It was all bright lights and blue skies in our hands-on E3 demo of Fallout: New Vegas’ Mojave Wasteland and Vegas Strip zones. Dozens of Fallout-starved gamers clogged our stations all week for a chance to play, and now we’ve got the full report on their reports.
Megatons of live demos, previews and interviews follow:
USA Today Hands-on Impressions: “Fallout 3 delivered an enriching experience thanks in part to an intriguing cast of characters living in the Capital Wasteland, and Fallout New Vegas seems to hold to that concept very well.”
IGN Preview: “The New Vegas Strip in the upcoming follow-up to Fallout 3 is a lot like the real Vegas–full of false hope and desperate people. For a world decimated by a nuclear war, New Vegas is about as glitzy as it can get.”
The Escapist Preview: “Much like Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas will end when it’s over, but Obsidian is taking steps to make it easy for players to go back and keep playing once they’ve seen how everything wraps up.”
Eurogamer Preview: “This may not be Fallout as you’ve never seen it before, but it’s certainly Vegas as you’ve never seen it, and exploring this world looks like being an awful lot of fun.”
G4TV Preview: “Leaving the neon confines of Vegas provides a much more hardcore experience. Out in the Nevada countryside, life isn’t about card games and show girls. There’s a grim war in progress.”
Destructoid Preview: “Cheating’s not the only way to turn the tides in my favor in casinos. As in real life, there’s a little luck involved — the game’s luck skill will play a big role in how often you’ll win big on the slots, what cards you’re dealt, and more.”
Joystiq Preview: “In short, if you loved Fallout 3, you’ll probably love New Vegas just as much. But if Fallout 3 didn’t kickstart your GECK, the new setting doesn’t seem like it changes the gameplay all that much.”
Kombo Previews: “The world of Fallout: New Vegas is strikingly different from that of Fallout 3.”
TeamXbox Preview: “Just because the nukes have gone off doesn’t mean that the strip has lost any of its shine.”
Just Push Start Preview: “For fans of Fallout 3, New Vegas is something to be on your most wanted list. It plays like Fallout 3 but the new features it offers and the new story are the things I’m most excited to find out.”
The Onion AV Club: “Fallout: New Vegas is Fallout 3 in the West, and that’s fine with me.”
Digital Chumps: “…if New Vegas is going to offer tweaked mechanics under the context of an entirely different story, sign me up, please.