Fallout: New Vegas

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Mature action RPG with gore, sex, profanity, and drug use.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 86 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Classic RPG with Surprisingly Deep Lessons

Right off the bat it is clear why this game has an M rating, there is blood and gore, profanity (one character uses the "f" word about ten times in one sentence at one point), references to sex and depictions of alcohol and drug use. However, it is entirely in the hands of the player to decide how to interact with this world, one can (and I have) play this game without harming another person or creature once. This game also provides surprisingly deep quests which test not just the player's resolve and skills, but their morality and politics. For example one quest has you uncover where stolen water is being sent and the culprits are only stealing it so that their community can remain independent from the governments vying for power, can theft be tolerated if it is being done to feed the starving and keep people free? Each major faction also has a political stance and are more than happy to share their philosophy with the player. When the leader of the shockingly evil slaving faction (the legion) is asked how he justifies his atrocities he busts out Hegelian dialectics and ancient history to support his cause, when citizens of the flawed and struggling republic (the NCR) are asked why they support their government they might respond with either a patriotic speech or an intellectual defense of the virtues of liberty and egalitarianism. While playing this game you will constantly be forced to make tough decisions that are engaging on an intellectual, philosophical, and emotional level which is an important thing for teenagers to be doing. Another important thing this game does is treat sexuality with respect. Two companions in this game are gay and they aren't treated any differently for it. They aren't ashamed to mention it when it comes up and there is no dialogue option to treat them with incredulity for it, few games treat gay characters with such respect and equality today and this game is over a decade old! This game is extremely engaging and can really test not just a teenager, but also an adult's perceptions of the world and right and wrong. While the game is beginning to show its age, if someone wants to try it out I cannot recommend it enough so long as you are aware of the violence on the surface and heavy themes underneath.

This title has:

Great messages
age 14+

The Best Video Game Ever

Fallout: New Vegas is the best game ever and is ok for tweens and teens. Let's be real, the game was created 10 years ago, so the violence is not that graphic. The game is really difficult to play, but if you are familiar with Star Wars: Jedi Fallen then Fallout shouldn't be too dificult for you.

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Release date: October 19, 2010
  • Genre: Role-Playing
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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