This game is the follow up to the very impressive Fallout 3 and the action switches from the ruins of Washington to the desolation of the Mojave Desert.
You play the part of a courier that's left for dead in a shallow grave after making a delivery. Waking in a doctors house you're given the opportunity to customise your character and then unleashed on the world at large.
Players of Fallout 3 will recognise many of the contents of New Vegas, Radscorpions, Deathclaws, the Brotherhood of Steel, Mr Handy/Gutsy etc etc.
The above being said there is a lot of new components to this game: weapons, factions, abilities, gang types and armour. The ability to add modifications to your weapons adds a new dimension to the game as well.
The map is large and the amount of encounters is absolutely stupendous, the Explorer perk lets you see exactly how many are available to you.
The story line is engrossing and the number of side quests to complete is astounding. I've played for approx 30 hours and have yet to visit/complete half of the story.
Other than the colour palette, graphically not a lot has changed. However, this is not an issue, don't fix what isn't broken. If you want a graphically lead game, buy a COD.
There is only one snag in all of this goodness......lagging. The game will freeze for a few seconds before continuing. This isn't a constant problem though. Previous reviews have mentioned crashing and this has happened to me as well. However, over the course of a fortnight the game has crashed approx three times, not a massive drawback for me.
This game is truly one of the best of its type with improvements over Fallout 3 and only the lagging issues prevented it getting 5 stars.
If you've played Fallout 3 you'll love the next instalment and if you haven't you'll be buying it to see what you missed out on.