The game overall: better written. Main quest entangles itself in the whole game world, and side missions feel more compelling.
That said, the magic in Fallout 3
was not doing quests. It was walking somewhere, finding something, and finding out it's story. Pretty much everywhere had an interesting story. (Or a depressing
one. "There Will Come Soft Rains" anybody?)
Such is not the case in New Vegas
That said, this game plays better with all of it's various engine improvements, and the massive bugs (most of them don't crash the game anymore!) provide some Narm Charm
. This is a Lighterand Softer
experience than Fallout 3
. I recommend both whole-heartedly, but which one you'll enjoy more is entirely a matter of opinion.
For what it's worth, I find Fallout 3 darker
, more interesting, more heart-rending
, and more satisfying.