Fallout: New Vegas

  • A Really Big Expansion Pack
Just recently, Obsidian released what is sure to be later known as 'Game of the Year' or something. With as much due praise as it has received, Fallout: New Vegas also deserves an equal amount of criticism and for equally good reason.
Back when evidence of New Vegas was first turning up, I remember thinking to myself, "Oh, wow. A cool looking expansion for Fallout 3." But apparently I mislabeled the sneaky thing, as it eventually turned out to be a completely "new" game, developed by Obsidian Entertainment (Taking the reigns from Bethesda Softworks.) What is interesting about New Vegas, is that it shares so much in common with its predecessor; so much so in fact, that at first glance, one may not even be able to tell one game from the other.
If you don't believe me, take a look at this side-by-side comparison.

Taken from the PC versions of both games.

To me, paying 60 dollars for a game that is essentially the same experience seems a little unfair.

But hey, that's just me.

I know that sequels are supposed to be kind of similar to their predecessors, but it just feels a little cheap in today's market to call a game like Fallout: New Vegas a standalone title.

I will admit that I have never completed the first two Fallout games, and might be missing the fact that those are extremely similar to each other as well but alas.. I digress.
Don't get me wrong, New Vegas is a very fun game. I just wish I could have played something 'new' and not recycled.

What are your thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. I would argue that it's the GTA approach. GTA 3, GTA Vice City, and GTA San Andreas all used the same engine, etc. There were stylistic differences but the games were all also different in terms of plot and the experience, albeit murder and car theft were still abundant.

    The point I'm getting at is that Fallout New Vegas IS Fallout 3 because they are the same space in time in the same country. Fallout New Vegas isn't a sequel, its a parallel plot that offers an entirely new mashup of characters and adds in a lot more replay value with the factions. I played about halfway through Fallout 3 and have beaten New Vegas. The overall experiences had the same mechanics but were so different in plot that I felt the experiences were widely varied.