Oblivion Shoutouts for Great Weapons and Hard Work

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Here’s two interesting mentions Oblivion received over the long weekend…

Ash pointed me to cool list over on Team Xbox, where they picked their “Top 20 Weapons of All-Time.” Oblivion/Shivering isles made the cut with a mention of the “Dawnfang/Duskfang” blade that becomes available with the Shivering Isles expansion. The sword(s) came in at #5 on the list, and the Team Xbox editors had this to say about its powers:

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Golden Joystick Nominations

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For those that don’t know, the Golden Joystick Awards is an award show out of the UK that honors the best games of the year — as voted by gamers. Last year Oblivion took home three Golden Joysticks: Best PC Game, Best Xbox Game, and Ultimate Game of the Year. Even though none of us were able to attend, it’s still very cool to win and we were all excited.

We got a five nominations this year. Fallout 3 received a nomination for the “Ones To Watch” category, Shivering Isles received two nominations (Best Xbox Game and Best PC Game), and the PS3 release of Oblivion received two nods as well (Best Playstation Game and Soundtrack of the Year).

Want your favorite game to take home a Golden Joystick on October 26? Visit here to vote.

More Coverage Arrives

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A couple more industry sites have added some coverage for Fallout 3…

Fallout 3 a Finalist for 2007 Game Critics Awards

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Less than an hour ago, we got some exciting news that Fallout 3 received three nominations for the 2007 Game Critics Awards. The game pulled in nominations for Best of Show, Best PC Game, and Best RPG. For more details on all the nominations, click here.

The Game Critics Award nominations come from editors from the 36 leading videogame publications. For more details on the nominations, judging, rules, and past winners, visit here. The winners will be Tuesday, July 31.

UPDATE: On top of these nominations, we got some good news from Gamespot. The game took home Best Role-Playing Game, Best PC Game, and was a finalist for Game of the Show!  Additionally, Gametrailers nominated the game in the category, Best of E3 2007: One to Watch.

WE HAVE THE POWER!

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The Escapist’s Joe Blancato, like me, apparently really likes “Power Rankings.” Being a sports junkie myself, I’m a big fans of checking to see how my teams do on ESPN’s weekly Power Rankings, whether it be for the Wolverines, Pistons, or Braves.

Anyhow, the site’s Inaugural Power Rankings place us in good company, as our showing at E3 helped us land a debut at #4, behind Microsoft, EA, and Irrational Game Studios. Rounding out the Top 5 was Peter Moore, who made headlines last week leaving Microsoft to head up EA Sports.

In other Fallout 3 news, here’s some more coverage that’s gone up in the last day or so:

Fallout 3 Scores Big with IGN

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Just got back from picking up my copy of the final Harry Potter book and upon returning, I was pleased to learn that Fallout 3 got plenty of kudos from IGN in their “Best of E3” feature. Fallout 3 came away with Best RPG, Best Console Game and Overall Game of Show. Discussing the game, IGN writer Chris Roper writes:

“When the lights went down and got our eyes on the 3D version of Vault 101, we knew we were in for something special. The Fallout series holds a very dear place in many gamers’ hearts, including those at Bethesda Softworks, and the developer looks to have stayed true to the universe about as well as anyone could hope.”

Continued E3 Coverage

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Welcome to post #50 about E3…or at least it feels that way.

We got word earlier today from Russell Frushtick over at UGO that Fallout 3 beat out Mass Effect, BioShock and Rock Band for their Best of the Best award. We’re ecstatic about the news!

Other coverage includes:

More as they come in…

Domo Arigato, Famitsu

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So I found this out a while ago but didn’t want to say anything until the magazine came out.

Oblivion is about to come out for Xbox 360 in Japan next week, and Famitsu’s review crew had a chance to review the game (the fully localized Japanese version). They awarded the game scores of 10, 9, 10, and 9, for a total score of 38 and it earned their Platinum Medal. If you’re not familiar with Famitsu, they have a reputation for being pretty harsh, so we’re pretty excited they liked it, particularly since it is very, very different than your standard Japanese RPG.

My buddy Tetsu over at Spike (the folks helping us publish Oblivion in Japan) told me that across every platform they review games on, only 44 titles have gotten a score of 38 or better since September 1986. And, as you might expect, roughly half of those 44 are from Final Fantasy, Zelda, and Dragon Quest. So that’s nice company to be included in and we’re quite happy.

Where’s our Trophy??

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Just a little bit ago, we got confirmation that on GameSpy, Fallout 3 finished as the runner up in three categories: Best of Show, Xbox 360 Game of Show and PC Game of Show. Congrats to Bioshock for beating us in all three categories. Still, lots of really good games on that list that we’re excited to play ourselves, so we’re thrilled to be on the list.

In other award news, Kotaku has Fallout 3 only below Rock Band and Super Mario Galaxy for their “Best of Show” award. Among their other categories, Fallout finished 3rd for “PC Game of Show”, as well as second for “Best RPG.” Here’s some of the other recent media coverage from E3…

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