FALLOUT NEW VEGAS DISCUSSION THREAD GO.
What the fuck is a Fallout?
A series of RPGs developed by Interplay, Black Isle Studios, Obsidian Entertainment, and Bethesda. They're really fun, campy sci-fi (50's sci-fi, so lots of pew pew laser guns and giant ants) post apocalypse games set in the ruins of America post WW3.
Wasn't New Vegas hilariously buggy?
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Obsidian out-sourced Quality Assurance to the notoriously awful Bethesda (see The Evil Within for how broken their games can be) and as a result the game came out severely bugged. Thankfully, patches and fan-made hotfixes have smoothed out a lot of the rough patches.
Which version of Fallout New Vegas should I buy?
PC version. Without question. The 360 version is a great port, but Bethesda RPGs live and die on their modding communities. The most popular mod for FNV for a long time was A MOD TO STOP THE GAME FROM CRASHING.
Some people swear by the PS3 version, but in my experience it's horrendously broken. If you play the PS3 version, expect frequent memory leaks and frame rate issues (sub 10fps at times), especially if you play on the slimline PS3.
Where can I buy the PC version?
Steam. FNV goes on sale during every steam sale and floats around $5-10 dollars. I'd recommend waiting until DECEMBER 18 if you're looking to buy the PC version, because that's when the Steam Winter Sale starts.
If you've sworn off Steam, New Vegas is also available on Green Man Gaming for £9.99 for the Vanilla game and £14.99 for the Ultimate Edition. Not sure how that pans out with regional pricing.
I like New Vegas a lot! What else should I play?
Literally Oblivion with guns. Decently fun, but New Vegas is an improvement in every way. Not developed by anyone who worked on the first two Fallout games, and it shows.
Fallout but with the retro-futuristic 50's sci-fi replaced with retro-futuristic 80's sci-fi. Way less accessible than Fallout, but it's a fun RPG if you liked Fallout 1/2. Be prepared for a lot of rough edges (it's a Kickstarter game) and a ridiculously railroaded first half, though.
Fallout but Eastern European and more depressing. One of the last games to come out from THQ. Very rough and flawed, but a decently fun Stealth FPS with some solid writing. The sequel, Metro Last Light, is also good, but suffers from having content stripped out of the game for DLC.
Essential Mods for the PC Version:
JSawyer Mod (Unofficial patches by Josh Sawyer, lead designer of Fallout New Vegas. General improvements to the game's systems (especially on Hardcore Mode) and a number of tweaks to smooth out the gameplay experience. Highly recommended, but not crucial for PC players.)
DLC Tier List: (If you don't want to pay extra for the Ultimate Edition).
A-Tier (Essential Purchases):
"You've heard of the Sierra Madre Casino. We all have, the legend, the curses. Some foolishness about it lying in the middle of the City of Dead, a city of ghosts. Buried beneath a blood-red cloud, a bright, shining monument luring treasure hunters to their doom..."
Break into the Sierra Madre Casino for the Heist of the Centuries!
* Great story.
* Cast of excellent party members.
* Probably the most thematically and narratively complex RPG since Planescape Torment.
* Ridiculously difficult.
* Can't return to the Sierra Madre after completing the DLC.
Old World Blues
"There is an expression in the Wasteland: "Old World Blues". It refers to those so obsessed with the past they can't see the present, much less the future, for what it is."
Action science adventures in the Big Empty!
* The funniest video game you will play this year.
* The most visually impressive DLC.
* Can return to the Big MT after completion of the DLC.
* Some of the humour wears thin after a while.
B-Tier (Fun, but not essential):
"This is your road; when you come, you'll walk it alone."
Travel to the Divide and confront Ulysses!
* Confrontation with the best antagonist in the game.
* Better ending to the game than the actual endings.
* Story is very heavily tied to optional content from the previous DLC.
* Very linear and rail-roaded.
C-Tier (Would not recommend):
"Zion may not be lost to us, after all."
Travel to New Canaan and meet Joshua Graham, the Burned Man!
* Explore Utah!
* Meet the Burned Man!
* White Man's Burden: The Videogame
* No seriously, it's immensely uncomfortable how racist the entire premise of this DLC is. You are literally helping White Mormons "educate" a group of "tribal savages" who act and dress like stereotypical Native Americans.
* No links to NSFW mods. Like, at all.
* No untagged spoilers. People have not beaten / played this game yet. Extend them the courtesy of not ruining the plot for them.
** For people who have played the game, everything past
- [+] Spoiler
- The Lucky 38
*** This extends to DLC.
* No Legion Slashfic.
* This is not a dick-measuring thread. No one wants to hear about the time you solo'd a deathclaw at level 1 with your bare hands (it totally happened honest!). Exemptions will be made if the stories are a. funny and/or b. stupid.