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It’s the Perfect Time to Revisit New Vegas

Since Microsoft’s purchase of Bethesda was confirmed, there’s been one thing on everybody’s lips. The return of Fallout: New Vegas.


Yeah, there were some other advantages for Microsoft as well. Starfield, a boost to their WRPG exclusive – that kind of thing. But yeah, the real potential was in some kind of return for Fallout: New Vegas.

And apart from a few rumours, there has been no news. No DLC-laden ultimate edition running at 4K on Xbox, no remake, no nothing.

As always, the fans have got us covered. And they’ve done an incredible job. There has never been a better time to revisit New Vegas.

Modding New Vegas

Naturally this is only available to those who can play on PC, but you can very easily tailor your experience to any computer you have. And it’s easier than ever to do it.

Thanks to NexusMods and software which allows you to download and install a mountain of curated mods with very few clicks, it is easier than ever to play the best version of a game without all the hassle usually associated with PC games and mods by newcomers.

Make your way through the never-ending number of nude mods and you’ll find visual mods for games including Fallout 4, The Witcher 3, Skyrim and countless others. You’ll also find gameplay mods. New Vegas is probably king among them.

It was released in that awkward PS3/360 era, where games are much like they are today only uglier. Developers had found the style, they just didn’t have the tech to make it as great as it could be. And if a game is trapped in that limbo, it’s hard to enjoy it. Metal Gear Solid 4 is an extreme example. As a result, an entire collection of awesome games are being left behind.

But fans are doing what developers don’t always want to, aiding by the natural advantages of playing old games on PC. You can play New Vegas at 4K, and you can upgrade textures and models. Ultimately, you have a game that looks as good as Fallout 4, which is in itself a game that stands up pretty well today.

Not that New Vegas needs much help beyond bringing it up to modern standards. It’s still an awesome game.

Ain’t It A Kick?

Because although there are a few things that definitely need to be upgraded, New Vegas still stands tall. Story and quests are fantastic. It feels like a natural development of Fallout 3. The art style is lovely, especially when upgraded. The DLC is rich and varied, and I’m not sure has really been matched.

Thanks to the ease of modding, the depth of stuff available and the incredible nature of the base game itself, there really hasn’t ever been a better time to play or replay New Vegas. And that’s without mentioning the sterling work modders have done fixing bugs and minimising crashes. It’s a real treat that I can’t recommend more.

The only downside is that console-only players are unable to take part in it too. But until Microsoft update the original game or, who knows, even releases a remake of some sort, this is still the best way to play.


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blank Mat Growcott has been a long-time member of the gaming press. He's written two books and a web series, and doesn't have nearly enough time to play the games he writes about.

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