Game: Fallout: New Vegas
Release Date: October 22nd 2010
Platform: Xbox 360/PS3/PC
Fallout: New Vegas is not a direct sequel to the best-selling Fallout 3; thou it looks. Set in a dark, humoured, post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland that is rich with character and personality. This is a standalone product, and you do not have had to of played Fallout 3 to follow New Vegas's storyline, so those who are not familiar with its predecessor will find it easy to pick up and play. New Vegas sees the series take a departure from the Washington DC area and enter the Mojave Wasteland, and along with familiar gameplay mechanics, great new additions, and an array of technical issues; New Vegas makes great attempts to rival Fallout 3.
The storyline in New Vegas is both varied and compelling. You start off as a courier tasked with delivering a high valued item to the New Vegas strip, however you are intercepted and left for dead. You are then stitched up by some friendly townsfolk and sent on your way to find who tried to kill you, and presumably take revenge. Along your travels you will meet some twisted characters, all with their own agendas and method of survival in the wastes. The amount of side quests and ways to approach each situation is astonishing, and you will be generally astounded at the amount of tasks that will rack up in your inventory, should you choose to explore of the beaten path. This is one of those games where exploration is rewarded in bucket loads, both in quests, items, and locations' most of which are off the path from the main storyline. Everything about this dark, brutal world is open from the beginning, with every single nook and cranny drawing you in; its almost impossible to walk from one point to another without getting sidetracked in some way. One major drawback for me was the inability to carry on playing after you have completed the main quest. Considering Fallout 3 was originally shipped with the same problem, and it was later patched to please the thousands that complained, this development choice seems extremely limited in its logic, and is definitely frustrating.