More Fallout 3 Details in OXM (US) Cover Story

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The April issue of OXM is now making its way to subscribers in the US as we speak. The cover story features a number of new areas and also features a host of new screens from different parts of the game, including new areas, new creatures/NPCs, weapons, etc. We don’t want to give away too much info on what’s in there, except to say it has the best ending line of any Fallout 3 preview thus far, thanks to a quote from Emil.

Look for the issue to be on newsstands the week of March 10 and keep your eyes open for new content coming from those folks in the form of a podcast or something else around that date.

Around the Web: More Lists

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You probably figured out already that we’re not doing a lot of talking at GDC this week — it’s been pretty busy around here with everyone cracking on Fallout 3. Still, if you need a break from all the GDC news, here are a few newsworthy mentions I thought I’d share.

I noticed Destructoid has shared the results of their “which one game has eaten up more hours of your life than any other game ever has” debate, and both Morrowind (#6) and Oblivion (#2) made the top ten. Even combining votes, these games would still end up trailing World of WarCRACK craft. No surprise there.

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Around the Web: Weekend Countdown!

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As you get ready for the weekend, here’s some of the latest Fallout 3 coverage you can read as you head out for the weekend.

Clint McCredie of Australian gaming site Gameplayer has a five-page piece based on an an interview he did with Pete. After reading it, I realized that I probably need to take some time and refresh myself on the works of Charles Dickens. All I could think of when I read Clint’s intro is, “Where’s the mentions of Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Christmas Past?” Dickens references aside, here’s a snippet from the interview:

We wander further and come across the settlement of Megaton, one of the larger piles of junk that are called towns in this world, and are allowed in by a security droid. Inside, the city’s grim and dirty, like living inside a drainpipe. We’re a bit perturbed that there’s so many people left alive in the town, especially as we can’t work out what they’re doing to survive. Where do they get their food from? ‘Emil Pagliarulo, the lead designer, had me read Cormac McCarthy’s The Road,’ explains Hines. ‘If you read his take on the post-apocalyptic world, then yes, everything should be absolutely dead, and there’d be nothing left to eat except canned stuff. If you take that view, then in 200 years nobody should still be around.’”

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Found in OXM

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The March 2008 issue of OXM made its way onto my desk today and thought I’d share some interesting mentions of our games….

In their “2008 Preview” feature, Fallout 3 is among 50 titles they think should be on your radar. Also, on page 21, if you look waaay down at the bottom, you’ll see that they wouldn’t be surprised if Fallout 3 gets pushed to next year. To that, I’ll reference what Pete said here.

The issue also looks back at 2007 with their “Game of the Year Awards,” and we were happy to see Shivering Isles came away with the award for Downloadable Content of the Year, making it the second year in a row we’ve won that award. I’m also happy to learn that Avatar and TMNT are great titles to boost my Xbox Gamerscore. Time to check those ones out. Like some other folks at the office, I’m a sucker for achievement points.

To check out the rest of the previewed games for 2008 and see who the big winners and losers were in 2007, check out the March issue on a newstand near you.

Around the Web – It’s a party!!

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Happy Mardi Gras to everyone! We hope that anyone celebrating today has a great time, but also remembers to stay safe. If you’re like me, and don’t really have the time to parade in the streets, here’s some new Fallout coverage we spotted that you can read up on while working, studying, or doing anything else that doesn’t involve drinking, wearing beads, or dressing up in ridiculous costumes…

Destructoid’s Reverend Anthony put together a list of “The ten most meaningful videogame quotes of all-time” that includes Ron Perlman’s famous first words, “War. War Never Changes.” It’s a pretty good list with a mix of older (Zork, Super Mario Bros.) and newer (Portal, Bioshock) memorable quotes. Discussing Fallout, he writes:

“Fallout may be one of the most cynical, nihilistic game franchises in existence, which also makes it one of my personal favorites. Rather than half-assedly cultivating a world-weary tone through a sepia color scheme and needlessly gruff-sounding protagonists (I’m looking at you, Gears of War), the Fallout series tells the tale of some people who try to act with common decency in a world utterly lacking in it, and who are subsequently tortured and killed and exiled for their troubles. Cormac McCarthy would be proud.”

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Around the Web: Looking back at Morrowind, looking forward to Fallout 3

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Thought I’d share some interesting mentions that I came across today and over the weekend.

Next Generation has put up a retrospective piece on Morrowind that was recently in Edge. It’s crazy to think the game’s been on shelves for nearly six years. Here’s a sampling of the feature:

“The island of Morrowind that exists on the disc can be threadbare and tenuous, but be undeniable and persistent in your mind. Also, even on Xbox, it’s a game that throws up snapshots of austere, worldly beauty, where sunrise and landscape conspire against any shortcomings to provide a memorable montage; again, these moments feel personal in a way few other adventures can match.”

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Around the Web – Frozen Edition

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I’m not sure what we’ve been experiencing up until now, but it wasn’t really winter. NOW it’s winter. I realize a wind chill in the single digits is pretty paltry compared to what folks are experiencing in other places (like those people freezing their tails off in -24 degree weather in Green Bay last night…the three girls at the game in bikini tops need to seek professional help…it was TWENTY FOUR DEGREES BELOW ZERO), but up until this point it was pretty mild weather here. Now it’s just freezing out there.

Worthplaying put together their list of the most anticipated games of 2008, placing Fallout 3 at #1. You can head over to read comments from lots of folks at WP as to their level of expectation, how they see things shaping up, and so on.

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Around the web…

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Thought I’d point out a couple of interesting tidbits I’ve noticed across the web this week…

Over on Voodoo Extreme, there’s a fan poll titled, “Most Wanted 2008 PC Games.” There’s a lot of good choices to vote for. Currently, Fallout 3 is receiving the second most votes behind Blizzard’s hugely-anticipated Starcraft 2.

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More Fallout 3 Coverage

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This week I’ve noticed a few interesting articles about Fallout 3 across the information superhighway.

Up first, Kieron Gillen of PC-enthusiast site Rock, Paper, Shotgun has contributed an editorial on Fallout 3 — the latest in their “Games of 2008″ series that has also included Starcraft 2 and Spore. Within the piece, Gillen focuses on why we decided to take on the challenge of making a new Fallout game. Here’s a sample:

“It may just be as simple as plain lust for Fallout, the plain desire to write a sequel to a game they think is brilliant. This sort of things strikes even the brightest creative minds – look over at Comics, where there’s a strata of some of the medium’s brightest minds whose most heartfelt desire is to have a shot at Superman. They’re insane, and if they had any sense they’d be doing their own thing… but that they don’t have that sense means that it’s done as an act of devotion. This is actually a good reason to give a damn about Fallout 3. People working on something that’s genuinely invested in, on average, leads to better work.”

Also looking at the Games of 2008, Gaming Shogun lists Fallout 3 as one of their ten “Most Anticipated PC Games of 2008.”

Freelancer Lou Kesten has written a 2008 preview that leads off with Fallout 3. The article is making it’s way around on several sites…including The Morning Call, where I found it.

Finally, in the February issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly, the mag previews 2008 with a politically themed feature called “Decision ’08,” which includes more than 60 games that they think folks may elect to purchase.

Preparing for the future

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This week, a couple of sites, Shack News and Team Xbox, have started making lists of games to look forward to in 2008.

In Nick Breckon’s article for Shack News titled, “The Year Ahead: PC Gaming in 2008,” Fallout 3 leads off the list, where the Fallout franchise is compared to the Star Wars saga with the burning question, “Will it (Fallout 3) be the Phantom Menace that taints the franchise, or the Empire Strikes Back that only enhances it?” I suppose only time will tell, but I’m glad we dropped the planned pod race sequence (*rimshot*).

At Team Xbox, the staff has compiled their “Most Anticipated RPGs of 2008,” where Fallout 3 rounds out the list. Talking about what to expect from the game, they write:

“We’re also expecting that Fallout 3 will have hybrid gameplay elements, such as combat that resembles a first-person shooter—though with more intricacies and nuances. And the little bits we’ve seen reveal character dialogue that could actually be as entertaining as the gameplay. Imagine, a smart, sassy and challenging RPG….”

As we discover new coverage on Fallout 3, we’ll continue to keep you guys updated.