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20-10-2010, 07:03 AM
New Vegas
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20-10-2010, 07:30 AM
RE: New Vegas
So far, I am loving this game. I pre-ordered the Collector's Edition box set, which came with the game, a full-length comic book introducing the people who shot you in the beginning of the game, six poker chips from the New Vegas strip's casinos, a deck of Fallout playing cards, and a platinum poker chip replica (the chip that was stolen from you at the beginning of the game). Totally worth the extra money. This is some cool stuff.

After I finished "wow"-ing over the merch, I got down to the actual gameplay.

There hasn't been much improvement in the way of graphics. Not that there needs to be. Just pointing it out. New Vegas uses the same graphics and physics engine as Fallout 3. One extremely noticeable change, though, is the addition of "true iron sights" - you actually look down the barrel of your weapon when aiming now. This is a bigger change than I expected - V.A.T.S. combat doesn't dominate the game now. I actually found myself forgetting that it existed because I was too preoccupied with lining up the guy's head with my sniper scope.

Gameplay itself also remains fundamentally unchanged, with one big difference: Hardcore Mode.
Hardcore Mode is death on crack. Stimpaks no longer act instantly - they heal you over time. So do all other healing objects. Your limbs cripple extremely easily, and stimpaks cannot be used to heal crippled limbs. RadAway also works over time, and doesn't have as large an effect. And you have to eat, drink, and sleep to avoid slipping into a thirsty starvation coma.
It sounds like it would be extremely frustrating, but it's not. It's a lot of fun. All the items from Fallout 3 that were just useless (e.g. Squirrel on a Stick, Iguana Bits, Mutfruit) are now worth their weight in gold. Purified Water is precious. Protecting yourself from enemy gunfire is absolutely essential, forcing you to actually use (gasp!) cover.

As far as flavor goes, I've got no complaints. The soundtrack is great, and much expanded from the measly ten-track radio of the Capitol Wasteland. Having "Big Iron" play during a gunfight is quite possibly the greatest thing ever. And one of the first missions in the game is a kind of Magnificent Seven homage, where you have to rally the townsfolk to fight off a bandit invasion. New Vegas has a very Wild-West feel, and I love it.

The only problem that I have with the game is that its loading times are sometimes a little long, and when you're trekking in the wastes for a while and cross an invisible area boundary that triggers the next in-game loading sequence, the camera will jitter for a little. It's not deal-breaking by any means, and I've seen much worse. If New Vegas weren't as awesome as it was, I wouldn't have noticed it - it's just a tiny little flaw in an otherwise near-perfect gaming experience.

The physics engine also doesn't always interpret ground layout correctly. During one session, I fell through a rock and got stuck. I couldn't move and couldn't fast-travel out, so I lost all my progress. Enemies also sometimes experience this, getting pulled into rocks or, in one memorable and hilarious occasion, getting pulled under the ground, resulting in a horde of scorpion land-sharks.

So far, I love New Vegas. It's at least as good as Fallout 3, and may end up being even better, but I need to finish the game before I pass judgment on that.

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20-10-2010, 08:49 AM
RE: New Vegas
Got it yesterday but I didn't get the collectors edition, which I regret now after reading what it came with. Oh well, may have to repurchase later, I know Fallout 3's special edition was really easy to find so I'm not too worried.

Anyhow, I love this game so far. I'm playing Hardcore Mode right off the bat, it's the feature I was longing for in Fallout 3 and what instantly sold me on New Vegas (which it didn't really need because Fallout 3 was great but Hardcore Mode sealed the deal). It's really not that difficult to keep up with your character's requirements I find and, although bullets take up weight now, it's still incredibly easy to keep a reliable ammo stock without jeopardizing your inventory space. And, although healing items take time to heal, as long as there is cover nearby the AI isn't nearly aggressive enough to pose a serious threat to healing so long as you can keep your head down.

I only got to play for a few hours yesterday and I've got classes all day today but I have a reading break coming up and no more classes this week so it'll be a week and a half of non-stop New Vegas play time, screw catching up on reading and work Tongue

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20-10-2010, 10:57 AM
RE: New Vegas
(20-10-2010 08:49 AM)Green Wrote:  Anyhow, I love this game so far. I'm playing Hardcore Mode right off the bat

Ditto.

Quote:I only got to play for a few hours yesterday and I've got classes all day today but I have a reading break coming up and no more classes this week so it'll be a week and a half of non-stop New Vegas play time, screw catching up on reading and work Tongue

That's right, man. You got your priorities straight.

As for me, I've got class until seven tonight and three on Friday, but none tomorrow. Going to be lots of gamblin' goin' on.

Bright-light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire
I got a whole lot o' money that's ready to burn, so get them stakes up higher
There's a thousand pretty women waitin' out there, and they're all livin' Devil-may-care
And I'm just the devil with love to spare
So viva Las Vegas, viva Las Vegas

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20-10-2010, 11:18 AM
RE: New Vegas
I have it on reserve, but haven't been able to pick it up yet. I'll be getting it on Friday at the latest. I'll be doing Hardcore mode on my first playthrough.

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20-10-2010, 05:05 PM
RE: New Vegas
UGGGGHHHH I want to play it so badly! I can't wait to get back to the states and pick it up!

Hardcore mode sounds... hardcore. Tongue I like the idea of the thirst/starvation thing, but I'm a really casual-type gamer when it comes to difficulty ratings usually. Tongue I'll probably play through it once or twice before trying it out.

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20-10-2010, 05:28 PM
RE: New Vegas
(20-10-2010 05:05 PM)LeviTimes Wrote:  UGGGGHHHH I want to play it so badly! I can't wait to get back to the states and pick it up!

Hardcore mode sounds... hardcore. Tongue I like the idea of the thirst/starvation thing, but I'm a really casual-type gamer when it comes to difficulty ratings usually. Tongue I'll probably play through it once or twice before trying it out.
But won't Hardcore be so much more awesome if you don't know the layout the world map?

I feel like Hardcore mode on the first playthrough is the most authentic survival experience.

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23-10-2010, 07:25 AM
RE: New Vegas
I'm a good way's into my first playthrough. Hardcore mode really isn't as difficult as I thought it would be, but it's just difficult enough that any time I want to take a detour from where I'm going, I'll have to debate it in my head before taking the risk of going.

I still prefer Fallout 3, mainly for its setting, but I do really like this game.

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26-10-2010, 08:23 PM
RE: New Vegas
How are you guys surviving this game ?!?!

I'm playing on normal , I'm at level 13 , guns maxed out and I barely manage to survive the hordes.First there were Cazadors , then vaults infested with mutant ghouls , then tribes that have energy weapons... wherever I go I get my ass handed to me.
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27-10-2010, 06:45 AM
RE: New Vegas
(27-10-2010 06:08 AM)mikeroonies Wrote:  I am really so excited for this one because fallout 3 was awesome and this will also going rocks. I really can't wait for this game, i am going to pre order this. Release date please? anyone? Thanks.

It's already available on Steam.
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