(Posted by: Alex)
USA Today ran a story yesterday on the upcoming release from Bethesda, "Fallout: New Vegas". As the title implies, the game takes place in Las Vegas long after the nuclear war central to the franchise. Those who played the 2008 smash hit "Fallout 3" will remember extensive character creation that involved playing through various stages of human development and making decisions to effect stats and skills. According to Pete Hines of Bethesda, this has been thrown out. "Unlike the previous Fallouts, where you start in a vault and you are a vault dweller, this one starts with a curveball." You are shot and almost killed in a desert when a robot manages to find you and take you to a doctor, which is where you begin making the customizations to your character. While the game takes place in a nuclear wasteland, Hines assures us that Vegas is "up and running. It is not a ghost town." Look for "Fallout: New Vegas" in the Fall of this year.