So I've been a huge fan of the Fallout series for years, and I've lost count of how many times I've played through NV before. However, this is my first playthrough on PC w/ mods and all of the DLC. So after completing a few side quests, some main storyline quests (up until the serious defining decisions kick in) I started my first adventure through the DLC and I felt like I needed to convey just how good it feels to experience them for the first time.
*I won't spoil the specifics, but if you're truly concerned about spoilers then you should probably stop reading*
So, after asking the subreddit which order is best to playthrough them I started with Honest Hearts (HH). When I started, I was surprised to see how expansive the dialouge was for certain characters (not to mention I quickly realised that Jed was voiced by the same person that voiced Lee in Telltale's TWD game). I loved how quickly it went from 0-100. You're dropped into this unknown place where I immediately craved to learn more. There's a lot of subtle nudges and references to future characters that you slowly start to formulate some pretext and story for, before you even meet them. I feel the need to mention that what truly reached out to me was the fact that the characters were designed in a way which wasn't too unbelivable, that most of their own reasoning and character arcs were tangible. In addition to this, the scenary was pretty breathtaking (my mods probably influnced that) but with a certain eerie twist to it.
I like to take my Fallout games slow, so after I finished HH I gave it a few weeks to push onto the next one – Dead Money (DM). I have to say right off the bat that this is hands down one of the best DLC's I've probably played for Fallout. I think any longtime player of the series can agree to a certain degree that sometimes things in Fallout can be slightly predictable or stale, but I think this DLC throws most of those customs out of the window. First off, there was a certain moment at the start of the DLC which caused me to jump out of my skin – so that really set the tone for what was to come. I loved how the characters were presented in this one; there was a lot of variety which really shook things up (holograms, gouls etc.) there's a real sense of teamsmanship all throughout the DLC. However, I will say that some of the quests were kinda tedious but overall I could see how they fit in with the storyarc. Also, I don't think the scenary of this DLC holds a candle close to the likes of HH. It felt like there were a lot of assets reused, but this wasn't a big deal since the game is quite old now. In summary, by far my favourite part of the DLC was the characters – the main crew. All of their dialouge was unique and realistic in a sense that I would almost find myself relating to each of them in their own way. I very rarely get emotional with games, however I truly felt for these guys.
Maybe one day I'll stumble across Christine and tell her how much she means to me 🙁 also you were cool for a while but fuck you and your ego Dean.
I only finished DM today so again I'll more than likely take another break before starting the next. I just really wanted to share my experience with them so far since I consider myself extremely lucky to be able to playthrough these for the first time, not knowing what to expect. I'm really excited to learn more about the Courier's story and what it will lead me too 😀
Apologies if this was too long to read <3
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