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.
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.
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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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!
In case you missed it, the 2008 Video Game Awards were on SPIKE last night — with Fallout 3 taking home the award for Best RPG.
The pic above shows our new trophy going out on the town last night. I bet he’s a tired monkey — after a late night, he had to jump on a plane this morning to fly to his new home on the opposite side of the country.
Yesterday GamaSutra posted a story (originally from Game Developer magazine) entitled Game Developer’s Top Deck 2008. This “deck” highlights members of the game development community for their work in 2008. Making the list as the 10 of Diamonds is none other than Fallout 3 Lead Designer Emil Pagliarulo.
So what makes Emil a diamond? According the feature, diamonds are reserved for Progressives that “implement brand new ideas in game development, perhaps branching in unexpected yet compelling directions. Alternatively, you can simply make what already works, work a whole lot better.”
Yep, that sounds like Emil.
Welcome back to another look at Fallout 3 coverage from around the web.
We’ll start with a few interesting articles I’ve read this week. Before reading these, be warned there are spoilers within these articles. Up first, GamesRadar’s Tyler Wilde has a three-page feature detailing how you can become “evil” within the game. Rather than just looking at things from the dark side, D. Riley at The New Gamer discusses morality issues from both sides — focusing on Tenpenny Tower quests. Meanwhile, at GamaSutra, Duncan Fyfe shares his opinion of the game while sharing what he believes the game signifies. Here’s a snippet:
“On your tour of D.C., you’re made to revisit all the initial promise inherent in that document, while you’re picking up the pieces and kicking around the ashes. The buildings stand remarkably intact, frozen in time, for you to look up at and think about how this all went to hell.”
Moving along, last week we let you know that Pete and Emil would be answering questions for their old friends at The Adrenaline Vault. That podcast (#8) is now available here. In other podcast news, there’s a new interview with Pete at Gamers with Jobs. To hear Pete, tune in around the 38-minute mark.
More reviews are showing up online for Fallout 3. You can check out new reviews at Gaming Life, GameFlak, Heroes of Gaming, GameZone, VideoGameMedia, and Aeropause. On the subject of reviews, Fallout 3’s reviews at IGN helped it earn Game of the Month honors on both PC and Xbox 360.
Having trouble finding all the Bobbleheads in the game? Check out this guide to locating all 20 at GamesRadar.
That’s all the news for now.
This morning the nominees for the 6th Annual Spike TV Video Game Awards (or as the hip kids say, the VGAs) were announced and Fallout 3 is nominated in seven judged categories. The categories are:
To see all the winners announced live, tune into Spike TV on December 14 at 9 p.m.
Back in May, we announced a new partnership with London-based developers, Splash Damage. Since the announcement, their team has continued to grow. This week they added even more talent— filling the following roles:
- Dean Calver (Heavenly Sword, Silent Hill 2) as Lead Programmer;
- Fabio Bonvicini (Black, Harry Potter) as Animation Technical Director;
- Mattias EngstrÃ¶m (World in Conflict) as Senior Technical Designer;
- Oliver Jauncey (Mass Effect, Timesplitters 2) as Senior Programmer;
- Mark Lack (Heavenly Sword) as Senior Environment Artist.
We wish all of these guys the best of luck. They won’t be the news guys at the office for long — as the studio continues to hire
I’ve received word from our UK office that Fallout 3 has been nominated for a Golden Joystick Award in the Edge Most Wanted Award category. As you may recall, the game received a similar nomination last year. It won’t be able to pull off the trifecta in 2009 though, as it will be available in UK stores on the same day the winners are revealed — October 31st.
Meanwhile, if you live in the Land of the Rising Sun, it was announced today that Fallout 3 will be released in Japan on Thursday, December 4th.