New Vegas Update: Questions, Answers and Perks


A seemingly radioactive skyline set against a pre-nuclear LA Shell station acts as the perfect backdrop for this New Vegas billboard, another reminder that the game is only five days away from release. Are you ready to enjoy your stay — and get blown away, simultaneously?

Before the enjoyable explosions begin, we’ve got some more news to share. For instance, the PlayStation Blog corralled Fallout: New Vegas senior producer Jason Bergman for a lengthy Q&A session today. He answers some questions you may already know the answers to, and some you might not, so I’d read it just to be sure.

PC Gamer also revealed a few more perks, complete with some giant-sized Vault Boy artwork. Meanwhile, New Vegas audio director Scott Lawlor has written about the process of engineering and directing the Music of the Mojave Wasteland on GamaSutra. It’s one of those interesting, technical articles. Worth a read!

And don’t forget that Best Buy is hosting a live New Vegas Q&A tonight at 7pm EST. In case you forget again, we’ll mirror the stream here when it goes up. If you’re looking for something to listen to in the meantime, the latest Adrenaline Vault Podcast features none other than Chris Avellone. Give it a listen.

Update: Senior Producer Jason Bergman is back at TechLand talking about his favorite post-apocalyptic visions. Elsewhere, learn five things you didn’t know about the game at USA Today Game Hunters.

Fallout: New Vegas Video Developer Diary #5

We’re back this week with Fallout: New Vegas Video Diary #5. For this video, the team (plus Wayne Newton!) discuss the iconic Las Vegas Strip, and how Obsidian brought this unique and memorable (okay, maybe you want to forget what happens there) hotspot to the latest Fallout installment.

We’ll have one more video for you next week. And if you’ve missed any of the previous videos, head to our YouTube Channel.

Around the web: Brink wins Eurogamer Expo Game of Show


Like whack-a-mole, we put up new coverage roundups, and more and more stuff keeps popping up. In addition to our recent updates for RAGE, Brink (parts 1 and 2), New Vegas, and Hunted… we’ve MORE news to share.

Kicking things off, we’re excited to share news that Brink was named the #1 Game of Show at this year’s Eurogamer Expo. You can check out the top ten games here (which includes New Vegas as well). Congrats to the team at Splash Damage for their efforts both on the game and at recent trade show events.

Also ranking the top games from the show was split/screen co-op — who ranked New Vegas, Brink, and Hunted in their top 10. Swap New Vegas out for RAGE, and that pretty much sums up the most recent Eurogamer podcast. Definitely worth listening to, the podcast features RAGE’s Tim Willits, Hunted’s Maxx Kaufman, and Brink’s Ed Stern.

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Inside the Vault: Obsidian’s Justin Reynard


See how Obsidian’s Justin Reynard takes on Inside the Vault questions like a big pizza pie!

What’s your job at Obsidian?

I’m a Gameplay Programmer at Obsidian Entertainment.  While working on Fallout: New Vegas, I worked on Hardcore Mode, the new Recipe/Crafting implementation and oversaw most of the weapon/ammo changes. I also had a hand in creating many of the Skills and Perks. My day–to-day responsibilities included implementing these systems and working directly with Josh Sawyer to make sure all the changes functioned the way he envisioned.

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News Roundup: New Vegas


We’re six days away from the release of Fallout: New Vegas, so here’s a look at some of the final previews, features, and interviews you’ll see before you have a chance to play the game for yourself.

At Gamespot, there’s a new feature revealing some of the new Perks for New Vegas — including comments from the team at Obsidian. Above, you’ll see the awesome image for the Cowboy Perk — not to be confused with the Commando Perk. Come on Bennett, let’s party!

Meanwhile, tomorrow at Best Buy’s video site, Live @ Best Buy, they’ll be doing a livestream of New Vegas from an LA Best Buy — where project director JE Sawyer will be playing the game and answering your questions. If you’d like to submit a questions, sign up for our forums and post here.

If Josh doesn’t answer your Q’s during the livestream, you can always ask them to Talking About Games, who will be chatting with Pete Hines on Friday. If you’d rather just read fan interviews TheGamersHub and Gamer’s Guide to Life already have community interview ups. And elsewhere, Planet Fallout’s Blinzler recently interviewed Sawyer. Here’s an excerpt…

What’s the expected playtime of New Vegas – with and without sidequests?

I generally only give my own experiences as a reference point since I don’t want people to be disappointed by a generic game length number. On my last playthrough I spent seventy hours doing the main quest and a large number (maybe thirty five) of the side quests. It’s a big game.

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Watch clips from tonight’s X-Play special

Did you miss the debut of X-Play’s Fallout: New Vegas Special? Whether you were preparing for Monday Night Football or fighting through rush hour traffic, we’ve got you covered. put all six segments up on their website, and just for YOU, we’ve got them here on the blog.

In the video above, Chris Avellone discusses New Vegas’ story with Morgan Webb. And after the break, check out the other five videos —  covering the game’s Setting, Features, Art, Weapons, and Characters.

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G4TV goes Beyond the Beef; New Vegas Special on X-Play Tonight

Today on, you can check out an exclusive gameplay walkthrough of one of New Vegas’ quests, Beyond the Beef. Watch the video as Obsidian designer Eric Fenstermaker joins X-Play’s Morgan Webb to walk you through the questline.

As the game gives plenty of details on the questline, be warned that the video contains some spoilers.

Update: Also, be sure to tune into G4TV tonight at 6:30 EST (check local listings for the time in your area) — X-Play is premiering a half-hour special for Fallout: New Vegas. And if you miss it, we’ll be sure to put the footage up on the blog.

Fallout: New Vegas Video Developer Diary #4

We’re back with the fourth video diary for Fallout: New Vegas. This time around, the developers at Obsidian Entertainment discuss how factions impact your adventures in the Mojave Wasteland. The video includes background details on the game’s three major factions — the New California Republic, Caesar’s Legion, and Mr. House.

If you’ve missed any of the previous diaries, head over to our YouTube Channel to catch up.

New developer diary from Chris Avellone


Fallout: New Vegas Senior Designer Chris Avellone has a new diary up on the Fallout official site. In the diary, Chris talks about his experience returning to the Fallout franchise. Here’s a quick look…

“To have the chance to come back to Fallout when you thought it was closed off to you was something that surprised all of us. The opportunity to work with Fallout: New Vegas is not just something I’ve been grateful and happy to be a part of, it was something the future held in store that exceeded all my expectations.”

Read the rest of the diary, which includes a piece of concept art for Mr. House, here.