A Love Letter to Fallout: New Vegas
It’s been almost one year since we last saw each other.
“It’s not you, it’s me.” That’s what I told you back then, after that long summer. “I’m sorry, this just won’t work out. I’ve got school. I’ll be too busy for your open world, your complicated multi-part quests, your endless PSN trophies.”
We both know why I really left, though. I was on the rebound, and you were just a fling. I had just finished Fallout 3 and was looking for the same sort of thrill, and then there you were, a dead ringer for my lost love. How could I resist? How could things possibly go wrong?
Rebounds never work, though. I know that now. Only time can heal the pain of a loss. It was too easy to notice what I believed were your flaws, your seeming-imperfections:
“Well, Fallout 3 took place in D.C., and that was awesome. That was a METROPOLIS wasteland. What the hell is this Nevada shit you’re pushing, Fallout: New Vegas? Nevada looks like a wasteland even without a nuke.”
NEITHER CAN I.
“And where are all the Supermutants? Oh, hiding on a goddamn mountain playing at being radio DJs? What sort of threat is that? Why am I shooting at GIANT SCORPIONS and STRAY DOGS instead of Supermutants?? YOU AREN’T TRYING HARD ENOUGH, FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS.”
That was then.
I never thought I would say this, but…
I want you back.
The distance has helped. I’m now charmed by your endless wasteland — I mean, I always hated getting stuck in the mazes of metal in Fallout 3, right? You saw me, pounding my fist into my controller with each dead end that looked like it should have led directly to my next objective. And hey, Fallout: New Vegas, your quests are actually pretty good, the closer I get to Vegas. The human enemies in your warring factions and doped up gangs are also kind of cool, and the Classics major in me finds massacring dudes who speak Latin kind of heartwarming.
So, um… if it’s not too late… I was wondering… do you want to give this a second chance?
No promises. I mean, summer is kind of short, and I’ve got real life stuff to do too, and a couple other games I might want to fool around with a bit (sorry!!!), and there is just a boatload of content packed into you. Way too much for a busy gamer to consume in just a few weeks.
But if you think you can handle all of that, I’d like to give this another shot. I think we could have some fun.
So, what do you say, Fallout: New Vegas? Will you forgive me?