One would be hard-pressed to talk about some of the most legendary gaming franchises of all time without mentioning the behemoth that is the Fallout series. Originally a product of Interplay Entertainment, Fallout switched publishers and ended up with Bethesda, which did a fine job of bringing over the complexity and nuance of the Fallout series into a first-person perspective with Fallout 3 and Fallout 4.
However, there’s a sizable section of the fanbase that believes that the Fallout series wasn’t really done justice by Bethesda themselves, but rather by another video game development studio that took over the reins and delivered a role-playing experience that was more in line with the franchise’s roots. It doesn’t take an expert to state that the studio in question here is Obsidian Entertainment, with their title Fallout: New Vegas being widely considered by many to be superior to Bethesda’s offerings.
However, this topic has been the subject of furious debate time and time again, with both sides putting forth valid points in favor of their preferred game. To contextualize this argument, here are five points each detailing out why one of these games surpasses the other in terms of quality.
Updated March 16th, 2021 by Ritwik Mitra: The Fallout fanbase is divided down the line when it comes to selecting the best 3D game in the franchise. While Fallout 4 is definitely the most polished and updated experience on many fronts, most people consider New Vegas to have a charm of its own that elevates it to new heights in the eyes of most Fallout fans. Regardless of what games fans may choose to try out, there’s no denying the fact that both these games will definitely prove to be a blast in their own right.
15 FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS — The Superior Role-Playing Experience
If there’s one aspect of New Vegas that has received universal praise from fans, it’s the fact that the game’s systems are expertly crafted to help players get through, regardless of their build.
This means that every stat in the game is meaningful in some way, allowing gamers to engage in a role-playing experience unlike anything else released at that time.
14 FALLOUT 4 — The Superior Gameplay Experience
While New Vegas might emerge as the clear victor when it comes to the narrative, it falls short by quite a wide margin when it comes to gameplay.
As a modern product, Fallout 4 has refined its gunplay to a T, allowing gamers to enjoy a myriad of interesting combat situations that always put their skills to the test without feeling too boring or repetitive.
13 FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS — Gives Players More Freedom To Craft A Personalized Tale
Most of the systems present in Fallout 4 are somewhat rigid, meaning that gamers can’t really go through the game as they please. Compromises need to be made to adhere to the limits set by Fallout 4.
The same can’t be said for Fallout: New Vegas, which provides gamers with so many options to complete quests and tasks that the player truly feels like The Courier is an extension of their being.
12 FALLOUT 4 — An Engrossing Plotline With High Stakes
Fallout 4 might not have the level of freedom that New Vegas sports, but it makes up for this with an overarching goal that any player would find it easy to get behind — finding their lost son.
This makes the plot of Fallout 4 feel all the more personal, especially with the fully-voiced protagonist adding a level of emotion that was left unheard until this title.
11 FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS — The Side Content In New Vegas Is A Blast To Play Through
The best part about New Vegas is that the main plot isn’t the only section of the game that is narratively rich — the same can be said for pretty much every side story in the game.
This makes the exploration of the entirety of New Vegas an absolute must so that players don’t miss out on some excellent content.
10 FALLOUT 4 — The Environments Can Be Truly Breathtaking At Times
Fallout 4‘s graphics look incredible, especially when compared to the games that preceded it. Roaming around the wasteland feels incredibly immersive due to the amazing graphical fidelity present in the game.
No player can be blamed for getting lost in the hypnotic landscapes of The Commonwealth, which is easily the most beautiful yet bleak setting present in any video game.
9 FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS — The Characters In The Game Are Extremely Memorable
One thing that absolutely needs to be commended in Fallout: New Vegas is the diverse cast of interesting characters, each of whom is an absolute blast to interact with.
Taking part in the quest lines of all these characters is an absolute must for anyone who’s just getting into the game and wishes to make their experience as memorable as possible.
8 FALLOUT 4 — Weapon Mods Can Personalize Combat Even Further
Fallout 4 combat’s enough of a joy as is, but Bethesda didn’t stop there — they also gave the player options to attach weapon mods to their firearms, making combat even more dynamic and interesting as a result.
Unloading on enemies with a powerful weapon that is customized with state-of-the-art upgrades is one of the most satisfying moments in the entire game.
7 FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS — Moral Choices Are Deftly Woven Into The Narrative
There’s a pretty solid reason as to why Fallout: New Vegas is considered to be a role-playing masterpiece by most people who’ve experienced the title — the game is legendary for featuring some of the greatest writing ever seen in any video game.
Morality has never been as grayer in any game as in New Vegas, no action is completely “right,” with things rarely being black and white — something that can’t be said for Fallout 4, where the writing is somewhat more simple by comparison and the distinction between good and bad is way clearer.
6 FALLOUT 4 — Settlement-Building Is A Fun Distraction
One thing that Fallout 4 should definitely be applauded for is giving players a ton of things to do. These fun side activities serve as a fun distraction from the main plot of the story and provide a much-needed breath of fresh air.
The most prominent mechanic that hammers in this point is the settlement building and managing present in the game. This allows for a whole new level of environmental interaction that can be quite a blast indeed.
5 FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS — Companions Are More Fleshed Out And Unique
People who love Bioware games will definitely be well-aware of how interesting the companion quests in the game really are.
This is exactly why these people love Fallout: New Vegas as well — all the companions in the game are unique in their own right, and this impact is further bolstered by the fact that the Courier’s friends also have their own unique stories that can be unlocked after developing a bond with them.
4 FALLOUT 4 — There’s Actually A Post-Game
One thing that would definitely irk most players of Fallout: New Vegas is the fact that, after the main quest of the game is completed, the game just… ends. There’s little to no option for players to still explore the world of the Mojave Wasteland after finishing the central questline.
This isn’t even remotely the case in Fallout 4, where the game still continues and players can still tackle a whole host of sidequests in Fallout 4 even after the main quest is well and truly done.
3 FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS — The DLC Boasts Another Brilliant Story
The main and side quests in New Vegas have a ton of character of their own, but what makes this game all the more enthralling is the fact that the DLC released for this title is also an excellent addition as well!
Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues, and Lonesome Road are all excellent story expansions that will keep the ball rolling long after gamers have done everything there is to do in the base game.
2 FALLOUT 4 — Using The Power Armor Is A Blast
The technical advancements present in Fallout 4 mean that the combat is the best the series has seen… especially when it comes to using the Power Armor in the game.
The Power Armor is accessible pretty early on in Fallout 4 and allows players to truly make the most of this armor, with everything from improved suits to full-on customizations making for one of the most engaging applications of the iconic Power Armor in Fallout 4.
1 FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS — The Best Dialogue System In A 3D Fallout Game
If there’s one thing that can definitely be commended in Fallout: New Vegas — especially when compared to Fallout 4 — it’s the game’s diverse and engaging dialogue system.
Featuring a whole host of skill checks and unique interactions, the dialogue system in New Vegas will keep fans of good writing engaged for hours on end.