Eurogamer reviews Old World Blues

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  1. Paul_cz

    Paul_cz Mildly Dipped

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    Jun 11, 2008
    Fast as per usual, Eurogamer has reviewed Old World Blues, giving it a 9/10.<blockquote>This opening scene is incredibly funny, featuring such wonderful dialogue as "Fully erect hand penises!" and "The FORBIDDEN ZONE! Where no brain has EVER entered!", but it does drag on. Comparisons to Portal are inherent in the concept, but where Valve laced its brilliant chatter through those games so you were always doing something while being amused, Obsidian sticks with the old "locked in place, waiting to move" approach.

    That blast of entertaining exposition out of the way, you're free to explore the ruined crater in which the facility sits. The plot is minimal at first, unfolding naturally as you poke around and fetch bits and pieces for Klein. Basically, one of the science brains - inevitably named Dr Mobius - has gone rogue and now fills the area with robot scorpions and beams, rambling threats at the rest of his former team. Mobius has also stolen your brain, and the radar fence surrounding the crater will kill you if you attempt to leave without retrieving it.

    From there, it becomes the most open DLC yet for New Vegas. The game doesn't nudge you towards attempting the quests in any particular order, and the Big Empty crater is anything but. It's small in terms of square footage but dense in features, with 35 specific locations sprinkled across (and below) its surface. So if you'd rather poke around, discover the enticingly titled Mysterious Cave and tackle the monstrous Legendary Bloatfly, that's entirely up to you. In any other game, this would be a story-punctuating boss battle. Here it's just one of several surprises tempting you off the beaten track.

    The laissez-faire approach pays dividends as the story unfolds at its own pace, filling in not only the backstory of the warring science-brains and their mountain retreat, but also other elements of the wider Mojave wasteland. There's a lot of information on Elijah, antagonist of Dead Money, and even explanations for some of the unique flora and fauna of New Vegas. If you want to know who to blame for f***ing Cazadores, this is the download for you.</blockquote>
     
  2. God is Dog backwards

    God is Dog backwards Mildly Dipped

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    Jul 25, 2003
    Surely we can agree the only person to blame for f**ing Cazadores is the person doing the f**ing.
     
  3. vakapyro06

    vakapyro06 It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Jul 21, 2011
    Just nope.

    But anyway, this is a good review, and a higher score than what I perceived it would get from these guys.
     
  4. Courier

    Courier Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Apr 10, 2011
    I don't see how you could compare this to Portal, other than the Science! aspect they have nothing in common.
     
  5. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    Simple man, none of these people played Fallout 1 and 2, so when it comes to B science fiction standards they look for Portal.

    What I find annoying is that they still keep giving Bethesda credit for Obsidian's good work.
     
  6. Per

    Per Vault Consort Staff Member Admin

    Apr 1, 2004
    For the casual observer, "whimsical AI makes you run the gauntlet through mechanical enemies" could certainly make you think of Portal.
     
  7. Courier

    Courier Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Apr 10, 2011
    It's not AI though, it's a group of pre-war scientist's brains. They're also not making you do stuff for "testing" or to get you killed like GLaDOS, they just want to defeat their rival brain scientist.
     
  8. Per

    Per Vault Consort Staff Member Admin

    Apr 1, 2004
    I get all my info from reading reviews, they cannot be wrong!
     
  9. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    what if the reviews would claim Per to be bad/wrong ?
     
  10. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
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    Apr 3, 2003
    What if he's bad and wrong? There should be a new, stronger word for that. Like...baddong. Yes. Per is baddong. We should have the opposite of him, gnoddab.
     
  11. DemonNick

    DemonNick It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Feb 17, 2010
    Actually there are a couple mandatory segments where you have to navigate hazardous courses as part of testing being run by AI versions of the Brains.
     
  12. Courier

    Courier Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Apr 10, 2011
    That's not AI, that's pre-recorded messages left for you. There's a difference.
     
  13. DemonNick

    DemonNick It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Feb 17, 2010
    Not really? It's still navigating a hazardous test course overseen by vindictive and inhuman science-obsessed intelligences. That's straight out of Portal, regardless of whether it's an AI or a recording of a brain in a jar.
     
  14. Courier

    Courier Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Apr 10, 2011
    Portal did not create the concept of scientific experimentation, other than the fact that you have to run through a hazardous test course there are no similarities.
     
  15. DemonNick

    DemonNick It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Feb 17, 2010
    So what you're saying is, other than the fact that you have to run through a hazardous test course while listening to the monologue of a deranged science-obsessed inhuman intelligence, you know, the entire premise of portal, there's no similarity?

    Yeah, I guess other than the fact there are two sequences that have pretty much the same premise as portal the two games don't really have that much in common! :roll: Face it: the portal comparison is reasonable, especially since Portal 2 came out fairly recently, and I'd be surprised if it wasn't deliberate. I mean, keep in mind, there were Portal references in the core game.
     
  16. Lexx

    Lexx Background Radiant
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    Apr 24, 2005
    When Portal 2 came out, OWB was in development already. It's very unlikely that it's in some kind of way based on Portal 2.


    Pretty funny, though. For me it was clear that people will connect it with the Portal 2 release when we got the first information about the DLC.
     
  17. Ilosar

    Ilosar Vault Fossil

    Apr 20, 2010
    Because Portal invented 50's Science! (where deadly ''tests'' are more or less mandatory), talking appliances, and dickish scientists, obviously. There's an influence, yes, given it's a more or less similar premise, but saying it's based on Portal is shaky at best.
     
  18. Per

    Per Vault Consort Staff Member Admin

    Apr 1, 2004
    The article says "comparisons with Portal", not "based on Portal".
     
  19. Nark

    Nark Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Dec 6, 2008
    He may have been referring to DemonNick's comment.