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14 April 2011

Location 22: The Strip - Ultra Luxe

Puttin' on my white gloves
I stayed in the Mirage last year, which seems to be the inspiration for the most luxurious hotel on the New Vegas Strip, the Ultra Luxe. Admittedly, there's probably a lot of the Bellagio's dancing fountains mixed in, but remember, the game universe isn't ours, and the New Vegas casinos were principally inspired by what Vegas looked like a few decades ago.

(The restaurants in real life presumably serve less interesting steak than the Ultra Luxe, too, although - this is Vegas...)
You want a piece of me?

The clue for me was the hinged architecture, which is somewhat more flowing in the game than the Mirage's angular blocks. But the foilage out front - including water features - seem to chime, and of course the Mirage is famous for its indoor rainforest. Score 3.

I can't delay this any longer: it's time to visit Mr House at the Lucky 38.

7 comments:

  1. I want to say that the Ultra Lux was based on an old casino that was taken down years ago. I wanna say that 'Lux' was in the name, but the Luxor is the only one that comes to mind, and I'm convinced it wasn't that one. I think some of Gammorah might have been pulled from the Luxor, with the obvious African stylings

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  2. Ummm. Sorry to burst your bubble but the Luxor is totaly Egyptian themed. Less so now on the inside than when it first opened but I think the fact that it's shaped like a giant pyramid still would kinda give it away. :)

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  3. Egypt IS in Africa, Anonymous :D

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  4. According to the developers, the Ultra-Luxe is actually based on the Ballgio, inside AND out. Though the fountain is A LOT less fancy ingame.

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  5. Yeah - its def. supposed to be the Bellagio *see link* http://www.devconnections.com/shows/images/bellagio.jpg

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  6. Noo gammorah is completely based on sahara that was also closed years ago

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  7. The Gamorrah might be very much as (current date), The Tropicana Hotel & Casino.

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