I loved Fallout 3 despite its ending and couldn’t wait to get my hands on Fallout New Vegas. I did however decide to wait knowing that the DLC (Downloadable Content) was coming and waited until the Ultimate Edition came out with all the DLC packs and glitches apparently fixed.
£17 new was a tidy price as well so I was happy to get it.
Even despite it being the Ultimate Edition the game still does have issues from time to time with lag and memory dump type crash/lockouts. For me it usually happened after about 30 mins of gameplay and a simple quit and restart would sort it out. No biggie but I understand why its annoying to some.
The game itself is a role-playing video game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Bethesda Softworks. While New Vegas is not a direct sequel, it uses the same engine and style as Fallout 3. It was developed by a few of the employees who worked on previous Fallout games at Black Isle Studios, along with a larger number of new employees. It is set primarily in a post-apocalyptic Nevada, although some areas of California and Arizona are also visited.
Without going into the story and setting, I’m assuming you already know this so will skip onto the game itself.
Overall I’d characterise this game as EASY and pretty quick to complete if you want to without doing the side quests. It also has one of the worst endings. Reason I say this is because the story is actually quite good. You’re a courier and you get shot in the head and left for dead in a post apocalyptic world. You get saved by a robot fixed up and then go on your way to find the person responsible. The reason the game ending for me is terrible is simply because it builds you up for the whole time for this great final battle for Hover Dam. Depending on what factions and fiends / foes you help or hinder along the way I was fully expecting a huge epic Lord of The Rings style battle for middle earth type encounter.
Far from it. The final battle I literally walked through and finished in 2 minutes barely killing about 30 NPC’s and using a basic 9mm weapon.
I had spent hours collecting ALL literally ALL the special weapons in the game. My inventory was sublime. topped off with about 10 mini nukes and hundreds of rockets and grenades.
I NEVER used a single one..!!!!!!!
Also the final boss is so easy its laughable. I never died once.
It may be the fact that I was level 26, it may be the fact that I’m a good games player or maybe because I had Boone and ED-E as my sidekicks both of whom I completed their side quests to get max ability out of them “Which I really recommend you do by the way” I equipped Boone with a minigun and he is so good with it..
More reasons to be disappointed was simply not enough BOS or Brotherhood of steel in the game. I loved them and the Enclave in the last game Fallout 3.. Just not enough in this one IMHO. Meant I had to pay to repair my heavy BOS armour instead of having enough around the game to repair them myself. Also not enough top end monsters. What happened to the Behemoth monsters etc.? I wanted more to use my nukes and rockets on.
Then was the whole limited gambling… I know and understand why they put this in but still I was actually enjoying wiping out the casinos with my 8 luck stat.
Which gets me back to the start. Without doubt the best setup at the start is to have all 5’s for your stats but put your intelligence up to 10. Means you will get 15 points to use every other level and you can quickly max out several stats early on. Having 100 in your skills goes a long way.
Also buy the implants from the DR outside the strip. Costs you a pretty penny but its worth it.
From the start every few levels I got I picked the intense training perk which then allows you to pick 1 stat upgrade. I did this until I got to level 8 luck so by the time I was at level 6 or 7 in the game. starting at 5 luck and increasing by 3.
This is probably the most luck you’ll need and when you get to level 8 luck you will get far more critical hits and also clean out the casinos very easy. Especially if you know how to play blackjack or 21 to some. That then pays for your implants.
Despite my concerns I really did enjoy the game but to be honest the original game would have done. The only thing I used from the Ultimate Edition is the perk for the Gun Runners Arsenal. Having better amounts of ammo and people to sell your loot too helped a lot. Other than that I never ever bought or used any of the weapon enhancements… There is no need!
The weapons are so good anyway you don’t need any weapon upgrades as far as increased slots etc goes.
And so far I havent done any of the DLC games either.
Going back to the end game, The game suggests all along that you can defeat legate Lianus and get his sword.. yes you can and yes I got it with ease but there is no point because the game ends right after it. The only way you can get to him is to do the final battle… A bit dumb in my mind.
If you want any advice or tips just ask.. I found it really easy and quick to complete. Shame about the ending.! And the fact that you can’t continue after the ending.!