It's hard to improve on near-perfection. Fallout III was one of the most drop-dead entertaining games in the history of the industry. Even its flaws and glitches resulted in entertainment at least as often as annoyance. With the exception of the rather hackneyed ending, the latest Fallout was a textbook case in “how to make gamers happy”.
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Which is why I was so nervous when I entered Bethesda's E3 booth last night. Sequels like this are a crapshoot, and I still remember the stinging disappointment that was Knights of the Old Republic II. How could New Vegas possibly live up to the high watermark of its predecessor?
The answer is; by not changing a thing.
Fallout III: New Vegas is just more of the same. Thankfully, “the same” is pretty damn incredible. New Vegas is a glowing neon wonderland of casinos, strippers, giant buildings and battered statues. It falls under the purview of the New California Republic, the first organized government we've encountered in Fallout that isn't outright evil.
An interesting aside; one of the art directors prepared for New Vegas by spending several days riding a motorcycle around Las Vegas and its environs, searching for inspiration.
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Your enemies (at least some of them) will be Caesar's Legion; a group of Roman-themed brigands with a penchant for crucifying their foes. I mowed through a base of them with a giant machine-gun. VATS seems pretty much the same, and getting used to combat in New Vegas requires absolutely no adjustment. There are more guns though. Twice as many as in Fallout III, according to the guy who did my demo. He also showed me his favorite little trick; pick-pocketing a bad-guy, sticking C4 in his pants, and blowing him to hell from a safe distance. Bethesda hasn't gotten around to figuring out the new perks system yet. I asked him if “Bloody Mess” would make a return, and he didn't have an answer. I got the feeling it was very popular among the devs, though. Gore fans; keep your fingers crossed, just in case.