The city is New Vegas. It’s a busy place that’s being fought over by warring factions. You’re there to kick ass, take names, and run around the desert with your wolf-pack looking for strippers and cocaine. Ok, so there might not be any cocaine or strippers, but the rest of it will be a part of Fallout: New Vegas.

Fallout New Vegas is a post nuclear role-playing game coming out this fall on PC, Xbox 360, and the PlayStation 3. Instead of a just barren, empty wasteland, you’ll get to explore the bustling New Vegas strip . Oh, I’m sure there will still be wasteland for you to explore and ravage…I mean, this is a Fallout game. The Hoover Dam will be around to help break up the desert landscape. Just please let me do one thing: I want to throw my enemies off the top and watch them rag doll all the way to the bottom.

From the looks of the picture they released the commands could include: ( from left to right) Wave at Arrow, transport to waving man, carry suitcases, wear oven mits, open inventory (look in satchel), hold my flowers, stab yourself in the arm, whistle a song, and talk to that man before he becomes invisible.

It uses the same basic interface and mechanics as Fallout 3, but some features have been added. Fallout 3 had a great interface, so we really don’t need something completely new; there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Speaking of wheels, a new mechanic called the “companion wheel” has been added that will let you give commands to your followers easier . Hopefully, this new command system will make it a lot harder to lose Doug.

New melee combat moves have been added to spice up beating people to death. Now, you can do more then just whack someone in the head until they die; you can use special moves for different weapons. Wielding a golf club? “Fore!”

Since this is Vegas, I’m sure you’ll get to live other parts of the Tiger Woods fantasy as well (remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas). If they have a unique move for every melee weapon things could get very interesting. If they add an achievement for using them all we could lose hours of our lives to it, and enjoy every head smacking, arm breaking, and knee kicking minute of it.

V.A.T.S. will still be around letting you pause the combat and you’ll get to see some kick-ass slow motion combat once you execute your commands. If you would rather not pause the game to make your kills, the real time shooting parts have been tuned up to make gunplay a better experience. So, when your out of action points, you won’t need to struggle to get a head shot…and we want as many of those as we can get.

You’ll also have twice as many guns to play with. You’ll also be able to customize your weapons with things like extended magazines and scopes. When you modify a weapon the look of it in-game will change to reflect what you’ve done to it. Nothing like using your favorite custom weapon to take down a pack of super mutants!

The Fallout games have never been disappointing and I’m sure New Vegas will join the group proudly for yet another amazing game in the franchise.

I’ll leave you with some screen shots and let you drool for awhile.

Keep gaming people!