Eurogamer Expo: Fallout: New Vegas

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Eurogamer Expo: Fallout: New Vegas

Top of my list of things at the Eurogamer expo was to go play Fallout New Vegas. I literally spent 130+ hours on Fallout 3, completing every DLC that Bethesda gratuitously pumped out, so to not call me a fan is like saying Pete Doherty is a sober, talented, upstanding member of society. I was all over this bad boy like a pair of thick rimmed glasses on a trendy London kid.

The game itself looks exactly like Fallout 3; from the Pip Boy and Hub to the look of the humans you encounter. From what I saw there has been a very minor tweak to the graphics but that’s about it. Only when you start slowly kissing its neck you notice the new earrings that this girl is wearing.

The game dumped me in a place called Mojave Wasteland, a barren little desert very much in the frame of the earlier titles. The first thing I did when getting hands on with this game was switch the difficulty to the new ‘Hardcore’ mode in which the game tries to deliver more realism. It does this by giving you a dehydration meter where you must remember to drink plenty of water to prevent the lowering of stats and eventually death. Same goes for eating regularly, sleeping and items like stimpacks now take more time to heal rather than instantly. Sadly because I was at an event I didn’t get anywhere near my standard 7 hour stints of preferred Fallout game play, and thus didn’t really get to see any of these new shiny features.

One of the most welcome changes is the ability to now use VATS with mêlée weapons which is great, it was hilarious donning a pair of boxing gloves and slow motion punching a baby coyote in the face until it was a bloody pulp. TAKE THAT WILDERNESS YOU FILTHY SWINE!!!

Something which did catch my eye was within my inventory there was a laser sight, extended ammo chamber and silencer. I didn’t get a chance to see how these upgrades work or how they are attached to your current weaponry but I think we are all fans of modding our favorite tools of destruction, and I can’t wait to see the options laid ahead of me when this game is released.

As reported many times before there seems to be a very heavy influence not just in Karma but in regional statuses too. This was made more evident when I started wildly shooting my machine grenade launcher (with a DOS screen visible for extra cool points) at a Powder peddler. I can’t remember the name exactly Fallout gave this shooty little gang member but the word peddler is funny to say over and over again. Anyway, as soon as I started launching explosive balls of doom at this peddler I was given good Karma and a message saying I was now in favor of the local village. This is a far cry from the basic 2 sides to choose from in Fallout 3; either blow up Megaton and become a slaver, or kill Tenpenny and waste the slavers. Both are pretty black and white, depending on how you play the game these were pretty straight forward decisions to make. Now Fallout: New Vegas seems to of taken that one step further with a multitude of gangs, townsfolk and quests, all designed around making it harder to appease everyone. This blurs the line between what’s right and what has to be done to survive. If this new core game play element is done well it will genuinely be a massive step forward for any ‘free thinking’ decision making game, since all other titles with these types of options have always failed to make it seem, well… just real.

In general, Fallout: New Vegas is more of a 80+ hour add-on then a brand new installment. This doesn’t make me sad at all; anyone who loved Fallout 3 will love Fallout: New Vegas. Even if it’s just the same gal, she’s wearing a damn sexy new dress.

Eurogamer Expo is the UK’s biggest annual video games event. This year the event took place at London’s Earls Court and the hottest anticipated titles were on show for the public to go hands on with, many developers and representatives were also on hand for quizzing and also to give out special goodies to lucky gamers. This year xboxer360 was in attendance and this is our impression of the games we got to play on:

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About Ryan Syrett

Ryan has recently joined the team covering the Eurogamer Expo and looks forward to causing controversay with fan boys. He also loves watching grown men touch each other in pants.

  • Rockwell7

    @xboxer360 please give a shout out to the brilliant reviews from all your crew at the expo.

  • Nameless

    80 hour add-on? Are todays game "journalists" 15 years old?

    • http://biggerjuicebox.wordpress.com littlejuicebox

      Goodness me, you are sorely mistaken.

    • spangles

      i'm sorry to bring all of this up again but i'd just thought i'd highlight something funny.

      Jim Sterling Reveiwing Fallout: new vegas

      "It would be easy to write New Vegas off as an "expansion pack" for Fallout 3, what with the asset re-use and lack of major enhancements made in the two years since Fallout's last game. If New Vegas is an expansion, than it's an expansion that's worth $60"

      let the hate begin!

      • Xboxer360Scoob

        I noticed a similar quote from Dan Whitehead in his review on Eurogamer.net today:

        "It's all incredibly intuitive if you played Fallout 3 since, on the surface, New Vegas looks, sounds and plays exactly the same. With only a few new creatures and a lot of familiar scenery items, it's initially easy to think of it as a really big expansion pack rather than a game in its own right."

  • Spangles

    As I stated: looks, game play and overall feel of the game are nigh spot on to Fallout 3. With new additions coming in via story line elements and small tweaks to the game mechanics. If you don't understand the obviousness of where I’m coming from with my comment then you’re a little bit daft.

    Nice attempt at sounding witty and cutting though.

  • Phil

    …the guy that wrote this is not funny and he called it a "pit boy" you could use vats with the melee weapons 2 this guy obviously dosent know what he talkin about and the whole thing where he said there were 2 choices in fallout 3 was completely wrong he didnt even play 3

  • opsin

    Seems to have.
    "Seems to of" doesn't mean anything.

    Otherwise, sounds like the new additions could be pretty much what I'm after. I'm basically as happy with Fallout 3 with a whole new world to explore, but the changes to difficulty and status ought to help make it feel like at least double the new stuffs.

  • Reader

    theres no "pitboy" in fallout 3 or any of them its called a PIPBOY

    • http://twitter.com/EscoBlades @EscoBlades

      You sad…sad person.

  • Spangles

    Thank you grammar Nazis. I hope you can understand that we were really in a rush and a little against the clock to get some work out on the last night of the event. I’m sure one miss spelling and some slightly dodgy wording can be forgiven.
    I hope you guys can enjoy the game as much as I did.

    • urdoom9

      I agree with the new additions making NV a great new title, but the thing I'm looking forward to most is the blue sky and Vegas lights. Some hope and life rather than a desolate wasteland. Fallout 3 was a great game, but it left me somewhat depressed afterward.

      Forget the losers' criticism, it was a good opinion piece, as littlejuicebox put it. I'm excited about Oct. 19, but time just slugs on by.

  • http://biggerjuicebox.wordpress.com littlejuicebox

    Wow… guys take a break from your lives behind a computer long enough to know that you are hiding up your arse. Why insist on spending your waking hours finding spelling errors, and assuming quite wrongly whether someone has or has not played a game?

    To put it basically, for the simple mind(s) among you, stop being rude or you will find yourself banned. It is great to hear constructive criticism, and to hear your opinions, but these are also the opinions of the writer. If you were to write an opinion piece on a subject, your points would be as valid as someone with a completely different opinion on the subject, because its an OPINION.

    Thank you for coming along and increasing the sites stats and comment count though. It makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

  • http://weclock.com weclock

    The author of this article is an idiot. Go play Fallout 1 & 2 on GOG.
    Also, littlejuicebox, aren't comments also for opinions? Well it's the readers opinion that this guy is retarded.

    • http://biggerjuicebox.wordpress.com littlejuicebox

      There are opinions, and there is name calling. There is a difference.

      There is no point trying to justify how much the author has played Fallout games to you, because your mind is so small you wouldn't believe the truth if you got slapped in the face with it.

      Are you all some crazy trolling gang… because this is all pretty funny?!

    • urdoom9

      You're retarded. Go troll somewhere else.

  • http://weclock.com weclock

    I know, and they get all fussy when you tell them to go and play them.. seriously FO1&2 are far superior to FO3.

  • Adimantiumhero

    Whats that spiderman, your senses are tingerling with the outrageous jealousy coming from those who arnt writting a review. Wow, and people think your a useless superhero because you normally have a rubbish aspect of clarity.

    • http://biggerjuicebox.wordpress.com littlejuicebox

      Go web go! Get those spelling errors! :P

  • Achea Shadow

    First of all I am the owner of this website and I'm grateful for Ryan helping out when we needed the help.

    We get around 100k unique users a month that frequent the website and enjoy what we write about games. We promote the fact that you can say whatever you like in the comments but we draw the line at abuse, we will not tolerate people abusing our staff as they do this out of the goodness of their hearts.

    Now I know a lot of you have come from a Fallout fan site and you are probably a lot more knowledgable on Fallout than most of our staff but they are dedicated writers that will cover everything thats needed so you can read and find out new stuff about the games that you love.

    Thanks for taking the time and reading the article and all of your points will be looked into as long as you don't become aggresive towards the writers.

    Dave

  • adimantiumhero

    I for one am rivitted at the thought of the new game. I hope the blood and guts spill into the sequel and give the player a fresh wound or two.

  • Rockwell7

    Yes Please leave the writers alone there do a brilliant job already.

  • CatchingCatcher

    These comments. They mad.

  • Nameless

    I wrote the first comment, so I just want to say a few words. The article conclusion "In general, Fallout: New Vegas is more of a 80+ hour add-on then a brand new installment" (for many reasons) is incorrect. This kind of comment can be seen among many gamers who started gaming like year ago, but reviewers should try to be professional as much as they can. I didn't want to insult anybody as a person and I hope that we'll all enjoy our time on the Vegas Strip ;) Peace

    • Spangles

      You are more than welcome to you view and more then welcome to believe whatever you like about how long ago I played this game. I genuinely loved Fallout 3 and even went as such into getting hold of the older ones. Honestly if I had the spare time I would have completed them as well. But I have things to do like work, have a girlfriend and go outside.
      I think my review states more than enough times how the game is very much like Fallout 3, from the visuals, down to the movement of the game. But I also mentioned it had brand spanking new game play elements, one of which I’m my humble opinion could possibly take computer games to a new level (but what do I know right?)
      In all honesty, each to their own, the fantastic thing about life is that people can see things differently from another and not overreact.

      • Jwebb1984

        Good writing will constantly reflect to it's major points. I believe the author did this and summarized it well in the conclusion.

        I read reviews for the information and opinions so I can gain insight where I have none. If you read reviews to critique the writers ability to do their job, you should goto school and become an editor. or simpler put.. just shut up.

  • Insom

    I've never played an 80 hour add on. If they exist I've never heard of one.

  • nameless

    Wow, this guy is very wrong, and I'm sure he never played the originals. This is most deffinentally not an add-on look at this list containing SOME of the new features:

    Companion wheel
    Companion perks
    Weapon mods
    Hardcore mode
    More quests
    New factions
    Gambling
    Traits
    Binoculars
    Night/Thermal vision
    Nightkins
    Snow
    More Freindly Super-Mutants
    Different guns
    More joinable factions
    Reputation
    New drugs
    Repair kits
    Doctors bags
    Unique speach options for low intellegence characters.

    • nameless

      I forgot cooking, poison making, and ammo crafting.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000352505101 Matthew Andrew McIntosh

      Pretty sure that the unique speech options for low intellgence characters were in Fallout 2(Don't know about Fallout 1, new finished it :p). In fact, nearly everything you mentioned was in in the originals, save for a couple. I believe that maybe YOU, good sir, should replay the originals

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000352505101 Matthew Andrew McIntosh

        *never finished

        • spangles

          Looks like the fanboy just got out fanboyed.

          One of the sad facts about this whole mess is the demo we were allowed to get our mits on didn't encompass all of these million bajillion new features your listing. Some of which I spoke about. Some just sound like new items and the others just weren’t there. People are kind of grabbing at straws here
          We in all honesty can only write about what we see. Not what we've read on the fallout wikiapedia…otherwise it’s called lying.

          Nameless as i said your more then entitled to your opinion. But perhaps you shouldnt take such a vested intreast in mine if it bothers you that much.

      • nameless

        I'm sorry. I should've added that these are new from FO3. I got the same response when I posted these on another board :p and yes I've played them quite recently.

  • aaa

    greetings, mortals

  • resevil239

    FONV=FO3 on crack!!!! Can't wait, already pre-ordered from amazon.com with release date delevery!!! I hope that for FO4, bethesda either lets obsidian make it (since those are the people who made the originals in the first place, and are why so many features from the originals are back), or keeps all these new features! and to all the douches who keep complaining about the graphics: its a wasteland, its not supposed to look good!

    As for the review, I also disagree with reviewer, but honestly, who cares? why do people feel the need to argue about it?

    • spangles

      I really hope this is people miss-typing or miss-reading but this is not a review, it’s a write up on a short 20/30 minute hands on demo.

  • Windedprism

    Wow such flamin for a preview poor guy.Here's a thought he's played New Vegas and you haven't.I don't give two flying monkeys if this is labeled as an addon or fullgame one thing is for sure Obsidian have made it Full On.Good for them for bringing back some of the older ideas especially from Van Buren.Europe oct 22nd here come the geckos!

    • Spangles

      I genuinely am starting to believe these guys thought what I wrote was a review not a short preview. in all seriousness you can’t get to much done in 20/30 mins, especially in a game like Fallout. When we all buy the game ( I hope we do because it is a bloody good game) I feel people with a single ounce of saneness will understand where I was coming from. Same fonts for new missions and speech, same character design, same Pipboy layouts, same movement, controls, and basic skeleton of a game.
      As I said before the true standout futures of this game will be how it handles its complex narrative.

  • Windedprism

    One more thing to add to add the this list

    Companion wheel
    Companion perks
    Weapon mods
    Hardcore mode
    More quests
    New factions
    Gambling
    Traits
    Binoculars
    Night/Thermal vision
    Nightkins
    Snow
    More Freindly Super-Mutants
    Different guns
    More joinable factions
    Reputation
    New drugs
    Repair kits
    Doctors bags
    Unique speach options for low intellegence characters.

    add in better voice actors for the characters directly linked to the player ie Mr House and especially the companions.

    Woof woof Cyberdog lets go tear up some NCR.

  • docbrown

    Have they added more beards?

    thats all I want to know…

    • http://www.facebook.com/brianjmugs Brian Mulligan

      I really hope so, I really really do

  • Xboxer360Scoob

    It just goes to show that these guys are internet trolls – I mean come on, if you were regular Xboxer360.com readers you would know a lot more time and effort goes into our reviews. And, at the end of the day, we're still a fan site, so the opinions our staff and contributors give are their own: independent and from a gamer's point of view. Ryan used the word "seems" in the same sentance, indicating that this was the feeling he had from the title.