Hi all, we’re working hard at the studio so I only have a few minutes to write this up. Lots of great E3 impressions appearing at several media outlets, and Todd Howard has more hands on demos going on throughout the week.
I hope you guys are enjoying the first looks at Fallout 3. I know the development team is really excited that we’re finally showing off the game. Anyhoo, here are some links for your clicking pleasure. (By no means comprehensive:)
Shacknews also wrote up some comments on the game – looks like they’ll have more impressions coming in a future post.
1UP’s Garnett Lee, of the great 1Up Yours podcast, wrote up his impressions.
VentureBeat had a great interview with Todd Howard that I personally enjoyed reading. A nice discussion on franchises, in general.
After posting a new preview early Monday morning, IGN has updated E3 impressions here.
Finally, here is an interview with Todd on Gametrailers.com. If you look carefully, you can see Pete Hines walking around behind him. And the blond with the wine glass is Tracey, one of our PR folks. Hi Tracey! Oh yeah, if you stare long enough, you might be able to catch glimpses of Fallout itself. (Or you can come to my desk, I’ve got the game running at my desk pretty much all day long.)
Here’s some more stuff for you to check out before E3 next week.
Subscribers of PC Gamer (US) should be on the lookout for the August issue in their mailbox in the next few days. The Fallout 3 cover story spans seven pages and includes hands-on impressions from Fallout fan Dan Stapleton, new screenshots, and more.
In other print coverage, the latest issue of the Polish mag CD-Action has a new hands-on preview of the game.
Finally, there’s a good read about creating game worlds, appropriately titled, “The Age of the World-Builders.” Within the piece, both Todd and Emil discuss keys to creating an immersive environment. Here’s a sample:
When you play an MMOG, a game like Oblivion or Bethesda’s current big project, Fallout 3, “you’re not controlling that character, you are that character,” Pagliarulo says. “You get a sense of control over the world that you can’t find anywhere else.”
The latest issue of PSM3 (issue #103) hit shelves in the UK this week with an eight-page cover story for Fallout 3. You’ll definitely want to check it out as it has hands-on impressions and plenty of new screenshots. Here’s a sample of the article:
Today on Gameplayer, Chris Stead has an 8-page preview with new impressions of Fallout 3 based on a recent meet up with Pete. Here’s a snippet of the preview:
The theme of Fallout 3 is Sacrifice and Survival. Or more to the point, what will you sacrifice to survive? The whole diverging paths and user-defined narratives that we have been experiencing in RPGs over recent years has become less of a gimmick and more of something truly emotional this generation. Who did you kill in Mass Effect, for example? Fallout 3 takes this feature and powers it with atomic energy. There is a full moral see-saw to ride in the game, referred to as karma. Various decisions you make in regards to completed and uncompleted quests, in combat and in conversation act to split your experience into multiple parallel universes.
Meanwhile, over at Gamespot’s Australian site, you can check out new impressions of the game, as well as an interview with Pete on their show Crosshairs. If you want to skip ahead to the Fallout 3 stuff, fast-forward to around the 11-minute mark of the video.
Update: Here’s two more Australian preview to check out — one from PALGN and another over at The Age.
After being out of the office for a good part of last week (travels and a bad back), I found a stack of magazines on my desk this morning, so I started sifting through them to find any coverage on Fallout/Oblivion/etc.
Here’s what I came up with. In the July issue of PlayStation The Official Magazine (US), there’s a 3-page preview for Fallout 3. Here’s a snippet:
Vault 101′s denizens are infamous for never venturing out into the world, so you can imagine the stir that ensues when your father suddenly vanishes. The Overseer naturally assumes you, now 19 years old, had something to do with his disappearance.
Happy Monday! Here’s a few that you might want to check out.
After sharing a handful of updates on Fallout 3 a few weeks back, TGR has a new interview with Pete Hines up on their site. You’re not going to find any new insight on Fallout 3, but if you’re curious about the ins and outs of Pete’s job, you might want to give it a read. Here’s an excerpt:
THE GAME REVIEWS: Those are very rare talents. What would you suggest to somebody who is looking to get into the industry either in PR or marketing?
PETE: I think the biggest thing is to know how the system works, and get games. When I am looking through resumes or applications, I look at where they went to school and job experience. I interview many folks who are interested in doing this, and they don’t seem to know much about games. If you really want to do this for a living, then it better be something that you enjoy and take seriously on some level so that you can participate, have knowledge and make an effort at it. If you are going to talk to me, you better know what we publish, what we make and have made an effort to play those or have an understanding of them.
If you’re dying for more insight on getting a career in gaming related to marketing/PR, check out this blog post from Pete.
Here’s the latest Fallout/Elder Scrolls coverage from across the web.
We’ll begin at 1Up, where they have a feature titled “Three Wishes,” in which developers from around the industry share their wishes for the future of gaming. Amongst those asked to rub the magic lamp, Todd shares his utopian wish for “a standard platform across all consoles and PCs for games.” Sounds nice.
To read Todd’s wish, as well as the wishes of others (including Gas Powered Games’ Chris Taylor and Sims/Spore extraordinaire Will Wright), head here.
Last week Pete had a chance to meet with Polish gaming journalists to discuss Fallout 3 — so if you’re fluent in Polish, you might want to check these out. First, Gram.Pl has a video interview with Pete — where he discusses character gender, NPC companions, and more. Even if you don’t understand Polish, you should be able to pick up on the questions asked based on Pete’s answers.
And just a reminder, as Pete mentioned in the interview with Gram.Pl, our Fallout 3 homepage is now available in Polish. We’ve also got the site localized for French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Russian fans as well. If the cookies on your PC already have the site set to English and you want to change it, you can find the different language options at the bottom of any page on the site.
Hit the jump to find more Fallout 3 news coverage.