Fallout: New Vegas - Xbox 360

Game Description:Experience all the sights and sounds of fabulous Fallout: New Vegas, brought to you by Vault-Tec, America's First Choice in Post Nuclear Simulation. Explore the treacherous wastes of the Great Southwest from the safety and comfort of your very own vault: Meet new people, confront terrifying creatures, and arm yourself with the latest high-tech weaponry as you make a name for yourself on a thrilling new journey across the Mojave wasteland. A word of warning, however - while Vault-Tec engineers have prepared for every contingency,* in Vegas, fortunes can change in an instant. Enjoy your stay. Fallout: New Vegas serves an interesting view of Sin City. * Should not be construed as a legally-binding claim.
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Fallout: New Vegas First Impressions

Fallout: New Vegas First Impressions

By Abbie Heppe - Posted May 04, 2010

What better place to survive the apocalypse than a city that’s been so close to nuclear tests that they became tourist attractions in the 1950s? Everyone must be immune to radiation at this point, right? (I’m not a scientist). Well, Fallout: New Vegas takes place 3 years after Fallout 3 but thousands of miles away in (surprise!) the area around Las Vegas, Nevada. Fans of Fallout 1 & 2 will be pleased to see many, many references to the earlier titles in familiar enemies (geckos and nightkin), hardcode mode, and the return of the New California Republic.


I’ve been told the map is comparative in size to that of Fallout 3 and it contains many real life landmarks as well. Our demo started in Goodsprings, a small town not far from Vegas, and meandered through Primm, Black Mountain, and the Helios 1 Power Plant. The rollercoaster that unexpectedly rises out of the flat desert surrounding Primm is something I was very much hoping to see and I'm delighted that it is faithfully included. There’s also a dinosaur you can climb into, similar to the ones in Cabazon, CA (or Pee Wee’s Big Adventure) and all the signature aspects of the California/Nevada desert. The desert could easily be a boring place, but not in Fallout. 

No doubt expecting that most of the audience for Fallout: New Vegas is already a Fallout 3 devotee, the customization process that kicks off the game has been streamlined immensely. You’ll be able to change your appearance, assign your SPECIAL (Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck) points, adjust your skills, and slap on a Pip Boy 3000 in just a few minutes. Rather than having been born in a vault, you’ve been shot in the head on a courier mission and taken to the town to receive medical care.

Fallout: New Vegas

Once you’re out in the world and taking missions, you’ll build relationships (for better or worse) with the towns and their allegiances to major factions in the area: the bureaucratic California New Republic, The Brotherhood of Steel, and Caesar’s Legions. Towns that favor or fear a certain group may react to you in various ways, helping you out of kindness or, perhaps, fear. You’ll also be tasked with figuring out who tried to whack you at the beginning of the game.

Since New Vegas is running on the same engine as Fallout 3, don’t expect massive graphical or technical changes to the game. It looks like Fallout 3 and plays like Fallout 3 with little exception. However, the benefit of not having to build or revamp a game engine certainly lends more time to developing story and playing with the existing game mechanics.

Some of the most noticeable changes are the additions of the companion wheel, a variation on speech checks, VATS for melee weapons, and weapon modification. The pop-up companion wheel affects your interaction with any NPCs that might join your party. It allows you to give simple directions and share equipment or health far easier. My hope is that I can use this to prevent my new friends, none of whom will be a super mutant named Fawkes, from stealing all of my precious XP. You know what you did, Fawkes.

Fallout: New Vegas

We only saw the dialogue checks several times during the demo, but it appears that in certain situations, barter (and possibly other passive skills) can be used in a similar capacity to speech and you can rely on the skill you have higher points in when another doesn’t cut it. Interestingly, the game will also show how many points you have in a specific skill area versus what you need to pass the check in the dialogue tree. Seems like it will make the game less punishing for those who don’t pump points into their speech skill (fools!).

The other exciting change involves killing things! Though using melee weapons in VATS is nothing new, this time around you can target specific body parts, which may finally provide a reason to use the ninja perk. There’s also the ability to mod weapons. That can mean adding mags, damage, scopes (and most standard upgrades you can imagine) to your arsenal. All modified weapons will change in appearance to reflect the upgrade as well. Now where can I find a silencer for this Fat Man?

Fallout: New Vegas

Perhaps the most interesting choice that players will face is whether or not to play the game in Hardcode mode (aka "Fallout for PC gamers"). In Hardcore, you need to eat, drink water, sleep and otherwise maintain your character as you would yourself. Stimpacks recover health over time but don’t fix broken bones and perhaps the scariest notion of all is that ammo carries weight. Frankly, I think I could handle everything but that!

Of course, in a game called Fallout: New Vegas, you’d expect to see the iconic Vegas strip. Our demo didn’t make it that far, but hinted at the strip being a far different environment than the surrounding wastelands and also difficult to gain access into. Given Las Vegas’ real-life reputation, I cannot wait to see its representation in the game.

Comments are Closed

  • NeoHumpty

    Yeah, I'm looking forward to this one. I'm hoping the new makers don't screw it up like they did NWN2.

    Posted: June 3, 2010 8:38 PM
  • acktwice

    Fallout 3 is my all time favorite shooter. Even though I buy new shooters for my 360 when they are released I always find myself reverting back to fallout 3 so New Vegas cant come out soon enough for me.In the mean time I"ll kill deathclaws.

    Posted: May 31, 2010 5:08 PM
  • ShinjiEx

    meh it should just be an DLC expansion to Fallout 3!

    I like Fallout 3 but Fallout NV just looks like more of the same not a true new game

    Obsidian actual make game? all they did for KOTOR 2 is copy & past LOL

    Posted: May 30, 2010 6:45 PM
  • tylerstravis

    Just please make the graphics up to par for the ps3 this time around.

    Posted: May 26, 2010 3:10 AM
  • cybrim

    I am just going to wait for the game of the year edition... It is obviously a good way for the company to make 3x the initial release funds and it is good to support them but I'm strapped for cash :(

    Posted: May 12, 2010 9:27 PM
  • mronoc89

    Fallout 3 is the only game I've ever gotten a Collector's Edition for, and probably the only game I've ever beaten that exceeded 30 hours (I think I came in at around 55, over a year after I started playing), so I'm almost definitely getting this game.

    Posted: May 10, 2010 3:52 PM
  • PcgamerWithAClue

    Bethesda have always been weak at story-telling, this should at least be alot better in that regard.

    Posted: May 10, 2010 12:35 AM
  • TheRighteousFascist

    I hope they fix the shooting. I felt like Fallout 3 forced the player to use V.A.T.S. because the real-time aiming was utter trash in my opinion. I also would like to be able to aim down the weapon sights. Also, Hardcore FTW!!!

    Posted: May 9, 2010 8:20 PM
  • jewishguynoway

    : D cant wait to play it yo! hi, abbie looks hot at 30,

    Posted: May 9, 2010 6:29 PM
  • thehumanpenguin

    omg cant wait till new vegas comes out it looks like its gonna blow 3 out of the water hope they come out wit extension packs too

    Posted: May 9, 2010 5:28 PM
  • Lacking_Fractal

    This game could really use some ghoul strippers.

    Posted: May 9, 2010 1:56 PM
  • Matso12

    Looks great and can't wait to play another fallout.

    Posted: May 9, 2010 1:07 PM
  • SaintV

    A definite must buy for Fallout fans.

    Posted: May 7, 2010 9:38 PM
  • Gargamel360

    Weird Guns, insane gambling junkies, giant bugs, radioactive strippers, cheap stims...........wait, Vegas is like that already!!

    Posted: May 5, 2010 5:30 PM
  • alivealie

    I'm wondering whether we'll see the same kind of problems in the PS3 port as we did with the original Fallout 3. Sure, that game still looked great on the PS3, but it became obvious after a short amount of time playing it that the better iteration (in terms of color, draw-distance, etc.) was the 360's. Anyone know if Obsidian is addressing this complaint? And no, I'm not a system 'fanboy'. I own both systems. So sue me if one controller gives me carpal tunnel syndrome (360) and the other does not.

    Posted: May 5, 2010 2:52 PM
  • SirPukey

    Can it be december already

    Posted: May 5, 2010 1:18 PM
  • X3rr0z

    I'm really excited for this game, especially for its hardcore mode...takes wandering a wasteland to a whole different level. I have no doubt this game will be amazing

    Posted: May 5, 2010 12:58 PM
  • DJYankee18

    Man this game has greatness written all over it. It would've been more sweet to see graphical improvements, but it's cool. Im not to pressed over graphics, as long the story is great and the gameplay is great. I'm satisfied.

    Posted: May 5, 2010 9:08 AM
  • ravenstromdans

    I hope I actually get a hold of New Vegas and manage to play it all the way through before the world ends in 2012. :)

    Posted: May 5, 2010 7:15 AM