TGO Daily | October 20, 2020 | Fallout: New Vegas Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Fallout has gone through a number of evolutions at this point. It started as a classic 2D CRPG, became a deep 3D FPS, and now with Fallout 76 is a major multiplayer game. It even got some offshoots like Fallout Shelter!

Of them all, I think New Vegas is looked back on most fondly (though the first two are definitely in contention). It improved the formula of 3 that managed to connect the pieces for a lot of people.

Obsidian and Bethesda are under the same roof now. Maybe we’ll get to see it make a revival?

Until tomorrow,

Adrian


In The News

Two interesting notes from Sony today:

PS4 Party System

First of all, if you are a PlayStation user, you may have noticed a change to the Party system, which now combines it with the messaging system. Now, the only way to form a party is by also establishing a private message group with them.

The concept was clearly formed so that consistent friend groups could easily play games together without much fuss. This ended up forming all new issues, however:

For example, a friend may invite one of their friends into your established party. Or perhaps you’re playing with people you’ve never played with before after looking for a group to defeat a tricky co-op challenge, such as a Destiny raid. If you want to invite someone into the party who’s not in your pre-existing message group, you have to create another message group to invite them, whereas before you could simply make your party public and they could join themselves.

— Wesley Yin-Poole, Eurogamer

While it doesn’t completely eliminate those use-cases, it makes it much more inconvenient, and people have been pretty vocal about it online. Sony responded with this tweet:PlayStation @PlayStationHey folks – just wanted to let you know that we’re looking into your feedback on the recent changes to Parties on PS4. Thanks for speaking up – we’ll keep you postedOctober 17th 20203,614 Retweets40,792 Likes

PS5 Fans

The other interesting bit from Sony is a feature that will be on the PlayStation 5 — they will have the ability to regulate the internal fan speed through online updates. This means that they can collect data about individual games, and how intense they are during certain segments, to then adjust how quickly the fan is running. So if a game is particularly intense, they can quicken the fan’s speed to cool it down, and vice versa. Interesting stuff!


NBA 2K21 Adds Ads

The story is a broken record at this point, but unskippable in-game advertisements have once again been added to a sports game. This time around it’s NBA 2K21, and as usual, the ads have been added one month after the game released (and thus escaping criticism in the earlier review period). For this game, the ad is a full pre-game video that plays during a longer loading screen.

We talked about this last month with UFC 4, and EA actually decided to remove the ads (which also happened to be far less intrusive). Regardless, the fact that these are being put into full $60-70 releases is completely egregious.


Fallout: New Vegas Turns 10

Time goes fast — New Vegas just celebrated it’s 10th anniversary. Often considered the best of the 3D era of Fallout, it has certainly remained in the collective consciousness. Developed as a spin-off entry for the series by Obsidian Entertainment, the game was lauded for its branching story and general improvements from Fallout 3.

If you’d like a good trip down memory lane (or a first time perusal?), feel free to check out this article from Twinfinite, which breaks down why the game was so successful. If you’re a PC player, you may also want to keep your eye on a Fallout 4 mod which is trying to bring New Vegas into that game’s engine. It’s probably still a few years away, but the quality up to this point is impressive.


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