Sightseeing in Fallout: New Vegas

Obsidian’s Larry Liberty tells us that one of Bethesda’s greatest strengths – as evidenced by Oblvion and Fallout 3 – is the immersive feeling you get when you can look in any direction and see something interesting that compels you to think, “I want to go there!” The studio is hard at work trying to elicit the same response in Fallout: New Vegas. “We want the landscape to tell a story,” he says. Here are some of the sites a tour through the game’s wasteland. These are the new Megatons and Rivet Cities, the sorts of locations you’ll want to explore every inch of as soon as you discover them.

Dinky the Dinosaur

If Dinky reminds you of The Wizard – a.k.a. the thinly veiled 90-minute Supre Mario Bros. 3 ad starring Fred Savage – then you probably grew up in the ‘80s, too. But yes, to answer your question: you can climb up into its mouth!

Above: Best. Sniper. Position. Ever.

Black Mountain Radio Tower

At the center of the New Vegas desert sprawl is Black Mountain, aptly named for its scorched ground. It was hit more directly by a nuclear blast than other areas (such as The Strip), so it’s populated almost exclusively by the Geiger Counter-lovin’ Super Mutants.

The Strip

You might not see a beam of light shooting skyward from the tip of a pyramid, but the main hub of New Vegas will still be hard to miss from wherever you are.

Helios One

Head up to the top of this innocent-looking solar-power plant to reactivate Archimedes II, a secret laser weapon you can use to vaporize the mutated inhabitants standing in your way below.

Above: If you haven’t already watched it a bazillion times, the latest trailer for Fallout: New Vegas is awesome

Want to learn more ? The April issue of the Official Xbox Magazine is packed with even more delicious details on New Vegas – and is available on newstands now.

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  • lawman2593 - April 8, 2010 2 a.m.

    I would name a kill shot from the sniper position ,"The Jaws of Rex" They should include it in the trophies.
  • JosefMotley - March 18, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    let's hope it's not completely crippled by game-ruining bugs this time.
  • starhaw - March 17, 2010 8:33 p.m.

    this game looks GREAT, I LOVED FALLOUT 3...I would just love to see a fallout game in an area like Michigan...imagine Detroit and the Big three buildings after the events in Fallout and plus Michigan is surrounded by the Great lakes and its in the Common wealth in the fallout series (we've already seen Chicago..lets go to Detroit for a fallout game (err I hope I am correct on that...I think I am correct that in the fallout series that the common wealth consist of the Midwest states)... Captcha: SHOCKED ON how right you right you are...
  • PH1NN3Y - March 14, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    cant wait for this game maybe that guy at the end of the video is some sort of chinese bad guy, that would be sick
  • Xplosive59 - March 13, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    looks awesome, it seems to look like its going to have a lot more of a morbid tone compared to fallout 3. im hoping it will bring back the comedy of the original 2 games
  • ShotgunEric374 - March 13, 2010 3:25 a.m.

    that really is the best sniper location i hope that the subquests will be like the DLC of fallout 3 those were awesome!
  • jesusfrk15 - March 12, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    OMG SO STOKED!!!!!!! although i havnt even come close to beating the first one...i get too distracted
  • shaft121 - March 12, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    Anyone else get flashbacks to Peewee Herman's Big Adventure when they saw the big dinosaur?
  • oryandymackie - March 12, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    Ok - the Strip better not be D.C. C'mon, shooting Super Mutants gets boring after a while! No, it doesn't - actually.
  • bonerachieved - March 12, 2010 5:03 p.m.

    Wow that looks fantastic!
  • philipshaw - March 12, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    This looks great, read the preview in PSM3 and it got me very excited for this game
  • reeperskull - March 12, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    @ Wriggly at least this time it will actually be in a desert washington d.c. is built on swampland lol hardcore mode should be fun cause you can dehydrate and ammo has weight moding weapons will be fun also
  • Rubberducky - March 12, 2010 4:27 a.m.

    I just don't know if I want more games in a wasteland. With Fallout3/Borderlands this year I'm kinda burned out on the whole grey scenery thing
  • DrRock - March 11, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    After putting in almost 500 hrs into the 360 version and only 50 into the PS3(the constant game freezing stopped me from finishing) I'm so stoked so see they expanding on the Fallout universe. Their capping it at 30 though. Why put the cap so low? Didn't they learn the first time through? Oh well, this is my only day one purchase of the year.
  • reeperskull - March 11, 2010 11:40 p.m.

    its gonna be awsome to see my hometown fallout style and black mountain is an actual mountain here and it has radio and new towers on it in real life lol i hope they ad a post nuclear holocust atomic testing musuem to that would be awsome
  • UACtv - March 11, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    ಠ_ಠ๏̯๏ಥ﹏ಥಶ_ಶ۞_۞の_のし♫♪★© Awesome
  • soccerclownking - March 11, 2010 10:46 p.m.

    wow, can't wait till i see some of this myself
  • GamesRadarTylerNagata - March 11, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    @GodofPS314 If you look carefully at the guy at the end, he has a New California Republic flag. That was a pretty big faction from Fallout 2. There's been a bunch of speculation about him. Correct me if I'm wrong. I never finished the original Fallouts.
  • GodofPS314 - March 11, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    Fallout 3 made me really happy so if this one follows up on that I will sure be picking it up. BTW who is the guy in the trailer like an enclave or you?
  • coolbeans - March 11, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    cant wait! and it doesnt need to have massive changes to be a great game...

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