Fallout New Vegas is about to release tomorrow for PC, Xbox 360 and Sony PS3 users, so it comes as no surprise that a review of the game is in high demand. There have not been that many reviews yet, but we did manage to locate one, and it says that this is bigger than its predecessor.
Not even nuclear fallout could slow the hustle of Sin City. Explore the vast expanses of the desert wastelands – from the small towns dotting the Mojave Wasteland to the bright lights of the New Vegas strip. Feuding Factions, Colorful Characters and a Host of Hostiles–A war is brewing between rival factions with consequences that will change the lives of all the inhabitants of New Vegas.
I don’t think too many of you would disagree with me when I say Fallout 3 was, quite simply, one of the best games ever made. It provided a compelling blend of FPS and RPG action and a vast, fully explorable setting that saw many gamers spend 100 hours or more wandering its post-apocalyptic Wasteland. Immersive, high-definition gaming at its finest. It’s fair to say then that its sequel, Fallout: New Vegas, has quite a lot to live up to. Ahead of its release at the end of the month I visited Bethesda HQ to play through the first two hours of the game and take a sneak peek at a few noteworthy sections later on. Despite near-universal acclaim, Fallout 3 did have some niggling issues, and it seems that, knowing they’ve all but perfected the basic structure of the game, Obsidian have taken great care to iron out the most apparent problems.
A new ‘Hardcore’ difficulty level is also available for players looking for a more intense challenge. In this mode you’ll have to search for water or risk dying of thirst, scrabble for old bullet casings to make ammunition and sleep at regular intervals in safe places to stay healthy. I daren’t offer too much detail regarding the missions I played through – but the dark humour of Fallout 3 is still very much evident. The map looks to be similar-sized, though I was promised even more side-missions and areas to explore than last time around. New Vegas has a level cap of 30, which potentially means a whole 33% more of incentivised character development to encourage exploration. Prepare to lose a few weekends. Obsidian have created a new world – not too dissimilar to the last one but pleasingly different nevertheless – that I, for one, can’t wait to sink my teeth into.
The USA (NTSC) and PAL Xbox 360 version of Fallout New Vegas has been leaked online, one day ahead of its intended release date. Three DLCs, the Mercenary Pack, Classic Pack and Caravan pack has also been leaked online. The game is downloadable from torrent and usenet sites. We’re not going to provide the link from which you can download though. Support the developers by buying the original game once it releases tomorrow (USA) and October 22 2010 (EU).
The game is huge, and will take much longer to compete – something that is sure to make a few people happy. How often do you get into a game, only to find that you have come to the end? Hopefully this one will keep you occupied much longer. There are a few nice touches to this game, the reviewer picks up on the point that you need to stay hydrated in order to carry your ammo crates – if not then you will die just as you would in the real world.