Fallout: New Vegas Honest Hearts Reviews Round-up #4

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by WorstUsernameEver, May 22, 2011.

  1. WorstUsernameEver

    WorstUsernameEver But best title ever!

    May 28, 2010
    Reviews for Honest Hearts keep slowly but steadily coming out, and the DLC continues to receive very mixed impressions from reviewers.

    Dealspwn thinks you shouldn't bother with it, 5<blockquote>Where Honest Hearts excels is its willingness to cater for Survival and Melee-centric characters. The handful of new guns isn’t particularly inspiring, but melee characters will enjoy a powerful selection of animal gauntlets to batter enemies to death with. What’s more, stimpacks and traditional aid are in short supply – but the national park is full of ingredients, food and resources to craft your own healing items with. Liberally-spaced campfires mean that you’re never too far away from cooking up a recipe, and some new survival-oriented perks mean that this underused skill becomes significantly more powerful.

    There’s a caveat to this review, which I’ll admit is fairly damning up to this point. Whilst Honest Hearts is a bit limp, Fallout’s addictive core of exploration and character building is still present… and increasing the level cap by five is an attractive prospect that carries over to the main game. Fans will enjoy the experience, but taken by itself, Honest Hearts is probably not worth the download for most gamers.</blockquote>Blistered Thumbs, 8<blockquote>From a presentation standpoint, Honest Hearts uses the assets of New Vegas (and by association Fallout 3) very well. Similar to Point Lookout, this particular slice of paradise is a wholly unique area separate from the main wasteland. Once you enter, there are no restrictions on where you go (though there will be some nudging via a companion). Visually, it’s a beautiful area. The textures look good, though you may get pop in once or twice. The lighting is good at keeping the mood as well, on top of giving the player plenty of times to get a great look at the view the Zion National Park presents. In fact, one point where the lighting is highlighted is in the endgame, where the tint of the sky hints at exactly what’s going to come at the end of this particular road. </blockquote>NowGamer thinks that short DLCs deserve short reviews and awards it a 7.0<blockquote>Like Dead Money, Honest Hearts takes place on an enclosed map, completely separate from the main game, but unlike Dead Money sticks to pretty much the same formula as the main game. You get caught up in a conflict between various factions and the main quest thread sees you helping to resolve it in return for help returning to the Mojave Wasteland.

    Along the way there are choices to be made – whether to do the optional side-quests or not, whether to do the optional objectives within quests or not, and what to say to various characters about various things.

    Some of the above will then affect the epilogue plot summary you get at the end. This formula works for the main game because it’s so huge and so complex and because you have so much freedom. On a smaller map with a much shorter main quest at about four hours, there’s no room for freedom or complexity and you just feel like you’re going through the motions.</blockquote>
  2. Vik

    Vik It Wandered In From the Wastes

    Jan 6, 2011
    I just can't help but feel that Obsidian are still trying to figure out how to make proper DLC's.

    On a funny side note, Bethesda figured that out with the pretty good Point Lookout, only to flush it all down the toilet with Mothershit Zeta.
  3. Lexx

    Lexx Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Moderator Modder

    Apr 24, 2005
    Well, Fallout 3 DLCs have been made by different teams, if I remember correct.
  4. Faceless Stranger

    Faceless Stranger Board Drifter

    Aug 19, 2010
    I still wanna meet the guy who greenlighted Zeta
  5. TheGM

    TheGM The voice of reason

    Aug 19, 2008
    Todd "The Double Barrel Shotgun is a Shotgun but with 2 barrels" Howard?
  6. Faceless Stranger

    Faceless Stranger Board Drifter

    Aug 19, 2010
    Damn right... just to look him in the eye.
  7. GTRichey

    GTRichey First time out of the vault

    May 24, 2011
    I think they've done a great job so far. The DLC released so far offers something new and different while expanding the lore. They also aren't integral to the central game (which is a crime committed by a lot of DLC), but manage to do so without seeming totally disconnected. Value for money Dead Money and Honest Hearts are the best DLC I've seen since things like this stopped being expansion packs sold at retail.

    That said I can see how it might not work for everyone's taste, but Obsidian seems to be trying something fairly ambitious which in my mind makes up for any minor failings.
  8. Bewitched

    Bewitched aka Vault_13

    Jun 13, 2006