Budget Gaming: Fallout New Vegas

We are now entering a period of time that we at Nerdwest tend to refer to as the “gaming void”. If you listen to the podcast we will sometimes refer to a game as a “void game”. What we are referring to are games that can wait. Games that have potential, but we wouldn’t run out and buy them right away. These are games that should be played between the months of April and August. The reasoning behind this theory is to give you something to play during the time that most major video game publishers tend to either not release games, or release shitty games that they aren’t expecting much commercial success from. Occasionally, there are exceptions to this rule, but as a rule of thumb, it doesn’t hurt to start a list of games that you would like to play, so you can have a quality gaming experience during the void. A great game to play in the period for a couple of different reasons, is Fallout: New Vegas.

Bethesda Softworks Logo.svgNew Vegas is a great game and so was it’s predecessor Fallout 3. Granted, New Vegas is buggy and the graphically could use a face lift, but these flaws are forgivable. It’s kind of like complaining about the bugs in Skyrim, sure they exist, but the overall package of the game is so good, that you can’t hold a few hick ups against the developer. Speaking of the developer, New Vegas was developed by Obsidian and Skyrim’s own Bethesda. Both of these companies have an extremely impressive background in RPG gaming, with titles such as: Oblivion, KOTOR 2, Neverwinter Nights 2, and, of course, Fallout 3 on their resumes, it seems like a match made in heaven.

New Vegas takes place in the same universe that existed in Fallout 3. The main difference between these two games is location. In Fallout 3 you were roaming the baron landscape of post apocalyptic Washington D.C., and in New Vegas, not to sound redundant, you are exploring the other side of the country, in the harsh remnants of Las Vegas, and surrounding areas. Strangely enough, the first time I played Fallout 3, I wasn’t a huge fan. I don;t know what it was, I just couldn’t get into it. Then, on an off chance, I picked up New Vegas two years later and found it incredible. The level of detail that the developers put into ever inch of this game is mind boggling. The attention to detail that they put into the social development of the various gangs and social groups of the region is very impressive. This game feels like a labor of love. Some reviews have been harsh on New Vegas due to the fact that it runs of the same two year old engine that Fallout 3 ran on, but these are also the same people who gave COD:MW3 a 10/10, and didn’t mention that it ran on the same engine that COD:MW2 ran on. IT doesn’t have the best graphics in the world, but the core game play and attention to detail make the dated look very forgivable.

Yesterday I went into my local gaming retailer looking for a game for my PS3 that I have been ignoring for three years. Nothing against the Playstation, I just tend to play my games on my XBOX. It is what it is, but I figured enough was enough and I wanted to pick something up. I wasn’t planning on spending too much for a game, max like $30. This is where I found a used copy of New Vegas for $12.99. $12.99? Are you fucking kidding me? Granted, I believe that New Vegas did under perform a bit commercially and having it come out less that a month away from the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops probably wasn’t the best business decision, but come on! Picking up New Vegas for $12.99 is a steal! I own it on the 360, and still picked it up for the PS3. This game gives you a ton of game to eat up that all that time till some good games finally start coming out in September and it provides you a quality gaming experience for a faction of the cost of say, oh I don;t know, Mass Effect 3. So, if you are looking for a quality budget title, and yes, I know those two words don’t usually go together, check out Fallout: New Vegas. Trust me it’s worth it. -Z


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