If they'd released this in October, a full month before Skyrim, this would have been a pre-order for me. But now, WAAAY too much has happened to my collection in the past few months. Just on black Friday alone I picked up Batman AC, Rage, and Gears 3. I'm still playing through Deus Ex. Battlefield and Dead Island co-op are ruling my online world when certain friends are on.... and I still don't own Skyrim yet, an obvious must-have!
As much as I love FALLOUT 3, as much as I enjoyed the few hours of this I put into my roommate's copy of FALLOUT:NV, I just can't get past the fact that I think I've got better gaming priorities right now... unless someone can convince me otherwise.
I don't know man, for me, the Fallout Universe is an incredible RPG (I don't like to use the word 'favorite'). The huge maps, wide berth of directions to take, and the STORY are just so incredibly compelling. To get you the idea of how much I appreciate it, I actually bought NV for like $10 in a deal at Best Buy back in June, and a month later I sold it to someone else (unopened!) because I wanted to wait for the ultimate edition to come out! Nevermind that I played through Fallout 3 twice after I bought the GOTY edition (didn't even know it existed initially) and went through *every* storyline.
Only thing I'm anticipating more than this is Halo 4 at the end of the year (which I will buy in a second btw)
I can not recommend this game! It has sucked away over 200 hours of my life :-) and i am sure that i still have at least 50 hrs of play left. NV is magnitudes better than F3 which i (sadly ;-) sank at least 100 hours into (including all dlc)! The Ultimate Edition is the way to go since by now 99% of the nasty bugs have been fixed!
You really think F:NV is better than F:3? I played about 5-6 hours (maybe more) of NV, and I gotta say I didn't miss it that much when I gave it back to my roommate. A couple things that set NV apart from F:3 still stick with me as bothersome. One change I didn't like was how they did the speech challenges. In F:3 they gave you a percentage of how likely you were to win a speech challenge, but in NV they just require you to have a certain amount of skill points allocated. I also didn't like that I didn't get a house to put all my stuff or rest in like in F:3. Games like this, I'm a hoarder, so I need a place to keep a stash. I had to find random lockers to throw my crap in. Screwed on the bed thing still. I did like aiming down ironsights though. Seems like I got kills faster doing that than with VATS, but I got enough damn games with ironsights...
@John You didn't play long enough. F:NV is a much bigger game. I am a very thorough hoarder and not only do you get a motel room in which to stash your stuff but you also get courier mailboxes and in the dlc you get the best lair in the "Sink". The speech challenges are exactly the same as in F:3, you get a percent, I am not sure why you didn't get that maybe your skill levels were too low.. I never used the iron sights option and don't know what you mean about the bed thing. Sleep heals you just like in F3. AFAIK the mechanics are very much like F3 but there are more and more varied environments. any problems with climbing hills or getting around are fixed. the crafting was something i don't remember in F3 but found very helpful in FNV. The only thing i missed was the bobble head collecting but this is replaced by finding snow globes. I didn't like the new magazines giving you a skill boost for a few minutes only. and of course the most annoying is that the chinese stealth suit does not = a stealth boy anymore ;-( but otherwise there is much more play time and value in F:NV My suggestion is to borrow it back and try again. (PS the Luck skill actually means something and if you max it out you can make a lot of money in the casinos)
The Speech challenges in NV are not a percent- all skill challenges require a set rank in the skill, and will fail if you do not meet the threshold; most can be attempted again at a later time. This is a significant improvement over FO3, in which a character with no skill ranks could cheese the game by saving before a challenge and reloading until achieving success.