A Trip to the Mojave Wasteland - Everything You Should Know About Fallout: New Vegas
Fallout: New Vegas was a surprising return to form for the old series. The mixed fan reviews of Fallout 3 turned into a roar of support for the New Vegas expansion. If you need help understanding the quests or skill system in this game, you can look inside for all the help that you need.
Making the Most of Your Time in the Mojave
Not everyone gets to take a long vacation. Sure, you may just be on a break because someone shot you in the head and stole the package you were delivering, but it's a vacation none the less. You'll have a chance to just wander around the wasteland, turn yourself into a bit of a demigod and eventually decide on the future of the entire west coast. Or you can run around murdering everything in sight or collecting bits of scrap metal. The choice is really yours.
There are a few things you should know before heading into the game though.
Note: This is the general Fallout: New Vegas Guide. Due to the large number of side quests, our archive of quest walkthroughs is here: Fallout: New Vegas - Side Quests.
Choosing the Right Perks
If you are going to become a real hero (or villain) of the Mojave Wasteland, then you'll need to make the most out of your skills and perks. There are a ton of perks available, and with the right mix, you can make just about any character that you want. There's room for stealthy snipers, infiltrators, machine gunners, scientists, brawlers, sword users, hammer users, cowboys and explosives experts. Whatever you want to do, it's just a matter of getting the right skills and the right perks to make your dream come true.
The Main Quest and Achievements
Despite the Mojave having lots of interesting side areas to explore, there is something to keep you focused. Your time in the desert coincides with the Second Battle of Hoover Dam. This will ultimately decide who is in control of the southwest, along with the fate of the NCR and Caesar's Legion.
As you search for Benny to take your revenge on him, you'll stumble across the plots of each side and have to make a choice. The good news is that each side will ultimately lead you toward the Boomers, who have a whole lot of weapons and ammo available for a soul brave enough to help them (or massacre them).
There are a number of companion quests available that will serve a few purposes. You will be able to learn more about your travelling partners while also seeing a lot more of the game world. Carrying out companion quests successfully (or unsuccessfully) will also impact your ending slides. Of course, if you just care about the more material rewards, note that completing a full companion quest will usually earn your ally a major skill boost and new armor. Those will certainly help out.
Dead Money was the first piece of DLC that was released. This mini adventure takes the courier out to the lost casino and resort, known as the Sierra Madre. This old world paradise is said to hold great riches, but things can't ever be easy. You'll need to fight off the strange inhabitants of the ghost city, pull together your disfunctional team of allies and carry out the greatest heist of all time by breaking into the vault of the Sierra Madre.
Our usual adventures will take us into the heart of Zion National Park. This pristine area is the home of a few tribes, along with a man who is supposedly Joshua Graham - Caesar's former second-in-command. Once you take the trip to Zion, you will find yourself in the middle of a war between the Sorrows and the White Legs. Your goal will be to gather up supplies and ultimately prepare to either fight or flee. Along the way, there will be plenty of side quests, of course.
Old World Blues
The third piece of DLC will take us into a new area that is riddled with old world science. On the bright side, you'll wind up with a few amazing perks. On the down side, you'll lose your brain, heart and spine due to some very experimental surgery. If you can adjust to your new lifestyle, you'll be able to explore this vast realm, make new friends out of the talking appliances in The Sink, and ultimately kill a lot of robot scorpions in pursuit of finding a way out of the Big Empty.
Mods, Odds and Ends
There are a few extra things that can make your experience in Fallout: New Vegas just that much more enjoyable. For starters, you can learn to play caravan and enjoy a bit of an unconventional game as you travel across the Wasteland. Those that care more about having really nice profiles will probably be interested in our complete list of Fallout: New Vegas acheivements. Those that don't care will probably want the list of console commands and cheats. For those of you that just want more, I suggest that you take a look at our selection of great mods.
Enjoy Your Trip to New Vegas
While New Vegas may not live up to its old world counterpart, it's certainly a bustling town. I hope that you enjoy your time in this great RPG. If you have any questions, concerns or feel that we left anything out, please feel free to say so in the comments below. For now, I just wish the best for your trip across the wastes.
All screenshots from Fallout: New Vegas