Fallout: New Vegas – Dead Money DLC – Reviewed (PS3)
7 September 2013
Excerpt: Wondering around the Mojave wastes with a gun slung over my shoulder and my partner in crime standing beside me I hear a radio signal coming in through my trusty Pipboy. With a marker set up I go off to investigate where this signal is transmitting from. Nestled in some dunes I see the opening to a bunker. A small, grey hatch which is enticing me to enter.
Fallout: New Vegas – Old World Blues – Review (PS3)
7 September 2013
Excerpt: ld World Blues is the third expansion to hit New Vegas, and this one is arguably the pick of the bunch. While Dead Money and Honest Hearts were far from bad, neither had that extra spark to make them essential downloads, whereas this latest offering attempts to deliver a little something more to the apocalyptic wasteland. As you would expect, it features its own unique story arc as you wake up and find that you’ve had your brain and innards removed.
Conclusion: Fallout's modern interpretation may have started to show its wrinkles, but Old World Blues remedies an aging formula by resurrecting the series' latent dark humor and pushing it in the spotlight. The Big Empty's rousing collection of psychotic and hilarious character are among the most entertaining in New Vegas, and engaging them turns conversation from a necessary slog to a riotous affair.
Excerpt: New Vegas' second DLC starts with a new radio broadcast inquiring if anyone with a Pip-Boy wants to make a few honest caps. Soon enough, you'll be partnering up with an industrious caravan and setting out for Utah to hopefully make profitable contact with the city of New Canaan, which has been mysteriously quiet as of late.
Conclusion: Despite minor disappointments however, this is a very engaging title. Those who missed some of the more trademark Fallout elements in Fallout 3 should be somewhat satiated in this game, as Obsidian really bring that flair to the franchise once again. The glitches, whilst highly annoying, will hopefully be patched soon after launch, but again we can't help but feel that as time goes on there's less and less of an excuse for shipping games in such a state.
Excerpt: Where is the Dead Money review? Over the past few weeks that has been all that I heard from everyone, wondering when the Dead Money review would be finished. This was a hard game for me to review because just like in Fallout 3, before the excellent Broken Steel DLC came and reworked the ending, I have suffered the same fate with New Vegas in not having a perfect save file.
Excerpt: The Good: Manages to bring a new vibe to the somewhat tired Fallout gameplay model. The Bad: That itself gets pretty repetitive after awhile. The Ugly: With a whole lotta dying and reloading. I’m really conflicted about the first DLC for Fallout New Vegas – Dead Money. On the one hand there is the ancient and honorable custom known as milking it .
Conclusion: Dead Money isn't perfect, but neither was New Vegas. There are some interesting survival horror elements of Dead Money that will make you tense, and enough fun to make you come back for more. This DLC is certainly a solid edition to the Fallout world.
Excerpt: If its predecessor is any indication, Dead Money is the first tentative trickle in what's sure to be a deluge of downloadable expansions for Fallout New Vegas. Just like Operation: Anchorage, the first expansion of the original, Dead Money subverts the existing Fallout framework in the service of its own, very particular experience. The results are as mixed as they were in Fallout 3's Alaskan jaunt.
Conclusion: It hurts to not score this higher, especially considering the incredible writing and epic amount of well-varied quests, but the rampant bugs and gameplay that is getting stale really drag this down. Someone please take Gamebryo out back and shoot it.