Fallout: New Vegas
Last month I previewed Fallout: New Vegas, but wasn’t able to finish the game in the 50-something hours I had spare.
Harley Ogier | Monday, March 14 2011 | 5 Comments
Platform: PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Test Platform: PC
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment; Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Pure platinum, from start to finish.
Last month I previewed Fallout: New Vegas, but wasn’t able to finish the game in the 50-something hours I had spare. I estimated the game would be 80-100 hours from start to finish, playing as a completionist. I was wrong.
Factoring in replayed sections, time spent walking across the Mojave desert with a couple of hundred kilos of salvaged gear, and long hours of shooting stuff in the head, it was closer to 120 hours. That’s 15 days, playing eight hours per day. Value for money? Extreme.
Not once did I come across a game-stopping bug as described by so many reviewers before me – nothing impacted my ability to complete any of the missions, nor did I suffer more than a few crash-to-desktops in my hours of play. (Far less than I experienced in Mass Effect 2, which is a fairly stable title and not nearly as lengthy.)
The story – at least the way it played out for me – was long and deep. New Vegas has a central narrative, but the story you play through, and the ending you get, is determined by the sum of your actions in the Mojave. Side-quests and your interactions with your enemies and compatriots all factor in.
There’s no neat and easy solution to the region’s problems. You’re going to make friends, and you’re going to lose friends. You can’t please everyone, however diplomatic you are. You can kill everyone, but you’d have to be a pretty antisocial sort to even attempt it.
New Vegas starts with a simple courier, delivering a platinum poker chip to a casino on the New Vegas strip. It ends with a PC World Platinum rating, because the journey was just so damn good.
Posted by rolis at 7:39:45 on April 19, 2011
I just try to save often, and the autosaves have bailed me out more than once. It's a little frustrating though for sure.I wouldn't say I get them every half hour, but I probably get one every playing session I have, which are generally 4 hours or so...
Posted by Greg at 11:48:21 on March 15, 2011
Posted by Harley, PCW at 12:47:30 on March 16, 2011
Posted by nathan at 13:41:47 on March 14, 2011
Anyone else having issues on the PS3 or Xbox, please comment here! I tested on a fully patched version of the PC game... if the console versions haven't been sorted out, please balance out my good review with your terrible experiences and let other potential buyers know!
Posted by Harley, PCW at 14:18:09 on March 14, 2011
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