Product Type: Bethesda PC games
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Fallout: New Vegas (PC)
Member Name: wonkybox
Fallout: New Vegas (PC)
Advantages: Huge immersive world to explore. Good RPG mechanics
Disadvantages: Dated graphics engine. Plot-stopping bugs
Fallout: New Vegas is a first/third person RPG set in Nevada 270 years in the future after a nuclear war. The player creates a character choosing skills, perks and appearance and then is thrown into a huge and fascinating apocalyptic world. With the city of New Vegas at the centre the desert is full of interesting people and places, from the giant Hoover Dam to tiny motels.
The setting has always been the best bit about the Fallout games. Before the war everything was a sort of 1950s nuclear-powered alternative reality, and it really shows in what remains of the decor and design.
The main quest and a lot of the side quests revolve around the struggle for power in New Vegas. There are three major factions - Mr. House (reminiscent of Howard Hughes), Caesar's Legion (psychos pretending to be Romans and The New California Republic (basic army).
Like any good RPG there are multiple ways to approach a quest. You can sneak around, go in guns blazing and more often than not use diplomacy to be successful. It all depends on how you build your character. There is a targeting system included for the reflex-averse RPG purists, so combat can be either reflexive or statistical depending on your play style.
Other game mechanics include faction ratings (this affects the friendliness of the faction members) and karma (some people respond postively to either a good or bad karma rating).
Using the aging Gamebryo engine the graphics are good enough in New Vegas, although most character animation is pretty poor. Swirling dust clouds, good lighting effects and other well-rendered atmospherics help make up for the lack of animated fluidity. There's a huge amount of voiceover work as well, and the musical swells and atmospheric sounds help with immersion.
The major drawbacks revolve around the bugs that infest the game. On my first playthrough I found the main quest line broken towards the end, and I also wasn't able to hand in some other quests as well. This is very frustrating. I had to use the consolse to reset the quest line.
Summary: Lots to keep you occupied. Check the wikis for bugfixes