You might have noticed that I’ve been slacking off a little over the past month or so. I haven’t reviewed nearly as many books as I should have in this time, I haven’t posted as much as I normally would have, and I’ve been taking longer to respond to comments than usual. Well, blame Fallout: New Vegas! I absolutely love the Fallout series. The guys at Bethesda have created multi-layered characters, a fantastic storyline, and an unbelievably rich and detailed post-apocalyptic dystopia. I got my brother-in-law a copy of the game for PS3 for his birthday and he described it as Mad Max meets an old Western. Good description!
In any event, I’ve been playing this thing pretty much nonstop for the past 3 or 4 weeks and it’s been consuming most of my free time. I wanted to complete as many of the side missions as possible before completing the major story arc. So I’ve taken the last week to discover all the locations on the map, buy, sell, trade, and stockpile weapons, and tonight, to finally complete the game. To be honest, the ending was a bit anticlimactic given some of the events that led up to it (the initial battle at Hoover Dam is much more exciting than the showdown with the NCR general at the Legate’s Camp) but it was still great.
What I really appreciate is the way that there is a closing scene where various characters that you’ve encountered narrate what effect your actions have had on the world you’ve been inhabiting. I have to imagine that had I don’t some things differently that the ending narration would have been different. We’ve come a long way from Ms. Pac Man and Super Marios Bros., that’s for sure! But I’ve said all this to say that I will return to my regularly scheduled reading, which will in turn result in me having much more to say. Lucky you…