Fallout 3, Team Honored

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A few more year end awards have been announced for both Fallout 3 and Bethesda Game Studios over the weekend.

Up first, GameSpy concluded their year end awards — with Fallout 3 taking home the award for Overall Game of the Year and winning the Gamers’ Choice awards for Xbox 360 and PC. It’s a great honor anytime we get awards like these — especially when it comes from fans.

On Friday night IGN announced their Best of 2008 awards for Xbox 360, with Fallout 3 taking awards for Best RPG, Best Use of Sound, and Game of the Year. Here’s an excerpt from what they had to say on the game winning GOTY:

“The sense of immersion in this twisted, yet somehow believable, world is fantastic, but it’s the freedom and memorable moments that put Fallout 3 on top. The VATS combat is fantastic. The role-playing and decision making is top notch. Just about everything Fallout 3 does is special. You could (and should) play Fallout 3 for dozens and dozens of hours and still turn it on the next day and find something new and exciting.”

In other news, GamaSutra included Bethesda Game Studios in their list of the Top 5 Developers in 2008.

What we’re playing: Holiday Edition

 

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With Christmas and New Year’s (and the always important Celebration of Gstaff Day) coming up, many of us are taking time off and celebrating the holiday season. Of course, that means many of us will get to spend some extended time playing games.

Here’s a rundown of some of the games we’ll be playing.

Michael Lattanzia, QA: Warhammer Online (Woo, Keg End event!), Left 4 Dead, Gears of War 2, Persona 3 FES, Animal Crossing: Wild World, Chrono Trigger DS, Dead Rising… whew, trying to catch up on some games finally.

Chris Esko, Gameplay Programmer: Trying to finish all the games I haven’t had time for. Fallout 3, Left 4 Dead, Gears of War 2, Prince of Persia, Rock Band 2, Kings Bounty, and getting sucked back into WoW with the Lich King expansion.

Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: King’s Bounty: The Legend, World of Warcraft, Prince of Persia.

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Community Scrapbook — Scenic Landscapes

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Last time around for Community Scrapbook, we requested that you send along your best scenic landscape screens you’ve taken. The shot above, taken by Ghostwise, is currently my desktop wallpaper.

Rather than coming up with criteria for the next scrapbook, how about you guys make some suggestions by commenting below. I’ll pick one of the suggestions and let you guys know.

Hit the jump below to see more scenic landscapes…

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Around the web

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Here’s the latest news on Fallout 3.

Following up their selection of Fallout 3 as the top PC game in 2008, GameSpy has now bestowed the same honor to the 360 version of the game. The PlayStation 3 release of the game also was honored — being named runner-up for GOTY. IGN has begun giving out their year end awards as well, with Fallout 3 winning RPG of the Year on both PlayStation 3 and PC.

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Enclave Commander Mod turns heads at HQ

This morning I got several emails from members of the team pointing out the trailer for a new Fallout 3 mod — Enclave Commander Mod. Here’s the basic decription for the mod, created by J3X:

“This mod adds a Enclave Radio Transmitter. When you use it it will call forth a Vertibird loaded with 3 friendly Enclave soldiers to your position. You can find the transmitter at the entrance desk in the Museum of History.”

Nice work J3X!

Around the web: Bobblehead Hood Ornament Edition

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Here’s some news/stuff I found around the web that you’d be interested in. To start off, I suppose I should explain the image above. A bunch of guys on the team forwarded me this image, originally posted in the Something Awful forums by Drinkfist. All I can say is…wow!

In news, Fallout 3 has received recognition in a few more “Best of 2008″ lists. AP writer Lou Kesten ranks Fallout 3 as the #1 game of 2008. Elsewhere, GameSpy and GamaSutra both announced the game as their top PC game this year. Here’s a excerpt from the latter:

“The sheer amount of content in Fallout 3 is extremely impressive, considering what a consistent level of quality it maintains — and how much of it a player is likely to completely miss, based on the choices made, the NPCs killed, the routes traveled, and any number of other variables.”

Fallout 3 made several other lists — including ones found at Blast Magazine, Wired, Telegraph, and MSNBC.

With the release of the G.E.C.K. last week, more sites are beginning to report on the modding scene for Fallout 3. We’ll be following the developments closely, but for now, you can check out some recommeded mods at UGO and MTV Multiplayer.

Finally, BGS forum member OblivionRulez let me know about a community contest held at the German Fallout fansite, Fallout-HQ. The contest had three categories — comics, wallpapers, and fan trailers. Currently, the winner of the fan trailer competition can be seen here at GameTrailers. Nice work!

New DLC Interview

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UGO has a new interview with Fallout 3 DLC Producer Jeff Gardiner. Within the interview, he discusses all three announced downloads — Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, and Broken Steel. Here’s a snippet of the interview:

UGO: Does all of the DLC take place in maps outside of the DC Wasteland? How will you handle long distance travel to, say, Pittsburgh?

Jeff Gardiner: While this is true for most of the DLC, they all have ‘hooks’ in the main game.  “Broken Steel” itself will largely alter the game world in spectacular ways, and as always through player decisions.  To get to Pittsburgh, the player will have to find an abandoned railroad…

To read the rest, head on over to UGO.

Update on updates for Fallout 3

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Today in both the UK and the US, an update (v1.10) for the PlayStation 3 version of Fallout 3 went live. The patch adds Trophy Support, fixes Friend Notification issues, and also fixes a number of other issues reported within the community. When you boot up the game, you should see a notification to download the 24MB update.

Again, the update is presently available only for the English PS3 version of the game in the US and UK. Updates for other PS3 territories, as well as Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game, are on their way — right now those are in the final stages of being approved. When we have more news, we’ll let you know.