New Vegas Deals Another Hand: DLC En Route
If you’re one of the many people who loves Fallout: New Vegas, you’ve probably been waiting with high hopes for more adventures to have in the Nevada wastelands, which Bethesda has just announced are on the way.
Fallout: New Vegas without a doubt is a great role-playing experience, as long as you can ignore all the bugs and glitches that riddle it like holes in Swiss cheese. Luckily for Bethesda, an incredible number of players have the patience to not only tolerate this, but wait months for DLC packs to arrive on the PlayStation well after they’ve released on the Xbox 360. Well, maybe they don’t have the patience, but they do have the money and desire to play more. Luckily, much less patience will be required for the three new DLC packs, since they are all releasing on all platforms at the same time. The first of these, entitled Honest Hearts is slated to arrive on May 17th, and will be shortly followed by another pack in June, and yet another in July. Details are slim on what all will be included, but the story line premise of each has been revealed:
Available on May 17, Honest Hearts takes you on an expedition to the unspoiled wilderness of Utah’s Zion National Park. Things go horribly wrong when your caravan is ambushed by a tribal raiding band. As you try to find a way back to the Mojave, you become embroiled in a war between tribes and a conflict between a New Canaanite missionary and the mysterious Burned Man. The decisions you make will determine the fate of Zion.
In Old World Blues, releasing in June, you will discover how some of the Mojave’s mutated monsters came to be when you unwittingly become a lab rat in a science experiment gone awry. You’ll need to scour the Pre-War research centers of the Big Empty in search of technology to turn the tables on your kidnappers or join forces with them against an even greater threat.
Lonesome Road, available in July, brings the courier’s story full circle when you are contacted by the original Courier Six, a man by the name of Ulysses who refused to deliver the Platinum Chip at the start of New Vegas. In his transmission, Ulysses promises the answer as to why, but only if you take one last job –a job that leads you into the depths of the hurricane-swept canyons of the Divide, a landscape torn apart by earthquakes and violent storms. The road to the Divide is a long and treacherous one, and of the few to ever walk the road, none have ever returned.
Having played through New Vegas myself, Lonesome Road sounds like the most interesting of the bunch. However, what’s a bigger curiosity perhaps is what other content might be found within. We’ll most certainly meet new characters, but will there be new weapons, level caps, skills, or other assets and items found within? Dead Money had a few of these things, most notably a five level increase for the cap, but was otherwise a bit lack luster in the department, especially when compared to some of Fallout 3‘s DLC packages. It certainly did step up the level of difficulty, especially by stripping characters of all their items, and throwing much tougher enemies at players. Unfortunately Dead Money was just about as glitch filled as the original game too. Hopefully this isn’t the beginning of a trend for the rest of the packs, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up.
When the new DLC does release in the coming weeks and months, each will cost $9.99 on the PlayStation Network. If you’re especially patient, it might be smart to hold out for a possible Game Of The Year treatment, which Fallout 3 got after all of its DLC came out. However, such a package is still unannounced, so don’t count on it necessarily happening. In the meantime, we’ll be sure to bring you more details on New Vegas and its DLC as they are released.