Two tickets to the gun show

Maybe you’ve just started Lonesome Road, but with Gun Runners’ Arsenal releasing next week, it’s time to start sharing details on the many weapons, weapon mods, and ammo types that will be available on Xbox LIVE, PSN, and Steam.

To assist, we enlisted New Vegas’ project director (and office gun guru) Josh Sawyer to share details on the new ways you’ll be able to create mayhem in the Mojave. Read part 1 after the break…

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A new look at the Skyrim Collector’s Edition

This week we received a final version of The Art of Skyrim Official Art Book – the massive, 200+ page companion to the Skyrim Collector’s Edition. To celebrate the affair, marketing artist Lindsay Westcott took a new photo of all the CE contents — including a first peek at the pages of the artbook.

In the coming days, we’ll be sharing more from the artbook… keep your eyes peeled!

All the RAGE: Jeremy Mitchell

We’re back with another developer profile for RAGE. Today we meet Jeremy Mitchell…

What do you do at id Software (or more specifically on RAGE) and how long have you worked at the company?

I’m the Lead Visual Effects Artist on RAGE, which means I’m responsible for anything that explodes, burns, glows, zaps, drips, shoots, or bleeds. I get to build on all the fantastic art and design work done by our team, and add the finishing touches like muzzle flashes, dust, blood, water, etc. All the little moving bits that make the world come to life. I’ve been with id since July 2009.

Read more after the break…

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Preview: The official RAGE strategy guide and achievements

The official RAGE strategy guide is on its way from Prima Games, and today we’ve got a preview of what you’ll find inside.

In addition to step-by-step walkthroughs of all the main campaign and multiplayer missions, the official guide sports a full rundown of every sidequest, mini-game, race and secret challenge in the game. Here’s how detailed this thing is: they took the time to create maps specifically to point out all of the vehicle jump challenges.

You’re also getting a slew of strategies for every weapon, vehicle, item and enemy in the game, as well as a comprehensive guide to the RAGE Frenzy card game you’ll play in the wasteland. It’s 240 pages of meticulously researched content, and for a game as big as RAGE, you’re going to want every word of it.

In conjunction with the print guide, Prima is also releasing a digital version. In addition to all of the walkthroughs and detailed info, the online version has interactive maps of the Wasteland, Eastern Wasteland and interior areas, allowing you to toggle collectables and points of interest on/off, zoom in and out and view embedded video strategies. Pick-ups, settlements, vehicle jumps and collector cards are detailed with expandable screens, descriptions and streaming video.

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Lonesome Road Holotape #3

With less than a day until the release of Lonesome Road, we’re sharing one final holotape. After this, you’re on your own to find the rest.

Once more, here’s project director Chris Avellone… 

The past can be difficult to escape from. If you’ve played Honest Hearts, not only will you have heard hints of Ulysses’ presence, you will have seen the results of what he’s done in the past that helped shape the White Legs, from their armaments to their rituals. The knowledge your Courier can find in the Divide can help put the tragedies of the past in a larger perspective.

History follows strange roads, and it can follow you no matter how far you walk. This is the third of several holotapes your Courier can discover in Lonesome Road, and helps shed more light on New Canaan, the White Legs, and Graham.

The rest of the holotapes? They are for your Courier to find in the Divide. Perhaps the history within them holds the key to the future.

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Oblivion 5th Anniversary arrives in Europe this week

By coincidence, the same week my travels bring me across the pond, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 5th Anniversary Edition lands in Europe. Releasing on 23 September (and one day earlier in Australia), the game will be available on PS3 and 360 for £19.99/€29.99 and on PC for £14.99/€19.99.

Like the North American release, the 5th Anniversary Edition includes:

  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: With the empire ready to crumble, the gates of Oblivion open and demons march upon the land. You must find the lost heir to the throne and unravel the sinister plot that threatens to destroy all of Tamriel.
  • Knights of the Nine: A fallen King has been unchained from the darkness of Oblivion to seek vengeance upon the Gods who banished him. Only a champion pure of heart can vanquish the evil that has been released.
  • Shivering Isles: Enter the torn realm of Sheogorath – a world where Mania and Dementia reign. Do you have the strength to survive his trials, to tame a realm fraught with paranoia and despair, and wear the mantle of a God?
  • Oblivion Game Map: A full-colour map of Cyrodiil and the Shivering Isles
  • A bonus disc: Featuring a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of Oblivion

 Update: I’ve seen folks asking if the game comes in a steelbook case. It does not — it uses a standard case.