The lights are on
Fallout 3 is one of the greatest RPGs of all time, but it was hindered by annoying bugs. Fallout New Vegas gives you a lot more freedom this time and is a lot more fun (well mostly). BUT! Be warned. This game is really, really, buggy and I mean really buggy, there are points where the game actually freezes and you have to restart the console, which is really annoying. Also the atmosphere is not as good as Fallout 3's atmosphere, it doesn't feel like a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Granted the game is supposed to be less effected by the nuclear holocaust, but this isn't a bold move and the game suffers from it.
Graphically the game doesn't look great, it uses the same engine from Fallout 3 and the characters look really ugly and the Mojave Wasteland looks nowhere as good as the ruins of Washington DC.
The soundtrack is absolutely fantastic and the voice acting is also brilliant. But the sound FX strangely disappear and this happens frequently.
The gameplay is a lot more fun this time, because your freedom is almost limitless, no two walkthroughs are the same. Enemies can still take a million head shots which is annoying. But the game now allows you to use iron-sights which improves the combat greatly. The story is also a lot better.
You may be thinking that Fallout New Vegas is a bit crap. You'd be right in some respects, but you have to remember that the game is a lot of fun, it's just annoyingly buggy. If you're willing to put up with the bugs, you are in for a treat, the game is brilliant in terms of gameplay. Give it a go.