|Not all monuments in this game hail from before the war|
In a lot of ways, Fallout New Vegas is the answer to that. The timeline has advanced from fallout 2, and NCR has expanded in both power and territory. As they encroached into Nevada, they got the Hoover Dam running, only to encounter another massive, heavily-armed force of fanatics coming from the east, all hailing under the banner of someone who calls himself Caesar. And right in the middle of it all, a mysterious character named Mr. House, has somehow gotten the old Las Vegas strip running again, complete with four major casinos, right in the middle of the Mojave wasteland. The Strip is the biggest urban center for miles around, but there are a half-dozen smaller towns scattered through the area, with varying allegiances and agendas. This is the wide-open sandbox world in which you get to play.
|Lovely NOVAC, my first real home base.|
|NCR propaganda directed at their troops|
A few notes on modifications. There is a critical bug that causes endless loading screens and corrupted saves that plagues Fallout 3. There is also a catastrophically bad design decision to have your character hounded by absurdly-powerful hit squads that respawn and attack every few days, which can really run your character's resources ragged and badly sapped my enjoyment of the game. Fortunately, fixes for both the loading bug (both of these) and the squads are available and pretty easy to apply from community sites. Kudos to those folks for saving what would have been an unplayable game otherwise.
|This facility featured one of the best side-quests in the game.|
More Screenshots below the jump. Warning, some involve major spoilers.
|One of the best of the small touches: this guy must pass the time playing "pool" with these dinosaur toys.|
|One of the cool canyons you can explore while wandering the wastes.|
|Fly me to the moon...|
|This was sort of an homage to the planetarium of Fallout 3.|
|There she blows!|
|Red Rock Canyon.|
|Why, howdy, partner! I searched really hard for those Sarsaparilla Star bottlecaps, and this was my payout.|
|You can dine in style at the Gourmaud|