Fallout: New Vegas Dated + E3 Trailer

I still haven't got more than an hour into Fallout 3. Man! I'm as bad as Jim.

When is Fallout: New Vegas coming out? I didn’t know. Then I read a news story on VG247. And then I did. It’s October 22nd. This year. Not next year. Not last year. This year. October 22nd is the date for the release of Fallout: New Vegas.

The E3 trailer for it is also totally out. It features things going bang.

47 Comments

  1. capital L says:

    I hope the mod scene catches up to this release promptly, because I honestly have very little interest in playing vanilla FO3 ever again.

  2. SpinalJack says:

    Anyone else feel that the animations look really stiff still? The slow walk at the ends was particularly hard on the eyes

    • poop says:

      i reacon the one guy who makes the animations at bethesda would have his feeling really hurt if obsidian changed the animations in new vegas to be less bad

      not that the animations in obisidian games are much better though

    • Flappybat says:

      The sneaking animation in Alpha Protocol is perhaps the best animation ever made.

    • Ape says:

      Agree, this looks rubbish.

  3. Javier-de-Ass says:

    when is it coming out without steam?

  4. Alexander Norris says:

    Hopefully, with Obsidian at the helm, the writing in this will actually be good and maybe even close to Fallout 1 and 2. Hopefully, since they’re recycling an entire engine and apparently changing very little code-wise, it won’t be as terribly buggy and unfinished as other Obsidian games.

    • fnsmatt says:

      Fallout 3 with good writing would be an excellent game indeed, color me hopeful.

    • Wulf says:

      Wot fnsmatt said counts for me, too.

      Though it probably helped that I went in convinced it was going to be shit, but I actually rather enjoyed Fallout 3, it wasn’t that bad. Mods made it better, though. Fallout 3 + Obsidian writing intrigues and fascinates me. And I’ll be interested to see whom else they team up with, to be honest, I’m glad that they’re far, far away from Atari now, who’re equally as bad when it comes to being nasty taskmasters as Activision are.

      Sega, on the other hand, seem as awesome as they always were, and these days they even seem mildly indie for a publisher, that Uniloc DRM is positively tame compared to everything else on the market. Bless ya, Sega.

  5. I'm with Jim says:

    Call me a big blind potato, but I dont see the difference to this and Fallout 3

    • Rich says:

      Visually, it’s pretty much the same game. The hope is that the writing and gameplay are going to be much better.

  6. Vadermath says:

    To be honest, I expected Obsidian to change a bit more of the engine and graphics, but seems like they’ve been a tad lazy in that department. Hopefully, that means they’ve focused more on the story and setting.

    • Corporate Dog says:

      The first trailer didn’t really sell me on the idea that Obsidian went above-and-beyond the art assets of the first game in any significant fashion.

      But this trailer showed us more of the Vegas strip, which finally sold me.

    • Rinox says:

      yeah, the Vegas strip stands out so much compared to F3. I’m optimistic about New Vegas.

  7. Arnulf says:

    I’ll probably buy this on atmospheric merit alone. Hopefully they’ll release an uncensored version for ze germans this time. Otherwise I’m forced to import the UK version.

    Again.

    • DJ Phantoon says:

      Maybe it’s just me, but when I read “ze Germans”, in my head there is an angry high pitched man yelling it.

      I blame British comedy.

  8. Alez says:

    what a bad way to start the trailer. Am i the only one who got the impression that there will be vehicles? I was starting to imagine cruising the desolate highways on the look for adventure when….cue random images of dude shooting shit from fallout 3…on a new map.

    • Vadermath says:

      There will most probably be vehicle mods, though. I believe there were a few for the original F3.

    • Wulf says:

      J3Xified bikes were an amazing vehicle mod for Fallout 3.

  9. Tei says:

    Sniperiffle…check.
    Grenades….check
    Nuclear explosions…check
    Nuke then from orbit….check
    Array of nuclear missiles…check

    this is not a game, is the box of toys! :-)

    • sfury says:

      And I want them toys!!

      Seriously, for a trailer that doesn’t center on Obsidian’s main strength – the writing, but instead on exploding and shooting stuff and just the manic mood and the feel of the game – this got me excited again.
      Way better than Alpha Protocol’s trailers, also this might finally move some units.

  10. Lucas Says says:

    I’ll get it, but that’s a given. Fallout 3 is one of my favorite games, and even if it’s no longer the prettiest game (it never really was much beyond “not eye gouging horrible”), the less Obsidian changes the less they can break, and they’ll give it some fantastic writing. Maybe rebalance the systems a little bit. I dunno. I have more faith than Obsidian deserves in this game.

    And the Vegas Strip looks fantastic. They’ve got the same atmosphere of F3, mixed with the atmosphere of the first two Fallouts. It might work.

  11. jon_hill987 says:

    It would have been a day one buy for me but after feeling burnt with the DLC of FO3 I won’t be buying this until the inevitable GotY edition. DLC is not a good way to make people buy your game on release day.

  12. sana says:

    Vegas is dated indeed, considering it’s the same game as the prequel…

  13. Forceflow says:

    A little texture work could do this wonders. Look at that guy’s arm.

    2002 called, they want their textures back.

  14. Sidorovich says:

    I dunno why some people think the writing will save this game. The chance for some eloquent prose is hamstrung by Oblivion’s engine: a few big chunky lines of text for the console crowd during npc ‘interaction’ cos anything else is too hard to digest. This game looks pig ugly.

  15. dhex says:

    i am cautiously optimistic. it is obsidian after all, so it will at least be interesting.

  16. Sidorovich says:

    It the crushing familiarity of it all that’s drained my enthusiasm for the game. Even back in the Van Buren days, Black Isle was considering the introduction of vehicles. But ‘New Vegas’ isn’t bringing anything new to the table. I’ll stick with Rage for my future post-apocalyptic kicks.

  17. Mistabashi says:

    I’m looking forward to this game for the (hopefully) improved writing and the hardcore mode, where ammo will have weight and you’ll have to eat and drink to stay alive. It’s a bit of a shame that they’re re-using so many of the old art assets and animations, and Gamebryo is hardly on my list of favorite game engines, but the fact that Obsidian aren’t messing with this stuff makes me hopeful that they’ve been concentrating on what really matters most.

    Also, the Vegas bits in this trailler really remind me of New Reno from Fallout 2, which is a good sign.

    • Mistabashi says:

      I do wish they would go out on a limb more with the music though. While the (rather limited) selection of radio tracks in FO3 were excellent when the sound wasn’t stuttering (grr, don’t get me started on that…), the ambient music was largely forgettable. Bring back Mark Morgan I say! And don’t even think about reprizing Three Dog. That guy should be shot, then buried in concrete just to be sure.

    • Thants says:

      The More Where That Came From music mod is a must have. It adds 100 new old songs to the radio station. Really, I don’t know why they didn’t include more songs in the game to begin with. It’s not like they even cost anything to licence, they’re all public domain.

    • Sauron says:

      Are you sure about that “public domain” thing? US copyright the way it is, nothing made after 1923, I think (somewhere in the 20s) has made its way into the public domain unless explicitly done so.

  18. Blacktick says:

    Never bought Fallout 3,but I’m getting this one thanks to Obsidian.
    I don’t really care about the engine being “outdated”(My bet lies with Bethesda…publisher has a strong saying what tweaks can be done and what not on the engine),since it’s the core gameplay I’m interested in. Story,choices,companions etc.
    Fallout 3 always felt shallow imo,much like oblivion.

  19. MadMatty says:

    I´ve yet to get more than about a third into bog-standard FO3- and i think i´ll do that first- this looks like an expansion basically, and i prefer to play tese games chronologically…..
    Maybe if i do a massive 100 hour pizza/piss bucket sitting with the 3, i´ll make it in time LOL

  20. PanicProne says:

    Wow, is it just me or is that screen shot showing some horrible graphics?

    Blurry and ugly textures. The lighting seems to be of a game from about 2002.

    Man, that’s ugly.

  21. drewski says:

    Why do I even bother reading the comments on this site any more.

  22. Vinraith says:

    Fallout 3 was a pretty good game. Fallout 3 with Wanderer’s Edition, Mart’s Mutant Mod, and DC Interiors is one of my favorite RPG’s, period. There’s no question I’ll get this, it’s a matter of whether I let the Steamworks integration put me off buying it at full price. I’m glad to see GfWL gone, but the one advantage of Steam from my perspective is the sale prices. Waiting also probably means a package deal o nthe inevitable DLC and a nice hefty list of mods already in good working order by the time I get around to playing it. I hate not supporting a Bethesda game out of the gate, but there it is.

    • Mistabashi says:

      I hope that Obsidian do the inevitable DLC a bit differently to Bethesda. The FO3 DLC was all too ‘small’ for a game of this type – rather than trying to add lots of little bite-sized pieces for £5 a pop that are inevitably disappointing and limited in scope (they actually felt pretty half-finished) I’d rather see one or two fully realised mini expansions. Point Lookout was nearly there, it had a lot of interesting backstory and a great new location, but the main story was just far too limited, and it highlighted the problem that the game had with difficulty; the only way Bethesda could make enemies more challenging was to give them huge amounts of health and ridiculously powerful weapons, which came across as rather unfair and frustrating at times. I’m doubtful there’s much Obsidian can do to improve enemy AI given that they’re using the same engine, but if they can make the DLC’s more substantial and less like throwaway content to grind a few levels and get a few ‘unique’ but ultimately uninteresting items then I’ll be more enthusiastic about the DLC. As it is my purchasing descision isn’t going to be affected by it at all, the main game is what interests me.

  23. DoucheMullet says:

    Oh my god, I’ve never seen so much whining before.

  24. Soobe says:

    I thought Fallout 3 had some spectacular lighting at times. The only complaint I had was the day/night cycle was far too fast. I was always aware of it churning in the background.

    In other words, this games not going to look any worse than Fallout 3, so I chalk it up to the screen capture and/or the time of day they decided to use for each shot.

  25. Wulf says:

    I’m a bit taken aback by some of the comments above saying that the lighting/textures look like they’re from ’02, because the funny thing is is that they don’t look any worse than any of the lighting/textures in the console versions of Fallout 3 (and this trailer certainly is of the console version, it’s easier for them to do it that way, since console users will get what they see, whereas if they used pumped up PC graphics then console users would complain about degraded graphics).

    Either people aren’t realising that this is the console version, or… well, I’m amazed at how incredibly well hype brainwashes people, because this looks on par with Fallout 3, which wasn’t released in ’02 and didn’t really have people saying that about its lighting/textures.

    is this that populism-gone-wild-because-popular-games-don’t-get-picked-on-for-fear-of-social-castration thing I talked about before popping up again?

  26. neofit says:

    If they stay true to FO3, in that they keep good PC controls, save anywhere, and no freaking cutscenes EVERY 5 minutes (because they just can’t let me play, they HAVE to barge in with their blah-blah), it’s a day-1 purchase for me. Maybe even a pre-order, depending on what the previews say about the aforementioned issues.

    • scubasteve1795 says:

      Same, i definitely plan on buying this on the first day, perhaps pre-ordering. i don’t care about the issues, if its a true blue fallout game then its good already.