Bethesda scrambles to fix bugs in Fallout: New Vegas

Last night, while dreams of unbelievable glitches danced through gamers' heads, Bethesda Softworks and Obsidian Entertainment released the first of what is sure to be many updates in a hurried attempt to fix Fallout: New Vegas' bugs.

Exactly what the updates released so far are supposed to fix remains somewhat unclear, beyond an autosave issue in the PC version. Gamers without access to Xbox Live or PlayStation Network must continue to play through the bugs and glitches... so get those Ethernet cables connected!

Above: Somehow I don't think a Stimpak will take care of that...

Senior Designer Chris Avellone has attributed these bugs to the size of the game, saying, “I think when you create a game as large as Fallout 3 or New Vegas you are going to run into issues that even a testing team of 300 won't spot, so we're just trying to address those as quickly as possible and so is Bethesda.”

We still like you, Fallout: New Vegas, even if you've got an unfortunate little infestation going on.

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  • xsaiah - December 29, 2010 2:29 a.m.

    i got a crappy bug i cant level up im still lvl 1 and i've gotten to the new vegas strip :( i even looked at my exp on the stats and it said 4258/200 so obviously i should be atleast lvl 4
  • CoffeeForTheAdmiral - October 25, 2010 3:03 p.m.

    Well, this is truly TEH AWESOMES. See, some of us have the internet at work but not at home, SO WHAT IN THE PURPLE HELL ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO?!? Deal with it, I guess. And before someone says that there's no excuse for not having the internet, tell that to the ISPs that don't provide service in my area!!! Okay, rant over. Sorry about that. At least the glitches I've had are cosmetic. No crashes, no corrupt saves, and that's even with a power outage in the middle of playing.
  • Maestro - October 25, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    This game is just so F******G frustrating. I'm an inch away of giving this game up because of all the bugs. Deemed unplayable.
  • Trg564 - October 25, 2010 11:02 a.m.

    I haven't had anything too major go wrong with my game on the PS3, it has occasional skipping but apart from that everything's fine even without that first "deathpatch"
  • Clovin64 - October 25, 2010 9:41 a.m.

    I've never managed to get my PS3 online, no matter what I do with Ethernet cables or Network settings, so I can't get the patch. If the bugs are realy that bad then I should probably give this game a miss.
  • Crypto140 - October 24, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    What I'm worried about is if there will be a glitch so bad, like you lose all of the factions respect or something, and you have to reload a save from 20 quests back. Like every time I go to the solar panel part of the HELIOS one plant, I get stuck in the door, and about 20 dogs and mole rats attack me, luckily I can just reload the auto save and it fixes itself, but it is almost like someone hacked my game and did that on purpose. I know that is impossible, but it seems like that sort of thing.
  • Pepperette - October 24, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    Just imagine talking to somebody in real life and they start doing that with their head...
  • potpan0 - October 24, 2010 7:21 p.m.

    @All the people who are bitching about the bugs Have you actually played this game? If not, then I see no reason to bitch. Yes, there are glitches, as expected with every single game on release. And a game as enormous as NV you will expect that to be doubled. I got the game and Thursday and it has frozen on me 4 or 5 times. But the 300 glitches aren't all gonna be game breaking. They might include stuff like bad textures, lag or other tiny, near unnoticeable things. So, before you moan, know what you're moaning about!
  • reveffect - October 24, 2010 4:44 p.m.

    um i dont think that bethesda is to blame here since obsidian was the developer working on it. sure some of the original developers who worked on fallout 1 and 2 were helping but the majority of people working on it were from obsidian which is known for shipping out games with loads of bugs and glitches. just look at kotor2 and alpha protocal.
  • slakerx - October 24, 2010 6:52 a.m.

    Why does this not suprise me? Glad I am waiting for the PC version. You think they would of learned their lesson with the first time =[
  • NightCrawler_358 - October 24, 2010 3:14 a.m.

    i swear the patches better keep coming. My Alienware M11x is lagging this game, but its the software in need of a driver for my graphics card or something of the sort. I just cant get into it until it stops chugging whenever NPCs come around.
  • crumbdunky - October 23, 2010 11:11 p.m.

    Oh for ~God's sake-why didn't WE think of their poor 300 testers and the massive game that it was THEIR SODDING JOB to find a few bugs in? Had we considered them all the glitches and failures would have been fine just like paying full retail to do their QA was! If their testing was too little for FO3 didn't, oh IDK, they think for a second that maybe a few more might help this time round? Nobody expects a game the size of NV,FO3 or TES4 to be totally free of bugs and glitches but we should expect devs and pubs to do all they can to try and make sure we see as few as humanly possible and I don't buy Bethesda doing that. If they knew they failed with 300 last time why did they imagine it would work this time round? FO3(and Oblivion before it)was a terribly buggy game at release on every damn platform and we all knew it would be which makes it even odder that Bethesda would allow it to happen all over again with NV./ I used to say they relied on us to buy the game and THEN do their QA for them in jest but the longer this goes on with them admitting they did the same QA this time as they did last time(when it clearly failed)the less I'm sure they actually AREN'T relying on gamers to find their glitches for them! Patching must be proving much cheaper than doing a decent job at QA themselves I guess-either that or they enjoy being a joke among the gaming community when it comes to buggy, glitchy games. Not that that sodding Embryo engine is helping a great deal(always seems to throw up dodgy glitches for some reason)-nor does it seem to help with the AWFUL stiff animations in these games. And the first person aiming sucks. And FO1 and 2 are miles better. Apart from that, though, good effort! I kid, I kid-but DO think the first games were better than the recent two AND think Oblivion was better as well. I know the world loved FO3 but to me it was a good game with some serious issues(beyond the glitches)which prevented it ever being great and, sadly, NV shares a lot of them even if it's a bit closer to the original games in terms of atmosphere and humour. These bugs and glitches, though, we shouldn't be settling for this kind of BS and him sitting there and saying, basically "well we did what didn't work last time and are happy to admit we aren't shocked that it didn't work again!" with a straight face shows what little respect they have for us fools who buy all their games. Honestly, if 300 testers wasn't enough to find the bugs last time why would they be this time? Are these people stupid or do they just think we are? How about, next time, they find the bugs before we do, yes? Like every other dev tries to do, yes? And they'll do it not by using the exact same methods that failed the last three games too!
  • Th3Joker - October 23, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    Does anyone else have the problem of weird difficulty spikes .. i got attacked by 10 fire geecko's at lvl5 ?? i had to reload and sneak up on them .. maybe its normal i just thought it was quite weird
  • kiwimonster5 - October 23, 2010 8:58 p.m.

  • Smeggs - October 23, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    Obviously their testers have the same IQ as the AI partners from Fallout 3 if they never noticed Mr. Excorcist head.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - October 23, 2010 6:44 p.m.

    God, that's scary... 0_o
  • Spacegrass - October 23, 2010 3:38 p.m.

    I take comfort in knowing that anyone who buys from these scammers will get what they deserve. If there merchandise arrives at all, and it most likely won't, it will be half-assed and probably made of cyanide. Isn't CAPTCHA supposed to prevent this from happening?
  • Spacegrass - October 23, 2010 3:30 p.m.

    They should keep the intro bug, that was simultaneously disturbing and hilarious.
  • Wolverine08 - October 23, 2010 2:31 p.m.

    The moment I saw the game I wondered just how many bugs were in the game. I was right. It's likw when Red Dead redemption came out the sheer number of bugs in the game was astonishing, ie. flying people etc., I just think that this kind of game is a bug magnet. And the game just LOOKS buggy anyway, just LOOK at the character models, they all look like wooden puppets! btw that glitch gave me nightmares....maybe it's not a glitch but a clever reference to the Exorcist because, well, it IS nearly Halloween...
  • reaperman22 - October 23, 2010 1:52 p.m.

    yeah im waiting another week or so before i buy this cause hopefully buy then most of this will be cleared up

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