Posted 02 July 2011 - 07:28 PM
i got new vegas around 2 months ago, beat it and did a majority of the side stuff and only had a few slip ups. I only had one time where it seemed to crash out of the blue, but i was outside and near a big city so a random npc fight might have been the cause. Otherwise, just avoid doing a few things that would cause it to crash, like once i set up a bunch of explosives in a room with alot of objects to deal with some tough enemies and the excessive physics crashed it (like 500 cans flying about). The thing that got me twice was entering vats almost as soon as i entered an area (before everything was loaded or had physics being applied). Other than that no problems.
The combat and basic gameplay was better than fallout 3, if simply for the addition of ironsights for the guns making them much more fun for non vats/agility characters. The number of things to pickup can be a little overwhelming with the addition of the crafting system (i could never tell what i should keep or throw away so i beat the game only crafting 2 items). If your like me hardcore mode was fun, i enjoyed going to the safe-house and organizing all my stuff and then choosing gun load out, food, water, special healing. I was surprised how much weighted ammo added to strategy, where the use of things like rockets came under much more scrutiny but had a bigger effect. Companion system is alot better.
Overall i enjoyed the gameplay alot more then fallout 3, only thing that was lacking was in the missions. This has alot more missions but they aren't as deep as fallout 3 missions. A fallout 3 mission would have you discover a town, meet a character, explore 3 areas, discision to help or fight, reward. Big mission structure for new vegas is discover town, meet with town leader who tells you to increase reputation, meet with other members, do 3 slightly tedious fetch/ skill check quest, return to leader. Still a few real good ones though.
at $10 if you put more then 50 hours into fallout 3 it's a great deal. If you just like rpgs, then i still say buy it, look up where the companions and unique weapons you would like are; and just beat the main storyline/companion quest, and turn it into a 20-30 game for $10.