Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Playlist - 7/28/2012

Fallout: New Vegas

I may have been a bit too ambitious when I carved out my path for my summer of RPGs. The summer gaming window, for me, ends on August 10 with The Amazing Spider-Man, leaving me only almost two weeks to tackle as many RPGs as I can. Luckily, not all of them are as long as Fallout: New Vegas. After playing straight for the past two weeks, I finally finished it along with its four DLC packs, clocking in at grand total of 138 hours played. Comparing that time to the 60 hours it took me to finish Fallout 3 and all of its DLC, it’s safe to say I prefer New Vegas.

I built my character as a heavy weapons and melee user. Between the minigun, gatling laser, grenade machinegun, and the shishkebab, along with the pyromaniac perk, I could handle any enemy and still had enough points to put in things like speech, barter, lockpick, and science.

By the time I neared the end of the game, I still had decided who I wanted to side with. The NCR seemed unorganized, and I felt like they only would have squandered it if I handed them the Strip. Caesar and the Legion, who I favored early in the game, were dead set on leaving a trail of death and slavery behind them if they controlled the Strip. Mr. House felt like the reasonable conclusion. He kept the Strip relatively safe for over 200 years, and though his methods were cold, they were exactly what was needed to keep order. However, giving him Hoover Dam in addition to the Strip would be too much power for one man. Finaly, the Yes Man came along, kindly offering his help to run both the Legion and the NCR out of Hoover Dam, and helping me shape the Strip as a free independent power in the Mojave desert.

But before I barreled down the endgame and chose my final path, I took a detour of the four DLC packs: Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues, and Lonesome Road. Dead Money follows the pattern of Operation: Anchorage for Fallout 3 by taking away all of your gear and starting you from scratch. However, instead of varying the gameplay like Operation: Anchorage did, Dead Money tasks you with rebuilding your arsenal, all while avoiding hard-to-see traps and blocking off pathways by way of radio-controlled bomb collars.

Dead Money, Honest Hearts, and Old World Blues all suffer from the same problem that wasn’t fixed until Lonesome Road: starting the quest by talking to an NPC for nearly 30 minutes. I understand you have introduce characters and the conflict to the player, but doing it for so long and with cryptic word drags on to the point that I didn’t want to play anymore.

Finishing Fallout: New Vegas makes me anxious to hop into The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, but not until at least Bethesda releases Dawnguard for the PC, which they have been quiet about. Rather than jump into my already 40-hour save of The Witcher, I’m going to start Deus Ex: Human Revolution next, as I’m definitely ready for a more sizable, and more recent, RPG.

Game Deals

Green Man Gaming has a pre-order deal for Borderlands 2 for $40 when using the promo code PARTP-ALCNO-TIESU. The game uses Steamworks and releases on September 18.

Green Man Gaming also has deal for 20% off everything not on sale already when using the promo code PLAYF-SURVY-VOUCH. You could use this for any number of the upcoming titles as we head into the holiday release schedule.

Amazon is having a one-day sale for PC digital titles. You can see the full list of sales on, but standout deals include Spec Ops: The Line for $24.99 and Max Payne 3 for $29.99.

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