Carter Posted October 21, 2010 Share Posted October 21, 2010 I picked up New Vegas on Tuesday and while I haven't been able to sit down and binge play this game, I can offer a very solid perspective on the game so far. This game is Fallout 3 but with everything you could want to be better, totally improved on.I am maybe 5 hours into the game and have had two companions accompany me for different missions. The companion aspect of the game has been completely and utterly improved. They are no longer mindless characters that loosely follow you around and get themselves into a world of hurt. The two scenarios I have encountered with a companion have been impressive. They react smartly and do not put themselves in a position to take unnecessary fire... or annoyingly get in your way when you're trying to pick off multiple enemies. They will also heal themselves.Adding iron sights to this game makes a huge difference. It dramatically cuts down on using VATS, though I have still found myself using VATS a good bit when in close quarters with multiple threats. The iron sights are as accurate as you can expect in making distance shots, though the speed and flow of battles will not come anywhere close to your typical FPS experience.Item creation has been totally revamped and there is a lot more you can do in this area of the game... from creating ammo to healing items and buffs/debuffs, it is a great system that you can literally sink hours into by itself tracking down ingredients and breaking down components. With ammo, you have your standard ammo and then surplus ammo boxes which you can turn into usable ammo... but the surplus ammo will degrade your gun slightly faster as it is old and dirty. There are also different ammo types; such as hollow point, armor piercing, etc. that you can cycle through as needed by pressing up on the d-pad and it reloads your gun with the chosen ammo type. Early on the various types are scarce, but effective in their uses.There is a lot more to say about this game but I'll stop here. Overall I am just as impressed with this game as I was with Fallout 3. You don't get that overwhelming feeling of isolation in this game as you did with Fallout 3 stepping out of the Vault for the first time, but the game does a brilliant job of elaborating and going in stride with the fact that people are organizing, working together more, and factions are setting up and battling for power in this wasteland. You'll be presented, in most cases, with the opportunity to help one side or another and gain/lose favor with the factions involved. Or you can help neither and play to your own interests against both sides. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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