Fallout 3 DLC interview- Raising Level Cap, Continue Playing after End

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Jeff Gardiner did a great interview with IGN about our first downloadable content – Operation Anchorage. The end of the interview is the part I am most excited about. Our third DLC, Broken Steel, will raise the level cap and let you continue to play the game after the main quest is done. Here’s a snippet from the interview:

IGN: The liberation of Alaska was hinted at a lot during Fallout 3. What can we expect out of that simulated battle?

Jeff Gardiner: In Operation: Anchorage the player will find themselves able to re-live the famous liberation of Anchorage from Fallout lore — inside a simulation similar to one found along the main quest of Fallout 3. Once the player finds their way into the simulation, they’ll be stripped of their resources and have to survive within the rules set up by the simulation’s creators.

The Chinese red army is everywhere, and the player will first have to secure the surrounding mountain side and then fight their way into the Chinese base. The player will have to use a lot of their standard combat skills, along with several new tools that will only be available in the downloadable content. These include interactive Strike Teams under the player’s command and unique armor, weapons, and other exotic gadgets.

In other news on IGN, they’ve got Fallout 3 listed as one of the best games of the year in their 2008 Year in Review features for PlayStation 3 and PC. Also, be sure to check out their video on how to obtain the Experimental MIRV. Check out the video after the jump.

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Emil is quite the card

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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.

The G.E.C.K. is here!!!

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Today we released the G.E.C.K. (that’s Garden of Eden Creation Kit) for Fallout 3. As the official editor of Fallout 3, the G.E.C.K. will allow you to create your very own content for the PC version of Fallout 3.

To help you get started, members of the team have put together a wiki for the G.E.CK. Whether you’re new to modding or not, we highly recommend you check out our tutorials, entitled “My First Vault Tutorial Series.”

To go along with the tutorials, we’ve put some helpful videos together to help walk you through the process. Above is the first video on Layout — you’ll find the other eight after the break. Special thanks go out to Rashad Redic, Joel Burgess, Jeff Browne, Jesse Tucker, Phil Nelson and Daryl Brigner for putting these together.

So enough talk, download the G.E.C.K., read the Wiki, and get started — we can’t wait to see what you guys create!

Community Scrapbook — Funny Characters

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Last week we kicked off the Community Scrapbook and asked that you send along your favorite “funny characters” you’ve created in Fallout 3.

While the above image (from Brian Nielson) could be classified more as being “terrifying” than “funny” — I did get a kick out of his character’s Freddy Krueger-esque look — I must say it’s a pretty clever use of the Deathclaw Gauntlet and Ghoul mask.

We got plenty of other entries, but I realized that creating funny characters in a post apocalyptic environment isn’t always what you guys have in mind. This time around, we’ll make it a little bit easier. Send us your favorite Scenic Landscape images, and we’ll share sometime soon on the blog. Remember, they can be from any of our games.

After the break, you can check out a few other humorous characters that were sent along…

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More Fallout 3 news

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Here’s a few more Fallout 3 news items.

Tonight on X-Play, Morgan and Adam will be announcing their Best of 2008 winners. Fallout 3 is nominated in a few categories, including Best RPG, Best Art Direction, and Game of the Year. To find out who the winners are, tune in at 8 p.m. eastern time.

Speaking of winners, Hooked Gamers announced Fallout 3 as their #1 Game of the Year. Additionally, the game was their #1 PC Game and #4 Xbox 360 title. Here’s a sample of what they had to say:

“The ongoing background story is absorbing, the action is frequently frenetic without being overwhelming, and the graphics are spot on for making you feel like you are actually wandering a Post-Apocalypse world. Fallout 3 has got us completely hooked and we are certain most of you as well. There was only one spot suitable for Fallout 3 and that is #1.”

In other news, the editors at Game Daily have put together a list of the Top 25 Addictive Games of All Time. Both Oblivion (#17)and Fallout 3 (#12) made their list

To wrap things up, there are new Fallout 3 reviews up at Game Positive, Collider, That Aussie Game Site, The Times (in South Africa), and Xazz.

Around the web: Dreaming about Fallout edition

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

As 2008 wraps up, we’re starting to see sites pulling together their GOTY lists. Fallout 3 is included in preliminary lists at The New York Times, Gamespot, and CNBC.

Having trouble surviving in the wasteland? IGN has a new video highlighting three of the most powerful weapons in Fallout 3 — with tips on how to find them.

Wanna know Todd’s ritual on release day?  Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft got answers from Todd, as well as other notable developers for a post titled “What Game Developers Do When Their Games Launch.” You can check it out here.

Just as the sun rises in the east, we’ve got Fallout 3 reviews featured in “around the web.” New reviews can be found at ABC News, Just Press Play, GameZone, Quiet Earth, Neotaku, PALGN, Exclaim!, Gaming Trend, Game Freaks 365, and GameGirl. While I haven’t seen the review, nor would I be able to read it, 1Up reports that Japanese magazine Famitsu awarded Fallout 3 a score of 38/40. According to this report, the score would tie Oblivion for the highest non-Japanese RPG score ever in the magazine.

Finally, of all the Fallout 3 coverage I’ve sifted through, this has got to be the weirdest. At GameGrep, I found this clip where a guy is discussing his dreams on a radio station. Give it a listen, and within a few seconds, you’ll realize he’s pulling the DJ’s leg. I bet Three Dog is having a good laugh about this somewhere.

New coverage of Fallout 3 voicework

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Ever wondered what it’s like to be a voice actor for a game? A couple of new Fallout 3 stories have popped up that shed some light on the topic.

This week at Planet Fallout, there’s a great interview with Wes Johnson (shown above), known for his memorable voice work in both Oblivion (Lucien) and Fallout 3 (Fawkes and Mr. Burke). Having met Wes at our Best Buy midnight launch event, I can tell you he’s a riot. Here’s a sample from the Planet Fallout interview:

Planet Fallout: Do you have space for ad libing or is everything very strictly scripted?

Wes Johnson: Sometimes. But for the most part, it’s all there in the scripting. Emil Pagliarulo is one of the best writers in games today. He has such a wonderfully dark sense of humor, and he writes games that he HIMSELF would want to play. Now, in regard to how you PLAY those lines, that’s another story. Bethesda has suggestions on how I should approach these characters, but they’re great at letting me experiment, and bring something new to the table. In Oblivion, I was asked to bring a Robin Williams manic quality to Sheogorath. But after thinking about the character, I felt a more Billy Connolly approach might work better. And since he was a schizophrenic character, and a Daedric Mad God to boot, I mixed the accents.

In addition to Planet Fallout, Wes and another Fallout 3 voice actor, Craig Sechler, were featured in a recent story in the Washinton Post entitled, “The Voices of Video Games.” If Sechler isn’t a household name for you, just check out his always-popular Oblivion character, The Adoring Fan.