>Fallout: New Vegas: A first look.

>I am famous for purchasing computer RPGs and playing for 10 hours. Then never inserting the disk again. One of the games I did play to the ending was Fallout 3. I I enjoyed combat system and the setting and story for the game were intriguing. I looked forward to Fallout: New Vegas and when it was released in October we purchased it and I took it for a spin.

The game starts with you being dug out of a grave by a robot. In the Mojave, not far from Vegas. You don’t remember much but you get a reboot, an old doctor patches you up and you create your character during your post op exam. You begin the game searching for the person who shot you in the head. What is not to like?

The game is definitely older teen to adult. The game’s premise for healing your character is taking drugs and eating irradiated food you find in various animals you kill in the desert. Oh and don’t forget old fashioned alcohol consumption. Interestingly if you use drugs and intoxicants too often in the game you develop dependencies which weaken your character. You can get them removed by doctors scattered about in the game.

The game play is not too much different from Fallout 3. There is a system for modding weapons and changing ammo to overcome various combatants. You can build your own AMMO by breaking down AMMO you have found and rebuilding it.

Like Fallout 3 you may find people (and a robot) willing to follow you around and help you. These followers will use weapons and armor you give them and will hold items you find when you become overburdened with what you have collected yourself.

The game is interesting as there are different ways to “win”. No spoilers here but it is easily worth playing several times as choices within the game you make dictate which quests you are given. There are a dozen or so factions, some at cross purposes and aligning yourself to one will ostracize you to another.

I have played through once and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I have just started my second trip through. I will let you know how it goes…..