First Look at Fallout: New Vegas

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As someone who went 100% on the highest difficulty on Fallout 3, allow me to say: the hardcore mode sounds so incredibly awesome I am actually allowing myself to be hyped up by it.

AARRRGHHH!

why must I be tormented!?!?

thanks anyway.

I hope they keep the in-game radio. That was one of my favorite aspects of Fallout 3.

Two words: Fucking sweet!

This will be one game I will actually buy at launch. I can't remember the last time I did that. Left 4 Dead 2 was pretty close, but I still got that a week after release.

Sinbeans:
I hope they keep the in-game radio. That was one of my favorite aspects of Fallout 3.

Yes! Except I hope they have a few more songs. I could play FO3 for a half an hour and hear the same song twice.

*Sigh* Vegas? Really..? I wasn't particuarly excited hearing about Dead Rising 2 being around casinos either.

Deep down I know I'll buy it anyway though. I hope I can ignore that one bit and enjoy the rest of it.

How weird. I just said to my friend that I hadn't heard anything on the new Fallout in a while and then this pops up.

*Turns to friend, Hey I havn't heard anything on Portal 2 in a while 0_o

Thanks for letting us know all this. It sounds like this is going to turn out to be a good game, however I must refrain from boarding the hype train to destination disappointment. Not after the MW2 incident.

Glad to hear of Fallouts successor. But I hope they do thorough error/bug-checking, because my copy of Fallout 3 was fucking horrendous.

I having a Nerdattck hold on....

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEOHMYGFODOHMYGOPDOHMYGODOHMKSHSKJWQ WUOWL O 1PWQWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

YES. A THOUSAND TIMES YES.

Ahem, Sorry about that.

Anyway, I wonder what new oddball Characters we will meet? I mean, a supermutant who believe it's is a girl falling in love with a ghoul, and wear Rose-Tinted heart shape glasses?

Pure shenanigans! :D

I wonder if wee get to meet the Chosen one, son, that will be epic.

Just happy to see that they seems to have taken some of the ideas from some of the really good player-created mods and decided to use them. And if it's GECK compatible that would be even more awesome.

This sounds amazing. I hate hyping games but I don't think I'll be able to resist with this one. I love the original fallouts to death and even Fallout 3 to a point. Seriously can't wait.

I'm excited now, this is going to be great! Thanks Russ.

Mackheath:
Glad to hear of Fallouts successor. But I hope they do thorough error/bug-checking, because my copy of Fallout 3 was fucking horrendous.

Same with me.

When I need to download 2 community made patches to get the game to run properly, someone's not doing their job.

OT: Hopefully it has the same mod support as Falllout 3. If it does, its a definite buy from me.

I hope they bring the Hubologists back.

Edit: That and the Pancor Jackhammer. I miss that old over powered fully automatic shotgun.

CD-R:
I hope they bring the Hubologists back.

They could have a cartoon spoof on the hubologists and have a hobologist voice actor quit his job with the cartoon!
=D

thenamelessloser:

CD-R:
I hope they bring the Hubologists back.

They could have a cartoon spoof on the hubologists and have a hobologist voice actor quit his job with the cartoon!
=D

And they could be at war with a group of masked wearing fighters calling themselves "The Unregistered Users"

Good Gravy! It look's like this year is going to make up for the 2009s sub-par releases. Red Dead Redemption, New Vegas, and Portal 2 are already lookin' pretty awesome.

im gonna admit. i came a little.

'first' 'look'?
OXM reported on this months ago, and I doubt they were the first either.
Anyway, it looks great.

Weeellllll, shoot. Now I'm urk'd right off. I had originally written this game off; considering after I beat FO3 I put it down and went back to playing FO1&2 and Oblivion. However, this has now swayed me - quite strongly. Perhaps I will have to give New Vegas a look after all.

oh this sounds good, really good

Sounds awesome, we'll have to see what happens when it's released. I'm hoping the original writers put together a much better (and more depraved) plot and spinoff storylines.

As cool as Fallout 3 was, I for one did not think they got the vibe quite right. But that would require a long dissertation that would get well off topic.

I will also say that I think the above article is a bit too quick to dismiss "Isometric turn based gameplay" as being a bad, or "antiquidated" thing. Honestly I think it works very well for RPGs, and is one of those systems that is so perfect for what it sets out to do, that there is no reason to abandon it. Newer or "more technologically advanced" does not nessicatly equate to better.

I would point out that there are plenty of SRPGs still being made out there, and while a lot of kids scream at them for being too "retro" and not having all kinds of flashy 3d and real time FX, never mind the most important aspect: it's about management and your mind, not how fast YOU can twitch and react. Series like Disgaea and Final Fantasy Tactics continued to have respectable followings, and in that "genere" of games I think you see some potential in how the turn based combat (if not the playstyle itself) could be made to work with a new generation isometric Fallout game.

I really look forward to New Vegas, and improvements on the Fallout 3 engine. Great game. However I am one of those that still hopes we will eventually see another Fallout RPG as opposed to action/RPG. I think there is enough of a fanbase to make it worthwhile.

We'll see what happens, for the moment let's just hope that New Vegas makes it before Christmas. With the November release date I keep hearing, I am half expecting it to get pushed up into next year some time. :/

So who is up for a game of super mutant golf?

Sounds badass. I think I'll get it. Oh, and does anyone know what year it takes place in?

Fallout: New Vegas is the end-mark for my current videogame fasting, so there really isn't any more new info that could make me want it more. Any good recapitulation is, however, deliciously orgasm-inducing.

Low Key:
Two words: Fucking sweet!

This will be one game I will actually buy at launch. I can't remember the last time I did that. Left 4 Dead 2 was pretty close, but I still got that a week after release.

Sinbeans:
I hope they keep the in-game radio. That was one of my favorite aspects of Fallout 3.

While I haven't heard anything concrete about a radio in F:NV, I highly doubt they won't put it back in. They've announced that, seeing as it's set in New Vegas, the music is going to be more focused around Vegas lounge club-type music and jazz standards, the sort of stuff Frank Sinatra was pumping out at the time. The actual teaser trailer features Blue Moon by Frank Sinatra.

Yes! Except I hope they have a few more songs. I could play FO3 for a half an hour and hear the same song twice.

There's a mod to fix that (an extra 100 songs, and in the right style), and it also adds commercials. While that doesn't sound particularly enticing, it's more awesome when you realise they're actually ads from the 50's.

I never considered the Escapist to be a major enough news site to get an exclusive scoop like this, GRATS!

Scale's similar to Fallout 3?

I heard a rumor it was gonna be drastically bigger than Fallout 3.

But anyway, as long as I can be certain that New Vegas's wasteland won't just copy-paste the Capital Wasteland and repaint it, I think it will worth a look regardless of the hype.

Andronicus:
There's a mod to fix that (an extra 100 songs, and in the right style), and it also adds commercials. While that doesn't sound particularly enticing, it's more awesome when you realise they're actually ads from the 50's.

There's also the CONELRAD 640-1240 mod that adds in the emergency broadcast system radio. Includes about 55 new tracks, and also around 22 minutes of PSAs and civil defence announcements.

...and if you want something completely different, there is Existence 2.0...

Looking forward to this. New setting, different developers. Means we might get something with a bit more colour than Fallout 3, which could be dreary. And the Hardcore mode sounds great for someone who wanted a more realistic and difficult experience (i.e. me). Fallout 3 was great and it sounds like this could fix many of its problems, in which case it will be genuinely stunning.

Sounds awesome. Also, so, there will be an icon telling you *puts on sunglasses* the device has been modified (YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!).

G.o.t.Y 2010. Come on Obsidian; don't let us down.

This all sounds awesome enough, but I'm getting rather wary of hype. Consider for instance, statements like this:

Unlike in Fallout 3, where you could nuke the town of Megaton and maybe two or three people would notice, Obsidian promises that your actions in New Vegas will have a dramatic affect on how the game plays out.

Game developers have been saying stuff like this for years and years, and rarely if ever do they manage to pull it off. The simple enough reason is that going for the 'actions have consequences' approach means that the programmers have to map out each and every single option that you can take and all possible combinations of said options, and that takes incredible time and a whole lot of debugging, which most companies can't afford with publishers breathing down their necks. So in practice, hype like this usually translates into one of two things: either you have an extremely trimmed down system, like what is described here in relation to Megaton, or you end up with a blanket 'moral choice' system, where consequences are plotted on a linear level in accordance with the player's 'alignment'.

Also, it's 'effect', not 'affect'. Affect is the verbal form of effect.

Andronicus:

Low Key:
Yes! Except I hope they have a few more songs. I could play FO3 for a half an hour and hear the same song twice.

There's a mod to fix that (an extra 100 songs, and in the right style), and it also adds commercials. While that doesn't sound particularly enticing, it's more awesome when you realise they're actually ads from the 50's.

That sounds pretty cool actually, except I don't game on my PC. Not even the original Fallout games run smoothly on my machine.

Low Key:

Andronicus:

Low Key:
Yes! Except I hope they have a few more songs. I could play FO3 for a half an hour and hear the same song twice.

There's a mod to fix that (an extra 100 songs, and in the right style), and it also adds commercials. While that doesn't sound particularly enticing, it's more awesome when you realise they're actually ads from the 50's.

That sounds pretty cool actually, except I don't game on my PC. Not even the original Fallout games run smoothly on my machine.

Ah. Sorry, didn't think of that. Yeah, if it's an RPG by Bethesda, you'd be much better off getting it on computer. Better controls, graphics, mods, everything. in fact, it's probably worth forking out for a new computer just so you can play Fallout: New Vegas on PC. That's pretty much what I did for Fallout 3. If you can't even run old-school Fallout properly on yours, I'd say it's about time for an upgrade anyway.

I really loved the tone and world of the original two and I thought the change of gameplay, the new first-person play style and the grittiness of FO3 was brilliant. I really just prefer more real-time straight up interactivity over turn-based isometric views. Yes yes I know, I'm a dirty pleb who should go back to COD, blah blah blah.

But now.... improved gameplay of FO3 fine-tuned and then dumped into a world that is more Fallout than fallout itself has been for years? Fucking YES. It seems that Bethesda are the kings of making something great that is then handed to the public who love it and praise it and then talk extensively about how it just feels unfinished and empty and form massive modding communities. Now it seems that FO3 has been lapped up by the best kind of modders you could hope for.

Mackheath:
Glad to hear of Fallouts successor. But I hope they do thorough error/bug-checking, because my copy of Fallout 3 was fucking horrendous.

I got the PS3 version (don't look at me like that, it was a hard choice to make, and I couldn't afford PC upgrades at the time) and... well, yeah. What a total, total mess of problems. I have only ever successfully sat the GOAT once in about 4 playthroughs. Every time I would sit down and wait for the test to come, and it never would. I'd be stuck there, at that desk, for eternity until I loaded my last save and skipped the test. Not to mention the huge framerate issues, the constant freezing, the faulty textures, the stuttering jarring model and texture changes when moving towards distant ground, and.....

Andronicus:

Low Key:

Andronicus:

Low Key:
Yes! Except I hope they have a few more songs. I could play FO3 for a half an hour and hear the same song twice.

There's a mod to fix that (an extra 100 songs, and in the right style), and it also adds commercials. While that doesn't sound particularly enticing, it's more awesome when you realise they're actually ads from the 50's.

That sounds pretty cool actually, except I don't game on my PC. Not even the original Fallout games run smoothly on my machine.

Ah. Sorry, didn't think of that. Yeah, if it's an RPG by Bethesda, you'd be much better off getting it on computer. Better controls, graphics, mods, everything. in fact, it's probably worth forking out for a new computer just so you can play Fallout: New Vegas on PC. That's pretty much what I did for Fallout 3. If you can't even run old-school Fallout properly on yours, I'd say it's about time for an upgrade anyway.

Haha I just got it last year. Honestly, all I really need is a better video card. Maybe some day soon.

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