Fallout New Vegas DLC Review: Honest Hearts

A few hours ago I recently finished the second piece of DLC for Fallout New Vegas.

Well....at least compared to Dead Money it's better.

This is Honest Hearts.


The story I admit is not as interesting as Dead Money's story.

If I were to rank both stories. Dead Money's gets a 8 out of 10 and Honest Hearts gets a 7 out of 10.

That said, it does introduce us to The Burned Man. Once loyal to Caesar's Legion then set on fire and thrown off a cliff by Caesar. That instantly makes The Burned Man a bad ass.

During your travels in the Mojave Wasteland your Pip-Boy picks up a radio transmission from a member of the Happy Trails Caravan Trading Company. The job is to escort the caravan through Zion National Park in Utah.

Once you arrive you learn of a tribal war between The Dead Horses and The White Legs. The White Legs are a tribe attempting to get on Caesar's good side and join his legion. The Dead Horses on the other hand are led by The Burned Man himself.

You then join his cause and help the other tribes in the area to defeat The White Legs.


Honest Hearts, unlike Dead Money. Is actually enjoyable and not a headache waiting to happen.

Honest Hearts has you set in the radiation free location of Zion National Park. The landscape has seemingly been lucky enough to been out of the blast zone of the nukes.

You're facing tribals and mutated animals, there are no automated turrets or robots to blast away with a laser rifle. The majority of weapons you will find and use in Honest Hearts will be good 'ol 12 gauge shotguns and classic .45 pistols. As well as several melee weapons.

Deathclaws are gone, Ghouls are gone and Caesar's Legion is nowhere to be found. You are left alone to blast the heads off of Giant Gecko's with your 12 gauge.

That's just lovely.

Aside from this, there isn't really anything else to really say about the DLC.

There's nothing here in the DLC to make you go "WOW!"  Nor does it really have any truly memorable moments or locations. At best, it's an ok piece of DLC with no fancy bells and whistles.

Also, there's no radio music to listen to unless you download all the pieces of DLC.

The Verdict

Honest Hearts is an ok piece of DLC for New Vegas.

It by no means I would consider the best but is a much better experience than Dead Money.

So if you're looking to buy a new piece of DLC for New Vegas or you're playing through the DLC you got in the New Vegas Ultimate Edition. It's not bad.

Dead Money gets a decent score of 3 out of 5.

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