Old World Blues
It's a little tale about SCIENCE! A brave band of SCIENTISTS face off against a MAD SCIENTIST named DR. MOBIUS using YOU as their pawn! SNEAK around the Lobotomites! FEAR the dreaded Roboscorpions of DR. MOBIUS! MARVEL at the technological wonders of THE SINK! TRACK your own brain down after it was STOLEN! WONDER why the hell they removed your SPINE and HEART! HEY! GUYS! I was using THAT!
(I don't really count it as a spoiler as you learn in the first few minutes of the DLC that your brain, spine, and heart have been removed and replaced with SCIENCE parts. Given the perks they give you, I.. honestly don't know why you would want any of them back.)
Of the three so far, Honest Hearts was kinda disappointing to me overall. I'm not sure why.. the whole thing felt rushed and like I was reading through a storyboard the head writer was giving to the underlings. "Here's the gist - fill in the blanks, people!" and then they forgot to fill in the blanks. Dead Money I dug a lot because it was a neat little Survival Horror thing in the New Vegas universe.
Old World Blues is a hardcore scenery chewing B quality Sci-Fi film. The head of the Scientists you're essentially working for uses a giant booming voice that emphasises nouns and verbs, and one of the others is voiced by the same guy who voices J. Jonas Venture of the Venture Brothers. It's fricken awesome. Oh, and if you're running with Wacky Wasteland, there's actually some Wacky Wasteland bits in the DLC, something I haven't seen before.
The size of the world is a bit smaller than Honest Hearts, but as most of Honest Hearts felt like big stretches of boring, uninteresting land between the important bits, and this feels like the bits in between are actually interesting, it ... well, it doesn't feel larger, but it does feel more coherent and put together better. While I had to Fast Travel in Honest Hearts in order to play the DLC in less than 40 hours, and while there is
fast travel in The Big Empty, it's not really necessary as you can run from one end to the other in less than 20 minutes. It's probably a bit larger than Dead Money, but most of Dead Money was interior anyway, so there's that. Still, while Dead Money was a Survival Horror Ensemble Bank Heist and Honest Hearts was a... kinda strange Revenge and Redemption story (With REAL religion!) this is a hilarious B Movie. Did I laugh out loud? No. Did I grin like an idiot and snort to myself a couple of times? Yeah, I did. Particularly with some of the announcements in a simulation.
Is it hard? Well, I beat the main story bit in a couple of hours, realized I should have finished everything up first and then went to do that in another few hours, so all told you're looking at maybe 10 hours of play in this thing, plus or minus three hours depending on a number of factors and so on. The Roboscorpions are bloody little bastards - outside of the weapons I found in there (keep in mind that I'm no Melee fighter, but I am an Unarmed one as well as Energy Weapons and Guns) - I used an Anti-Materiel rifle on pretty much everything but the Roboscorpions, and those I used either some energy weapons I found in the DLC or.. a ballistic fist. I still couldn't find a weapon that would one-shot them consistently. Even using Armor Piercing rounds in my Anti-Materiel rifle, shooting the Roboscorpions just seemed to piss them off.
... (Spoiler about content you may not even find in your playthrough)
Worth $10? If you thought Dead Money was worth it, then yes. If you felt ripped off by it, you may want to wait for a sale or something, but I'd recommend this one before the other two. Thing's trying to be funny, and succeeds several times. And if nothing else, for trying to be funny they deserve a prop or two.
Do...do the kids still give the props to people?