It’s a bold statement, I know. But as a true-blue Fallout fan I have the right to an opinion. And as it’s 5 years to the day since Fallout: New Vegas released I thought I’d lay down my reasons as to why I think Fallout: New Vegas is better than the likes of Fallout 1, 2 and 3. Here we go!
To begin with, I’ll compare it to the least stiff competition, Fallout 1, 2 and tactics. These games are great in their own ways don’t get me wrong, but they don’t carry as much mainstream appeal as something a little more casual and easy to get into, such as a first person shooter and unfortunately the action and intense moments that occur in Fallout as a Deathclaw is chasing you, or you’re down to that last sliver of health as you manage to get that clutch snipe with a hunting rifle, don’t happen as often in the top-down more strategic Fallout games. These games do have their merit, but I don’t think you can be the best on merits alone.
The main game in the series that would rival New Vegas is Fallout 3, the first game since Bethesda acquired the IP turning it into a first person shooter RPG. These 2 games are extremely similar in a lot of ways, given that they both run on Bethesda’s creation engine and they both came out relatively close to each other, so no real graphical enhancements could be made. Because of the fact that they’re both running on the same engine and that Obsidian only needed to add a few new elements and improve the performance it is a little unfair but this wasn’t about being fair, it’s about which game was best.
The story was better than Fallout 3, which in my opinion was not bad but nothing to write home about, there were things like weapon attachments, iron sights and ammo types that are often overlooked by fans of 3 and the world felt a little more full. Every corner of New Vegas seemed to have quests whereas there didn’t seem to be as many in Fallout 3. And finally the DLC was better. Lonesome Road and Honest Hearts were some of my favourite DLC’s of any game I’ve played and if you’re a Fallout player who hasn’t picked them up, I urge you to do so.
There are my reasons why I feel New Vegas is the best Fallout game to date. As I said, it is a little unfair as New Vegas is roughly 2 years newer than 3, but it used that time wisely to make improvements to the game world and create another great Fallout experience. Of course… all of this is going to be overshadowed in just under a month when Fallout 4 comes out. Bring it on!
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