STAFF REVIEW of Fallout: New Vegas (Xbox 360)

Sunday, October 17, 2010.
by Brent Roberts

Fallout: New Vegas Box art Dean Martin said it perfectly: "I go to sleep and keep, grinning. If this, is just the beginning. My life is going to be, beautiful.." Welcome my friends to a place where your wildest dreams can come true, where you can amass such fortune and wealth you become your own legend, welcome to America's Playground, welcome to the Entertainment Capital of the World, welcome to New Vegas. Bethesda and Obsidian have teamed up to give you a wild ride through the wastelands and desert city in Fallout: New Vegas, and we here at XboxAddict take aim in bringing you details surrounding one of the most anticipated games of the year, and remember, the house always wins.

Now to kick things off with a bang, we have to note that this is not Fallout 4. Fallout: New Vegas is a totally new storyline based in the wastelands of New Vegas. The game is constructed using the Fallout 3 engine which goes to show proof in the old' phrase, "if it's not broken, don't fix it". With that in mind, Fallout: New Vegas sees your interest and raises you a full house worth of important innovations and adjustments to bring you a truly epic story where you get to shape every aspect of it.

Graphically speaking, Fallout: New Vegas brings Sin City to a light that we have never seen before. Famous iconic landmarks such as the Hoover Dam, the New Vegas strip, and more have all been brought into such detail, that you feel totally immersed into a whole new world of lies and sin. A lot of the objects that you will find in New Vegas you will remember from Fallout 3 (desks, file cabinets, etc..), however, the detail of your entire environment has been orchestrated masterfully in an effort to give gamers a very unique, deep, and amazing journey. Obsidian and Bethesda have worked hard and bring to the table an amazing version of The City of Lights.

One of the main aspects that make the Fallout games so great is the user defined, in-depth storyline. Fallout: New Vegas offers gamers not only new factions, but sub factions as well that will definitely tilt the scales of control, and these faction's opinions of you. This is where your decisions make a great difference as you try to figure out who is bluffing you, and who has the nuts. With these different factions, and different power grabs, you may think to yourself that New Vegas should be yours instead, well in Fallout: New Vegas it can be. Now not only do you have option A and option B, but you can also opt for option C - total chaos and anarchy. How you play is up to you, but just remember that everyone wants that top spot.

The play control is something that a lot of gamers hoped that Obsidian and Bethesda could improve upon, and they have listened by giving us not only an updated control scheme, but they have made their infamous perks system a major success. One of the many new introductions in Fallout: New Vegas is the Hardcore Mode. When you are in Hardcore Mode, the game will monitor how much you drink, how much you sleep, and how much you eat. All of these aspects and more you will have to pay attention to if you wish to survive the desert city, and cash out in top form. Don't expect to go days without sleep and expect to hit that target in the distance. This is a wonderful new innovation as it introduces a more realistic survival aspect to an already amazing adventure game.

In Fallout: New Vegas you still have the V.A.T.S. targeting system, however, this time the percentage numbers fluctuate greatly depending on the combat situation. What this means is that the V.A.T.S. system takes into consideration, not only the damage your body has sustained, but in hardcore mode, it also takes into consideration how hydrated you are, and even goes further by taking into account the amount of sleep you get. Obsidian and Bethesda have hit the jackpot in creating such an amazing gameplay experience, they could just break the bank. Earlier we mentioned that New Vegas' perks system has become an amazing hit, this is because now when you wish to master both the pistol and the assault rifle, you can now select just 1 perk called guns and that increases your stats with every weapon that uses conventional ammo. This brilliant scheme is set up perfectly to allow every gamer now, a much more focused and user developed character like we have never had before.

Not to cash in too early, Obsidian and Bethesda bring another major improvement to the gameplay of Fallout: New Vegas. Now you can not only use the V.A.T.S. targeting system, but you can truly gain control by aiming down the sights of your gun. This helps immensely as you strive for that all important head shot, not to mention conserves valuable AP points to use when V.A.T.S. is needed. Fallout: New Vegas brings another new aspect into the mix, by introducing the ability pick plants and in essence make food and aid items from them. Another great new feature of New Vegas is the addition to more items and aid you can create. Now you can build your own ammo, make your own weapon modifications, even follow a recipe for food and aid. All of this is done by giving the gamer more areas to make and construct these items. In Fallout: New Vegas you will not only have your new advanced workbench, but you can also come across campfires and more that will help aid you in your efforts. Fallout: New Vegas was betting all in on these innovations and thanks to the effort of Obsidian and Bethesda, they took home the title.

New Vegas is a true ace up the sleeve. Now when you turn on the radio of your trusty pip-boy, you can hear Mr. Vegas himself, Wayne Newton over the airwaves as he fills you in on the latest and greatest in New Vegas. As you take your adventure through the wasteland of New Vegas you will hear sounds and music redone from Fallout 3 which helps put this game in perspective, and also brings a familiar aspect to ensure that we enjoy every moment we can in New Vegas. Obsidian and Bethesda have outdone themselves as they bring a star studded voice cast. A lot of polish has also been applied to the voice over's.

Now as we tally up our winnings, we see all this innovation and all of this amazing detail and the total figure is that Fallout: New Vegas is one amazing game. Now even though it is not truly Fallout 4, so much effort has been put into making New Vegas an amazing experience all in its own. With a major improved control scheme, the introduction of Hardcore Mode, beautifully detailed environments and national landmarks, Fallout: New Vegas is the real Entertainment Capital of the World.

Overall: 8.9 / 10
Gameplay: 9.5 / 10
Visuals: 8.7 / 10
Sound: 8.5 / 10


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