gamers (75%) found this review helpful
This game is very similar in almost all aspects to the first Fallout 3. Being a graphics junkie, I had hoped to find a graphics boost in New Vegas but was unfortunately let down. The storyline kept me interested however, making me forget about this nuance. In most games with lots of dialogue, I mash buttons to get through conversations with little thought. The New Vegas characters were interesting enough for me to actually listen to what they had to say and I took time to choose the appropriate responses for the direction in the game I wanted to take. After getting into 15-20-25 game-play-hours, my like towards the game took a quick turn for the worse. Loading times became increasingly annoying. Granted each individual load time was quick (11 sec average), doing all the side quest lines requires lots of consecutive load times that drastically add up. You will begin to hate the little roulette loading wheel, at least I did. These load times followed up by multiple game crashes just added salt to the wound. The crashes began randomly then as I got closer and closer to the end of the main storyline, I experienced them quite frequently (1 an hour). A slight lag that progressively got worse was always my tell for when a freeze was coming. This all was a big disappointment as the game itself was very entertaining. I only like to platinum what I believe to be the best games and were it not for constant game crashes that made me fear for the life of my ps3, I probably would have gone for every trophy. It was a shame to have to send back a game in the mail that had so much potential but was too littered with bugs.
posted by AutoMcFix (POWDER SPRINGS, GA) Oct 18, 2010
Member since Apr 2010
gamers (73%) found this review helpful
Pretty Epic game here folks,
I'm trying to go straight though the main quest and so far it is really fun. Don't make a melee character unless you want to be a juice head that can bash things and carry a lot of loots. All of the guns and items you find are super fun and interesting. Don't look online and spoil the game by finding the best stuff, just go check it out on your own like a true wastelander. Their are lots of guns for hire that have there own need of you for their own quest. I have found that having a stealth character sucks since your npc minion will always alert everyone while you are sneaking. It seems best to get intelligence and perception going in lasers blazing. The story and newly refined game play is everything you hoped it would be so get pumped. It's good to be back blowing peoples faces off in slow motion again, what a great series.
PS look out for the Science Machines cyborg dog Elliot.
Fallout New Vegas is a welcome addition to the series but it is not without its flaws.
The Good: FNV has made a lot of improvements, as fas as gameplay and mechanics go, from Fallout 3. Iron sights, weapon and ammo crafting as well as some other touches all are good additions. There are also many more weapons in FNV, and when you factor in weapon mods like silencers, scopes etc, then you can really create a character that plays to your preferred style.
Also the traditional fallout sense of humor is there, as well as the emphasis on story. Quests are fun, fascinating and freaky. Although you may have to wander awhile until you get to some of the more interesting ones.
The presence of factions actually adds quite a bit of depth to gameplay. I was skeptical of the notion when I first heard of it, thinking it was only a gimmick that they tacked on. However it makes you consider the consequences of your potential actions, and how it will affect future gameplay. Much more so than in Fallout 3
The Bad: Glitches. I'm sure if you have heard anything else of FNV you have heard of the glitches. Trust me they are there. If I am going to play for a couple hours I can usually expect the game to freeze, textures to pop and a myriad of other annoyances.
The Ugly: FNV uses the fallout 3 engine, and looks more or less identical. While some people say that the graphics are fine, they are in my opinion acceptable for PS2, but not the PS3. I had less of a problem with this in fallout 3 because it did such a wonderful job of creating atmosphere, but said atmosphere is decidedly absent in the mojave wasteland. In the desert, space is what creates the atmosphere, and there is so much crammed into FNV landscape that such an atmosphere is rarely created.
Conclusion: Despite glitches, and the bland background FNV adds enough improvements, and keeps enough of what worked in Fallout 3 to make it a worthy investment of $60 and 200+ hours. If you are a fan of Fallout 3, this is a must buy.