Lonesome Road may be the last gasp for Fallout: New Vegas, but the game is going out with a thermonuclear bang.
First, the important logistical details: Lonesome Road is scheduled for release on the Xbox Live Marketplace, PlayStation Network and Steam on September 20, and will feature a $10 price tag. If you’ve downloaded any of the other DLC add-ons for Fallout: New Vegas, you already know the drill.
With that out of the way, let’s get into the more important bits. Like the DLC’s plot:
In Lonesome Road you are contacted by the original Courier Six, a man by the name of Ulysses who refused to deliver the Platinum Chip at the start of Fallout: New Vegas. Ulysses promises the answer as to why he didn’t take the job, but only if you make one last journey into the hurricane-swept canyons of the Divide, a landscape torn apart by earthquakes and violent storms. It’s up to you whether you take the job or not.
As you can see from the above trailer, and the image gallery below, Lonesome Road focuses heavily on the “nuclear holocaust” aspect of the Fallout universe. We’ve seen rubble and mutants before, but this DLC takes it to another level.
I’m almost positive that rocket isn’t designed to ferry adorable communist puppies into orbit.
Speaking as a massive Fallout fan who has sunk hundreds of hours into Bethesda’s additions to the series, I’m incredibly excited to finally meet Ulysses as well. He’s been hinted at in past DLC additions and the main storyline in New Vegas, but his motivations and goals have always been a mystery, with just a hint of foreboding.
Bethesda has done an excellent job foreshadowing this imminent confrontation, but honestly I just want to put a bullet between his eyes. All these years wandering the Wasteland have turned me into a cynical shell of a man, and though I’m sure Ulysses has some very interesting things to tell me, when I look at him, all I see are the caps I could earn for blowing his head off and swiping that fancy coat.
Fingers crossed that the writing in Lonesome Road can live up to the emotional impact of the Old World Blues expansion, but even if not, I relish a chance to drop that jerk from half a klick out with a single .308 round to the brainpan.