Another week, another Inside the Vault. Brian Robb is here to answer some forum questions. Before working here, Brian wrote some awesome mods for Morrowind that were more than mods, they added brand new features to the game. Amazing stuff.
So I noticed that Jeff Green over at Games for Windows magazine (formerly Computer Gaming World) put up an item on his blog that talked about Fallout 3 and thought it was worthy of mention. I’ve always liked working with Jeff ’cause he’s kinda old school and curmudgeonly. Take Walter Matthau, subtract five decades, have him play an ***load of video games for about 30 years, add a serious WoW addiction, and you’ve sorta got Jeff.
In his post, Jeff mentions:
“Bethesda has taken Interplay’s late 90s isometric RPG and swooped the camera down to the ground (though you can still angle it upwards)to put us right in that burned-out post-apocalyptic universe–and, at least as far as the demo goes, it’s freakin’ revelatory.”
For his full thoughts on Fallout 3 (as well as the sequel to F.E.A.R.) head over to Jeff’s blog on 1Up.
Oddly enough, I’ve been with Emil every time he’s attended E3. Thing is, the last time he attended was in 1998 in Atlanta, the second of two E3s we attended together while working at The Adrenaline Vault, where Emil and I first met a long time ago. This year, nine years later, Emil made his return to E3 (and his first-ever trip to the Left Coast) so I asked him to put together some thoughts on his experience this year. Here’s what Emil had to say:
Even though it was far less chaotic and stressful than previous years, it’s still good to have E3 wrapped up and behind us. Overall, the show went about as well as we could have hoped. The theater was absolutely packed on the last day of the show. I won’t even give a number for the last demo of the show in case any fire marshals are lurking about.
I hope they make the logistics a little easier for the press to get around. The major complaints I heard from them were about getting from place to place, and the fact that everyone has a news conference and all of them are completely pointless and should be done away with. Other random thoughts and observations from the trip:
Happy Monday. If you guys haven’t had enough news about Fallout 3 to digest, here’s some more E3 impressions that went up after I left for the weekend.
- GameSpy gives second impressions of the game courtesy of Li C. Kuo.
- USA Today writer Brett Molina calls Fallout 3, “by far the most attractive-looking game of the show.”
- Blogger Terry Terrones’ As the Gaming World Turns blog praises Fallout 3, calling it, “THE best game of E3.”
- Justin Fassino from Games Are Fun declares Fallout 3 the Game of Show.
- Similarly, Blaine Kyllo at myTELUS shares similar Game of Show sentiments.
- Over at Next Generation, Fallout 3 came in at #10 in their staff’s Top 20 Games of E3 list.
- ActionTrip gives Fallout 3 an honorary mention for their “Best RPG of E3 2007″ award.
- Chris Privitere of RPG Gamer sits down for an interview with Emil.
- Gay Gamer summarizes their experience of viewing the game’s demo at the show.
- Aeropause reacts to the three screenshots released on Friday.
- Shawn over at Gaming Today explains how the demo has both a Fallout and Oblivion vibe to it.
- Playfeed’s Edie Sellers lists off details and impressions.
- Infuze Magazine recalls the details of the game’s E3 demo.
- Also, Joe Markert pointed out that I forgot to mention Game Helper’s six pages of coverage.
Back at the office, the folks that headed out to Santa Monica are filing back in today (nope, Todd didn’t get lost at baggage claim). I’ll see about getting some wrap-up impressions from those who were there.
Now that E3 2007 rode off into the sunset, even more coverage is surfacing all over the internets! As more stuff rolls in, I’ll keep you guys updated.
- IGN Insider interviews Lead Designer, Emil Pagliarulo.
- RPG Gamer writer Bryan Boulette discusses talks about what he saw in the demo.
- Gaming Nexus delivers their opinion after screening the game for 45 minutes.
- Will Tuttle of Team Xbox gets a second opportunity to screen the game this week.
- Voodoo Extreme, ActionTrip and IGN are now now hosting three high res screens from the game.
- Slashdot has a short preview of the game on their site (in tandem with a preview for Fable 2).
- Russ Pitts from The Escapist gives his impressions of how the game measures up with past Fallout games.
From the what I’ve read, seems like most everyone was impressed with the game, which is great. Also, I’ll need to talk more with Pete and Co. when they get back, but from what I’m hearing the new look of E3 was a success.
Caught this on G4’s website earlier today. Todd answers some Fallout 3 related questions from gaming goddess Morgan Webb. Pete said Morgan kicked off her very high heels before the interview so she wouldn’t be so much taller than Todd during the interview, so she’s apparently as nice/thoughtful as she is attractive. Good job, Todd, and thank you Morgan for not dwarfing our hobbit….
Catch the video here…
Now that coverage of Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony’s press conferences are out there, I’m starting to see E3 coverage of Fallout 3 surfacing (I imagine there will be plenty to update in the next few days).
Well, Ash is right that E3 as we know it is dead, or, as we knew it anyway. No giant convention center with huge, loud booths. No 80K people trying to cram in to see everything. It’s no spectacle, that’s for sure.
But, it is still here. And so far, I love it. It definitely feels smaller and more under control. Some thoughts and highlights so far:
- Really nice hotel in Santa Monica and the beach is just…right there. Emil’s first time seeing the Pacific Ocean.
- Our booth is downstairs from the rooms we’re in, so instead of 45 minutes in a van in LA traffic at some ridiculous hour, we take an elevator two floors to get to our booth. Takes 2 minutes. This, alone, makes this the greatest E3 ever.
- It’s mostly about the press, which is good, because that in and of itself is a huge chore to try to handle. Lot of folks from all over are here and getting them into our limited number of demo slots is no small task without also having to worry about sales folks and so on.
- Weather in Santa Monica in July vs. DC — 75 degrees and sunny with a breeze off the ocean vs. 98 degrees with unbearable humidity….hmmm, tough call there.
- Brilliant cupcake place around the corner from our hotel. Apparently this is the new thing in California, or at least, in LA. Somebody needs to start this in DC. Like, now.
- The poster I wanted to do for our little party tomorrow is pretty brilliant. Will post an image of it sometime later this week.
- Todd was looking for new sunglasses while he, Emil, and I took a walk down the the pier/boardwalk. Unfortunately, we were not able to convince him to buy the glasses in the photo. At least we’ll always have the photo.
E3 is dead.
This week is E3. But its not E3. The mammoth, sweaty monster of a trade show is gone. I had gone to E3 for the past 5 years, but didn’t make the cut this year – just Todd and Emil from the development side.