Fallout: New Vegas fans, there’s some new downloadable expansion content coming your way, so for those that have already run through every possible ending and acquired all available trophies as a good, neutral, and evil character, there’s finally a new reason to revisit the post-apocalyptic world of Fallout: New Vegas and this one is called “Honest Hearts”, which were already sure Fallout fans are hoping to be more satisfying than the last lukewarm received DLC offering, “Dead Money”.
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Now to bring fans of the original New Vegas up to speed, the original plot had the courier (you), going through his investigative paces to track down the heartless sniper that gunned you down and left you for dead for the package you were carrying, and through this quest encountered the three feuding factions, the NCR (New California Republic), the old world throwback Caesar’s Legion, and the deceptively elusive Mr. House, all competing for dominance of New Vegas’ water supply because he who controls the water, controls life, but the prominent subject of these three factions in Honest Hearts seems to be a vaguely mentioned, disgraced former member of Caesar’s Legion, “The Burned Man”.
In the new Fallout DLC Honest Hearts, the backdrop is switched from that of the dry and desolate Vegas, to that of a location physically less harsh, but no less deadly, Utah Zion National Park, an area a little more green and lush appearing in places than the usual concrete, rubble, destroyed buildings and overturned vehicle shells were used to seeing in a typical Fallout landscape. In Fallout: New Vegas – Honest Hearts the central conflict appears to be between a New Canaanite missionary and a self-proclaimed “Right Hand of God”, The Burned Man, who appears not unlike “The Mummy” of old time monster fiction, same as that of Dracula, The Werewolf, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. A little off topic, but anyone else notice that the Mirelurk King from Fallout: New Vegas is a dead ringer for the Creature from the Black Lagoon? Maybe it’s just us here at GameGuideDog, but we highly doubt we were the only gamers to notice this similarity.
So what makes believe it’s the same burned man as the disgraced right hand of Caesar of Caesar’s Legion? Well, the mythically feared “burned man” referred to in whispers in Caesar’s camp was coated in a flammable substance and cast to the rocks below as punishment for failing Caesar in a fierce battle against the NCR, the “burned man” of Honest Hearts claimed to be twice christened, once of water, and once of flame, so the background stories behind them sound too similar to be completely unrelated characters.
Once again the graphics of Honest Hearts appears to be of the highest quality and attention to detail, and much more “open world” and free roam accessible than that of the first DLC predecessor Dead Money. At least one of the warring factions involved are adorned with impressive headdresses and somewhat resemble our modern day interpretation of how the ancient Aztecs appeared. Honest Hearts features several perks to enhance your Fallout questing experience and set it apart on its own merit, such as types of terrain not seen before in the Fallout world, much more green and lush with foliage and even the odd sparkling waterfall.
There is new hostile tribal enemies of unique design and new monsters to battle like the vicious Greek Gecko, and to round out your new and improved Fallout experience, new character enhancement perks that deal greater damage like “Eye for an Eye” and “Tribal Wisdom”, and finally new weaponry such as the melee oriented War Clubs, throw-able Fire Bombs, more firearms like the Compliance Regular, the .45 caliber automatic pistol, the .45 cal auto sub machine gun, and our favorite, the intriguing sounding Yao Guai Gauntlets.
Fallout: New Vegas – Honest Hearts is the first of three new DLCs on the way, and is cross-platform available, right now on Xbox Live for 800 Microsoft points, and for $9.99 on the still partially defunct PSN, hopefully by the end of May, fingers crossed, game gods willing.