Fallout: New Vegas Old World Blues Review

Obsidian pulled out all the stops on Old World Blues. It’s funny, wildly imaginative and just bursting with content, and it’s got roboscorpions. What more could you ask for from a $10 bit of DLC?

Old World Blues begins with a transmission drawing you to an old drive in there. There you find a satellite that teleports you out to Big MT in the Big Empty, where you find yourself in a hospital gown and covered in surgical cuts.

Fallout: New Vegas Old World Blues (PC [Reviewed], PS3, XBox360)
Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Publisher: Obsidian Entertainment
Release Date: July 19, 2011
MSRP: $9.99

It turns out that a bunch of disembodied scientist brains who have survived from before the war have taken you apart and put you back together. Well, mostly back together. You’ve got a new electronic spine and heart, and you’ve got tesla coils where your brain used to be.

The DLC begins with probably the longest conversation in Fallout history. It seriously lasts, like, forever. It borders on tedium, but it’s so cute and amusing that the extreme length of the conversation is almost acceptable. These brains are crazy, you see, and they’re shocked to meet a human who can actually speak to them.

After they explain what’s going on and what you need to do to get your brain back, you’re off to explore Big MT, and boy is it a doozy. The main quest will take you somewhere around four hours, but there’s so much more to experience here outside the five facilities you have to explore to complete the DLC.

And the places you find are also quite amusing, with the highlight being the anti-communist dog training facility. It’s quite easy to lose your self in Big MT.

There’s good reason to plunge ahead and stay on the beaten path, though, because eventually you get to meet another amusing scientist brain and, yes, your own brain. The conversation where you can convince your own brain that it’s a good idea to get back in your head is probably going to be one of the best moments in gaming this year.

All that said, Old World Blues is exactly what you want out of Fallout DLC. It’s got tons of things to explore, several new weapons to find, a stealth suit that says hilarious things and no end of oh so precious reading material. This is one DLC pack you aren’t going to want to miss.

Final score: 95/100

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1 Comment on Fallout: New Vegas Old World Blues Review


On July 21, 2011 at 11:25 am

How about a spoiler warning next time chief.