An oddly hard question for me to answer is “What is your favorite movie/book/tv-show/game?” I always end up making a small list of several different options, but I can never seem to find a final, satisfactory answer.
I would say that may favorite game (or at least one of them) is Obsidian Entertainment’s Fallout New Vegas. New Vegas is the fourth game of the Fallout series, set in a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas. I thoroughly enjoy the setting of the game, and New Vegas places no limits on player exploration: factions, bandits, and scavengers populate this harsh world and can directly interact with the player, responding to the player’s decisions. Actions carry consequences, and helping one group could very well be cause for retaliation from another. Between factions from a rebuilt California and a growing empire based on ancient Rome coming from Arizona, the “Mojave Wasteland” is caught in a turbulent power struggle. The themes and plot of the game focus on Hoover Dam, and the importance of reliable water and electricity in the post apocalypse.
The game offers a “Hardcore Mode” as well, which is an optional setting that requires the player to eat, drink, and sleep at regular intervals. For lack of a better term, the game is incredibly immersive. Design choices such as adding sources of food and water in settlements give the game world detail that makes it feel more realistic and “alive”. The game also takes elements of the western genre, sci-fi retro-futuristic imagery, and Cold War era American exceptionalism, which all work to add a fresh twist to the apocalyptic setting.
I’ve always been a fan of games like New Vegas or Skyrim, which focus on world building and settings. I make a character and I dive in, exploring the nooks and crannies of the game’s world. I’ve found that New Vegas is especially accommodating for my interests in gaming.
I want to turn things to the comments and let readers discuss their favorite games. What makes a game “your favorite,” and why?