Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fallout: New Vegas

Spoilers Ahead - You Have Been Warned
A bit late is better than never. I finished Fallout: New Vegas in December and was less than impressed with it. This is the game that Fallout 3 should have been. The game has a larger play area, more areas to explore, better characters, a more impressive story, and best of all an actual ending.

Over a couple weeks I put in over 80 hours into Fallout: New Vegas most of the time was extremely enjoyable. I played through the story twice with two different characters, both receiving different endings. (Favorite being Yes-Man throwing a general off Hoover Dam) However the game isn't without its faults, mainly the glitches that Bethesda games are known for.

Nearing the finish of the game I was roaming around the wasteland searching out the remaining side quests to finish. Many of the side missions are glitched and unfinishable. One quest was located in the basement of a bombed out church in a  radiation filled town, you're required to find radiation suits for a group of mercenaries looking to loot the city. You do this by running back to a different razed town to talk to a man who knows where the radiation suits are. The problem with this is that the topic of radiation suits does not appear, he simply tells you to piss off. There's another aide mission about rescuing a ranger from a vault infested with drug fueled bandits, however the ranger being rescued randomly disappears and walks back to the fort. On the trip he may or may not die.

In the long run these glitches will be fixed, at least by Bethesda's overactive modding community. But no game should be released with this many glitches right out the box. One should not have to wait a month to make a game playable.Although enjoyable, I can't recommend this game to someone who doesn't know about Bethesda's severe lack of beta-testing. But for the Bethesda fans out there, you know what you're getting into, and you'll love every minute of it.

I'm still looking forward to the next Bethesda game, Skyrim.

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