Did you know Obsidian originally wanted three playable races in Fallout: New Vegas? This is the part literally crossed out - struck through and coloured red - on the Fallout 3.5 treatment Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart showed me at the studio.
Passing out isn't something people are meant to do very often - or at all, in fact - not that you'd know it from video games. Game protagonists, seemingly, like nothing more than sparking out for a while and then coming to later. I've been rendered unconscious twice in my life and I can't say either was a particularly fun experience, but that's certainly not stopping the games industry - Metal Gear Solid 5 made the latest contribution to the proud tradition just this week, in fact.
Bethesda has announced the Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
It launches in Europe on 10th February and in the US on 7th February 2012.
The Ultimate Edition has all the game add-on content for New Vegas, including Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues, Lonesome Road, Courier's Stash and Gun Runners' Arsenal.
The inevitable Game of the Year version of Bethesda role-playing game Fallout: New Vegas has been revealed.
Bethesda will patch post-apocalyptic role-playing game Fallout: New Vegas before it releases the next paid downloadable content – widely rumoured to be called Honest Hearts.
The PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 patch implements optimizations and stability improvements, senior producer Jason Bergman wrote on the Bethesda forum.
Bergman and his team worked with Sony and Microsoft to identify issues, "and we have fixed a great deal of the crashes and lockups that people were experiencing." The patch also tweaks weapon balance.
Further evidence that the next add-on for Fallout: New Vegas will be called Honest Hearts has appeared.
Fallout: New Vegas and Alpha Protocol maker Obsidian is making an original Xbox Live Arcade action role-playing game.
Fallout: New Vegas' first DLC pack Dead Money will launch on PC and PlayStation 3 on 22nd February, Bethesda has announced.
All your own vault.
First-person shooters have it easy. When it comes to DLC, a couple of new multiplayer maps every few months is enough to satisfy the fanbase. The poor old role-playing game, on the other hand, has a far tougher challenge when it comes to expansions.
RPG add-ons need to serve the twin masters of mechanics and narrative, adding new gameplay features and fresh storylines while balancing on the high wire between offering what players already expect and the need to give each new chapter its own distinct flavour.
Fallout 3 managed some great DLC during its run, but also crapped out a few half-hearted clunkers along the way. As the first in what promises to be a similar salvo for New Vegas, Dead Money sets a satisfying standard for whatever follows, while still leaving room for improvement.