Fallout: New Vegas patches arrive

[UPDATE] Bethesda says it is aware of issues affecting highly rated postapocalyptic role-playing game; patches for quest, scripting, and preorder bonus errors arrive Tuesday afternoon.

So far, reviews for Fallout: New Vegas have been mostly positive, with the game currently boasting an 85/100 score on Metacritic. However, critics are united in one complaint--well, many complaints, actually, since virtually every reviewer says the game suffers from an array of bugs. One player posted a humorous example from the game's introduction (see below), in which the head of the first character that players meet spins around like a windmill.

Bethesda has released a series of patches to both eradicate bugs and fix technical issues in Fallout: New Vegas.

Now the game's publisher is assuring the public that fixes are on the way. Speaking with GameSpot, Bethesda Softworks' vice president of marketing and PR said, "We are currently working on releasing patches and updates as quickly as possible for Fallout: New Vegas for all platforms." He did not elaborate but did say that "announcements regarding the patches are forthcoming."

[UPDATE] Late Tuesday afternoon, the first New Vegas patches arrived. According to a Bethesda spokesperson, "We have just released an automatic update for the PC version of Fallout: New Vegas that resolves quest and scripting issues. We're working hard to make this update available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game as soon as possible and will let you know as soon as we have the dates they’ll be up."

She continued, "The issue regarding the PlayStation 3 digital preorder bonuses has also been resolved. Users should attempt to re-enter the codes to download their bonuses. Should the "80023156" error continue, we ask that players wait 24 hours before entering the code again. The code should then activate the bonus without any issue." [END UPDATE]

Developed by many veterans of the original Fallout games at Obsidian Entertainment (Alpha Protocol), New Vegas is set in the Mojave Wasteland and casts players in the role of a courier who is shot in the head and left for dead. After recovering, players roam the desert and the titular metropolis, exploring new areas and modifying weapons. They also get wrapped up in the larger conflict between the New California Republic, the slave-trading Caesar's Legion, and a mysterious New Vegas impresario named Mr. House.

For more information on New Vegas, check out GameSpot's previous coverage, or check back later today for the full review.

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UBERxL33T
UBERxL33T

@gperryman0973 I sure hope you still don't feel that way, as even then you were cheating yourself from one of the greatest RPGs of the modern era. Better than F3 anyway :P

UBERxL33T
UBERxL33T

@rbh1138 It's not Bethasda nor Obsidians fault, its an individual problem you are having with Steam launching a game on your computer. You already agreed when you joined Steam that they are not responsible. You will not be able to take legal action, and it's laughable that you would even mention it. Contact Steam support, that's what it's there for.

rbh1138
rbh1138

I've had the game since Saturday March 26. I haven't even been able to play. At all. I have tried and tried to get it to work but Steam or something is preventing me. I've updated, I've done everything I know how to do. Uninstalled so many times. Still the same Error. "Game isn't available at this time." I have the disc, and I spent money on this game. Why do I even have to go through Steam in the first place? I want to get what I was advertised. I'm seriously thinking of legal action if things aren't fixed. So far its nothing but false advertising.

ticabone2
ticabone2

how do i get patch for fallout new vegas

valium88
valium88

gperryman0937 it is done, easiest nominee ever.

gperryman0973
gperryman0973

This game is simply awfull, it has so many game ruining bugs it should never have been released in the first place. Nearly 2 months later and still no patch on the 360 and all so they could rush it out for Xmas, pathetic. I will never forgive Obsidian for ruining this fantastic series due to pure greed. I urge everyone to nominate this game as 'biggest dissapointment of the year', it certainly was for me.

Boomer76
Boomer76

Love the gameplay but the game crashes something crazy often :(

StDrake
StDrake

when will they gonna release the second patch?because the first patch gives the game more bugs:(

requul1
requul1

@squallgunblade7 Square Enix has completely fallen by the wayside as a relevent RPG maker. They are incapable of making a game of the same calibur as Fallout 3 or Mass Effect 2. For more proof... Just look at FF14. OUCH. Oh yeah... I'm not on crack but I am on beer. Lots and lots of beer. But I'm starting to wonder if you're smoking poorly processed cocaine cut with flour, gasoline and other undesirable substances. Maybe that's how you think FF1 is a great game! You smoke a big ol'crack rock and then bust out your NES emulator. Right? Well careful son. I've heard some bad things about crack.

requul1
requul1

@squallgunblade7 "their has never been a game as great as the classic final fantasy games" This statement is craven and COMPLETELY false. It lacks any evidence to back it up and it merely confirms you are a Final Fantasy Fanboy, incapable of discerning the difference between Opinion and Fact. This statement is pure tottering rhetoric that fails to prove anything. "final fantasy is by far one of the best series to ever be made 13 might not be the best final fantasy" NO. I disagree completely on this statement. FF is not one of the best series to ever be made AND FF13 is worse than simple a middling FF. Instead I would relegate FF to a mere cult phenomenon. But I cannot prove you wrong given a lack of empirical evidence. I would posit that starting with FF8 and continuing through to FF13 there has been a lack of non-technical quality possibly caused by SE's perceived attempt to duplicate the success of FF7. The with the exception of FF12 I don't think any of the games in the range I mentioned come close to greatness. They're all mediocre. This is especially evident as I make my way down the Railroad Tracks of FF13. A game so incredibly linear I'm wondering if SE forgot there are 2 additional spatial dimensions. Allowing me to jump over the obstacles while I'm exploring the straight line that is FF13... I could never handle that! It might actually immerse me in the game play instead of merely having me watch a badly made CG anime!

requul1
requul1

@squallgunblade7 Your assertion that I have to compare Oblivion to FF7 is ridiculous!! Comparing games to similar games in a similar generation is the best way to accurately derive which games are better. FF1 should never EVER be put to test in a logical reference frame against Tales of Vesperia! This is a point not up for qualitative debate unless you're trying to be silly. I didn't put Infinite Undiscovery up against Oblivion because I wanted Oblivion to look good. I did it because they both hale from the same generation and they are both RPG's. Actually I was challenging you to provide QUANTITATIVE proof that ANY of SE's games from this current generation exceed the gamespot review scores of ANY of the other Highly rated RPGs for the Xbox 360. You failed to do that and it sounds like you admitted I'm right.

requul1
requul1

@squallgunblade7 you said: "i think your on crack SE has alway made quality games" IF Square has "alway made quality games" and Infinite Undiscovery is one of these "quality" games THEN where does Oblivion fall on that very same scale??? I would divide it up like this: The games SE makes recently are highly polished technically but lack basic Innovation, Fun, and Replay.

Gruug
Gruug

@prodigy372 You obviously don't understand how Quality Control or testing is suppose to work. You don't release something that has bugs and you don't release something that you EXPECT YOUR CUSTOMER to test AFTER it is released. That is simply very poor business practice. I do not care what company is producing what, if you don't put out a quality product you do not deserve to be in business...and you usually won't be for long.

dbleja
dbleja

I don't trust one or two patches to clear up this bugfest. I think I'll keep waiting for more patches, incl. some unofficial patches from the mod community before I buy this game. By then it'll be cheaper and some DLC will be out for it too. Win-win.

rpgnutt
rpgnutt

im not buyin this till they fix this bugg crap nd im glad i didnt i did not have this problem with FO3 so these patches is whats keepin me from buyin the game

squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

@requul1 first place i never said them games wasn't great and their has never been a game as great as the classic final fantasy games if you gonna compare games you have to compare it with their greatest work not some game that you want to compare it with to make the game you want to look good, look good in comparision btw oblivion is my all time favorite game for this gen systems

mstrmynd
mstrmynd

The released patch, far as i can tell has made this game worse... since I downloaded the patch, the frame rate on my game is not fluid, so I am running through a choppy world. This leads to a quick headache and an immediate player inspired shut down. Am I the only one with frame problems (in other words, the picture is not fluid and does not create a fluid motion picture)? This is unacceptable... New Vegas went from a 7.5 in my book to a 2 (literally) with this patch. This game is not playable as it currently stands. Fix this patch.

MdoRandoms
MdoRandoms

I have played for over 30 hours now and have only had 2 instances of freezing and some minor bugs here and there but nothing to make me regret getting this game or lose data.

vivapinat
vivapinat

the addon save problem has cost me over 14hours of work :d

Darksonic666
Darksonic666

I dont know if its a glitch or what but I cant even load my saved game without it crashing. Get this game fixed I payed 50 bucks for this I want to play it.

psychotic_pig
psychotic_pig

maybe the producers had a better system so they didn't have many bugs.

MasonChaos
MasonChaos

Where the **** is my PS3 patch? Stupid gltiches have made me lost over 3-4 hours of gameplay because of stupid stuff making me have to go back.

TheMayor88
TheMayor88

You have got to be kidding me. They clearly knew well ahead of time that the game had bugs when it was released. How else you make a patch so quick? Thats too bad because i wanted to buy this game and i am not sure i am going to now

tobelight
tobelight

I have it for PS3 and not ran into any devastating crashes. Yea lags some and some minor bugs. So far nothing making me regret purchasing bout 20 hrs into it.

longlivelubu
longlivelubu

I have the game for the 360 and the only Bug I ran into thus far was there was a dude floating about 60 feet in the air shooting me and I just shot him with vats and he ragdolled down to the ground. I thought it was pretty funny actually.

PenguinIzzy
PenguinIzzy

Remember how buggy the first Fallout for the PS3 was, and how Bethesda stopped bothering to fix 'um? Yep, this company hasn't changed.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

the game seemed pretty cool but I'm glad I didn't get it since the whole crazhing thing would've drove me into destroying the disk out of frustration probably....

kytoguy
kytoguy

I am curious what the members that made the game as to what they were thinking and wondering if they care about us consumers. If they want to continue to have all the consumers enjoy their games they shall do better with the release, because I believe that once you screw with the consumer and the next time another product is released they will not make much money to fix problems or continue to have a job, because the consumer is worried that there is going to be problems. Also for some consumers who have money to see what it is worth, they leave comments and reviews so the consumer can either avoid it or finally purchase the product knowing that the product may be good to go. Key thing is waiting and not many like to wait for the things they like. For Fallout New Vegas, I haven't even got very far without it crashing, freezing, and slow frame rate. I have done everything to change this and standing by for another patch.

Dragonknight0
Dragonknight0

HOLLY **** WAS WITH THAT GUYS BODY!!!!!!!!!!

Dragonknight0
Dragonknight0

did they plain this or something because that was to fast to respond!

Barighm
Barighm

That's the problem with patching: in this day and age, publishers can easily ignore bugs and just say "we'll fix it in a patch". Some games have even been released in an unplayable state; as in, crash upon start-up (do a google search). Even worse, it's possible the publisher will refuse to commit more resources to fix these bugs, it does cost money, forcing players to endure. I suppose PC's benefit from player-made patches, but the bigger the game, the more likely a virus is hidden somewhere. Yes, it happens, and it only has to happen once to ruin your finances forever.

Raykuza
Raykuza

If that was the first thing I saw when I woke up, I would probably cry myself back into a coma.

op1e2345
op1e2345

wow that was a really weird glitch.

requul1
requul1

@squallgunblade7 Well Mr. SE fanboy... I can tell I'm not going to sway your OPINION about the quality of SE games for this current generation. I concede that YOU think SE makes high quality games that are totally fun to play. Lets take our Bias out of the picture. Name an SE game (from the current generation of games) that got a gamespot reveiw that is HIGHER than Fallout 3, Oblivion, Mass Effect 1 and 2, or Dragon Age: Origins. If you can, tell me how many copies COMBINED star ocean (360 or PS3) and infinite Undiscovery sold? Then compare that number to F3, Oblivion, Mass Effect 1 and 2, and Dragon Age:Origins individually. American sales only. Do These 2 things and eschew your opinion and tell me if SE is still on the cutting edge of RPGs. For the record, I love FF12 and 13. And I complimented SE for their lack of Bugs and Glitches. But if you look at the evidence objectively its hard to defend SE's lack of innovation and greatness.

MW2GhoST
MW2GhoST

Looks like Saul needs to get his neck checked out... thumbs up if you know who I'm talking about

Vaultboy-101
Vaultboy-101

My preorder code for 360 doesnt work. I think it may have already been used.

Throssetto1
Throssetto1

Maybe check on Bethesda's site for the patch

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

just noticed, my preorder items (caravan shotgun, leather armor etc) were never included, but to be honest, I found such a shotgun within the first 40 minutes anyway, and soon after the leather armor, so it seems the preorder bonus items were worth sod all anyway. Not that I care too much, i'm enjoying it immensely, but it's worth noting... BTW regarding the patch for the PC - I didn't notice it auto-downloading one as it installed, which is apparently what's supposed to happen. Can anyone else confirm this, or tell us how to go about finding, downloading and installing this patch?

Garnog
Garnog

I keep reading about a patch...can't find it anywhere

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

i just bought Fallout 3 a month ago, and have not beat it yet, nor the 5 different DLC add-ons... so it will probably be 6 months to a year before I even think about buying this game. the bugs should be taken care of by then. (I also pre-ordered Fable 3 and Rock Band 3... so those will keep me busy, and I will eventually get Halo: Reach as well, likely before Christmas...)

TheUndisputed9
TheUndisputed9

Im gonna wait till they release a patch for the ps3 before i buy this game

Dremun
Dremun

On a side note maybe someone should write up a nice letter, not to nasty or rude but firm and we the people of the gaming community can all sign it and send it to the publisher & Developer. Maybe that would make them think about how they are releasing Bug filled games that must be patched over time.

Dremun
Dremun

Well I got mine yesterday but I'm still trying get my new Build going as my old PC will not handle the new games. Plus I am waiting on the patch's that will be released over time. But either way, releasing a game that is not ready is just wrong in every way when they are asking so much for a game. But as I see it, they are trying to make the $$$ fast as they can then hope and pray that a patch will not be needed. And they should have rebuilt the engine for this game, rather than build a completely new game on top of an old engine from FO3. Well that is how it seems to be sounding to me from what I'm reading here. @prodigy372 Key words in the Quotes, that is enough to tell you that they knew there would bugs in the game "Bethesda says it is aware of issues affecting highly rated postapocalyptic role-playing game." @Sirbobislost that is a very good point, I have to agree with you as holding back on the release date would have cost more $$$ @wwlettsome, that is just it, the pride is not there any more and if it is, they just want to make the $$$ & worry about the repair job later. @Gadeos, True very true, Perfection is hard to do when your trying to make a game work on every platform at once, but still that is even more reason to stress test the game before release. And fix as much as you can before the release and worry about the minor issues, like floating heads and such later.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I think Doc Mitchell has been exposed to a few too many Rads ha ha ha ha As for my experience with it so far on PC, it seems OK as far as bugs are concerned... I've had two incidents of the ground texture popping in and out, and I've also noticed on 3-4 occasions when going to sell stuff to anyone who trades, that the full range of stuff I'm carrying isn't showing as available to trade(?) Haven't worked out if this is for an actual reason, or if it is a bug. Either way, the game is awesome so far :D