First Impressions on New Vegas?

Discussion in 'Fallout: New Vegas Discussion' started by AlphaSlayerZX, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. AlphaSlayerZX

    AlphaSlayerZX Deadpan

    Oct 12, 2016
    So it seems like we all like New Vegas here. We like it enough to consider it at-least on par with the original 2 games. So when you first played New Vegas or heard about a video game developing team known as Obsidian make the next Fallout after Fallout 3, what we're your first thoughts and impressions?

    Did you thought it was going to be as bad as 3? Did you thought it was at least going to be better than 3 but nowhere near as good as 1 or 2? What was it like first playing the game and experiencing it after your experience from Fallout 3 or the originals?
  2. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Not Gollum Staff Member Moderator

    Apr 1, 2005
    I knew it would be better than 3 when I heard Obsidian would be working on it. I didn't have any expectations on whether it would surpass the originals, although i hoped it would. I think it is at least on the same level, but it is hard to get past any nostalgia I have over the first two. They simply give me a feeling that New Vegas doesn't - even though that is probably my top game over the past 10 years.
  3. Millim

    Millim Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Oct 13, 2010
    I was 16 at the time it was released (it came out about a week after my Birthday so I had enough money to splash out on the SE).
    I remember really enjoying F3 (I didn't know much about the series at the time, F3 was one of my favourite games back then).
    I was looking forward to it back then, it wasn't just a little bit either, I remember buying magazines simply because it had news on NV.

    It also led me to picking up the original games (they were on Sale at my local GAME).
    While it took me another six years to complete them, I enjoyed the originals a lot.

    I don't when it was when I learned that NV had some of the devs of the original games, but I guess I found that out a lot earlier than I thought.
    My hype for the game is also the reason why I'm on these Forums.

    Needless to say, 15 year old Millim was obsessed with Fallout New Vegas before it even came out.

    It's also the only game in recent memory to live up to the hype and exceed all expectations.
  4. 0wing

    0wing Все умрут, а я волномут

    Mar 23, 2015
    Suprisingly good for an obsidian game, even though with first patch already arrived. It felt like a proper Fallout done in first person. Only issues I stumbled across were localization inconsistencies on a Pip-Boy map, but the other game was fine. I was obsessed with this game even after playing 1 & 2 before, eagerly awaiting for the next DLC pieces.
    The nicest thing I remember from the first impressions is the fact that Obsidian didn't waste any of player's time, dropping in a town full of things to explore on one's own instead of linear dungeon of setpieces. At that time even the smallest one from Fallout 1 felt like busy work. (yeah, played the first one around the same time as F3)
  5. ThatZenoGuy

    ThatZenoGuy Residential Zealous Evolved Nano Organism

    Nov 8, 2016
    It reminded me of Fallout 3, but I rapidly noticed the differences.

    I kinda didn't like the map design, lots of space in the left and middle were wasted IMO.
  6. Cobra Commander

    Cobra Commander Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Dec 6, 2016
    Later I'll come back with a more elaborate anwser, but I kind hate at first.


    F3 as bad, but NV was a atrocity. Untill today this is probably the most buggy game that I played in my whole life.
  7. BigGuyCIA

    BigGuyCIA Yer fond of me Lobster!

    Oct 26, 2016
    Didn't expect much from FNV going in. I had heard bad things about performance issues at launch so I held off on buying it until about 2-3 years later.

    I hold it in high regard to this day.
  8. FalloutIsMyDrug

    FalloutIsMyDrug Former Fo3 Lover(converted)

    Sep 29, 2016
    When I first heard of F:NV, I brushed it aside instantly(big mistake). I was young and Fallout 3 was the only Fallout I had played by that point. I was obsessed with Fallout 3 back then, and I thought New Vegas was just some shitty off-shoot. Yikes was I wrong...

    I picked up New Vegas after awhile to try it out and was pleasantly surprised. I have played it many times since, though it took some time for me to realize that it is a much better game than Fallout 3(nostalgia). To this day Fallout New Vegas remains my favorite game. Fallout 3's world has lost its luster, but New Vegas is the gift that keeps on giving. It has the open-world FPS medium that I love and the classic roleplaying that keeps it interesting. It's the perfect Fallout game to me.
  9. lolpop109

    lolpop109 Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Jul 14, 2016
    Fallout NV gets me hard
  10. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Not Gollum Staff Member Moderator

    Apr 1, 2005
    Oh and New Vegas was buggy as fuck at launch on the 360. I crashed so hard it was irritating as hell, so I can understand some Bethesda noobs not liking it due to that first impression, then being too dense to try it again later.
  11. Eshanas

    Eshanas Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    Jul 6, 2016
    I expected an updated Fallout 3, and got it. I was particularly keen for the hardcore mode. What I did not expect was how it tied into 1 and 2, which was a very pleasant surprise.
  12. naossano

    naossano So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Oct 19, 2006
    Played Fo2 before i played Fo1, and it took several playthrough to warm up for it. Same for Tactics that i played after both which is a better games that those who followed (Fobos, Fo3, Fo4), but not on the same level as the first two. So at the time, i didn't really had a sequel of that wonder that was Fo2. I had a prequel and a nice spin-off. Afterward, i didn't try the later games. The IP was bought off and the gameplay was so different.

    Over the years, some people told me that Fo3 was shitty, while FoNV was awesome, which i didn't believe or even cared about.

    At some point in 2013-2014, i changed computer (previous computer was around ten years old). And i decided to try out some recent games. Tried Fobos, Fo3 and FoNV back to back. After two disapointements, FoNV came as a shock.

    For the first time, i finally had an actual sequel of my favorite game. It dwelved into the fate of those factions and creatures that appeared in Fo1 and Fo2, it gave me some of the same vibe, it expanded on the depth, and choices and consequences that made the previous two games so great. It had the most open-ended main quest, and expanded so much into the concept of factions and conflicts of different way of life. I think i also noticed about MCA involvement around the same time i played.

    On the other hand, playing Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas back to back and needing much more time to finish New Vegas (with at least four main path to dwelve into), it make the experience with the gamebryo even more awfull, and the so called open-world even more unbearable. I won't dwelve again here on the many things i hate about open world, but quite a lot of the hour by hour playing time was quite a pain in the ass, like some job to do between the good stuff, going from an empty location to another, fighting a generic npc after another, ton of useless walking, useless cluncky chest looting, god awfull worldmap, so tiny inhabited settlements. At least there was no crash, unlike Fallout 3. But what Fallout 3 criminally lacked, New Vegas had it most of the time : Pay off. The suffering of doing useless repetitive craps that Bethesda is so fond, is rewarded in FoNV, when you get to encounter awesome characters, get to think about fantastic counterpart of real life issues, make choices that matter, and experience the thrill of knowing that you do matter, that the line between success and failure means the fate of people i care about. So you do the crap related with the Gamebryo, but you are motivated enough to keep going.

    Yet, i can't help to comtemplate about how awesome New Vegas would have been if it wasn't forced into that Open-World crap. Think about the plot and C&C of New Vegas, with the efficiency of Fallout 1 & 2 and the combat of Tactics. It would be just too perfect. Fortunately, i can still replay Fo1 and Fo2...again... Waiting for the actual sequel.
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  13. CerberusGate

    CerberusGate I should save my game in a whole new slot

    Jun 6, 2016
    I remember being intrigued by New Vegas when I heard about it around my teen years. Fresh from the exposure I got from Fallout 3, I was excited to hear of the kind of mechanics there was in New Vegas. Over time I forgot about it until I saw a X-Box 360 copy in a game shop and bought it.

    I had fun with it but because I was young, I did not pay much attention to it after I reached New Vegas, mostly because I think I got intimidated by the number of side-quests I found when looking up guides for the game.

    I got the PC version after the first two DLCs came out which ignited my love for the game (plus it had less issues than the 360 version which helped).
  14. YeeCop

    YeeCop Just a Sweet Irradiated Transvestite

    Jan 26, 2017
    It was my first Fallout game. I was obsessed with New Vegas for about a year (because Fallout is such a great series, it's worth obsessing over), and I'm glad I got a chance to dip my feet into the Fallout swimming pool. You know how you'll repeatedly play a game over and over again, and even though you're doing the same old shit, it kinda feels like something new? That was New Vegas for me. I played FO3 a little afterwards, and though I enjoyed it as well, it didn't have the charm New Vegas had.
    Definitely a pivotal part of my high school sophomore year. I've played the game recently, and man does it still hold up.
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  15. Lexx

    Lexx Testament to the ghoul lifespan
    Moderator Modder

    Apr 24, 2005
    Back when playing New Vegas for the first time I still had my Fallout 3 bias. It felt kinda boring and wonky and the technical issues I had with the sound didn't helped much either. Kinda forced me through Primm and was about to quit playing when I noticed the big statue in the distance. I've decided to walk over there, expecting some of that goofy Fo3 stuff that exists for lolz... but the closer I got, the atmosphere of the game somehow changed (big wasteland with no random mobs every 10 meters). When I arrived at the statue the music changed and I noticed this is not your generic "big" Fallout 3 city, but a small military checkpoint with trader and random people and Brahmin in PENS nearby... everything made sense and it was not one of them 3 people towns of Fallout 3... It hit me hard and I noticed this game really is different. It hooked me up completely from that moment on and I am playing the game still today.
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  16. I had absolutely 0 idea of what Fallout was a priori. In Spain Fo3 was still revered as the pinnacle of RPGs but being 18+ took it away from the public scene on the few magazines I read and such. Plus t'was the Dark Ages of FPS Multiplayer and the rise of COD. On summer 2014, when I was almost 15, I went to a Japan Weekend (less weeb than it sounds) and in a bargain post there were like 30 Boxes of New Vegas-Steam Key. For 3 Euro, lol. Could have purchased them all and give them away like christmas cards. No DLC, but got them all later, of course.

    My initial thought were "this looks rad". That's it, really. The art on the box was very appealing, and the box read of an "RPG" adventure in a different post-apoc world. For 3 bucks it could have been worse than Candy Crush and not lose anything. My PC has never been good and never enjoyed them 60FPS Ultra but it's one of the games I sinked most hours into despite playin "only" 3-5 characters. Plus mods, of course.

    Later i think i played the originals prior to Fallout 3. Heard enough of it by Shoddycast, community and basically what popped up when I looked up "Fallout" in the internet. Played Fo1, got to the rope in Vault 15, never came back. TO this day, really should be on it, lol. Just that I spoiled it for me a bit thinking it was "general/background lore" due to how people faced it. Then Fallout 2, played it once blind, did NOT find the goddamn Highwayman, second time did. More DUST mod and then Fo4 rolls in and we all know how this goes.
  17. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Aug 16, 2010
    Pretty much like this. When I first heard of New Vegas I was very sceptic because the shittyness of Fallout 3 was still in the back of my head, so I didn't pay too much attention at first. When I bought it I was still sceptic, and while it played and felt a lot better than Fallout 3 it had a lot of issues.
  18. Marinc

    Marinc Per Aspera Ad Astra

    Feb 6, 2017
    I was playing S.T.A.L.K.E.R. for about a year before i noticed the Fallout series, and my first Fallout was New Vegas, later F3 and F2 if i member correctly. I used to mod GTA SA back in the day alot, so withing a week i had so much mods in NV it just crashed all the time. Good times.
  19. joevonzombie

    joevonzombie Buried alive in Golgotha

    Sep 28, 2015
    I didn't play New Vegas until late 2012. While I loved Obsidian, I just couldn't get passed how bad Fallout 3 was to give the game a shot when it was initially released. I actually gave in when I came across a video of Old World Blues online. Purchased the game the next day and it's now one of my favorite RPGs of the last 15 years.
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  20. mithrap

    mithrap Ring a ding-ding, baby

    May 17, 2016
    I didn't play New Vegas for a long time, because stupid as I am, I thought it was a glorified DLC made by Bethesda for Fallout 3, which I really didn't like. Yeah, I know, but bear with me. Fallout 3 provoked such a reaction in me, I just basically considered the franchise dead and stopped paying attention about who worked on it for a long time.

    I think it was in the beginning of 2013 that I showed up at a friend's house, and he was playing it. By sheer luck, I arrived when he met Marcus. That familiar face got my attention, and I learned that Obsidian was in town, saving the franchise while Bethesda was kicking it while it was down, just like John Wayne would have done. Bought it on Steam, tried it, and never uninstalled it since then.