Major Nelson Podcast interviews Jason Bergman

Discussion in 'NMA News and Information' started by OakTable, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. OakTable

    OakTable Vault Senior Citizen

    Nov 26, 2009
    Major Nelson Podcast interviews senior producer Jason Bergman, revealing a few new tidbits on Dead Money.<blockquote>-Takes 4-6 hours to beat
    -Each companion has their own perk, can only take 1 at a time
    -Veronica has new dialogue options after you beat the DLC and can get 1 of 2 new perks depending on what you say.
    -Ghost People apparently need to be decapitated or gibbed to be killed; Shooting them elsewhere stuns them.
    -The Nightkin companion is schizophrenic and has two personalities, Dog and God. Both have their own perk.
    -The human companion is named Christine, and is described as mute but intelligent.
    -The ghoul companion is a lounge singer named Dean. You may have seen him on posters or load screens in the main game.
    -New weapons include the Holo-Beam and the Beartrap Fist.</blockquote>
     
  2. Little Robot

    Little Robot sup Orderite

    Sep 29, 2010
    Oh man, could anyone who has listened to the podcast quickly summarize anything important? Any news on what the "aesthetic" version of the ghoul is?
     
  3. TheUnwashed

    TheUnwashed First time out of the vault

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    Feb 28, 2008
    4 to six houres, seems short, but I guess Im going to spend much more time in dead money
     
  4. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    depends how straight forward the nature of this DLC is. You can only do so much in long corridors or maps with a clear line pointing in only one direction ...

    On the other side 4-6 ours ... that is embarrasingly short in my eyes. But it all depends on the price in the end.

    Though the visuals so far (like the hotel/casino on the hil ?) looks totally flat and uninteresting. Even if I would buy dlcs (which I dont) this one not like something interesting. Sorry Obsidian :(
     
  5. WorstUsernameEver

    WorstUsernameEver But best title ever!

    May 28, 2010
    So the DLC has its own beginning and ending slideshows? I'm not sure if I'll like the "game within the game" effect, but we'll see.
     
  6. dustin542

    dustin542 First time out of the vault

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    Jul 2, 2009
    I'm hoping by "its own ending slideshows" he meant added to the rest after the hoover dam battle
     
  7. Bewitched

    Bewitched aka Vault_13

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    Jun 13, 2006
  8. OakTable

    OakTable Vault Senior Citizen

    Nov 26, 2009
    Only a little.
     
  9. C2B

    C2B Look, Ma! Two Heads!

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    Aug 17, 2010
    Avellone tweet
     
  10. Knödelkarpfen

    Knödelkarpfen First time out of the vault

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    Nov 15, 2008
    I hope the game doesn't explain it this way, and that it's Bethesda, not Obsidian, that cannot into mental illness. Schizophrenia is not Dissociative Identity Disorder. Undoubtedly it's going to be more mental illness for the lolz :| (flat affect)
     
  11. OakTable

    OakTable Vault Senior Citizen

    Nov 26, 2009
    It's what Bergman said. Besides, I forgot what Multiple Personality Disorder had it's name changed to.
     
  12. WorstUsernameEver

    WorstUsernameEver But best title ever!

    May 28, 2010
    They called Tabitha "schizophrenic" too pre-release (not to mention a cross-dresser) but in-game her specific mental illness wasn't explained/mentioned. I think Marcus mentions the Nightkin as generally "schizophrenic" and that's it. So yeah, I doubt they'll mention Dog as specifically schizophrenic in-game.
     
  13. Innawerkz

    Innawerkz First time out of the vault

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    Feb 23, 2010
    4 - 6 hours does seem short but, if it is similar in price to the Fallout 3 DLC's at 800 MS points, it equates to just over $10. For whatever reason, I always translate my entertainment value ratios vs. movie tickets; which sell for $10 here (12.50 for 3D) with a rough average of 1 hour & 45 minutes of entertainment.

    4 - 6 hours of entertainment for the cost of one movie ticket seems like a fair exchange. If, by chance, there are at least two distinct ways to make it through Dead Money, it becomes closer to 8 - 12 hours of entertainment and the value increases dramatically for me.

    Still... waiting on reviews to get a better idea how it plays.
     
  14. Faceless Stranger

    Faceless Stranger Board Drifter

    Aug 19, 2010
    Err... that's pretty short... only 4-6 hours? I hope that only means the main quest and that there are side quests to add a little fat to the dlc
     
  15. WorstUsernameEver

    WorstUsernameEver But best title ever!

    May 28, 2010
    Chris Avellone tweeted:
    Granted, his point of view is obviously biased but he seems to hint that there are opportunities to explore too and it's not completely linear.
     
  16. Anarchosyn

    Anarchosyn Still Mildly Glowing

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    Sep 26, 2008
    I like the way you think. I've long used a similar litmus for determining the worth of my time and money (we economists call it an opportunity cost analysis).

    I'm just curious how they plan to keep low level characters from falling into this DLC (I'm unsure whether it was itemized above but I've seen a dev quote stating this DLC has been built for lvl 20 and above characters).
     
  17. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
    Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Apr 3, 2003
    Yeah, game publishers always try to sell people on that too when justifying DLC pricing. It's bullshit. Going to the cinema is simple another type of social experience. It is nonsense to translate different experiences for prices especially when measured in hours.

    Here's the relevant question: how long is it compared to New Vegas, and how much does it cost them to make? DLCs in general are shorter in hours played and cheaper in manhours invested than videogames at similar price-points. That's why it's bullshit.
     
  18. OakTable

    OakTable Vault Senior Citizen

    Nov 26, 2009
    So what would you price DLCs of this size? Around 5 bucks or so?
     
  19. Kindo

    Kindo Still Mildly Glowing

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    Jun 26, 2003
    Keepe in mind that there are many full-price games out there that don't last more than 4-6 hours, and which then sell boring add-on missions that are over within the hour, for the same price as these guys are charging for theirs. Still, I hate the pricing for the majority of the DLC's out there, so I'm not exactly on their side. I'm just saying it's usually much, much worse. Assuming it's a well-designed and thoroughly entertaining 4-6 hour experience you get for your ten dollars, I'd at least consider buying it. It would be more than you'd get for the same price (or even a higher one), for the crappy DLC's that make up 90% of the market.
     
  20. Little Robot

    Little Robot sup Orderite

    Sep 29, 2010
    I think that $10 for a DLC is a little bit of a ripoff, but I also think that if it's entertaining and if buying it supports the possibility for Obsidian to work on future Fallouts I'm probably not going to quibble over 5 or 6 extra bucks.