I cannot deny the fact that I am a big Fallout fan. Fallout 3 was arguably one of the best games of all time, and we here at MEGamers spent a countless number of hours exploring the wastelands. The game gave us gamers so many choices to make and let us watch as our choices unfolded right in front of our eyes. I still remember how stunned I was when one mission in Fallout 3 got a whole city nuked. Those hard choices and dramatic situation is what makes this series what it is.
So here comes the carefully named Fallout: New Vegas, a game that involves around Sin city and has it as a focal point of the whole story. Basically the story goes like this: a group called New California republic took over Hoover Dam, a dam which is behind the supply of water and electricity to New Vegas. So logically, all the gangs and tribes in the wastelands would love to get their hands on this strategic location. Your characters part in the game is interesting, you were simply a courier delivering a package that got stuck in something out of his/her control and as it plays out, the ending will fully depend on the choices he/she makes.
To get this out of the way early on, the reason why we called the title carefully named is because the game feels more like an expansion pack than a proper sequel. If you walk into this one expecting a full new game with a ton of new features, you are going to be left utterly disappointed. Just keep in mind, Fallout 3 was so good that even an expansion would be great. Fallout: New Vegas might be more like an expansion, but it is one hell of a long expansion. The game with the main and side mission will take you more than 80 hours to complete. To make things even better, the side mission are not just some silly missions on the side for you to waste some time with, but some of the side mission stories were actually more interesting and intense than the main story itself! Keep your eyes wide open playing this game, as every corner can have something interesting waiting for you.
The Gameplay remains the same in this one. No major change as the combat system is still intact and the controls are identical to Fallout 3. The only problem here though, is the return of the glitches. There is no denying the fact that Fallout 3 was filled with glitches and New Vegas is not different. Slowdowns will occur at times and the game even manages to freeze on both the PS3 and Xbox 360. We were not that concerned with these issues though for one main reason: The game is so huge. Being so big and open-ended comes at a cost that we are willing to pay considering all the goodies tacked into this one.
What you do in this game is all up to you and that is why Fallout is the series it is today. But what is new in this game is the variety of stuff to do, like we mentioned earlier the side missions are fun and keep you in your seat for a while. Missions aside, even traveling around the wastelands is a ton of fun. You will meet many unique characters that require your help or might have something for you. Your actions now will also judge how others perceive you and react to your orders and requests, and your repetition will increase or decrease in the whole town you are in. For example, if you take over a town with a group of thugs, your rep in that town will be bad and you will not be welcome to come back. On the other hand, if you helped defend the town against the thugs, you will be greeted as a hero every time you are around.