FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC)
Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire. Then
shoot it, stab it a few times and bury it somewhere...
If you’ve not previously made the acquaintance of Fallout
then you must have a full head of hair (Bazinga!). Ahem. Seriously,
we’re talking vast open world FPS RPG. This ain’t no quickie,
throwaway toy for the itchy of trigger finger; it requires
diplomacy, skill and wiles.
It appears over before you begin, but then you wake in a doctor’s
office for a spot of mental probingness. You prep your character for
missions ahead by spending limited currency on attributes you value.
Strength, perception, charisma – they’re all available for a price.
Once you’re programmed it’s exploration time. You discover the
land’s politics by chatting to townsfolk, and the significance of
the Hoover Dam in what is essentially a futuristic American Civil
War. Cue numerous sub-missions on the way to bigger, brighter things
– like New Vegas itself.
Unfortunately, we suggest packing the Aerogard, as you’ll encounter
big, ugly bugs. Our fave happened minutes into the game with gun-totin’
chick Sunny Smiles and her dog Cheyenne. Walking along, Cheyenne
gets in front of Sunny, stopping her from reaching her cue point –
so she just keeps walking on the spot. To de-loop it we shot at the
mutt (cue PETA rampage). It eventually twigged that bullets hurt and
went us, and we put it out of its misery. Sunny just started
chatting to us like we hadn’t just murdered her fucking faithful
companion! A-yep, bugs. ‘Save often’ is sage advice.
Such dumbarse glitches sully what would have been a near-perfect
experience for patient adventurers. Still, if you’re adventurous
y’all won’t let a few pissy bugs get in your way, hey pardner?