New New Vegas DLC Gets Trailer’d

By Lewie Procter on September 15th, 2011 at 9:01 am.


I stopped paying attention to the Fallout: New Vegas DLCs a while back. Not out of a lack of interest mind, it’s just that I have a preorder for the Goatee Edition from Amazon, from when they accidentally listed it early, and it was only priced at £20. I’ll just dive back into the Mojave Wasteland once that gets shipped to me, and I’ll gorge myself all the DLC in one tasty feast. This fourth DLC release for New Vegas is titled Lonesome Road. When you come, you’ll walk it alone…

That was a bit moody, wasn’t it? If you’re a fan of reading words written in blood on walls, explosions and space rockets, I think this DLC might be for you.

Lonesome Road is due out on the 20th of September, and it’ll cost you £7.49/€9.99/$9.99. Or not, if you chose not to buy it: It’s up to you!

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60 Comments »

  1. mkultra says:

    That looked good in a Water World sort of way.

  2. Stevostin says:

    Nice voice.

  3. felisc says:

    weird choice to put the mark morgan’s original music in this trailer, but ah those tracks are still so nice and powerful.

    • UnravThreads says:

      I don’t know why you think that, as New Vegas is peppered with tracks by Mark Morgan, including some that were remixed by Inon Zur (Who did the rest of the soundtrack).

    • felisc says:

      yup they are in new vegas but what i mean is they just don’t match the tone of this trailer

  4. Sharkticon says:

    Did anyone else read that as “Goatse Edition from Amazon”?

  5. UnravThreads says:

    There’s also two item packs coming out on the same day, I believe. Looking forward to this DLC, though, even if it means I can finally flipping uninstall New Vegas once I’ve completed it.

  6. mlaskus says:

    I played New Vegas a bit recently and I’m a conflicted about it. On one hand, I really like the story, quests are mostly quite fun and characters interesting. On the other hand though, it’s one of the buggiest games I’ve ever played, it crashes every few minutes, enemies clip through ground or walls, quests often get buggered up, preventing me from finishing them. I don’t think I’m patient enough to finish it.

    • Askeladd says:

      Had no problems pre DLC. Not one crash.

    • ShineDog says:

      Had some issues at launch, but they patched it fairly quickly and have been pretty comprehensively patching the base game around the time of each DLC. It’s pretty solid now. Sure, people occasionally still clip through things, (symptom of the shitty engine I guess?) , and I’m sure there are some minor questline bugs still in (does any game of this scale and complexity not have them?) but on the whole it’s a pretty damn solid experience now.

      Unless your the unlucky guy who crashes all the time, I guess.

    • Gassalasca says:

      I played NV for the first time last month. Thouroughly patched and DLCed. Sank some fifty-odd hours into it – not a single crash, but I got stuck in the scenery a few times, had to load. And one sidequest couldn’t be completed. That’s it.

    • orcane says:

      I have had like one crash, but that doesn’t mean the game wasn’t buggy. A lot of that can be blamed on the game/scripting engine though, as quests breaking, NPCs disappearing et al. all go back to Oblivion.

      At least I played the PC versions, allowing me to fix a lot of those bugs with console commands (which disable Steam achivmunz! in FO:NV, woop dee doo) and playing on eventually.

    • Bob says:

      The weird thing is that patching post release got rid of my bugs. Then they patched again pre the DLCs and they’ve come back.

      Never the less I’m looking forward to Lonesome Road.

    • Nick says:

      I’ve been lucky in that NV has been considerably less buggy for me than Fallout 3 still is.

    • Hallgrim says:

      I was also really surprised at the very poor quality of the game. It IS pretty fun if/when you can get past all the mess, but I’ve also had trouble with crashes, LOTS of bugs, and save file corruption.

      I’ve used http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Fallout_Wiki extensively to fix problems with quests (like quest NPC’s disappearing). Resorting to command line fixes is a real PITA, but it might be better than quitting when you’d rather play.

      I also strongly recommend http://www.newvegasnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=35227 . It is a java program that runs outside of fallout, and makes a copy of every autosave and quicksave to help you from losing time. Just be sure to start it again if Fallout NV crashes on you.

      My latest favorite bug is one where the game doesn’t recognize that you have unequipped faction armor, so everyone starts attacking you even though you’ve taken the faction armor off. Was fun spending 15 minutes on google trying to fix that. Which wouldn’t be a big deal, but when you have to do it constantly it gets really frustrating. I lost a dozen hours of game play due to save file corruption before I started using the autosaver, and was inches from uninstalling it myself.

    • Saiko Kila says:

      I’ve been playing with patched, Steam game (and two DLCs), and I agree it’s one of the buggiest games of 2010-2011. I had a couple of crashes too, about one crash per 10-15 hours. What amazes me is that there are known bugs which were present in Fallout 3, and some of them were apparently patched in F3 back then! Also, I don’t think that FNV is really better than F3 story wise. Some parts are better, but some aren’t, and I find the map design a bit less interesting than F3.

      There are still things, probably due to limits of the engine, that break the game in way of reality or immersion, like shooting baddies from one meter with a silenced rifle, and still being friends to their nearby comrades.

    • Wulf says:

      Bethesda games are just as buggy and the solution is the ever present fan patch. New Vegas is based on a Bethesda engine and is buggy, not a surprise, so the solution? A fan patch. One exists, go grab it.

  7. Taidan says:

    You have to watch out for those Amazon pre-orders. If they set the price too low and get too many pre-orders, they’ll simply cancel the item listing then put it back up in a slightly altered form, to avoid having to honour the original price.

    They did it to The Old Republic after EA revealed the price was going to be £10 more expensive than anticipated, and of course, many people were angered.

  8. Tom De Roeck says:

    Is this.. post NV main story? From the voice over, it sounded much like it.. is this the last of the DLC? (also, didnt they say all DLC will be during the main plot, not afterwards?)

    • Fetthesten says:

      Bethesda retconned the ending in Fallout 3 when they released the Broken Steel DLC pack, but apparently Obsidian have stated that New Vegas’ ending is just that; in order to play the DLC missions you’ll need a save file from before the final mission starts.

    • Alexander Norris says:

      No and yes in that order. This is the ending to the “side-story” that’s been explored in all the previous pieces of DLC.

      It’s a little odd – the main game is about the NCR vs. the Legion (and everything they represent), but the DLC is purely about the Courier and his past. Still excellent stuff, and I will probably be getting this at release (even though I have half of Honest Hearts to do still, and haven’t touched Old World Blues).

      Just looking at the DLC’s plot/themes, it’s pretty much as if there were an entirely different game inside F:NV, so it’s almost like it ought to be set a little while after the end of NV and be written as a book-end to the Courier’s life after the second battle of Hoover Dam, but you can’t play the DLC if you’ve not got a save set before the endgame stretch of NV.

    • Lars Westergren says:

      Two more DLCs have been announced, but they are minor both in content and price compared to the 4 big ones. The first gives you the items only the pre-order people got before, the second adds lots of new unique weapons to find as well as new achievements, challenges, crafting and cooking recipies. But no new plot or characters.

    • DigitalSignalX says:

      The last patch (1.7 I think?) adds a new savegame for you just before the no-return last mission in order to play all the DLC’s. The “Other Courier” who refused your delivery in FONV is a running plot element all through the vanilla game and the previous DLC’s. He’s brought up in many conversations and has left various themed graffiti all over.

      http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Ulysses

      I’m looking forward to this as I was in the middle of my 3rd play through when the release date was announced and have been deliberately going slow for about a month to get the DLC on the 20th.

      Here’s the two holotapes he has left (so far) for the player:

      http://cdnstatic.bethsoft.com/bethblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Ulysses_BigMT_0001.mp3
      http://cdnstatic.bethsoft.com/bethblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Ulysses_BigMT_0002.mp3

  9. magnus says:

    Hmm, there’s bound to be one more when the GOTY edition comes out and Lonesome Road is out on my birthday, Happy Birthday to me!

  10. reticulate says:

    I’m looking forward to the conclusion they’ve teased since Dead Money.

    All in all, I’ve enjoyed the New Vegas DLC, though Old World Blues was easily the best. I hope this one lets Obsidian go out on a high note.

    • Wulf says:

      Yep, Old World Blues was amazing and harks back to my favourite Fallout games – 2 and Tactics.

      Those two games, wow. They didn’t take themselves seriously at all and yet both of them could make you stop and really think, both of them could jar you emotionally, it was really surprising. I’d love to see more games which are like that. Old World Blues came pretty damn close.

      (I want to see the person who was responsible for designing/writing most of Old World Blues in charge of the production of a new Fallout game.)

    • Keeper_Deven says:

      “I want to see the person who was responsible for designing/writing most of Old World Blues in charge of the production of a new Fallout game.” –Chris Avellone (he of Torment and KotOR2 fame) was lead designer on Dead Money and Old World Blues.

  11. MuscleHorse says:

    Obsidian have really been showing the rest of the industry how it’s done with DLC. They’ve all been high quality and contain substantial content, with varying styles for each individual pack. I love how they’ve teased as to your future travels in each one.

    In answer to the questions above, I think the DLC are meant to be the story of the Courier, whereas the main game is the story of New Vegas.

  12. Sulphur says:

    Ah, so Obsidian marries gravitas and epicness to great effect once again. This trailer, however, looks like great cinematic vision in search of an equally great engine to execute it with.

    And failing.

    • Wulf says:

      That’s the story of so many truly great games of the past. Ex: Bloodlines.

  13. AgamemnonV2 says:

    I stopped paying attention to New Vegas DLC right around the time they said they wouldn’t do a Broken Steel DLC for it.

    Oh, and when they released DLC exclusive to the Xbox first and made us PC peasants wait two months before getting our worthless paws on it.

    • Nick says:

      Uh, yeah, the ending is the ending and this is all a side story, so what?

  14. Cross says:

    “€9.99/$9.99″

    A quick conversion says: €9.99 = $13.72

    I say “FUCK YOU!” to whichever tosser thinks Amercansky Dollars and Euros are the same thing, which means we Europeans get shafted on every single game and DLC release ever.

    • Nim says:

      The way I’ve heard it is that the euro price includes tax while the dollar price does not. As each american state has their own rules regarding this. Hence dollar price appears cheaper but roughly translates to the same when tax is included. I could be wrong though.

    • Matt says:

      That’s how it works in theory. In practice, you only pay tax on Steam purchases if you live in Washington state.

    • Rinox says:

      Isn’t Valve located in Washington? So that’s ironic…

    • adonf says:

      Exactly. Buyer and seller are located in the same state so the buyer pays the sales tax. Same thing for Amazon with a different state, and probably all other Internet resellers. In theory you’re supposed to declare Internet or mail-order purchases and gifts when you file your state taxes and pay the sales tax along with your income tax, but nobody does it.

      So yeah, $9.99 + 20% VAT = 8.70€. We pay roughly 10% more than Americans, it could be worse.

  15. Lukasz says:

    Oh man. Can’t wait for GOTY edition.

  16. James G says:

    Just finished Old World Blues recently. I picked up all the other FO:NV DLC super cheap in a Steam sale, but am now actually looking forward to Lonesome road. This is how DLCs should be done.

    The only criticism I would have though, is I’m not entirely convinced by their integration with the main game. One one level, they slot into the game world relatively neatly, but in execution they feel more like episodic content, than an extension on the main plot. Perhaps Lonesome Road will tie everything back to the Hoover Dam and New Vegas.

    • Tom4J says:

      I also thought the DLC Plot was more engaging than the main plot. Finding Evidence of the Ghost peoples origins in Big MT was spine chilling.

    • Wulf says:

      +1 for what Tom said.

      And I still persist that Old World Blues is the most truthful, faithful piece of Fallout content I’ve played in years. I really want a game that’s just like that. It was so perfect. It matched the laugh, think, and feel quotients so perfectly. It had the balance. Fallout 3 was cheesy laughter without even the slightest hint of a brain, New Veags was a very stone-faced, serious, thinkyfeely game with very little laughter, but Old World Blues…

      Old World Blues nailed it. OWB is Fallout.

  17. McDan says:

    “you’ll walk it alone” I know they’ve been saying it for a while, but you didn’t have any companions in old world blues, and were alone for the majority of time in dead money anyway. Still, looking forward to this though, even if my copy doesn’t work and gets stuck on the loading screen when trying to load a save.

  18. Very Real Talker says:

    I never got over the fact that the dlc episodes are set during the campaign, and not after. I would have preferred them to be the adventures of the courier after all the new vegas affair, with him resuming his life of adventuring.

    • PointyShinyBurning says:

      Kind of hard to see how that would work given the diversity of the available endings. It would have to have a lot of different content to accommodate you being a Legionary pathfinder, an NCR super-ranger and the securitron-backed president of New Vegas.

    • Wulf says:

      And you’re not even covering all of them. Another option is to leave the machines in charge, which is what I did, since they seem to do the best job of it. I still think it’s funny that every other sheriff other than Primm Slimm (the robot) causes loads of trouble for Primm. Whereas Primm Slimm turns out to be the perfect sheriff, helping to guide Primm toward a brighter future.

      I was leaning towards ‘let the machines do it’ from early on though, because they have a far reaching understanding that would be impossible for a human, and a greater sense of objectivity to boot. So what you’d have is a bunch of securitrons with Yes Man faces wandering around, protecting people, and just generally being very nice.

      So that’s another alternative you’d have to deal with.

      Still, at least the endings aren’t as far reaching as the endings of Fallout Tactics. The really feel good ending of Fallout Tactics was a real ‘Holy crap! Really? Yay!’ moment for me. I mean, they outlawed xenophobia. Then everything went from strength to strength. Super mutants, deathclaws, people, all working together. I’d like to see a post ending game with THAT scenario. But I digress.

  19. The Tupper says:

    I really enjoyed Fallout 3 but was put off New Vegas because of its initial reviews and perceived bugginess. Is this still something to be concerned about or has it been fixed? I’d buy a GOTY version if it was as good as its forerunner.

    • Prime says:

      I bought New Vegas very late on, only about June this year, and have managed to really enjoy the game. It’s different from Fallout 3 in tone – F3 was much more the hero’s journey – but no less brilliant; in many areas it’s actually better. Still, I’ve needed to tweak the game a little to get it to not crash on me (very simple tweaks that anyone can apply) every 20 minutes. Apart from that the game is smooth sailing. You may be lucky and not even see that problem so please don’t be put off – it’s very definitely worth the entry fee, and the DLC is worthwhile for the most part (Honest Hearts was a bit meh but Dead Money and Old World Blues were very entertaining).

    • thegooseking says:

      I played it around Christmas time and then again recently. I definitely noticed far fewer bugs this time round.

    • Wulf says:

      It’s just what you want, I suppose. Fallout 3 is “Ho ho ho, isn’t it FUNNY?!” and it’s rather in your face with the humour. It’s not a sense of humour I’m fond of, it’s very slapstick, and it tends to treat the viewer like they have little to no intelligence to speak of. It’s that sort of humour. It’s partly Saturday morning cartoon, and partly late evening gameshow. It’s great if you want a very brainless sort of experience, but even humour can be intelligent.

      Fallout 3 isn’t intelligent, it’s bubbly, stupid, and indulgent. It’s a themepark, really. It doesn’t do a lot to really convey the situation. It doesn’t do the black humour of Fallout 2 or Fallout Tactics at all, and due to that I didn’t laugh, I occasionally chuckled but it was more of a begrudging “Yes, yes… I suppose that is kind of funny, after a fashion.” kind of thing.

      New Vegas by comparison is brilliant. It’s deep, it’s clever, it’s intelligent, and it’s often poignant and moving. It’ll hit you when you least expect it, it’ll challenge your ethics, but it sometimes feels a little dry. I’ve said that about it before. It’s one of the best damn RPGs I’ve played, ever, but it feels a touch too dry to be Fallout. Even with Wild Wasteland on. It’s much, much, much closer than Fallout 3 though and, as I said, still one of the best RPGs I’ve ever played.

      After playing OWB though I admit that I couldn’t help but feel that I wished that more of New Vegas itself was like OWB. But OWB does pick New Vegas up to genuine, earnest levels of Falloutness. I’d say get the GOTY version of Fallout: New Vegas. It’s going to be the most Fallout-feeling game you’ll have played in a while.

    • The Tupper says:

      Thanks to you all for the advice. I’ll pick up the collected edition whenever it comes out and I can afford it.

  20. terry says:

    I’d be more excited for this if my character wasn’t currently stuck about halfway through Dead Money, which I found so completely devoid of enjoyment I didn’t even finish it :/

    • sbs says:

      same here, its so bad :(

    • Zelius says:

      That was my problem as well, when Honest Hearts came out. I absolutely hated Dead Money, and about halfway through, I wanted to get out of there ASAP. I simply stopped playing for a while. Luckily, after I forced myself to get to the actual casino, that part turned out to be slightly more bearable. I was then able to finish it, and get on with the two much better following DLCs.

      Long story short, try to get through Dead Money. It’s worth it.

    • Zenicetus says:

      I bailed out on Dead Money too, right at the point where I reached the Casino. It just seemed like a long, linear slog through a bunch of obstacles hurled at the player. There could have been a compelling story there, a kind of Ocean’s 11 thing about robbing a casino. But that would have required more companion interaction. Honest Hearts was much better, partly just for the new environments. And I had a blast with Old World Blues. That was really the perfect Fallout scenario.

      The trailer for the new DLC looks kinda grim and not as much fun, but I’ll get it anyway because it feels like each DLC has been better than the last, and I’m curious about the Courier story arc.