Truth is...the game was rigged from the start.”— Benny
The Fallout: New Vegas intro begins playing the song "Blue Moon" inside the casino of the Lucky 38 with a crooked portrait of the casino, the camera slowly rotating upright and moving away to reveal more of its surroundings. It proceeds to exit the casino, picking up pace as it tours the Strip while Blue Moon slowly becomes fainter amidst the background of the carousal about the street. The camera zooms out further to the perimeter of the auroral city to an NCR Veteran Ranger firing a lethal shot at an armed fiend just beyond the confines of New Vegas.
In the distant hillside, a scout observes the hotbed of activity beside a flag bearing the mark of Caesar's Legion, Legionaries passing behind him as a veteran commander gives them calculated orders. Once more, the camera resumes even further from the city distinguishable only by its glow amidst the dark, night air of the Mojave. The scene becomes Goodsprings Cemetery, presently active with a small group of Great Khans digging a shallow grave intended for the unconscious Courier, and Benny standing only feet away. The opening narration by Ron Perlman begins.
War. War never changes.
When atomic fire consumed the earth, those who survived did so in great, underground vaults. When they opened, their inhabitants set out across ruins of the old world to build new societies, establish new villages, form new tribes.
As decades passed, what had been the American southwest united beneath the flag of the New California Republic, dedicated to old-world values of democracy and the rule of law. As the Republic grew, so did its needs. Scouts spread east, seeking territory and wealth, in the dry and merciless expanse of the Mojave Desert. They returned with tales of a city untouched by the warheads that had scorched the rest of the world, and a great wall spanning the Colorado River.
The NCR mobilized its army and set it east to occupy the Hoover Dam, and restore it to working condition. But across the Colorado, another society had arisen under a different flag. A vast army of slaves, forged in the conquest of 86 tribes: Caesar's Legion.
Four years have passed since the Republic held the Dam - just barely - against the Legion's onslaught. The Legion did not retreat. Across the river, they gathered strength. Campfires burned, training drums beat.”— Ron the Narrator, Fallout: New Vegas intro
The Courier slowly regains consciousness. Benny immediately follows to hold a compunctious, yet professional monologue with the Courier as his audience:
The Courier's "death"Edit
You got what you were after, so pay up.”— McMurphy
You're crying in the rain, pally.”— Benny
The Courier wakes up trying to get free from the restraints.
Guess who's waking up over here?”— Jessup
The Courier looks up to see Benny, Jessup and McMurphy. Benny then takes a hit from his cigarette, drops it and pats it out with his foot.
Time to cash out.”— Benny
Would you get it over with?”— McMurphy
Maybe Khans kill people without looking them in the face, but I ain't a fink, dig?”— Benny
Benny proceeds to remove the platinum chip from his coat pocket, and flash it in front of the courier.
You've made your last delivery kid.”— Benny
Benny conceals the platinum chip back inside his coat, removing another item in its place.
Sorry you got twisted up in this scene.”— Benny
Benny draws his 9mm pistol Maria from his coat.
From where you're kneeling it must seem like an 18-carat run of bad luck.
But, truth is...the game was rigged from the start.
Benny executes the Courier with a climactic shot to the head. The player then starts the first playable part of the game.