Don’t worry Europe — you’ll be able to find it on shelves beginning on Friday.
Thought I’d share some of the modding highlights I’ve seen in the last month for Fallout 3 and Oblivion.
Earlier in the year, we highlighted piratephil’s Survival Perk Pack. Recently, he let me know that his latest project, Vault Dwellers Survival Cooking Guide, is now available. As the title would indicate, the mod adds a new cooking element to the game with the following features:
- The Cook-o-matic 3000 — a new house item which you can be purchased from the stores in Megaton and Tenpenny.
- Two new books — The Joy of Cooking for One and How to Eat Rat.
- Five new food items, along with the ability to create two recipes already in-game (Mississippi Quantum Pie and Mole Rat Wonder Meat).
- Master Chef — A new quest perk which you gain once collecting all the recipes.
- Two new loading screens.
- Plus VDSC-Manual.pdf, game manual (see screenshots for images).
More modding news after the break…
Welcome back for another modding interview. This week we journey to Auckland, New Zealand to meet Mark Hanna (aka Cipscis). Mark is currently a university student (studying Biomedical Enginneering), and when he’s not studying, he enjoys Taekwon-Do, which he took up at age 10.
On to the interview…
What originally brought you to our forums?
I bought Oblivion in mid 2007, which lead me to occasionally browse the Elder Scrolls homepage. I’d never been part of an online community before, but eventually I became curious enough to click on the “Forums” link. I actually managed to spend about a week on the forums without even knowing that mods for Oblivion existed, but once I found the Oblivion mods forum I quickly moved my attention there. I was (and still am) impressed with the community on the BGS forums, which is the main reason why I’m still around two years later. I see now that I was very lucky that my first encounter with an online community was with one as great as what we have here.
In the September issue of OXM, the magazine’s editors revealed The Top 100 Xbox Games of All-Time (that’s both Xbox and Xbox 360 titles). Three titles from Bethesda Games Studios made the list — Fallout at #7, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion at #17, and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind at #89.
To check out the whole list, look for the September issue on newsstands now.
Before I head down to our booth at QuakeCon, I thought I’d share some Fallout 3 links from around the web.
More Mothership Zeta reviews are in. Check out X-Play’s review above, as well as reviews at:
- Koku Gamer
- Game Trailers
- 360 Junkies
- Feed Your Console
- The Hachiko
- Cheat Code Central
Elsewhere, Crispy Gamer has a feature on 50 Things to Do in the Capital Wasteland. It’s an interesting list with some helpful pointers. How many of the 50 have you done?
Artist Megan Sawyer sent me this blog post, Excerpts from the Secret Diary of President Eden, which definitely made me chuckle. Here’s an excerpt:
“2277 August 27 â€“ I’m pretty sure that Colonel Autumn is conspiring against me. I know because I read his lips while he was talking behind a glass partition. Am I upset about this? Not really. More like just sad. Disappointed that my government is so weak. Maybe if we had a legislative and a judicial branch, there would be a balance of power, and stuff like this wouldn’t happen. Haha.”
Finally, Edge has a competition up on their site to win a very rare Fallout 3-branded iPod Nano. For details on entering (you have until tomorrow), click here.
The G-Phoria ’09 Video Game Awards – as voted on by fans like you – were announced tonight on X-Play. Fallout 3 captured Game of the Year, as well as Best Soundtrack, Longest Lasting Game, Best Downloadable Content (Broken Steel), Best Voice-Acting, and Best Role-Playing Game. Above is a video of Emil accepting the GOTY award.
Thanks everyone for voting and for playing Fallout 3. We’re thrilled to know so many people enjoyed it.
Time to make the donuts for another update…
Wanted to let you guys know that tomorrow night at 6pm EST, X-Play is hosting their G-Phoria special â€“ an awards show on G4TV where the awards are voted on by the fans (YOU!). Tune in to see if Fallout 3 (or any of your other favorite games) take home an award.
“I didn’t have too much trouble capping the guys, until I managed to acquire a ghoul mask, which allowed me to pass among them and observe their empty lives like a zombie Jane Goodall. Kind of left me wishing I hadn’t spent the first half of the game pinning their heads to the walls with railway spikes. I got over it, though. Go cry, emo zombie.”
“As a combat mission, “Mothership Zeta” is excellent. It’s fast paced, full of enemies, and great for loading up on XP. I finally hit level 30 about two-thirds of the way through. You won’t just be fighting aliens — abducted ghouls and raiders can also be found in certain sections of the ship.”
Wrapping up this “Around the Web,” I thought I’d share some id Software news. First, at TeamXbox, you can find plenty of new details on the multiplayer component for Wolfenstein — due out this month on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Meanwhile, the Twitter page for RAGE has announced there will be a video blog for the game — and it will start during QuakeCon next week. Head here to submit your questions.
Wanted to give you the head’s up that Fallout 3′s price has been slashed in half this week at Direct2Drive.com. Between now and August 9th, you can purchase it for $24.95.