The treasures of the Sierra Madre…
Safety Deposit Box – Trapped Father Elijah in the Sierra Madre’s Vault Gamerscore = 40 Acquired on 19/06/2011
A half a year later and I finally got to, and completed the Fallout New Vegas DLC, Dead Money. At first I purchased it in order to continue past the level cap of 30 up to 35. I was focused on other missions within the game so I just proceeded to continue on the in-game quests while sitting on the DLC. When Bethesda announced there would be 4 packs in total and would be arriving over the summer, I thought it would be best to get cracking on these missions before Bethesda’s latest, Skyrim, takes all my time.
Twelve hours and two endings later (good and bad) I was able to solve the mysteries of the Sierra Madre Casino. And while I can agree with my fellow blogger at Grinding Down that the content was difficult and perhaps not much fun (at lease at the start), I found the game’s story and challenge eventually grew on me. By the time I was done I was happy to return to the Mohave wastes, but at the same time I felt that like other explorers before, it was hard to let the Sierra Madre go.
The beginning of Dead Money can be quite brutal, in particular if you are playing on Hardcore mode. The stress of having no supplies, an environment the slowly eats at your health (or quickly if you enter a poisonous cloud), relentless creatures, a confusing layout, traps, and an assortment of other difficulties make Dead Money the hardest part of either Fallout game to date.
The good news is that it does get easier. If is in your best interest to go in with atop level character with good hacking, lock pick, and speech skills, it will give you an edge from the get go. With persistence, patience, and a willingness to explore, your trip to Sierra Madre may become quite enjoyable. I was actually quite surprised how they squeezed so much exploration into such a small environment. 12 hours of gameplay for 800 MS points is a pretty decent deal if I must say.
The best part of Dead Money is that it leads into the future content, and perhaps a true endgame for our courier who will be travelling full circle into fates unknown. I look forward to heading to the Divide to see what treasures await, but up next I will be off to Zion National Park for the Honest Hearts DLC!