All right, calm down, people. We all knew this was coming.
Fallout: New Vegas arrives today, and the news is that it’s… well… it’s from Obsidian.
“What does that mean, Steerpike?” I hear you ask.
It means it’s buggy, youngster. Well-written but buggy.
I’ve been hearing of problems with Steam authentication since review code went out last week; now that civilians are playing we’re getting tell of more in-game stuff that ranges from annoying to outright busted.
Now, New Vegas is not likely to suffer the same fate as Alpha Protocol, Obsidian’s well-meaning but ruinously buggy spy RPG. Gamers are still waiting for a patch for Alpha Protocol, and they’ll likely still be waiting when the sun goes out. Well, I mean, they’d be dead because that’s not happening for like five billion years and the sun would be out anyway, but what I’m saying is that there’s no patch coming. SEGA dropped Alpha Protocol like the roach-covered McNugget it was the instant the game shipped. I, like many gamers, really enjoyed what we saw of Alpha Protocol, but in the end I had to abandon it halfway through because it became unplayable for me.
New Vegas is unlikely to experience the same end. Supported by Bethesda and ZeniMax, part of one of the biggest recent franchise reboots we’ve seen in the past few years, there will be patches. Patches aplenty. Patches will fall out of the sky like fallout. But this may not be a day zero purchase unless you’re willing to suffer the Obsidian-ness that’s become par for the course.
I love Obsidian. I’m friends with guys there. Like, personal drinking-buddy friends. But god damn, someone had better crack the whip on that team before they Troika themselves.
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