Known for its vast, open world, branching storyline, large array of weapons and combat styles, and the occasional bout of ridiculousness, the Fallout series is one of Bethesda’s most popular titles. The latest downloadable content for Fallout: New Vegas, Old World Blues, continues to present a differently themed environment and story from the main game while simultaneously providing an additional ten to twelve hours of entertainment.
The crux of Old World Blue revolves around your quest to recover your own brain, which was scooped out by some somewhat mad scientists (who they themselves are nothing more than floating brains in jars). After loosing your poor grey matter to a rival scientist and replacing it with various bits and bobs of science, you set out on a series of tasks much like in the vanilla game. The major differences lay in the world of Old World Blues; while the Mojave Wasteland of the main game features a western motif and the prior bit of DLC focused on a Native American-inspired narrative, the latest tale embraces an utterly bizarre and hilarious science fiction aesthetic. Robotic scorpions, spliced dogs, genetic experiments, and other brain-deficient humans roam the landscape, and the DLC features very little in the form of traditional firearms, favoring ludicrous laser rifles instead. It’s a nice change of pace to the otherwise western feeling.
Old World Blues is not without its share of problems, however. Like any other part of the Fallout series, there are a large number of bugs (though that’s what inevitably happens with any game the size and scale of Fallout), requiring players to have multiple saves just in case. Aside from that, Old World Blues is a fine addition to Fallout: New Vegas. Fans of the game should not pass on this DLC, avaliable through prepaid cards at any Scranton retails.