Fallout: New Vegas Honest Hearts

Fallout 1 and 2 dev on storytelling and Fallout 3 vs New Vegas

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The lead programmer of Fallout 1 and 2, Tim Cain, has been airing his views on Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas in an in-depth chat with RPG Codex. The co-founder of Troika (Arcanum, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines) is currently working on the upcoming South Park RPG with New Vegas developers, Obsidian, but he reckons it's a close call between the two modern Fallouts.

"If I were to compare the two games, I would say that Fallout New Vegas felt like it captured the humor and style of the Fallout universe better than Fallout 3," he said, "but I have to hand it to the FO3 designers for developing VATS, a cool twist on called shots for a real-time game."

Cain found Fallout 3's wasteland to be a lot more lavish than New Vegas', the incidental details and attention to detail that went into every environment didn't just sell the feel of the post-apocalypse, it hid self-contained stories among the debris.

Steam Autumn Sale continues: Total War, LA Noire, VVVVVV, Fallout: New Vegas super cheap

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What's this, every Total War title except Shogun and Shogun 2, with all accompanying DLC for just £8.74 / $12.49? What are you doing to us, Steam sale? I was planning to eat, and perhaps sleep this weekend but NO, you have to throw hundreds of hours of world class strategy gaming at me for a price that my buying finger can't not click on.

Wait, there's more? Gravity mangling platformer VVVVVV, for just 99p / $1.24? That's less than I paid for my cup of coffee this morning. The slick shouting-at-people-until-they-crack simulator LA Noire, which has only been out for two minutes, is half price. And Fallout: New Vegas and all its DLC packs are available at prices that make the upcoming Ultimate Edition seem a little redundant.

Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate edition to bundle all DLC into one package, out in February

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Whoops, I seem to have accidentally put all the information in the headline, but it's still good news for those of us who didn't buy any DLC packs because we knew that it would inevitably end up bundled in a single, better value package. VG247 say that, along with the original game, the Ultimate Edition includes the Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues, Lonesome Road, Courier’s Stash, and Gun Runners’ Arsenal DLC packs, and will be out on February 7 in North America and February 10 in Europe. No pricing details yet.

Our own Tom Hatfield insists that he'll be skipping Skyrim on launch and picking it up sometime later in a similar deal once the mod community's had a good crack at it and any bugs and glitches have been ironed out. My prediction is that he'll break within a week. What do you think?

Fallout: New Vegas Lonesome Road trailer seeks out Ulysses

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The fourth chunk of Fallout: New Vegas DLC hits in five days. It finally puts you in direct contact with courier six, also known as Ulysses, who's fast becoming the Keyser Soze of the Fallout universe. The mournfully named Lonesome Road DLC sends you into The Divide, a wasteland between wastelands, overturned by constant storms, and completely lawless. Fallout: New Vegas has taken an interesting new approach to DLC, turning a loose end from the main game and spinning it off into its own gradually unfolding story, one that's set to conclude when Lonesome Road comes out on September 20. Based on previous packs, it'll likely cost £7.49 / $9.99.

Fallout: New Vegas Old World Blues trailer has lost your brain

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"You will never survive my deadly robot scorpions!" screams a man in the middle of the new trailer for Old World Blues, the latest expansion for Fallout: New Vegas. The phrase "old world blues" conjures images of a seasoned old man on a rocking chair with a battered guitar, wailing on a mouth organ as he strums the slow day away. That image could not be further from the terrifying Twilight Zone style horrors present in the new video. On Big Mountain, deadly robot scorpions are the least of your worries. The strange robotic overlords of the facility have stolen your brain. You'll can get it back when Old World Blues goes on sale this Friday July 19.

Fallout: New Vegas patch to improve performance and crush dozens of bugs

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The Old World Blues DLC for Fallout: New Vegas is out on Friday. The Bethblog announes that a humongous patch is set to arrive alongside the expansion. The update will add make "massive world optimizations" and add a pre-ending sequence autosave for players who want to jump straight back into the New Vegas with all their gear. A swarm of miscellaneaous bugs have exterminated for good measure. You'll find the full list of patch changes next to lots of little red boxes below.

Fallout: New Vegas—Honest Hearts review

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Its heart may be in the right place, but Fallout: New Vegas—Honest Hearts’ story puts the unexciting gameplay to shame.

Fallout: New Vegas Honest Hearts bugs shut out players

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Hold the phones, everyone, all-new bugs have been discovered in Fallout: New Vegas! Players who had to endure the protracted bug-fixing period after New Vegas' release will hardly be surprised to hear that the latest DLC instalment, Honest Hearts, is having a few teething problems.

Fallout: New Vegas Honest Hearts trailer goes tribal

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Hot on the heels of yesterday's batch of screenshots, a trailer has arrived for Fallout: New Vegas' second helping of DLC, Honest Hearts. The expansion sends the player to Utah's Zion National Park to battle shotgun wielding tribesmen, and is coming out next Tuesday. It's the first of three expansions scheduled for the coming months.

Second Fallout: New Vegas DLC coming May 17

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Obsidian is busy as a beehive these days, both prepping Dungeon Siege III for a June launch and putting the final touches on Honest Hearts, the second DLC batch for Fallout: New Vegas. Honest Hearts will send players off the Mojave map and into the wilderness of Utah's Zion National Park to defend a caravan from tribal raiders. Like the first DLC, Dead Money, the story will pick up the story of a mentioned-but-not-seen character from the main game, The Burned Man.

I wasn't super-wild about Dead Money - though it was a great story, the repetitive level design and obnoxious beeping explosive collar took a chunk of the fun out of it. But the first Fallout 3 DLC, Operation Anchorage, was pretty weak too, and then we got the much better Broken Steel, The Pitt, and Point Lookout (let's not talk about Mothership Zeta), so I'm still very much looking forward to exploring Honest Hearts next week. Click Read and Comment to see the latest batch of screenshots.