Obsidian I have one question. Why are all your games broken?

I loved Fallout 3 so how could I not love New Vegas. So I “stopped” by Gamestop and picked it up. As I walked home my anticipation hit the roof and shot through my body as I ran half way home. Okay maybe I didn’t. On that note, I locked myself in my room for a good old fashion, eye-burning, curse dropping game session.

To no surprise to myself, I spent those first five hours in with my eyes glued to the screen and loving every minute until the inevitable happed. The game crashed on me. Now I was expecting it to crash with reading the early GiantBomb review and knowing firsthand (KotOR 2) the buggy games that Obsidian likes to release. I simply just rebooted my PS3 and blissfully continued my so far amazing adventure in Mojave Desert. Now over the course of a couple days I logged about 14 hours into New Vegas with about five or six crashes and a cornucopia(love that word) of hilarious and not so hilarious glitches. Needless to say I was having another fantastic experience within the Fallout universe. Or so I thought.

Upon arriving on the New Vegas strip for the first time I started to have some major problems starting with the fact that two missions that I had completed were not registering themselves complete, even though I had the final conversation with the quest givers and them giving me their final words. But yet they are still highlighted on my quest screen on my pip boy. Now I know that’s not too big of a deal but I have OCD when it comes to my games .Everything needs to be completed and show it’s complete. When a quest I know I completed is not giving me the experience I should gain, I start to ponder what else is going to go wrong. I pondered too soon. Everything pardon my French went to shit after that.

Every quest I completed after that wasn’t registering itself complete. When you meet Mr.House for the first time you have to go in alone to speak to him. That means leaving any companions that you have at that point had to wait outside. No big deal right? Wrong. Immediately after finishing up with Mr.House, I exited the casino to find Boone unarmed. I brought up my inventory and checked for Boones hunting rifle and sure enough there it was. So I thought nothing of it and brought up the companion wheel and went to equip the gun back to Boone via his inventory screen. But wait the rifle is not showing up on the companion wheels inventory. So I check my inventory again and sure enough it there it is. So I repeat the same process and no avail I can’t equip Boone with his rifle. What good is Boone without his rifle?

Another annoying bug I ran into is that after you a certain main plot quest, a messenger from Caesars Legion approaches you with an offer to meet with the malevolent leader. He tells me that any crimes that my character has committed against the Legion is now forgotten basically giving me a clean slate with the Legion. So I take him up on his offer and stroll on down to Cottonwood Cove only to be attacked by a legionnaire that is going to ferry me to the Legions fort. Now at this point I am in awe with everything that is going wrong in my game but I simply sigh and reload a save. Before going back to Cottonwood Cove I disguise myself as a legionnaire thinking that probably a good way to get past this annoying bug. Wrong again. He attacks me again even though I am clearly disguised as a legionnaire. I reloaded for a third time making sure that the game tells me that I am disguised as such and of course what happens. He starts to attack. Now even though I was going to meet the Caesar with the intention of blowing his and all his followers brains out it’s kind of hard to do with the game calling my bluff with such a bug that I literally shut my PS3 off vowing not to play New Vegas until a patch is released.

After reading the following I hope that I am not the only one with the point of view that publishers and developers should not be releasing games with this my many substantial bugs and glitches. It is total and utter nonsense. Of course I understand that with a game as big as New Vegas there will be so many conflicting codes that if they were to fix the bugs that with the solution code that it creates an entire new bug all together. But I mean come on they are using an engine that is at least 6 years old now and it is buggier then Oblivion. Mind you Oblivion had a lot more time in the oven but that is part of this whole equation. Take as much time as you need to develop and create the best possible running product. I am sure I am not alone when I say that I rather play a game that took as much time as it needed to ensure the best possible experience then a game that was just rushed and thrown out there to make a holiday season. Most likely Obsidian really did not have a choice and had to release it to make the publishers and shareholders a pretty penny this season. To them I say congratulations. You are going to make a boatload of cash. I wish I was you. I really do. Because if I was I would be making money but I would make sure I made that money knowing that we put out the best possible game we could make. And that’s where they went wrong.

So I hope I am the only one who has these frustrating bugs thrust upon my New Vegas experience. I k now for a fact I am not. We as gamers should take a stand against this kind of shenanigans. We should not have to shell out 70$ for an incomplete game.

Let me know what problems and you guys have been encountering on your adventures in the Mojave Desert. Comment and please I want to hear any problems anyone has been experiencing with the game.

On that note I love me some Killzone 2 and Uncharted so hit me up if you want to play. Here is my PSN ID (spelled exactly the way it is written) Th3R3ALStrYd3R

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