Regular readers know books can transport one to other worlds. Long-time video game players know that not only can a video game transport the player, but that player also can make decisions that impact the story. Video games where the player can impact the story lines are called role-playing games, and a new title available at the Port Library is Fallout: New Vegas. This is the fourth installment in a series of games set almost 250 years into a post-apocalyptic future. Your character is simply known as the Courier.
The Courier has been set with the task of delivering a package across the Mojave Desert to what is left of Las Vegas, now known as “the strip.” However, before the Courier can complete the job, he is ambushed, robbed, and left for dead. Stopping the game here would make it about 10 minutes long, so the gameplay continues as the Courier is rescued by a friendly robot and nursed back to health. It is here the player, playing as the Courier, starts the mission to retrieve the precious package for delivery, meanwhile fighting off various militant groups, armies, and a version of the mob all vying for control in the region. The player’s decisions during the game do affect the outcome; one of four general endings is possible.
Because of the setting and gameplay, this game is recommended for older teenagers or adult patrons of the Port Library. And don’t forget you can return video games in the media side of our book drop, located on the outside front of the building, to the western end.
You can get the video game reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit, on the North Campus. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”
Fallout: New Vegas published by Bethesda
Xbox360 Video Games