#1 Posted by ZGoon (317 posts) -

I played about a bazillion hours of Fallout 3 back in the day and lots of DLC also. For some reason I never got New Vegas. Is it worth picking up on the cheap and playing if I loved 3?

#2 Edited by believer258 (12609 posts) -


#3 Posted by UltraSoda (20 posts) -

It was alright

#4 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5094 posts) -

If you liked Fallout 3, you will like New Vegas as well.

#5 Posted by Oscar__Explosion (2612 posts) -


#6 Posted by jdh5153 (1097 posts) -

It's better than 3.

#7 Edited by WinterSnowblind (7595 posts) -

New Vegas is a much better game than 3 and really deserved to be the numbered sequel, not just the spin-off.

#8 Posted by SavePoint (103 posts) -

I've also been looking to play it, just not sure if I want to take on such a massive game. Is it any shorter than Fallout 3? Longer?

#9 Posted by pyromagnestir (4377 posts) -
#10 Posted by D_Bones (421 posts) -

So I ran into the same issue and it took me four different attempts at getting into New Vegas before I got into it. Personally didn't grab me like Fallout 3 did. But if you want more Fallout this is another big wasteland to explore. A lot of people like the story more as well (I didn't really) but my biggest issue was with the forgettable sidequests in New Vegas compared to Fallout 3. Say what you will about the amazing story writers at Obsidian I had no attachment whatsoever to the sidequests in New Vegas, whereas in Fallout 3 I can think of at least 3 right now that were awesome.

So play it if you want more Fallout but I thought on the whole it was disappointing. But from the vibe on these forums I am in the minority for liking 3 more.

#11 Posted by believer258 (12609 posts) -


That depends on how you play it, I guess. It probably has about the same amount of content as Fallout 3.

Well, New Vegas doesn't have level scaling, or at least it's nowhere near as prevalent as it is in Bethesda's games. This means that it might be impossible to just rush through the main quest because you haven't done enough side stuff to level and gain new equipment; the game definitely expects you to look around and spend some time in the world and not just rush through it.

I haven't completed it, though, so I may be completely wrong.

#12 Posted by Daveyo520 (7316 posts) -

Yes, it was made by the guys who made the first two and the story connects to those much better than 3.

#13 Edited by Ghostiet (5535 posts) -

Yes. It was written by people who actually know how to write, so it's much better in my book.

#14 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12576 posts) -

I find it a superior game to Fallout 3 in pretty much all aspects, so yes.

#15 Posted by casper_ (914 posts) -

your'e just in luck because by right about now the game has probably almost been un-fucked and the modding community has done a ton of really cool stuff for it. the writing is great of course and sometimes very funny.

#16 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

I thought it was way better than Fallout 3. A more interesting setting and dungeons, better dialogue, better story, and it's got the ability to look down iron sights, which while not essential, is a really nice addition, especially if you weren't too crazy about VATS like me.

#17 Posted by JasonR86 (9994 posts) -


Sure. The problem I had was that I played it while Fallout 3 was still fresh in my mind. So I got tired of New Vegas real quick. But if it's been a while dig in dude.

#18 Edited by Canteu (2863 posts) -

Play Fallout 3 again instead. Or do what I do;

1. Buy new Vegas

2. Get the Fallout 3 in New Vegas mod

3. Play Fallout 3 in New Vegas engine

#19 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2990 posts) -

It's one of my absolute favorite games of all time, so of course I say yes.

#20 Posted by Gravier251 (217 posts) -

Definitely play New Vegas, it is an improvement on 3 in pretty much every way. Especially the writing, it is a *lot* more deep and believable/interesting. It is also much more in line with the tone and lore of the fallout setting laid down with 1 and 2. Fallout 3 was almost a somewhat cheesy morally black and white fan fiction by contrast. You really should give New Vegas a chance.

#21 Posted by DarkShaper (1362 posts) -

You should absolutely play it. I could never get into Fallout 3 but I have finished New Vegas like 4 times.

#22 Posted by coakroach (2493 posts) -


#23 Posted by Zelyre (1340 posts) -

New Vegas is a better role playing game. It's a first person Fallout game.

Fallout 3 has more stuff to explore. It's a first person open world shooter set in the Fallout universe.

#24 Edited by pweidman (2410 posts) -

Absolutely play it. It's better in many ways than 3. Hardcore mode is especially satisfying.

Old World Blues was a very good piece of DLC, and all the others were decent to good if you want more.

#25 Edited by XxDarkHeroxX (4 posts) -

You get hours upon hours of gameplay with side quests and lots of replay value, especially if you manage to find the Ultimate Edition cheaply online. It was twenty dollars when I saw it at Gamestop. It's a lot better than Fallout 3, especially if you mod it.

#26 Posted by VoshiNova (1889 posts) -
#27 Edited by TheStimpinator (110 posts) -

If you loved 3 then totally. I didn't enjoy the story as much as Fallout 3 but the western setting is really cool and there's loads of more fallout-y things to sink your teeth into. Also the faction systems are pretty interesting and the survivalist mode is a cool challenge.

#28 Edited by Clonedzero (4206 posts) -

The story, mechanics, writing and characters are all vastly better than FO3.

HOWEVER, the world is far more bare and boring to just run around and explore. Theres almost nothing in the world thats just there to be explored for the sake of exploring. And with how buggy it can be at at times, you often get scared of exploring places without the proper quests.

Its a great game, it just doesn't do that open world wanderlust exploration stuff very well at all.

#29 Posted by DeadpanCakes (1105 posts) -

I'm assuming the ones who asked this question here probably figured out the answer of the course of the eight months since this thread's creation.

If anyone else reading this has the same question, however, it's definitely worth playing. I played a lot of Fallout 3, but prefer New Vegas. Even if you don't end up liking it more, it's still more Fallout, so why not?

#30 Posted by Coafi (1519 posts) -

Yes, it's miles ahead of Fallout 3.

#31 Edited by crusader8463 (14744 posts) -

I hated 3 with every fiber of my soul, but ended up really enjoying NV. So take that how you will. Also, my holyness senses be tingling and I smell a necromancer around these parts.

#32 Posted by OGinOR (331 posts) -

@deadpancakes: So much this. And, in many ways, NV is a bigger and better glimpse into that Fallout universe (especially the DLC). We're getting Elder Scrolls Online...why can't we get Fallout Online too?

#33 Posted by ThePickle (4264 posts) -

You'll enjoy it. But you may have to force yourself to play a few hours before you get to the really good stuff. I believe the writing is a lot better and there's a lot more strange/quirky questlines and characters if that's what you're into. The only thing that could turn you off is the story. It's less serious and more pulpy so if that's not your thing I'd say skip it.

#34 Posted by The_Ruiner (1304 posts) -

Both great games for slightly different reasons. But New Vegas has much more refined mechanics.

#35 Edited by GorillaMoPena (2593 posts) -

Only with clean faces

#36 Posted by Zaccheus (1822 posts) -
#37 Posted by TheVeteran13 (1258 posts) -
#38 Edited by ConfusedOwl (1012 posts) -

Just like to point out this thread is 8 months old. Anyway Fallout New Vegas is better so yes person who has probably already made their decision.

#39 Edited by AlecOfTheWest (293 posts) -

Abso-fucking-lutely. My personal game of the generation, I'd say.