New Vegas, like it's name implies, is a gamble. To each his own, as I say, but I'd like to give you a nudge in the right direction.
First of all, New Vegas is NOT for everyone. Some reviews will loathe it; others will applaud it. If you loved Fallout 3, you'll like New Vegas.
Getting straight to the point, the #1 rule of the mojave is to SAVE CONSTANTLY. I cannot stress this enough. NV is extremely buggy (moreso than the Windows version of FO3), and can lead to more crashes than a demolition derby. Just some examples:
I was headed south from Primm when I ran into the first Feral Ghoul I'd seen in the game. I barely recognized him because the skin tone for Feral Ghouls is the same as the sandy wasteland. I zoomed in and squeezed the trigger; When I did, his health dropped by a single bar. Then, to my discontent, he did NOT give chase, but merely stood there on top of a rock, looking at me. I shot again. His health didn't drop. I was afraid he was going to be a tough one, so I pulled out a bigger gun. I shot again, to no avail. I was a little skeptical, but I went close for a melee attack. He attacked me from his frozen place, but it barely hurt me too. I thought maybe I could beat the bug by going into VATS. Wrong idea - I was eternally frozen mid-swing with boxing wraps. Only a restart of the 360 got me out, and the second time I faced him, he actually moved and came after me *whew*.
This was 1 of several bugs I've ran across. Another drawback is the increasingly long loading times, even when the software is downloaded onto the hard drive (you'll find that the roulette ball passes the 00 three times with one full spin of the loading wheel).
The whole faction thing is both interesting and meh. First, there's no "good v. evil" factioning - it's more like a game of rock-paper-scissors, but with lots of rocks, paper, and scissors of different sizes and colors. Thoughts like, "Is the NCR truly as good as they seem to be?", "Would being a Great Khan help me through this quest?", and "Why didn't I take off my Powder Gang outfit before traveling into Legion territory?" will go through your head constantly.
Okay, enough with the bad and mediocre stuff, time to get you hyped!
The first thing I noticed about NV is that it's exactly like FO3, except in a desert rather than a barren plain (okay, not much different, but less irradiated(?)). The graphics are AMAZING, just like FO3, with extremely detailed faces and places.
The gameplay is exactly the same on NV as in FO3. You sneak, pickpocket, shoot, etc. in the same fashion, and usually with the same physics results (a headshot may sever the head, or may cause an airborne corpse to backflip, etc.) This awesomeness is compounded by
Secondly, items! There *seem* to be thousands more weapons, ammo, and chems than in FO3. Pretty sure I heard that there were 3x the weapons than in FO3 somewhere. Smaller caliber common ammo is somewhat plentiful, but as you acquire larger/more potent weapons, the available ammo seems to decrease, just like in FO3. Also, there seems to be a chem for ANYTHING - to shake less when aiming, do more damage, etc. Also there are combinations of chems that do multiple effects.
Overall, I'd say that NV is a suitable successor to FO3, but I wouldn't rate it higher than FO3. Get this game after you've played FO3 if you want a continuing challenge.
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