Fallout: New Vegas - Honest Hearts

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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.

Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition announced

Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition announced

Out next year for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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.

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Fallout: New Vegas - Honest Hearts

The latest expansion to the scorched New Vegas landscape is almost the exact opposite of the previous offering. Dead Money was a narrative-driven adventure that took place in a boxed-off pocket universe, carefully set aside from the open spaces of the Mojave Wasteland. Honest Hearts inverts that equation, adding a decently sized free-roaming annex to the Mojave map, but spinning a story that feels thin and underdeveloped.

Your journey to Zion, a frontier area set in Utah's national parkland, begins when you pick up a radio signal from the Happy Trails Caravan Company advertising for an extra pair of hands on a treacherous journey to the east. You respond (otherwise it's one hell of a waste of 800 Microsoft Points) and are told that the position is open for one person only (no companions). You'll also have to trim your inventory down, though there are several ways to talk your way out of this if you don't want to ditch any useful kit.

Then it's off to Utah, where things go horribly wrong almost immediately. The Happy Trails gang gets gunned down by the tribal White Legs and you're left alone and stranded in unknown territory.

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