PAX 2010: Hands-On with Fallout: New Vegas

I have been a hater. For a while now, I’ve been talking s**t to my friends about this game. From what I had seen in the game in trailers and screenshots, I saw very little to set apart the environments in the game from that of Fallout 3, and I resented this because Point Lookout managed to deliver a unique environment while only costing me $10.

But I was absolutely wrong. I finally got a chance to play New Vegas at PAX on Friday, and I discovered something that corrected my ignorant-ass worldview:  there are hilarious giant geckos in it.

And that’s just what I learned from watching other people play it. Once I actually got my hands on it, even if I only played for ten minutes, I completely changed my negative tune. Here’s the thing. Yes, it is very similar to Fallout 3, but it’s also a distinctly new place, almost like Point Lookout.

Look, guys and gals, I’ve spent as much time playing Fallout 3 as I have spent with any other game ever, and yes, I am including Mas Effect and Tie Fighter. I have played through it half a dozen times, and I bought all the DLC as soon as they came out. I still own all the previous Fallout games as well, and I even give them a spin every once in a while. The point, here, is that I’m absolutely obsessed with the world of Fallout, and so when I picked up New Vegas for the first time and started wandering around, quickly realizing that everything around me is unfamiliar, and when I first met an NPC and realized I had never spoken to this goofy robot before, and when I was playing the game and it felt like Fallout, I knew that Obsidian had delivered something I want.

Will the game feature many of the obscene technical issues that have plagued Obsidian titles in that past? I can’t answer that until I get to play the final build in October. But I can say that, like KOTOR II and Alpha Protocol, Obsidian has made the type of game I want to play. I’m a believer. Please give me a good game, because if you do I will spend 200 hours with it.

OK, so that was hardly a good hands-on preview. If you wanna read something legit, check out Ron’s New Vegas preview from E3. I’m out.

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