G.E.C.K. Quick Tips #3: Weapon Creation Pt. 1

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This week we’ve got a new G.E.C.K. Quick Tip on the basics of weapon creation. In this video, Level Designer Phil Nelson takes you through the steps of modding a Combat Shotgun to make it a Grenade Launcher.

Take it away Phil…

One of the more robust systems in Fallout 3 is the one we use for weapon creation, which makes it easy for the rapid prototyping and production of unique weapons. With this system, designers can whip up a new weapon quickly and have a good amount of time left for testing and balancing them. The end result: more kick ass weapons get into the game.

Our first Fallout 3 DLC, Operation: Anchorage, is an excellent example ohow we were able to create some great weapons, like the Gauss Rifle, in a short period of time. This also happens to be my favorite G.E.C.K. system to abuse, which is why I decided to do a tutorial on the basics.

To show everything in one video would take considerably longer then a quick tip would allow, so in this first example I show some of the easier steps and teach you how to turn our basic combat shotgun into a grenade launcher. I hope you enjoy it.

Monthly Favorites and Top 50 mods at Fallout 3 Nexus

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Looking for popular mods to try with the PC version of Fallout 3? Recently, Fallout 3 Nexus opened up a new section on their site listing the Top 50 most popular mods. According to DarkOne, the Top 50 “works off of a baysesian mathematical formula that is very different from ranking mods based on their total votes + total rating. Only files with 25 ratings or more are accepted.”

Additionally, the site tracks the top 5 mods for each month. Here’s the current mods that are getting the most votes for February:

  1. Fallout Mod Manager by Timeslip:
  2. Mart’s Mutant Mod by Martigen
  3. Coyote Reflex Power Armor by Renard (pictured)
  4. CRI-Squad Support by spinat
  5. Rivet City Texture Pack by NeilMc_NMC

Be sure to keep your eye on Fallout 3 Nexus for new Fallout 3 mods. As more mods show up, DarkOne plans to make the Top 50 list a Top 100 list.

On newsstands: PC Gamer GOTY

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This morning we received the March 2009 issue of PC Gamer, which is announces Fallout 3 as their 2008 Game of the Year. As always, it’s really cool and humbling when you end up winning these awards. In addition to the GOTY, the game also captured awards for Best RPG and the Best Ammo. Apparently the editors at PC Gamer really enjoyed firing Teddy Bears with the Rock-It Launcher.

Elsewhere in the issue, Fallout fan Desslock has a column explaining why Fallout 3 is his personal choice for GOTY. Here’s an excerpt:

“More than any other recent RPG, or computer game, Fallout 3 legitimately gives you the opportunity to roleplay a character who could reflect your actual personality.”

For more magazine coverage, hit the jump below.

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Community Scrapbook: Blast ‘Em with VATS

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In our last Community Scrapbook, we asked you guys to send along your favorite screens taken while in V.A.TS. I especially enjoyed Electric Messiah’s image from Tranquility Lane (above). Simple, but looks really cool with the B&W background.

For the next edition of Community Scrapbook, we’ll be looking for your favorite celebrity lookalike characters you’ve created – either using the The Elder Scrolls Construction Set or The G.E.C.K. Bonus points for anyone that recreates Dennis Rodman (hair dye/wedding dress era), Bennett (Commando), or Yaddle (creature from the Phantom Menace).

After the break, check out a few more V.A.T.S. screenshots.

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Around the web: Up close and personal with Pete

Here’s the latest news I found on Fallout 3 around the web.

Reviews for Operation: Anchorage are showing up on a number of sites — including Blast Magazine, 360 Evolved, Worth Playing, Xbox360Achievements, GameFocus, Gaming-Age, and Destructoid. Here’s an excerpt from Destructoid’s review:

“I’m pleased overall with what has been released. The changes in gameplay are refreshing and the challenge level which results from them make it a satisfying experience. It is not painfully difficult, just pleasantly so, and its running time of roughly three hours is long enough to be enjoyable without becoming monotonous. And some of the gear you acquire for having completed it is pretty damn cool too. If you enjoyed Fallout 3, this is a worthwhile investment.”

The Chinese New Year began last week, and to celebrate the Year of the Ox, Game Daily has a feature on Ten of Video Games Most Lovable Lummoxes — with Fallout 3’s Fawkes making their list. By their definition, an Ox is a “big, lovable lummoxes who can take and give out punishment with the best of them.” I’m not sure that Fawkes would want to be put in this list. Sure he’s a Super Mutant, but he does like spending his time reading and visiting the Museum of History.

Finally, if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the video interview shown above that Pete did for HipHopGamer. Pete discusses his gaming roots, DLC, the possible of a “one console future” and more.

Todd appearing at Comic Con

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If you’re planning on attending this year’s New York Comic Con (February 6-8), here’s one more reason to attend. On Friday, our very own Todd Howard will be a part of a panel featuring Newsweek’s N’Gai Croal, MTV Multiplayer’s Stephen Totilo, and Ken Levine — the lead designer for Bioshock. The hour-long panel will be held this Friday from 2:15 to 3:15 in Room 1A22.

For more details on the event, head to the New York Comic Con official site.

Weapons Modification mod impresses developers

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In about a two minute span, I received emails from five developers about how awesome Antistar’s Weapon Mod Kits is, saying, “Whoa…you have to put this up on Bethblog!”

As the title suggests, Weapon Mod Kits allows you to trick out guns found in the wastleland with silencers, extended magazines, auto-fire mechanisms, laser sights and scopes.

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Operation: Anchorage lands on Xbox LIVE, GFW LIVE

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Fallout 3’s first DLC, Operation: Anchorage, is now available for download for Games for Windows LIVE and Xbox LIVE users. To celebrate the occasion, we’ve released a new trailer for the content.

On both GFW LIVE and Xbox LIVE, Operation: Anchorage costs 800 points. If you’re looking to purchase the content on PC, make sure you have a GFW LIVE account. For more information on this, head here. Those playing on Xbox 360 can purchase the game via Xbox LIVE, or visit the online marketplace. If you purchase from the latter, your content will be available to download the next time you boot up your Xbox 360.

Once your content has downloaded, you should be able to access Operation: Anchorage from any current save file for Fallout 3 (note: if this is your first time using Games for Windows LIVE, please refer to this blog post). Once you’ve loaded a game save, you should receive a Pip-Boy message stating:

Alert!: A new radio broadcast has been heard across the Capital Wasteland. It sounds like a distress call, but seems meant for certain ears only.

Following this, you’ll get a quest notification for “Aiding the Outcasts.” If you make this your active quest in your Pip-Boy 3000, your World Map will point you to where you need to go.