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First look at Fallout: New Vegas

Someone just tried to kill your face with bullets, which was bound to happen eventually to a courier in the post-apocalyptic frontier. If it weren’t for a meddling robot and charming local doc, you’d be something’s lunch. But you’re brought back from death (with the speedy application of a new face and SPECIAL stats), and your motivation is clear: find the dickheads who put holes in your brain. If you happen to be caught up in a large-scale conflict along the way, that’s only because it’s Fallout.


Above: Your new playground

We’d say that New Vegas is a lot like Las Vegas, only with more guns and mutants, but that might be a misrepresentation of Las Vegas. It is more post-apocalyptic, and may be a lot more fun than the real Sin City, where the bright lights are rarely the result of an itchy trigger finger and a grenade machinegun (with high-speed motor mod).


Above: This concept art is all we’ve seen of the famed Vegas strip in its Fallout form

If you’re new to the series, here’s the run-down: Nuclear bombs made everything go boom, a bunch of people survived in underground “Vaults,” and most-everyone else got all mutated and stuff. In Fallout’s alternate reality, Cold War era paranoia became static, and early-20th-century technology became high technology while maintaining its vacuum-tube aesthetic.


Above: CRT-cartoon-faced Robots patrol the wasteland

In New Vegas you don’t play as a vault-dweller who breached the darkness and met the harsh wasteland fresh-faced like you did in Fallout 3. You’re an experienced courier who ran into some unfriendly company during one of your excursions and are back on the scene and looking for vengeance (at least initially). Your Vault uniform and Pip Boy (a Fallout staple which acts as your in-game menu) come from the friendly doctor who rehabilitates you during character creation.

While the game takes place three years after Fallout 3, it doesn’t have any direct ties to that story, though it may drop hints, and will definitely feel familiar to players of Fallout 2. New Vegas’ plot revolves around a conflict between the New California Republic, a well-meaning-but-overly-bureaucratic-pro-government organization, and Caesar’s Legion, a slaving gang. Nightkin, elite cloaking Super Mutants, and other enemies, like Geckos, return in New Vegas.


Above: The New California Republic controls this solar plant, but doesn’t realize its true power…

30 comments

  • lawman2593733 - October 17, 2010 2:12 a.m.

    Hope in "Hardcore" you only dehydrate while outside, and half that amount while in a settlement or city. At least somthing similar to that setup though, and no getting hungry like in the Sims every few minutes, and a definite thank the lord you don't have to go to the bathroom too. Everyone knows that in the post nuclear world of Fallout you can go to the bathroom on a tree or in a bush. No toilets, no problem.:)
  • CAPST3R - June 6, 2010 4:11 p.m.

    I was planning on saving for the new ghost recon, which I may still do, but this actually looks quite good! The weapon mods and hardcore mode look surprisingly good, and as long as the style of merchants are kept from Fallout 3, this could actually be bloody great! Is there any word on the merchants, or the way that equipment will degrade, GR?
  • DankKingpin - May 21, 2010 4:39 a.m.

    pumped for this game. Kinda wish that you could transfer files over from Fallout 3 so I could continue playing as my dude, even if he does look like Daniel Faraday from LOST. But that would conflict with the Vegas Storyline.
  • Godstrike3020 - May 19, 2010 midnight

    this looks so fregin awesome that want to play it now the other fallouts where the best games ive ever played so this will out do them
  • AElli - May 6, 2010 10:26 p.m.

    This is gonna be great!
  • AA95mp - May 6, 2010 4:56 p.m.

    finally upgradeable guns!
  • lymanzaar - May 5, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    Hardcore mode sounds pretty interesting, but the dehydration idea is similar to the Malaria aspect of Far Cry 2. It's gonna get pretty repetative, and possibly anonnying. Other than that, i have pretty high hopes.
  • D0CCON - May 5, 2010 9:55 p.m.

    Now add an optional content filter to remove all of that gratuitous gore and you have yourself a customer New Vegas.
  • DriveShaft - May 5, 2010 9:29 p.m.

    All I can say is: FUCK YES!
  • FreekinIdiot - May 5, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    Oh yes throwing knives FTW! Imagine how badass it would be to complete the game on hardcore mode just using throwing knives... 'Yeah i just took a death-claw down with 147 knives...it took an hour.'
  • darklink123 - May 5, 2010 11:41 a.m.

    I really hope throwing knives are back, I really missed them in Fallout 3.
  • reveffect - May 5, 2010 3:28 a.m.

    with the addition of hardcore mode i am extremely excited. i love games that actually put you in a survival situation where you also have to worry about hunger and dehydration and so on. the weapons also look much better in new vegas than in FO3 especially the 9mm pistol. in FO3 the 9mm looked and sounded weird, it also was a bit wide when you held it in your hand versus seeing someone else holding it or it laying on the ground. same goes for some of the other weapons because i can understand why the laser rifle looks so big when its in your hands because of how much energy it has to generate just to pump out a single laser but when you see a laser rife on the ground, in someones hands, or holstered on someones back it looks all thin instead of being some what wide and big. the 9mm in new vegas actually looks like a 9mm pistol compared to the one in FO3.
  • Cwf2008 - May 5, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    California/Nevada border town with a rollercoaster...Prim, Nevada then? HURRAY A CITY IM FAMILIAR WITH AND ONE I'VE BEEN TO!
  • Cleanser247 - May 4, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    I enjoyed the Fallout series, and Fallout: New Vegas is definitely on my list of upcoming games. The atmosphere Bethesda creates is very unique, and it really draws the players into it. I can't wait until it's released. Good preview Tyler, I've been waiting for some Fallout news for a while!
  • TheIronMaiden - May 4, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    this is the first game on my list, nothing will earn the spot before it. Hardcore mode sounds badass, would love to know what kinda special item it is.
  • GameCraze - May 4, 2010 9:25 p.m.

    Can't even imagine waiting more than 4 months for this game, yet the longer they take, the better it's gonna be :D Damn, though, Hardcore Mode sounds great... I like the tweaks they made to FO Vegas but I hope they don't completely alter the game... I love FO3's mechanics...
  • SeattleSound - May 4, 2010 9 p.m.

    I wonder what the "Special reward" is.
  • RebornKusabi - May 4, 2010 8:46 p.m.

    I REALLY cannot wait for this game! I loved Fallout 3 and all of it's DLC that was released for it. I recently bought and played through the first 2 Fallout's thanks to Fallout 3 just to see how far the series has come. Admittedly, I much more prefer the way the series has evolved to now but I respect the earlier installments and love the fact that they have gotten a significant amount of the original team involved in this one. Also, because I really REALLY wanted this option in the original, I'll be immediately starting this game on Hardcore Mode "Day 1" because I really love the idea of having to manage your inventory more carefully and have to micro-manage your health and well-being more. The fact that you can get dehydrated is in my opinion very cool and I can't wait to see what else they do with the Hardcore Mode! reCAPTCHA- "sissies for" (Huh... well "Spam-blocker bot", elitism is completely uncalled for >_>)
  • 2dboy - May 4, 2010 8:15 p.m.

    I was going to wait for the "games of the year edition".However , I can't really wait that long :D

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