Delving a little deeper into the guide, and moving chronologically through the pages, we begin with the Training chapter. Over 40 pages are dedicated to preparation for surviving and thriving in the Capital Wasteland, and there’s an incredible amount of useful detail for both character generation, and general overall tactics. It all begins with the Primary Statistics; the seven S.P.E.C.I.A.L. attributes that form the basis of your avatar. As these statistics influence other skills, we reveal exactly how everything is inter-related, and the precise modifications a higher or lower statistic brings into play. Want to know what skills your Charisma influences, and by what amount? Then consult this section. Next up is a section on Derived Statistics; a set of values automatically determined when you choose your S.P.E.C.I.A.L. values. These include how much weight you can carry, your chance to inflict a critical hit, how your health is influenced, your resistance to damage, Action Points in V.A.T.S. combat, and more. Say you want the most Action Points for your takedowns; you’ll find out the statistic you need to raise, by how much, and what modifiers and Perks you can use and choose to help augment this statistic.
1Up has announced a Fallout 3 Sweepstakes where you have a chance to win either a PlayStation 3 or an Xbox 360 Elite. The sweepstakes has plenty of other prizes — copies of the game, Vault 77 puppets, and more!
The contest rules indicate you must be at least 18 and living in the United States to enter. To enter the sweeps, click here.
Here’s a few notable Fallout 3 mentions I thought you’d like to check out.
First, there’s a contest at Planet Fallout that you’ll want to enter. Entering their “End of World Sweeps” gives you a chance to win a plasma TV, an Area-51: Quad Core Flagship from Alienware, an Xbox 360, as well as some Fallout 3-related schwag. To enter, you must be at least 18 years of age and a US resident. You can read the rest of the contest rules here before entering.
Also at Planet Fallout, Blinzler continues his primer for Fallout 3 with new features on characters, places, and groups found within the game.
Now that the December issue of OXM has reached both subscribers and newsstands, we’re happy to announce the game received a perfect 10 (OXM’s review scale does include an 11/10, which they note is absolutely unattainable and is as mythical as finding a unicorn). If you haven’t read the review, be on the lookout for it on newsstands. The 8-page review also includes details on a contest to win a copy of the game signed by Todd Howard.
Looking through the comments from the post I wrote Tuesday, it seems that some of you missed X-Play’s Fallout 3 Special. Good thing we have the internet, as G4TV.com has five different clips from the show — which you can track down here.
We’ve put up the latest in a series of Developer Diaries on the Fallout 3 Official Site. Titled “Notes on Pulling the Sky Down: The Level Design of Fallout 3,” it’s an inside look on how our LD’s helped create Fallout 3. Here’s a sample of the diary, which was written by Lead Level Designer, Joel Burgess:
“For all her grandeur, D.C. also presented us with some design quandaries that we had never encountered before. Early prototypes showed us that simply building a city layout in the open world was not only a performance nightmare, but also prevented us from creating the kinds of gameplay scenarios we were eager to attempt. We also looked at other open world games, like GTA and Crackdown, with expansive, open cities, and those games allow the player to move around the world in a much different way than we felt fit Fallout 3. Players don’t have access to fast cars or superhuman jumping abilities. Rather, explorers visiting the Capital Ruins do so in a thorough and deliberate manner, and we wanted to turn our attention to a density of destruction suitable to a devastated city. To this end, we focused on combining the visual focus of level design in other first-person titles like Doom 3 or Call of Duty 2 with the exploration aspect of games like Beyond Good and Evil or any Zelda title. These influences, as well as our own ambitions for the game, helped guide the level design of Fallout 3′s D.C.”
You can read the whole piece here, as well as check out the previous diaries.
Be sure to tune into G4′s X-Play tonight for a special one-hour edition. The first half of the show will be business as usual, as they’ll be covering last week’s Tokyo Game Show. After that, they’ll be airing their Fallout 3 Special that you won’t want to miss.
The action starts at 8 p.m. eastern time. Check your local listings for more details.
As previously reported on Joystiq, Fallout 3 has taken over Metro Center in Washington DC. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend checking it out. When I took a visit last week, it was a trip seeing different people staring and talking about the displays. When I talked to this guy shown below, he marveled at the image and wondered if it was from another movie like 300.
If you’re not able to see them in person, I’ve included some new photos from various locations within Metro Center. Oh yeah, and head to our Fallout 3 Official site to download three new wallpapers based on the Metro advertising.
To see more images from the metro, hit the jump below.
In interview news, there’s a pair of new interviews worth reading. At GamaSutra, Todd talks about the process of creating Fallout 3, while Pete tackles questions at Big Download. Here’s a snippet from the former:
How does it feel, by the way, to have been making games for that period of time, and especially having one series that has existed for so long?
Todd: Well they take so long, so it’s not like we’ve made many games. It’s good. I mean, I think we’re lucky, in that the audience for what we do hasn’t gone away. It’s gotten bigger, if anything. It’s gotten a lot bigger. So, we’re fortunate that we can make those kinds of games that we want to play.
Last night’s episode of GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley is now available to view on their website. The episode is split into four segments, which includes new footage of the game and interviews with Gavin, Istvan, Emil and Todd. Additionally, the episode features an interview with Fallout 3 composer, Inon Zur.