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2.0 out of 5 stars A major letdown after enjoying Fallout 3, August 1, 2012
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
I recently finished Fallout 3 (also on the PS3) and was so impressed by it that I went out to pick up the New Vegas Ultimate Edition. (I also loved Fallout and Fallout 2, having played them many times as well.) My thinking was that by now surely it had been patched enough to not have too many bugs. I was wrong.

While obviously your experience may vary, I found this game much less compelling or interesting than Fallout 3. There are not many interesting characters to care about early on. The game is also harder than Fallout 3 without the bobbleheads, plentiful skillbooks, and perks now only every other level. The slug of equipment you get with the included downloaded content helps offset this as does the much higher level cap, but playing it enough to reach those higher levels brings us to the real deal killer...bugs.

I would not have thought it possible that a platform game, where the underlying OS and hardware is so stable and consistent, could have as many major bugs as this game two years after its initial release. I am not a power user by any stretch of the imagination, I try and follow the main quest path as a "good guy" as much as possible. Presumably this predictable path receives at least some playtesting, and I still have a screwed up game where a key merchant does not work - at all. This is so upsetting that I normally would just restart the game, but that brings us back to the not very compelling storyline - who do you want to serve - the greedy guy, the slavers, or the high tax republic? I really couldn't decide.

So seriously, forget them and this game. I found playing it a chore (having to go check discussion boards to see what was bugged for many areas/quests is the game playing me, not me playing the game) despite the fact that there are some interesting locations. This is the first Fallout game where I pretty much ditched the quests (some of which seem to be easily broken if forum posts are to be believed) and just wandered around.

I really regret buying this game, rent it first or wait for it to be in the bargain bin, it will be easier to get your money's worth of enjoyment out of it. It's Fallout, so it can be fun, a lot of fun, but it could have so easily been a five star game with some serious de-bugging and a sympathetic non-player character or two.
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Initial post: Nov 26, 2012 6:15:36 PM PST
There's also the fourth option, which you hadn't gotten to. Making a free New Vegas and saying to hell with all 3 of the other factions ;P
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