Whenever I talk to Fallout fans (not r/fallout fans) about Fallout: New Vegas, there's normally a lot of adoration of its atmosphere and story, but also a tinge of disappointment about what could have been if Obsidian got the extra time it needed. This post is not defending Bethesda's decision to give Obsidian eighteen months without properly educating them on how to use the engine. Of course that's utter bullshit, nobody would defend that, except for the whitest of the Todd Howard knights. However, I disagree with this disappointment over the final product. I think it misrepresents what Obsidian would have actually been able to do with that time, and honestly, I find it insulting to the people who worked on the game. I think that everything that makes Fallout New Vegas good: the atmosphere, the story, all that good stuff, for the most part, made it into the game. Obsidian used that eighteen months the best that anyone could use eighteen months, prioritizing the key features of the game. In the end, had they more time, they wouldn't have used it on an entirely new faction or ending, or drastically improving the game. The biggest cut features were to play as a ghoul and to have endgame. Okay, so probably a lot of different dynamics and interactions as a ghoul, and some dialogue, maybe minor quests after you finish the game. I mean sure it would be cool to have those things, but they wouldn't have made the game that much better. The things that actually make the game great are all in the game. Obsidian, in just eighteen months, managed to create all of the important aspects of the game, and that's why I see it as insulting to act like the final game was a disappointment by any means. They pulled off eighteen months. The planned features would have improved the game, certainly, and there would have been a lot of bug fixes, but most of this stuff you can get through mods. Fallout: New Vegas, if they were given the time they needed, would not have been the Holy Grail of video gaming, leagues above the final game that we got. It would have been a more refined version of the Fallout: New Vegas of our world, which we're going to get when Fallout 4: New Vegas comes out anyway!