By JouselDelka 81 Comments
Just a short after-midnight blog to share my fascination with Fallout: New Vegas.
TL;DR - If Bethesda games are a great girlfriend to travel with and have fun (and they sure are great), FNV is the girlfriend you've been waiting for who can actually talk to you, interest you, intrigue and satisfy you.
People were not joking when they said Obsidian wrote stories like Steve Vai played the guitar! I was late for the Planescape: Torment party, found Alpha Protocol's gameplay too cumbersome to endure for storytelling, and only played a handful of hours of Neverwinter Nights 2 because I was young back then and RPGs weren't my thing.
But this game, is blowing my mind. Makes me regret not investing more in those games, in a way.
There's just so much heart, thought and intelligence put delicately into every plot line and event. The dialogue can go on forever, it can spiral anywhere, and it's a treat to listen to and engage in, word after word. I still very much enjoy the richness of the worlds Bethesda creates which Fallout NV evidently lacks, but for someone who's invested hundreds of hours into a few Bethesda titles, this game totally hits a spot that was in dire need for hitting.
I actually feel like I'm talking to people in this game. They have personalities, interests, shame, pride, hostility and so forth. The occasional sense of humor is also very surprising and satisfying, I'm loving every word I'm hearing. The King's theory about his headquarter building formerly being a house of "worship" for one man (turns out to be Elvis Presley when you expect it to be Jesus, and then their style and look starts making sense :D) deserves some sort of award, it had me grinning and laughing, it was just so brilliant.
Just when I thought The Witcher series' storytelling couldn't be topped, Obsidian manages to create storytelling miracles in the last place I expected - a Bethesda brand. And they do it without any fancy technology or fantastical mumbo jumbo, just straight up premium Hollywood writing.
21 hours in and everything feels perfect. The story is elevating so naturally, everything is coming together beautifully, and I can't wait to own New Las Vegas.
The PC mods are making the experience surreal! Here is a list of the mods I'm using:
- Expanded Hotkeys (1-8)
- Primary Needs HUD
- Radar HUD
- Centered 3rd Person Camera
- DOF Depth of Field
- Nevada Skies - Weather Effects
- ELECTRO-CITY - Relighting the Wasteland
- Goodsprings Shack (like the Skyrim 'Dovahkiin Hideout')
- High Grass
- Sprint Mod
- Timescale Adjuster
- Advanced Recon Range Finder
You need the Fallout NV script extender (like Skyrim), the Mod Configuration Menu, and the Unified HUD Project