Obsidian provides a much needed new (and simultaneously old) take on Fallout, but there are a few bumps along the way.
Brendissimo35 wrote this review on .
Obsidian's focus on greater faction depth, player choice, and western atmosphere really pays off throughout the game, but there are quite a few bugs and inconsistencies as well.
Graphics- Technically, New Vegas runs on the same Gamebryo engine all recent Bethesda games run on, which is adequate but not impressive. The art design on the other hand is generally quite nice, with most landscapes and characters having a really western feel to them. It does feel a bit inconsistent at times, with factions like Caesar's legion wearing ancient roman inspired armor but wielding modern assault rifles. Let's call the approach eccentric and leave it at that.
Sound- The Radio stations provide some catchy western tunes that are immersive and fun to listen to, and the soundtrack and ambient noises further that. The guns and other weapons generally sound good, as does the voice acting.
Gameplay- This is where we run into the greatest strengths and weaknesses of the game. On the one hand, you have a wide variety of factions, almost all of whom you can align yourself with, in addition to doing side quests. The amount of player choice Obsidian includes really trumps Bethesda's earlier iteration. However, the game seems so focused on letting you choose who controls new vegas that the main quest loses any emotional impact it might have, and seems somewhat short at the end. after the first third of the game, the main quest is all about preparing for a final battle and determining who controls the city and hoover dam. It's so free form that it's actually a bit underwhelming. In addition, though I played a patched version of it, the game was still very glitchy, and full of bugs. Overall, it's a lot of fun, but the main story could have had a bit more focus to it.
I think the game does have a fair amount of replay value, because of the many different endings, and the many choices and alignments you can make. With the exception of the overpriced DLC, it's a good bang for your buck.