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Review: Fallout New Vegas

posted Mar 27, 2011, 11:17 AM by Golden Knight   [ updated Mar 29, 2011, 2:29 PM ]

Posted in Games

By Mitchell Reslock


Fallout is back, bringing with it another hopeless, barren wasteland to spend countless hours exploring. Your desperate quest takes place in the west of the country this time as an amnesiatic courier scouring the irradiated Mojave Desert for the man who shot you in the head and left you to rot. It’s still two centuries after a nuclear war between the US and China ruined the entire planet. It’s still a massive, radioactive, and plainly dirt-colored flatland to adventure in. It’s still filled with mutated creatures, savage raider tribes, and laser-happy robots.  There are still weapons from the past, present, and future. The retro 50′s theme to the last scraps of civilization is still equal parts humorous and eerie.  It’s unfortunate, but New Vegas feels identical to its predecessor, right down to the clunky ranged combat and sketchy voice acting.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Fallout 3 was a masterpiece, well worthy of its universal acclaim.  Despite the awkward shooting and seemingly boring landscape, it offered its players months of incredibly detailed content that always rewarded those fearless travelers that wandered into even the most remote crevices of the wasteland. The story and major characters were memorable, an amazing feat considering the waning attention spans of Generation Y.  Enemies were challenging and creative. New Vegas offers several new additions, including more varied stat-buffing items, armor, weapon and ammunition mods, and enemies, as well as two new crafting systems. There are even welcome patches of green vegetation here and there.  It you absolutely loved the last Fallout game, there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy this one.

But after you wander past the hundredth recycled car wreckage, cave, building style, and propaganda poster identical to the ones in Fallout 3, the less Vegas feels like a proper follow-up and more like a gigantic sixty-dollar expansion pack. There’s plenty new things to enjoy here, but it all still feels like the exact formula we’ve seen before, as fun as it was. Vegas is a super-sized adventure you’re sure to waste a good portion of your year exploring, but it won’t wow you nearly as much as its older brother did. B+