Finally got around to playing. To me it feels like a big expansion of Fallout 3. It plays EXACTLY like Fallout which isn't unexpected but all the little nuances from F3 are still there. Same artwork, models, etc. As the game has a silent protagonist you don't have much of an emotional attachment to them so to me it just feels like it's still the same guy/gal running around on a new map.
Still fun to go out and explore but the bugs and the extremely similar feel take some of the shine off the 2nd time around. Personally I am having allot of little split second freezes as I walk, not game stopping but enough to remind me this is just a video game aka enough to kill the immersion.
Also, much of the music from this generation is public domain so why do both games INSIST on only having like 10 songs? To me personally the radio stations in Fallout really set the tone and I love exploring listening to the in-game radio. I find the lack of selection depressing and the main reason why I was leaning towards the PC versions (you can download a huge song pack). Also, 3 dog was so much better than....whatshisname.
So yeah, good game but so far but if it wasn't for the fact I already know Obsidian made it I would say it was the same studio. Obsidian didn't really add or expand much on the winning formula.
Just started playing not that long ago (bought PC version for $20 of Steam -- was available for $10 a week later ) and it doesn't seem to crash anywhere near as often as it used to based on previous reports.
But as I'm moving ahead in the game, I feel as if the turnout I would have preferred simply isn't available. After reading through the various endgame options on the Fallout Wiki, It seems like every one of them leads to an all-out war. There's no option to invoke a more peaceful resolution to the Mojave conflict, or at least one that allows you to squeeze out the more unpleasant factions from the area, and have the "grey area" factions start working together with the "good" factions and improve life for everyone on a massive scale.
I should have known that an American made game wouldn't have included a more peaceful "Canadian" style endgame option, preferring conflict over cooperation.
I loved Fallout and New Vegas. Both were similar but the storylines were captivating to me. Fallout got me into the music of Roy Brown and many
artists from that time period. New Vegas got me into the music of Dean Martin and Peggy Lee. In fact I just bought a Benny Goodman album with Peggy Lee singing.
At the end of New Vegas I thought it might have even been better than Fallout and that is saying a lot.