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First Impressions: Fallout: New Vegas (Xbox 360)

Posted by Wombat, 19 October 2010 · 837 views

Despite my best efforts and having received Fallout: New Vegas early from Bethesda, I have only put in 12 hours play time and reached level 14. I don't feel comfortable writing a full review yet, but I am ready to share my impressions and initial thoughts.

This time around Bethesda has handed development duties to Obsidian. You can see right away that the game is made mostly of previously existing assets -- the character builder is identical to that of Fallout 3, as is the inventory screen, the map screen, and even the hair styles. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as the instant familiarity with controls and items allow the action to start a bit faster than its predecessor. Here's what you need to know; it's the future and we're in (and around) Vegas after the apocalypse. You are a courier out to discover who made your last delivery “complicated”.

As someone who spent many, many enjoyable hours in the world of Fallout 3 (somewhere around 60-70 hours), I was obviously very excited to get my hands on New Vegas. I also think my unabashed love for F3 may make me a bit of an apologist for New Vegas’ shortcomings. I am thoroughly enjoying the game and as much as I don’t want to be negative about my experience; so far it has been a buggy one. I seem to be encountering problems every 30 minutes or so.

Some examples of glitches I've come across:
• A giant radioactive ant, required to kill for mission success, was rendered inside a wall
• One instance of a full console freeze upon entering a load screen
• Watched from a distance as some Mercenaries, in their attempts to run towards me, ran off a cliff to their deaths
• Had an enemy run from me, only to get stuck in a rock, requiring a mission re-start
• Second instance of a game freeze, this time in game, for no apparent reason

I would also like to add that the loading times are a bit long for my tastes as even with a hard drive install, load times feel longer than Fallout 3.


Tech issues aside, I'm still enjoying my time with New Vegas thoroughly and am looking forward to completing the story. Quest missions are unique and the scenery thus far has been awesome. The ability to recruit two partners doesn't add much to the story, but has certainly helped out during firefights. If you love the world of Fallout, I doubt you'll be disappointed. As a Fallout lover, you likely know by now to save and save often (especially in light of the game's crashing issues). Now, if you don't mind, I must get back to saving the wasteland.




Despite my best efforts and having received Fallout: New Vegas early from Bethesda, I have only put in 12 hours play time and reached level 14. I don't feel comfortable writing a full review yet, but I am ready to share my impressions and initial thoughts.

This time around Bethesda has handed development duties to Obsidian. You can see right away that the game is made mostly of previously existing assets -- the character builder is identical to that of Fallout 3, as is the inventory screen, the map screen, and even the hair styles. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as the instant familiarity with controls and items allow the action to start a bit faster than its predecessor. Here's what you need to know; it's the future and we're in (and around) Vegas after the apocalypse. You are a courier out to discover who made your last delivery “complicated”.

As someone who spent many, many enjoyable hours in the world of Fallout 3 (somewhere around 60-70 hours), I was obviously very excited to get my hands on New Vegas. I also think my unabashed love for F3 may make me a bit of an apologist for New Vegas’ shortcomings. I am thoroughly enjoying the game and as much as I don’t want to be negative about my experience; so far it has been a buggy one. I seem to be encountering problems every 30 minutes or so.

Some examples of glitches I've come across:
• A giant radioactive ant, required to kill for mission success, was rendered inside a wall
• One instance of a full console freeze upon entering a load screen
• Watched from a distance as some Mercenaries, in their attempts to run towards me, ran off a cliff to their deaths
• Had an enemy run from me, only to get stuck in a rock, requiring a mission re-start
• Second instance of a game freeze, this time in game, for no apparent reason

I would also like to add that the loading times are a bit long for my tastes as even with a hard drive install, load times feel longer than Fallout 3.


Tech issues aside, I'm still enjoying my time with New Vegas thoroughly and am looking forward to completing the story. Quest missions are unique and the scenery thus far has been awesome. The ability to recruit two partners doesn't add much to the story, but has certainly helped out during firefights. If you love the world of Fallout, I doubt you'll be disappointed. As a Fallout lover, you likely know by now to save and save often (especially in light of the game's crashing issues). Now, if you don't mind, I must get back to saving the wasteland.
Thanks for the insight. From what I've read, it seems like the developers were right. "New Vegas will be to Fallout 3 what Vice City was to GTA 3." At least this time, more people will have an idea what they are getting into, as opposed to when Fallout 3 came out.
Neato.
360 or PS3 version?
He has the 360 version because I harassed him when I saw him playing it.

I'm buying the standard AND limited edition versions regardless.
Thanks for the comments Wombat. Seems to confirm what Joystiq and Giant Bomb said.

So amazing that FNV gets somewhat of a pass from fans (not saying you) for technical issues but Alpha Protocol gets hammered for less serious tech issues. I think both games are good games but only a few played AP while FNV will get a ton of players.

I decided a few months back I was going to wait until next year for some type of compilation, but that TRU deal of getting the strat guide and a $10 GC for free is SUPER tempting, even though I've only played about 8 hours of Fallout 3 because I got caught up then in CoD: World at War and never got back on track.
I decided to play the CAGCAST Wombat drinking game and apply it to a Wombat post.

I got to the second line, saw 12, was already drinking.

Damn math rule......
Thanks for the early impressions. I'd also read about the technical issues and am wondering whether they also plague the PS3 version, though I'd personally prefer to pick this up for the 360.

As it stands, I'm going to wait on this one - at least until a patch or two make their way down the pipeline. Mercenaries chasing me and falling to their deaths, I can laughably appreciate. Monsters rendering inside walls, however, reminds me a bit too much of Daggerfall's technical issues.
Thanks for sharing your impressions thus far. I do not look forward to the technical issues, but oh well.
cool a wombat impression :) glad your enjoying it
Wombat I've read that if you clear your console's cache, it might help with some of the bugs.

I'm thinking I might try the PS3 version - opinions?
I loved alpha protocol too.

Played about 4 and a half hours tonight and had no major bugs. Just to give another opinion on the 360 version.

There was an issue with an enemy clipping through a rock and getting stuck in it, but it was just a random gecko. I saw a guy standing on top of a telephone pole once too. Fallout 3 had these kinds of problems too, especially before the first few patches. Hopefully they'll clear some of this up in the next few weeks with updates.

The game is an absolute 100% must buy if you enjoyed fallout 3.
I'm glad to see Bethesda's game engine is just as glitchy as ever.
The review embargo on this game is just plain stupid. This is destined to be a BF special because of this strategy most likely affected pre-orders IMO. That aside nice job Wombat.
so I guess the countdown to a patch starts today. I really want this game, may get it w/ the TRU deal and wait to open it until I hear it gets better..it is 2010 and simply unacceptable for a glitchy game to be on the shelf.
Hmm...I'm going to go to TRU anyway and get it. Strat guide and $10 gift card is a great deal.

How is the real time gun play? I heard it's more FPS like.
been TRYING to play all night but the pc version is in need of a patch the moment npcs start moving around you your FPS go to shit and its pretty much unplayable.
Wombat is just trolling. The game is sweet
After buying Fallout 3 on launch for the 360, and then seeing all the DLC that launched, followed by the GotY edition, I think I'll just wait for the DLC compilation, since it doesn't sound like GotY ;).
Interesting impressions, I'm waiting for your review Wombat!
@nateeasy29 I mentioned at least 3 times that I am really enjoying the game. How is that Trolling? How far into the game are you?