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Fallout: New Vegas is a classic post-apocalyptic three-dimensional role-playing game released on the gaming market in 2010 for Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. The plot focuses on a future Las Vegas after a fateful nuclear war destroyed most of the United States and the outside world. The game was developed by the American game developer Obsidian Entertainment and became an immediate success when it came out just over ten years ago. In this article, we take a closer look at the game’s plot with a fresh perspective, different features and conclude whether the game still holds the measure in 2021.
Background, original reception and historical perspective
Fallout: New Vegas belongs to the game series Fallout and is a standalone successor to its predecessor Fallout 3. The games are similar but the characters are different in the two games. The game received a predominantly positive reception when it came out in 2010. Game experts praised the game as an upgraded and improved version of its predecessor with a high entertainment value and strong epic anchorage. The earliest game versions from the Fallout series are now more than 20 years old and came out as early as the end of the 1990s. Five years after Fallout: New Vegas was launched, the game Fallout 4 was released in 2015. This time perspective only underscores the series’ great popularity, production quality and continued relevance among fans.
Action and geography
As the name reveals, Fallout: New Vegas takes place in a future dystopian Las Vegas in 2281, or 204 years after the so-called fateful The Great War of 2077. The strong anchorage in the legendary American gaming city of Las Vegas or New Vegas as it is called here, means that the game can appeal to people who like to play Texas holdem and other classic casino games. Most of the game takes place in the so-called Mojave Wasteland, which geographically corresponds to parts of the former US states of Nevada, California and Arizona in the western United States.
Fallout: New Vegas is a classic action role-playing game where the cast is about the good against the bad. The game begins with a power struggle over New Vegas between three rival political centers of power. One is the Democratic Federation of New California Republic (NCR), led by President Aaron Kimball, which seeks to expand eastward toward New Vegas. New California Republic is challenged by the despotic military dictatorship Caesar’s Legion. As the name suggests, the latter is clearly inspired by the former Roman Empire and is ruled by dictator Caesar. Robert House is the third competing power factor in the game. Mr. House is a mysterious inventor and industrial giant who rules the city of New Vegas through his army of Securitron robots. Mr. House has its own political agenda while NCR and Ceasar’s Legion are fighting for control of the strategic Hooverdammen outside the city. Whoever wins the dam also gains control of the entire region.
The game’s characters
The main character in New Vegas is a person named Courier, a courier who works for Mojave Express. At the beginning of the game, you as a Courier are kidnapped by the gangster Benny. Benny steals a Platinum Chip from you, a mysterious item that Courier would deliver in New Vegas. Despite being shot by Benny, Courier survives and is rescued by a Securiton robot and Doctor Mitchell. Courier then embarks on a journey through Mojave Wasteland to find and confront gangster Benny. During their journey, they end up in a problematic conflict between the three major competing political power blocs New California Republic, Ceasar’s Legion and Mr. House. It turns out later that the gangster Benny managed to infiltrate Mr. House security system thanks to Yes Man, a reprogrammed Securitron robot. Instead of being another invincible superhero, Courier is a relatively ordinary person with human strengths and weaknesses. This makes the game more realistic and entertaining.
When it comes to the quality of the graphics, however, you can notice that it has been just over ten years since the game was released on the market. Given the rapid development in graphics and sound in the gaming market, this does not come as a major surprise. Visually, Fallout New Vegas can therefore not compete with more modern games. Despite this relative weakness, there is still a strong cinematic and epic component that runs like a common thread throughout the adventure that compensates for the outdated graphics that did not even play a central role in the game’s launch ten years ago.
Unique gaming experience and atmosphere
One of the main strengths of Fallout New Vegas is the unique gaming experience. It is as relevant today as it was ten years ago. With great intelligence, the game explores the relationship between “good” and “evil” without stereotypes and through different political perspectives. The player is confronted with more questions than answers and is challenged to find the meaning of his place in the game’s unique universe. The result is a story that feels both nuanced, relevant and still refreshingly modern. The game masterfully explores the dark sides of humanity in atmospheric surroundings such as the main street The Strip in Las Vegas or the desert landscape outside the city.
Unique gaming experience Music
Inon Zur created the game’s excellent music, which over time has become an integral part of the adventure’s unique identity. The music still fits perfectly with the game’s visual and adventurous components.
Despite the game’s intelligent depth, various weapons play an important role in this adventure. This is only meant as an actual statement and not as any criticism. As a player, you learn, for example, that rifles are effective at longer distances. Even though it has been ten years, it is still entertaining to use dynamite in various clever situations.
Despite its ten years on its neck, Fallout: New Vegas is still a very entertaining game. The graphics may not have aged so badly, but it is compensated with a continued high adventure value with a strong three-dimensional cinematic anchor, cruel music, intelligent story and exciting characters.