Well some reviews around the world were less favorable towards Fallout New Vegas. I can tell you now beyond a Shadow of a doubt that this game is AWESOME! It does not feel like an expansion pack because you can feel the difference, in the sights and sounds, the way the people are separated by the different cultures that have sprung up over the US of A. Cesars Legion is definitely unique. Coming towards the NCR on their inevitable path for war and war, war never changes.... well it does! Because the controls have been refined for people who love FPS and if you are an RPG, RPS fan like me VATS is back. Tones of new weapons really give the game plenty of fun to try them out. From regular guns, to grenade launching chainguns! new armor and old in traditional Fallout One and Two styIe makes it a cIassic. New monsters, and beings abound adding new tactics to bring them down more apparent as you try to use what you learned F3.
As mentioned the characters are great and some old fav's have returned (though I am not saying whom). Voice acting is provided by great actors including Felicia Day she has been in 3 games and Buffy, John Doman from The Wire, Matthew Perry from Friends and The West Wing, Carson Wane Newton, Michael Dorn is from Mass Effect 2 Star Trek TNG and DS9 and played Worf, Rene Auberjonois was Odo in DS9, Kris Kristofferson singer and actor he stared with Mel Gibson in Payback, and Zachary Levi I admit this is the only one I have not heard of.
The music is fantastic but I was hoping for Elvis, and some early 1960's rock tracks. Fallout is supposed to have 1950's-60's values and vision of the future pushed to the year 2077 and then blasted to hell in a nuclear fire. So it stands to reason that we would get some early rock cs even if it is just "Rock Around The Clock". But this gripe is nothing worth putting a point against, it's just an observation.
The graphics are different but in the same quality of Fallout 3. You might think that sucks but we would be still waiting for New Vegas a year from now if they had changed to a new graphical engine.
Top Three Rules of RPG Game Creation:
Gameplay comes first! Because there is no point in having graphical splendor with a game that handles like a three legged drunk race horse.
Story is important for a RPG or like this an RPS and unlike movies comes in at number two.
At three we have graphics graphics are important to convey emotions to the player through design and different color pallets and that has been done perfectly. Of course they are also there for you to see the world in which you inhabit. So if you need people to be able to read the numbers of golf balls in the rain or get an emotional response from gorgeous sunset vistas, then you need graphical power, though whats the point of another year in development if you need only to covey the rough barren wastes with fast action of pure terror when all hell breaks loose.
The game looks great with a new color pallet, red brown and blue. Science has proved that looking at grey gives your mind a signal that conveys a feeling of sadness, red gives a passionate response and blue brings about a cool relaxation. Fallout 3 was grey, very grey. New Vegas makes you feel different about the world and that makes sense to the hidden conspiracy laced into the story as to why Vegas was not Nuked during the war.
There is a new hardcore setting apart from the main difficulty, that enables healing over time rather than instant healing, healing of crippled limbs requires a high medicine skill and medical equipment, Ammunition has weight (though not much), Requirement of water consumption to avoid dehydration and eventual death, and the requirement of food consumption and sleeping to avoid starvation and sleep deprivation.
On the 360 the game is pretty fast and if you install to the hard drive it's even faster.
Now it's not perfect. There are glitches. I have seen Deathclaws, and robots pass through walls. The game has paused several times but many hours apart.
Ambient Sounds 10
Over all 9.7/10