Mojave Mo’ Problems – Ten Ton Hammer Reviews Fallout: New Vegas

Ten Ton Hammer
Ten Ton Hammer Rating

Value - 95 / 100

New Vegas is a rarity in today’s single player market, a game that can easily surpass 30 hours of play time. In my first play through, which was admittedly in hardcore mode and on a higher difficulty level, it took me 50 hours to reach the end game and that was with me bypassing multiple story lines to reach a final outcome. Even if one chose to play regular mode at easy difficulty they would be hard pressed to see the final battle in less than 40 hours even if they did only the most basic and necessary story arcs. At an average price point of 49.95 dollars this equates to nearly a dollar an hour of entertainment, which is nearly unheard of these days. (Oh, how I miss the summers of my youth where a game like Star Command lasted three months).

Lasting Appeal - 97 / 100

In addition to being an exceptional value, New Vegas is one of the few games that simply begs to be played more than once. With its wide open world and multiple possible outcomes, this is as close to a ‘choose your own adventure’ book as there is. Will you be a people’s champion or a walking nightmare? Will you ally with a brutal dictator, an egotistical autocrat or a harsh military regime? Will you subvert all the players and install yourself as the leader of a (relatively) free New Vegas? All of these choices and tons more are available to you and with hundreds of locations to explore and a bevy of quests and tasks to undertake, no two players will ever have exactly the same experience

Pros and Cons

Pros –

  •     Highly customizable character
  •     Vast world to explore
  •     Tons of quests
  •     Exciting combat
  •     Top notch music
  •     High immersion factor
  •     High replayability factor
  •     Vegas, baby - You're money and you don't even know it

Cons –

  •     Infrequent but annoying crashes
  •     Enough bugs that a patch was released the first week of release
  •     Not suitable for young eyes or ears.
  •     Not an MMOG…yet



New Vegas
had the unenviable task of following a legend, but it pulled it off in true high roller fashion. Taking the existing formula of edge of your seat combat, detailed quests, fascinating exploration and tossing in a dash of cool is a recipe for success no matter how you stir it up. Those new to the franchise will undoubtedly want to go back and explore the previous adventures after getting their fill here, but remember what happens in New Vegas, stays in New Vegas

Overall 95/100 - Outstanding


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