They asked if I knew theoretical physics. I told 'em I had a theoretical degree in physics. Hired me on the spot.
@thrawnfett, As much as I love New Vegas, in hindsight its really hard to ever side with the NCR. I pretty much always side with Mr.House or use Yes Man and side with my self. The Legion are a bunch of genocidal sadistic slavers, the NCR are a bunch of idiots, and The Boomers are superstitious morons. No side is really worth siding with from a logical standpoint besides Mr.House or The Currier. And the Brotherhood got absolutely closed lined in New Vegas.
@LaDarkProphet, Legion is pretty good if you can look past the slavery, but that's a really big if. Yes Man is the most based option.
@LaDarkProphet, I have no political affiliations. I just play the main storyline until I get to kill Benny, then do sidequests until I’m sick of my playthrough.
@Ajunta Pall, You think you know what is best? I KNOW WHAT IS BEST!
@LaDarkProphet, Mr House is the only faction in New Vegas that has potential to be successful in the long term.
Caesar’s Legion is absolutely doomed no matter what they do. The loss of Caesar (whether it’s to the Courier, his brain tumour, or old age) will result in Legate Lanius taking over. Either way, after taking Vegas and slaughtering ~90% of the population, the Legion’s next move is to advance into NCR territory, where they will inevitably be destroyed due to a combination of stretched resources, vulnerable supply lines, and superior enemy numbers and equipment. By the time they made it to Shady Sands (IF they made it), they’d be surrounded on all sides by the defenders and would get wiped out to the last man. Best case scenario, the Legion ends as a faction well before 2295 (NV takes place in 2281).
Meanwhile the NCR are by far the most likely faction to end up recreating the excesses and failures of the pre war era. Their corruption is to the core of the organization, and the
tax on the water they levy after taking the dam would result in the total collapse of every New Vegas settlement other than the wealthiest, while bolstering the worst of the worst, like the Crimson Caravan, to worsen their already ethically bankrupt practices for further profits. With the NCR in charge you get a tyrannical and uncompromising government ruling over a land far too large for them to patrol, making it ripe for raiders to continue to pillage for decades to come.
Yes-Man’s ending is so highly dependent on the Courier that once the courier leaves, they would be leaving pure chaos in their wake, regardless of the minor factions allied with or destroyed. Anarchy rules only as long as it takes for a powerful leader to rise up and take over, so with Yes Man in charge after the Courier leaves, New Vegas is ripe for the taking. Whether it would the Brotherhood of Steel, raiders, or an entirely new faction turning Vegas into their personal fiefdom, it would all fall apart anyway.
Mr House, conversely, is the only faction (including all of the minor factions) to have long term plans to ensure the survival of humanity. Unlike every other faction, he is above most of the temptations that lead to corruption in power. He has no interest in being worshipped, nor does he care for money beyond using it as a resource. He isn’t petty, and spends no time on revenge, preferring tangible goals with long term ramifications.
House is the only (sane) faction pursuing space exploration, something that is, while unknown to most of humanity, extremely important with the Zetans probably seeking revenge for the destruction of their Mothership in 2277 at the hands of the Lone Wanderer. House is also the only faction other than the Institute that’s explored automation as a mass replacement for human soldiers and enforcers, freeing him from needing to conscript humans to fight and die to defend his faction borders.
House is cold, unwilling to compromise and uninterested in the daily
lives and squabbles of the common folk. In a modern setting, this callousness would make him an unfit ruler, but in the world of Fallout, this makes him the only faction leader able and willing to look at the bigger picture and tackle the bigger problems.
Let the Followers of the Apocalypse or the Minutemen worry about the common man. Mr House is the ONLY one to turn to to keep the species from devolving further and dying off.
Really, the biggest problem about House’s ending is that he wipes out the Kings, which, big picture, doesn’t actually matter.
(Sorry for the essay length post, I just have a lot to say about F:NV)
*me meowing back at my cat*
My cat wondering how I found out about the world domination plans:
Cause it’s time to talk about the real science