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The interface is bad - it is clunky and non-intuitive. I think they must have ported the game from the console and then not done any real work to make the interface more amenable to a PC keyboard. Menus are tedious--it takes too much navigation to see a simple map. The graphics are passable, but the game often lags. Movement is not fluid. The game is visually dark and flat--finding things in the environment is tedious. That includes when you start taking damage from someone shooting at you, and you have no idea where they are. It also includes searching a room, looking around at dozens of little mostly useless things trying to find something helpful. You can't pick up everything to sell or use later - you will quickly be encumbered and forced to move very slowly. Even when I try just carrying things I know I can use, I still end up spending too much time micro-managing my inventory.
The game crashes a lot, and a couple of times I reverted to an older save game because the latest would not load. The quest markers are sometimes difficult to follow and, once in a while, outright wrong.
Steam is a nuisance. It also seems unnecessary in a game that is so old. It never remembers my account or password (even though I ask it too), and I have to log in every time just to start the game. I am not going to repeat all the reasons people hate Steam so much - just read other reviews or do a web search. I am particularly annoyed that Steam gathers personal information about my playing of the game, and there is no option to opt out. Please, no more Steam -- or provide one simple option to opt out of the adware and spyware features of the launcher.
After pushing past these flaws, I found I really liked the game. It is a good RPG with a lot of quests and exploration. The Perk system gives you options to personalize your playstyle. You can fight realtime or use the VATS system, which lets you fight part of the battle in a turn-based manner.
If you obsess over graphics, this game is not for you. However, if you enjoy a story, and shooting things until they stop moving, then this is the game for you!
New Vegas takes place in a post-nuclear wasteland in and around -you guessed it- Las Vegas. Like all other Fallout games, New Vegas has heavy roots in RPGs, with weapon stats, character stats, and even a nifty level-up system. The game is also open world, so you can wander about as you wish, however, don't be surprised when you're torn apart by some ungodly creature with an ungodly high level.
Overall, this game may be a bit of a throwback, but it's enjoyable either way.