characters and landscapes to explore. The best of these has to be Old World Blues, with its charming humour, bespoke setting and faithfulness to the Fallout lore.

New Vegas is undoubtely a very well-crafted game that has thankfully been getting the praise it deserved 10 years ago, even if it is a little late. This is a must play for any RPG fans and fans of FPS games alike. You know what they say, “War never changes”.

-Joe

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