Fallout: New Vegas (a sort of review)

Fallout: New VegasSo for the past few months I have been playing Fallout: New Vegas. It’s become that game that I play when I’m waiting for the next shipment from Gamefly to come in. Which is strange because with Fallout 3, the previous incarnation of the series, I could never stop playing it and even stopped my Gamefly subscription temporarily because it’s the only thing I wanted to play.

I’m not a gamer who can play 10 games at once. I like to indulge in a single game at a time, so this new behavior baffles me. I don’t know if it’s the open world environment growing old for me or if it’s the New Vegas game itself. But something isn’t holding my attention span very long with this one.

Personally, I think the major flaw with the game is the lack of Liam Neeson.

If you recall, Liam Neeson voiced the father of the main character (that would be YOU, the gamer) in Fallout 3. There was an emotional bond with the game because of that, right at the beginning. That emotional bond made you want to keep playing to see how things progressed.

However, with New Vegas, there is nothing in the story that connects you, the player, with anything. You’re just sort of exploring and playing and that’s it. You don’t care what happens to anyone around you OR your character. And although you can have a traveling companion, as of yet, there’s nothing that makes you want to keep that companion alive or even around. Even if that companion is voiced by Felicia Day.

And that’s just a pity as the game itself is gorgeous. The graphics are wonderful and I do like playing in a sort of familiar environment (I have made my share of trips to Las Vegas, after all) is fun. But that doesn’t make up for the poor storyline itself.

I do have to say one thing, though. Being as I don’t really care about how the game turns out, I have taken on a “whatever” attitude with my character. She’s not as goody-two shoes as I typically play in a game that has moral choices (I can’t help it! Even in gaming, I tend to be a nice person!). My character has turned into a sullen “everyone is out to get me” archetype. And that has actually been sort of liberating. And it keeps the different factions in the game guessing about who/what I am.

As of today, I still have not completed New Vegas, so I’m really hoping that something happens in-game to change my mind about how lackluster it seems, as compared to its predecessor.

So have you played Fallout: New Vegas? What are your thoughts on it?

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