Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition looks set to bring consumers the most comprehensive version of the title.
Like its predecessor, Fallout 3, New Vegas has sold incredibly well at retail (see ‘Explosive Sales’). This new pack contains the full first-person shooter RPG and all the downloadable content that has been released so far, filling in some important gaps in the protagonist’s story, and raising the level cap to 50.
Four DLC expansions are included, along with item packs including the Courier’s Stash and the Gun Runner’s Arsenal. The latter features new weapons and modifications while the former boasts all the bonus content that was previously only available by pre-ordering, such as the Sturdy Caravan Shotgun and Tribal Raiding Armour.
The Honest Hearts level sees players having to make their way back to the Mojave after being attacked by tribal raiders, and Dead Money pits users against the mentally unstable Father Elijah in a hunt for the treasure of the Sierra Madre Casino.
In Old World Blues, players get the chance to explore the background of some of Mojave’s more mutated citizens. Finally, Lonesome Road sees gamers contacted by Courier Six, who, in return for the player’s services in one last mission, reveals his secret for refusing to deliver the Platinum Chip at the start of the main game.
Raising the Stakes
This being the Vegas of the future, players will swap seeing Donny and Marie Osmond for exploring nearby desert oasis towns brimming with creatures, such as mutants, giant scorpions and monstrous centaurs.
New Vegas is more bright and colourful than Fallout 3, with its own flashing strip of casinos and hotels. Gamers can even take to the slot machines and poker tables in a bid to earn more in-game cash.
Having received plenty of positive reviews and the ‘RPG of the Year 2011’ award at the Golden Joystick Awards last year, Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition looks destined to appeal to both hardcore fans of the series and those new to the franchise looking for a definitive Fallout experience out of the box.
New Vegas is the follow-up to Fallout 3, which is a rebirth of an older PC simulation franchise. Fallout 3 was released in 2008 to critical acclaim, shifting 4.7 million copies in its first week, outselling the combined sales of all prior Fallout games in just two days.
Follow-up Fallout: New Vegas managed to break this record, with five million units shipped at launch and $300m generated in initial retail sales.