Cheap PC Gaming: Fallout: New Vegas

Open world games are pretty much my favourite type of game. There’s very little I enjoy more in a game than venturing out into the wilderness and just exploring things as I find them, heading towards whatever catches my interest on the horizon. It’s a feeling that surprisingly few games manage to capture, but Bethesda have the feeling nailed down – the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series’ are, as far as I’m concerned, the standard when it comes to capturing this feeling of exploration.

There is no end to the content in these games and, as a result, you’re never short of things to explore. The Elder Scrolls and Fallout are really two sides of the same bottle cap – they’re both first person RPGs with perk systems set in immense worlds with a significant random element to them, but New Vegas is all guns and explosives whilst Skyrim is swords and sorcery. It’s difficult to choose a favourite for me as they out-perform each other in different areas and I love the setting of both.

[drop]For those who are unaware somehow, Fallout is a series that started in 1997 as a turn-based strategy. Essentially an unofficial sequel to Wasteland, which released a decade earlier, the game is set in a post nuclear world, the final result of a war started in the 1950s over the last non-renewable fuels.

Needless to say, nuclear war resulted  in the world pretty much going to hell, leaving behind a post-apocalyptic, barren landscape filled with radiation and irradiated mutants. On this wasteland, mankind continues to try and survive, rebuilding and salvaging whatever it can. Fallout: New Vegas is the fourth game in the main series, set in and around a rebuilt Las Vegas and focusing on your character – a courier who is killed and buried in the opening cutscene.

Fret not, however, as you’re dug up and saved by a mysterious robot and sent out into the world with the intent of finding whoever was responsible for your death and discovering the truth around your circumstances and what it was you were transporting. As you might expect, after the opening section you’re free to wander around and do whatever you want, whether you do the story missions, busy yourself with side missions or just murder and pillage every settlement you come across.

To help you out, you’ve got VATS. Though it sounds like a terrible disease, VATS actually stands for Vault-tec Assisted Targeting System and lets you pause the game and spend your action points by targeting different sections of your enemies’ bodies – damage their arms enough and they won’t be able to use guns, damage their legs enough and they’ll move more slowly. You’re also given a percentage chance of a hit as you’re selecting your target to help you choose the optimal body part to fill with lead.

Even more helpful that VATS, however, are obviously guns. There are a few types of weapons in New Vegas, from pistols to heavy weapons like flamethrowers or rocket launchers, there’s rarely a shortage of things to hurt people with. If worse comes to worst and you run out of ammo, you can always beat them up with a pool cue or just punch their stupid face until it no longer resembles one.

Fallout 3 and New Vegas are both superb games. Which is ‘better’ is down to personal preference more than anything else. Fallout 3 is cheaper (£15 on Steam for the GOTY edition, which includes a lot of very worthwhile DLC), being older, but New Vegas has better shooting and is a bit more polished (£15 on Steam without DLC). If in doubt, buy New Vegas, then buy Fallout 3 after you’ve burned through FNV and still somehow want more.


  1. Just remember I bought this when GAME were selling stuff off cheap.

    • I’ll try to remember. ;)

    • Me to, although I knew I would not have the time to play it lol and now its gathering dust.

  2. I prefer F:NV as it’s more of a Fallout game. Fallout 3 was a good game untill i got F:NV but it’s average imo. Fallout:NV is a bit of a sequel to Fallout 2 in some parts.

    There are a ton of mods that are currently out for this, so if you loved Fallout 1&2, i would reccomend this. Reason why i say 1&2 is because 90% of people who liked Fallout 3 hated NV. O-o

    Oh and disable the autosave to avoid corruption. :) I do wish that random encounters were in NV. Oh and there’s a boatfly that is the most toughest enemy in the game in OWB. Even tougher then a Deathclaw.

    • Oh and i suppose if i can be pulled away from Rimlag, i can help any TSAer that askes for my help as i’m the unoffical TSA F:NV expert. *slides card over and sets up in an abandoned office at TSA towers* Oh and the diffculty is located under options for certain TSAers who i tried to help only to find out that he didn’t know how to change the diffculty.

    • “say 1&2 is because 90% of people who liked Fallout 3 hated NV. O-o”

      it was buggy.

      • Are you saying New Vegas is buggy? Have you ever played Fallout 3?

      • lol.

        yes, at least ifs fine now.

      • In my experience of the games on PS3 Oblivion, Fallout 3, Fallout: NV and Skyrim all suffer much the same bugs, obviously due to their use of the same engine. After applying the latest Skyrim patch though (and re-installing the game data to get around the water-entry crash) Skyrim is the more stable of the lot when your save game file grows.

        Some of Bethesda’s work on fixing the issues on PS3 has been to reduce the size of the save game file though. For instance, my Skyrim save which had reached 13MB at Christmas is now sitting just under 10MB. 10MB is roughly the point at which the engine has started to demonstrate significant ‘rim-lag in my experience so it’ll be interesting to see if the file can grow above that now and how much better things are if it does.

  3. As an avid Skyrimmer I wonder if this might be a good option to go for. Do you think I’d enjoy it?

    • I prefer Fallout to Skyrim – guns > swords :)

      • Fire from your bare hands > flame throwers though

    • I prefer the Elder Scrolls games to Fallout – they’re far more expansive and in my opinion more interesting. But Fallout is very good. Preferred 3 to NV, but they’re both great. If you feel like you’ve seen most of what Skyrim currently has to offer, Fallout is a good call to make.

  4. When I was playing Skyrim I kept looking for my VATS-button…

    They do look quite the same and reminded me a lot of each other. Like the author wrote: “The Elder Scrolls and Fallout are really two sides of the same bottle cap” –> Right on mate!

  5. While the style in the games in 1950s inspired, didn’t the resource wars begin in the 2050s with the big red button finally being pushed in 2077? And Fallout 3 and NV are set a couple of hundred years after that? [/nitpick]

    • Oh and I recently picked up the F:NV Ultimate Edition (or whatever it’s called) for about £25 for some cheap PS3 gaming. :-)

    • You’re correct, I spliced some sentences together and forgot to clean it up, apparently. You are living up to your username, sir.

      • Though I did manage to say “in 1950s” rather than “is 1950s” thereby complying with the Internet regulation that stipulates that you must include an error in any correction. :-)

  6. New Vegas is the best £3.75 I spent during the steam sale. Snapped up the DLC too while it was on offer. This is despite finishing the game on the PS3.

  7. Just didn’t enjoy this game half as much as I did Fallout 3, never grabbed me much. Still a good though, just not for me.

  8. Fallout 3 was the first RPG I’ve played and it was awesome, I recently got the GOTY version but haven’t had a chance to play it. NV is much better I think, as the story is more open ended, more complex (in a good way) with the faction system, the the DLC is pretty cool too, especially Old World Blues.

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