Fallout: New Vegas Official Strategy Guide Blog — Crafty Beggars: Living off the Land, and on the Lam

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David Hodgson, author of the Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide, returns this week to discuss Survival — the new Skill your character can take advantage of in the Mojave Wasteland.

Heeeeeere’s David….

Adventuring across the sandstorms of the Ivanpah Dry Lake, or the rocky terrain around Bitter Springs can be arduous. Partly due to the vicious critters — ranging from packs of Coyotes to lolloping Alpha Deathclaws – but mainly because you need to keep a constant check on your health, especially in Hardcore Mode. Although it’s certainly possible to live off Stimpaks on the easier difficulty modes, real wasteland explorers expend their tag skill points on Survival, a brand-new Skill that enables you to enjoy the natural (and mutated) wonders of the stark, rugged Mojave and then exploit those resources for fun and profit. Welcome to the world of Crafting.

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On Newsstands: Cover Stories for Brink and New Vegas

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Cheers to our mates over in our London office for sending over these smashing covers .

With a setup like that, you’d think the image above is from a UK publication, but it’s actually from Australia’s PC Powerplay, who checked out Brink, RAGE, New Vegas, and Hunted at this year’s QuakeCon. For Aussies interested in reading their impressions, I’m told it’ll be on newsstands on Friday.

After the break, check out two new covers for Fallout: New Vegas.

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New Vegas Collector’s Edition: Get it while you can!

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If you’re interested in pre-ordering the Fallout: New Vegas Collector’s Edition and haven’t done so already — now’s a good time to pre-order. Unless your S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats are heavy on Luck, there’s a strong chance you won’t find them after the release of the game.

If you’re in the US, you can order the CE at the following sites:

If you’re in Canada, you can order the CE from these retailers:

If you’re wondering about all the content shown above, the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC versions of the CE will all include the following

  • Seven “Lucky 7″ poker chips, each designed to represent chips from the major casinos found on the New Vegas strip and throughout the Mojave Wasteland.
  • A fully customized Fallout: New Vegas deck of cards. Each card in the pack has been uniquely illustrated to depict characters and factions found within the game. Use the cards to play poker, blackjack or Caravan, an original card game that was created by Obsidian especially for New Vegas.
  • A recreation of the game’s highly coveted “Lucky 38″ platinum chip.
  • A hardcover graphic novel “All Roads” that tells the story of some of the characters and events that lead up to Fallout: New Vegas. “All Roads” was written by Chris Avellone, the game’s creative director, and created in conjunction with Dark Horse Comics.
  • “The Making of Fallout: New Vegas” DVD. This documentary DVD will contain exclusive video content, including interviews with the developers in which they take you from concept to creation and discuss topics such as story, setting, legacy of the Fallout franchise and more.

For folks looking to order the collector’s edition in other parts of the world, please refer back to information provided in this post. We’ll let you know of any updates.

Win an NCR shirt at Planet Fallout

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After the first day of PAX, where we gave out thousands of Fallout: New Vegas NCR shirts at our booth, the #1 question I heard at our booth was, “Do you have any NCR shirts left?!?!” Even after returning from the show, I’m haunted by the question. Emails, tweets… even people asking me at dinner.

For folks in the US and Canada, I’ve got good news! Planet Fallout has an easy-to-enter contest on their site for a chance to win one of the coveted shirts. For full details, head here.

Eurogamer Expo Update: Playable titles

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Earlier in the month, we let you know about the Hunted and RAGE presentations taking place at this year’s Eurogamer Expo (more on that in a bit), but we also wantd you to know we have playable titles at the show. Like QuakeCon and PAX, you’ll have a chance to go hands-on with Hunted, New Vegas and Brink. And with Brink, you’ll even have a chance to chat with with developers from Splash Damage.

One quick programming note, the presentation for Hunted has been moved to 3:30 PM on Saturday, October 2nd. For those wanting to see RAGE, that presentation will be shown each day at 5 PM.

For more details on this year’s show, head to the event’s official site. If you think you’d like to attend, you might want to purchase your tickets now (Saturday’s tickets are already sold out).

Fallout: New Vegas Developer Diary #1 up at Gamespot

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Today Gamespot has our first video developer diary for Fallout: New Vegas — with members of Obsidian sharing details on the game’s storyline [some plot stuff, so spoiler alert].

Watch the video here, and keep your eyes peeled for the second video next week.

Update: YouTube version of the video is now live. You can watch it after the break.

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New Vegas Companions revealed on PlayStation Blog

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Today on the PlayStation Blog (both in North America and Europe), we’re sharing information on the eight companions that can accompany you in Fallout: New Vegas. As mentioned in previous interviews and coverage, while playing the game, you’ll be able to have one humanoid and one non-humanoid companion at anytime.

Head over to Sony’s blog to meet these handy helpers.