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Fallout: New Vegas Preview

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Scheduled release date:

October 19, 2010

Publisher:

Bethesda

Developer:

Obsidian Entertainment

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

RPG

What happens in Vegas… Well, maybe that rule dies out in the distant future when the glitz of the strip has been replaced by widespread freakishness, ‘cuz the stuff that’s going to happen in Fallout: New Vegas could become the stuff of mythic legend. Sure, it looks a bit like the current Las Vegas but after a devastating nuclear war, there’s a whole lot of freakishness (more than the typical level of freaky humans in today’s world), which is why you’ll see some definite sights during your travels. Of course, you can always take a load off in the futuristic environment, as many of the casinos still operate. There’s The Tops, Lucky 38, Ultra Lux, and the decadent Gomorrah; if you drop enough coin, you’ll get yourself a free room for the night (who’s thinking of “Swingers” right now?). Win too much and you might get tossed on suspicion of cheating. But then you can pick up some missions from the people roving the broken and battered streets.

Yes, it’s quite the environment, and fans of Fallout 3 should feel right at home in the post-apocalyptic atmosphere. But this time around, that atmosphere has a definite attitude; a flash and panache most decidedly lacking in the previous series entry. And although Obsidian’s last effort (Alpha Protocol) turned out badly, we have faith that Bethesda isn’t about to release a sub-par Fallout and besides, the upgrades and enhancements are intriguing. Remember the melee combat mechanic in Fallout 3? Wasn’t much to it, was there? Well, maybe that’s why the’re implementing a special melee attack in New Vegas; every weapon has at least one such attack, and this infuses more strategy into up-close-and-personal combat. For instance, if you check the screenshots, you’ll see a golf club and what appear to be futuristic boxing gloves; with the former, there’s a “Fore” option and with the latter, there’s an effective spike gauntlet. Oh…the pain.

The rest of the gameplay should be fairly similar to that of Fallout 3. The depth will be there in terms of character development, you can choose to attack mission objectives in a number of different ways depending on your playing style, and you will once again have the option of a first-person or third-person view. Most people didn’t use the latter in Fallout 3 but you may change your tune in New Vegas; those who have tried the latest title say that with a camera change, third-person is actually preferable. IGN describes it as being “tight to the hip of the character” and is what we’ve come to expect from some of the best third-person action titles this generation. Besides, with the sheer number of ways to outfit your character, you’ll want to actually see him or her, right? The rest of the game features an expansive landscape, loaded with perils, mysteries and decidedly odd objectives that only add to the pervading sense of sci-fi weirdness.

New weapons like the throwing spear and incendiary grenade should really up the ante when it comes to battling; we know the spear gun in Dead Space 2 will be a sweet new option and we’re expecting nothing less from the spear in New Vegas. The incendiary grenades are exactly what they sound like. The V.A.T.S. system will return from Fallout 3; if you’re unfamiliar, it means you can pick out various parts of your enemy to attack individually. Maybe it’ll remind you of the Dead Eye in Red Dead Redemption, or something. But a new addition will be a command wheel that lets you assign orders to allies; you can tell someone what weapon to carry, for instance, and on top of which, there’s added customization for those weapons. Clip sizes, silencers, scopes and other augmentations are available and not surprisingly, depending on the path you take, you may not even see some of them. The freedom is definitely there and fans of the franchise wouldn’t have it any other way.

Lastly, just to clarify, this is indeed a direct sequel even though it’s not called “Fallout 4.” The story takes place a few years after the events of Fallout 3; your character is a courier who is left for dead at the start of the story. At the start, you’ll be tasked with finding out who tried to kill you, and why but of course, that’s only the beginning. A branching plot will reveal itself the more you play in true role-playing fashion. There’s little doubt that Fallout: New Vegas will prove to be a highly sought-after title when it releases on October 19.

6/17/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (28 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 17, 2010 @ 10:08:00 PM
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My preorder is in and I can't wait to hit the strip and compare it to the real deal to see what 200 years of post nuclear war have done to the place. Just wish we didn't have to wait so much longer.

Let's hope Bethesda kept a leash on Obsidian for this one, and that they had to pawn it off to work on a new Elder Scrolls. :)

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Deleted User
Thursday, June 17, 2010 @ 10:11:34 PM
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My big question is this: will the game be stable? I have been afraid to play any PS3 version of Fallout 3 because it was so buggy and glitchy and would freeze my console.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 17, 2010 @ 10:43:01 PM

eh, it only froze up on me a couple times and the dang things saves itself so often it's never as big a problem as people say. Plus there are some tricks to get it moving again.

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BeezleDrop
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 12:59:58 AM

I know exactly where you are coming from Brighat,
the version of Fallout 3 I bought for my PS3 is hands down the worst game that has even attempted to run on my system. It had the most hideous glitches I have ever seen, and didn't even think could happen in a game. Regardless, I have my pre-order in for the PS3 and have faith, no every Developer is lazy like Bethesda.

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Gordo
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 2:37:47 AM

I played Fallout 3 for 45 hours and it only crashed my PS3 once and that was after playing it for 5 hours straight.

So I never found it that buggy. These things are pretty random by their very nature.

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NeoHumpty
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 11:49:06 AM

I had some issues. The freezing wasn't nearly as big of a problem as the suicidal town people. Still, it was one of my favorites so far. And I love Vegas, so I can't wait to play this.

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hellish_devil
Thursday, June 17, 2010 @ 10:17:07 PM
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I loved fallout 3, but that was bethesda. Now is obsidian, and having played one of their games, Neverwinter Nights 2 for PC, I got to say, Fallout lover: BEWARE.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 17, 2010 @ 10:43:35 PM

I'm only a tiny bit worried since Bethesda has them under control via a Mezzo zapper.

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bOnEs
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 12:09:35 AM
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fallout 3 is definitely the best game of this generation thus far IMO... new vegas just adds more to what i already love, but with better dialog, story, character development, and action... basically, it's taking everything i loved about fallout 3 and injecting it with steroids...

well, if i am going to be trapped in my house during the fall and winter, just like i was 2 years ago, it might as well be with another fallout title...

easily the most anticipated game this year for me...

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Gabriel013
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 12:58:59 AM
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3rd person in Fallout 3 was unplayable for me so I hope the camera position is more like Mass Effect (if a little lower in positioning).

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Fane1024
Saturday, June 19, 2010 @ 3:47:08 PM

I may be in the minority, but I play both Fallout 3 and Oblivion mostly in the third-person (unless I'm trying to look around the environment). I find the melee combat unbearable in first-person.

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kraygen
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 2:26:33 AM
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Personally I played fallout 3 almost completely in 3rd person and I loved it.

As for bethesda, one of my least favorite companies in existence. I got the goty edition of oblivion and later I bought fallout 3 at launch. Both games were so glitchy I contacted bethesda about them both. Bethesda patches their computer versions fairly quickly. However when I contacted them about the ps3 version they actually sent me a reply saying they knew about the problems and that they effected gameplay, but they just didn't care.

Another thing that irritated me about fallout 3 was the expansions. I still haven't played them because I'd have to rebuy the game for full price again or download for $50 and from what I've read they are even glitchier than the original game.

As for new vegas, I'm holding off until I know what I'm getting into, would I love to get it, yes. Would I love to be plagued with glitches and then have bethesda laugh in my face again. No thanks.

If this game doesn't turn out that way, let me know, I'll jump on board, but not before then.

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Gabriel013
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 11:19:19 AM

I'm planning on waiting and buying the GotY edition with all the dlc included.

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kraygen
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 6:57:51 PM

I thought about that but all of bethesda's ps3 goty editions have been even buggier than the original. I don't want to worry about my ps3 being fried because bethesda doesn't care how many times I have to reset my ps3.

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___________
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 2:38:39 AM
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im really looking forward to this, besides the billion and one bugs fallout 3 has to be one of my favorite games.
i just hope they add a little depth to the morality system.
in fallout 3 you can be a complete a$$ or a saint and that really does not effect anything.
what is the point of having decisions if there not going to have much of a effect.
like the A bomb in fallout 3 you can detonate it or leave it alone, all it does is change your moral, maybe lock a mission off but thats about it.
if i blow up a whole town with a nuclear device you would think id get a little more than a slap on the wrist!

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kraygen
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 2:47:41 AM

maybe no one knew it was you. I'm guessing anyone around to see it wouldn't have survived. lol

Honestly I remember doing that quest and blowing it up, but it's been so long that's about all I remember.

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Gabriel013
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 11:22:44 AM

If you blow the bomb you get the regulators after you.

Although repetative after a while I do like the 3dog comentary on your actions.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 3:39:50 AM
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I had some serious issues with Fallout 3, yet somehow still enjoyed it. (I wrote a review if anyone is interested.) I also haven't finished it yet, having too much of a good time with RDR right now. But yes, if they can iron out the glitches that plagued the earlier game, I'll definitely be interested. I wouldn't say that Fallout 3 is one of the BEST games of the generation, but it is in the top 15 of what I've played (which is only about double that number). Oh, and the only way I'll play it in third-person is if they've fixed the animations. God they were painful.

I'm cautiously optimistic about this though. If they announce DLC, I'll be inclined to wait for a complete edition, but if there is none, I'll pick it up at a reduced price point maybe six months after release. Definitely NOT a D1P for me.

I do like all the additions though, and I swear the video I watched showed a talking Super Mutant. That was swish. I'm going to shut up now.
Peace.

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Gabriel013
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 11:21:08 AM

I'm halfway through my second playthrough and despite the freezing (sometimes requiring resets) it's on of my favourite games.

It's just so much fun to play.

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THEGODSLAYER
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 5:48:16 AM
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Not to be a negative nancey but this game looks like crap. all the characters walk like robots, and the guns look like im shooting someone with blocks of choppy polygons. If this is how the game is gona look ill pass. To many amazing games coming out this fall for me to waste money on this.

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TheOldOne
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 7:48:43 AM
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I loved Fallout 3. I played it twice and won't regret a single minute spent playing it. But...it crashed on me like 5 or so times. Specially playing the Point Lookout dlc areas. It also froze when going up to the ship with the Mothership Zeta dlc(I had to unequip my flashy armor and it stopped freezing).

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Sithis
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 7:50:17 AM
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Wait a second, I've never had my game freeze on me and I think I've put about 60+ hours in it and it has ran 12 hours straight too. And no glitch as well. I don't know why you guys got this problem.

@ Godslayer. Don't judge a game from it's graphics. Maybe it's the story that will pull you in. Or the immersion that few games can provide. Here's an example, Dragon Age: Origins. Looks crappy, right? I got it as a gift and put it aside but once I got out of Highever, I absolutely loved it regardless of graphics.

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___________
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 8:19:31 AM

did you play it on the 360 pc or ps3?
if ps3 than if i was you id go and buy a million dollars of lottery tickets tomorrow!
the ps3 version had so many bugs, i had to reset my console after like a hour because the game would freeze.
not to mention every time some one signed in the game froze.
this game had more bugs than mercenaries 2!!!!!!!!!!

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NeoHumpty
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 11:51:11 AM

I started the game when it first released. There were some patches that came along and fixed a lot of the issues. I'd guess you either played after the patches were made, or you got very lucky. Still a great game, though.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 5:09:39 PM

Yeah, I agree with Mr No name for a change here. My Fallout 3 froze every two hours or so, and of course I have a thing against against quick-travelling unless the distance is absolutely ridiculous, and I keep forgetting to save, it's a right pain. That's with the GOTY Edition, which I assume had all the patches in-built.
Peace.

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Sithis
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 8:06:33 PM

I played it on the PS3. I have a normal vanilla version. Without any add on content. Works like a dream.

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Proxy
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 10:30:20 AM
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I just love the comments on how Bethesda better keep a tight lease on Obsidian... You do realize that a lot of key people who worked on the real Fallout games are working on this.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 18, 2010 @ 1:21:15 PM

We do, but they failed so hard recently.

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