Around the web: New DLC interview

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Today Eurogamer put up a new interview with Fallout 3 DLC producer Jeff Gardiner. In the interview, he reveals some new details about Operation: Anchorage, the first DLC for Fallout 3, as well as new details on future DLC. Here’s an excerpt:

Eurogamer: Finally, can you tell us anything else about The Pitt and Broken Steel?

Jeff Gardiner: The Pitt is a more ‘Traditional’ Fallout 3 quest – it’s full of morally grey choices, shady NPCs, and features another city ravaged by time, neglect, nuclear waste and moral degradation.

Broken Steel not only extends the game to level 30, it alters the core ending. It allows the player to continue exploring the ashen Wasteland and see the fruits that are born, or that die, from their decisions. It will reprise several main characters, and conclude some of the story threads left dangling.

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Hall of Fame Mods at Planet Elder Scrolls

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Here’s one last round of Hall of Fame mod entries for the year 2008 at Planet Elder Scrolls.

For December, four mods met the criteria necessary to be honored.

Morrowind Mods:

  • Vality’s Bitter Coast Mod: Now in Version 4.0, according to Vality, this mod, “replaces all the ‘leafy’ Bitter Coast trees with my own ‘speedtree’ like trees, a similar technique to what was used in Oblivion.”

Oblivion Mods:

Nice work all!

The Gav feels faint

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Let’s be honest, many of us are excited for the release of Final Fantasy XIII and God of War III (fingers crossed that they both come out this year). But does anyone else get woozy thinking about them — like our very own Brendan Fraser Gavin Carter:

“I’m most looking forward to the coming installments of PlayStation series that haven’t seen a true next generation debut – namely God of War and Final Fantasy. Everything I’ve seen on the new Final Fantasy games has looked fantastic, and I feel faint when I think of the potential of a PS3 God of War game.”

Ladies love Gavin Carter. Gavin Carter loves Kratos.

A couple contests

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Here’s two ongoing contests that I thought you might want to enter.

At Games for Windows, their currently running a “Connect and Win” competition, which you can easily enter if you’ve got the GFW release of Fallout 3. The name pretty much says it all. If you’re playing Fallout 3 while logged into Games for Windows LIVE, you’re eligible to win. This week they’re giving out daily prizes of 4000 Microsoft points (points that could be used towards Operation: Anchorage and future Fallout 3 DLC releases). Next week their competition concludes with Survival Editions of Fallout 3 being given out daily.  The contest is for residents in the US, UK, Germany and France. For more details, visit here.

Elsewhere, MTV UK is currently running a Fallout 3 contest on their site. In addition to being able to win a 360 copy of the game, you have a chance at winning an Xbox 360 Pro, as well as some fun Fallout 3 schwag.

Good luck.

Fallout 3 awards

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Happy New Year from Bethblog! We look forward to sharing the latest news about our games and what we’re up to in 2009. It should be a fun year.

While we were away, here’s some new awards Fallout 3 earned. We begin at UGO, who gave the game their top honor saying, “Fallout 3 grabs you by the collar and doesn’t let go for about 50 hours. It is one of the most complete, satisfying and enjoyable games in years.”

The game has also taken GOTY awards at GamesRadar (image above), 411Mania, Philly.com, GayGaymer, Xbox360Achievements, Next Gen Player, and Voodoo Extreme.

At both Gamervision and SoftPedia, the game recently received honors as the top RPG of the 2008. TGR handed out two awards for the game — Best PC Game and Studio of the Year.

Last but not least, the game was also acknowledged as one of the top games of 2008 at ABC News, Variety, The New York Daily News, and Joystiq. Here’s a snippet from the latter:

“There are so many things you’ll miss if you don’t get out and explore. We’d never have gathered up parts and made a railway rifle that pinned enemies to walls, or a flaming sword from a lawnmower blade. Or become obsessed with tracking down every last Vault Boy bobblehead, pre-war book, human finger … or any of the myriad items that seem pointless, yet have a purpose.”

To see some of the other awards, head to the Fallout 3 Official Website.

What we played: Our 2008 favorites

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Well, we’ve reached the end of 2008, and what a great year it’s been for playing games. Like many other sites out there, we thought we’d share our favorites. Because we might have a little bit of a bias as to what our favorite game was, you’ll find no mention of Fallout 3 below.

Looking through the list, there’s definitely some differing opinions on what game was best. If you look at the #1 picks, Dead Space and Left 4 Dead appear to be amongst the favorites. I guess we’ve got a thing for games with severed hands on the cover.

After reading our list, be sure to let us know which games topped your list.

Happy New Year!

Cory Dornbusch, QA Tester: 10) Ninja Town, 9) Fable 2, 8 ) World of Goo, 7) Boom Blox, 6) Prince of Persia, 5) Far Cry 2, 4)Fracture , 3) Left 4 Dead, 2) Persona 4, 1) Dead Space.

Liz Beetem: 5) No More Heroes, 4) King’s Bounty: The Legend, 3) Fable 2, 2) Dead Space, and 1) Left 4 Dead.

Jonathan Bilodeau: 5) Fable II, 4) GTA IV, 3) Braid, 2) The Last Remnant, and 1) Tales of Vesperia.

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Modder Interview: TheTalkieToaster

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This week we’re checking in with Sam Mangham, otherwise known as TheTalkieToaster within our forums. Sam is a 21-year-old student at the University of Bath in, where else, Bath, England. When he’s not modding or studying Physics and Chemistry, he spends his time walking, seeing movies, and baking cakes.

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Around the web: Interviews, awards and more

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Welcome back for another edition of Around the Web.

We’ll start today at 1Up, where they’ve got an Afterthoughts interview with Emil. In it, Emil discusses design decisions, inspirations, as well as some things you might not have known about the game.  Here’s an excerpt:

1UP: The first time you played the game all the way through, what kind of character build did you use?

Emil: I’ve played the game at the office so many times, with so many different characters, at so many different stages of development, that I honestly can’t remember the first! But I do remember one of my favorites. I’d made this guy with Tag Skills in Science, Energy Weapons, and Speech. And every time I hit a option in dialogue, I would take it. It actually took me several hours of play before I looked at my character — and his suave little moustache — and then it hit me…I’d inadvertently created Tony Stark. I’d been playing the whole game in the role of Tony Stark, and hadn’t even realized it.

In Emil’s interview, there are a few references to the upcoming DLC. For more DLC discussion, check out WonderWallWeb, where there’s a new interview with Jeff Gardiner. Here’s a quick preview:

Can you tell us a little about the experience players will have in Operation Anchorage and what situations they will find themselves in?

Jeff Gardiner: The player will be tasked with taking the main Chinese stronghold outside of Anchorage.  Along the way they’ll pick up new weaponry, and even get to command a small strike force of their choosing.  They’ll be able to pick what type of team they’d like to create, and then how to utilize them in succeeding in their objective.

Speaking of Operation: Anchorage, it appears news of the DLC has made its way to Alaska by way of the Anchorage Daily News. I have to wonder what some residents of the Land of Midnight Sun had to think when they read the introduction.

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