A.V. Club: "The opening sequence of Fallout: New Vegas leads players to believe that it’s about a courier’s journey to track down the gangsters who left him for dead in the desert. Yet almost as soon as the game sends you on your way—you assume the role of that courier, rescued from death by a suspiciously protective security bot—countless side stories and eccentric characters crowd into view. Ignoring them to plod straight through the main storyline would take either extraordinary focus, or a lack of imagination. As veteran players of the series know, Fallout is really about exploring the periphery, and the fringes in New Vegas are even more wonderfully lunatic than those in Fallout 3."