I hate Glitches, for me there is nothing more frustrating than gaining huge strides in a game, finally thwarting the terrible doom about to befall the unsuspecting habitants of….wherever, when your character freezes, as does the world around you, as though there has been some form of incursion from a virtual extremist prepared to punish you for your gaming wrong doings. What is decidedly more annoying however is discovering that you haven’t saved your immense expedition for about half an hour, leaving you to utter an obscene amount of expletives until your colorfully creating your own unique cusses, most of which don’t necessarily constitute as expletives, but due to the severity of the anger that has suddenly consumed you. Don’t be too surprised when your local PC comes tapping at your door. “Dont worry officer, I was merely yelling abuse at my Playstation”. There have been many examples of this particular catastrophic failure in many of my gaming experiences over the years, but for almost every instance I have always persevered and have succeeded in my eventual conquests, and feeling exceedingly magnanimous in my eventual victorys………..except for one, Fallout New Vegas.
Fallout 3 was a huge, albeit desecrated environment, with an almost endless plethora of quests to keep you distracted as well as the linear main quest you can drop in and out of, but it was plagued by insistent glitches that constantly hindered your enjoyment of a truly enterprising game. But its follow-up, Fallout: New Vegas, NEW VEGAS!!!! *shakes fist furiously*. New Vegas is the most narcissistic game ever devised! Developed in the bowls of Lucifer’s bread bin and created by Hitler himself (I think?). How could a well-respected developer such as Bethesda allow such a catastrophic abomination to reach its devoted fan base. Ok, I understand the immense amount of grafting that goes into a game as ambitious as New Vegas, and its near impossible to flush out every glitch that will regularly occur, but come on, surely you can’t miss this many, can you?
For example, check out the picture at the top of your screen; seen it? Confused? Well let me explain. After leaving the Mojave Outpost I began to the descend the hill cautiously due to the hive of scorpion activity around the area, when I became un-expectantly trapped between a handful of stones. As I was struggling to free myself from these new unexpected fiends, I then began to plummet into a never-ending pixellated pit, blissfully watching the world around me ascend above. How has such a mistake been missed by the developer? It just seems lazy. I know that since New Vegas release Bethesda were quick to respond to the overwhelming problems that fans stumbled upon (freezing, corrupted game saves etc), and yes, a few technical errors are acceptable in a game as vast as Fallout, I’m not completely heartless. Issues with out of sync conversations should be considered as collateral damage, but falling feet first in to the depths of a virtual black-hole, really is unforgivable.
Fallout New Vegas is a thoroughly enjoyable expedition (and in my opinion) more fun than Fallout 3, it’s just that attempting to complete it is the equivalent to trying to win the marathon with a broken leg, achievable, but painful. Patient gamers will find more reward from Vegas than I did, because I truly HATE glitches.
Check out the link to watch a handful of the glitches rife within New Vegas, its freakin funny too.