I've got like 900 hours in Fallout: New Vegas and I've spent so much time discussing and thinking about it, and I've always bounced around factions. Mostly between House and Independent, mind, but I've always had this inkling at the back of my head. NCR is actually the best ending, but I don't want to admit it. Before you start typing comments about overextension and civil war, just watch this video: Isn't that ending just....really good? Like really nice. Every town and faction seems to get the best outcome, barring Goodsprings but theirs is the second best compared to Independent, and it's not even that bad. The only one I think is better that's possible under NCR is the Vault 19 Powder Gangers joining the Khans. But yeah. The Mojave becomes civilized, Freeside becomes a hub of humanitarian aid, the Boomers stop being isolationist and become powerful traders. The Mojave Brotherhood live, but instead of becoming tech-raiders in their other surviving endings, they finally make peace with NCR, are reformed and effectively take the place of the old Nevada Desert Rangers in protecting the roads of the Mojave to ease the NCR's burden, whilst also getting their hands on lots of useful technology. Meanwhile Primm, Novac, Jacobstown and the Kings still remain independent to a pretty big extent and live happy lives. The Mojave goes from being one of the most war-torn hellholes in the southwest to one of the most stable, progressive and peaceful areas of the Wasteland. The Courier's only responsibility is their own control of Big MT and they're free to wander as a certifiable legend of the Mojave. The NCR Rangers are distinguished and Hanlon has a happy retirement. California is flush with fresh water, electricity and a revitalized economy from Vegas. Sure, it sucks that Hanlon and Kimball are effectively rewarded for being hawkish dumbasses, but I guess the point is that the NCR is a faction mouldable by many cogs that make up its machine, and as long as there are good, motivated people like the Courier, Colonel Hsu, Crocker etc weighing the scales, the Republic can sail in the right direction. It's just that I can't get over the appeal of the independent Vegas endings. It's thematically the most appropriate and it feels really good to push both the NCR and the Legion away from the Mojave as a champion of Vegas, and by the minute I find myself flip-flopping between the two. But by comparison Independent Vegas feels so much more...hollow. It doesn't help that some outcomes are missing (What happens to the Brotherhood if they survive in a Wild Card Vegas with an upgraded army? the slide doesn't exist.) But even I have to admit, the NCR ending is kind of the nicest one, isn't it.