Coverage from E3 is slowing a little bit, but I still came across an award for the game over at Team Xbox, where Fallout 3 nabbed the Best Demo (Non-Playable) award. Sounds like they not only enjoyed watching Todd play the game, but also the comfort of the theater chairs provided.
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If you pick up today’s edition of the The New York Times, you’ll see Seth Schiesel’s E3 coverage, which asks if videogames will ever reach the same heights of ‘emotional engagement” that a Beethoven performance evokes, discusses Fallout 3:
“Much the same could be said of Fallout 3, another of my favorite games from E3. Like its esteemed predecessors, the third installment of the franchise is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where you, the player, decide how to carve out your place in a horrible new version of America.”
You can also read the story here (with a feature image of Sheriff Leon Simms). Now to see if Dogmeat is one of the answers in today’s crossword puzzle.
Welcome to post #50 about E3…or at least it feels that way.
We got word earlier today from Russell Frushtick over at UGO that Fallout 3 beat out Mass Effect, BioShock and Rock Band for their Best of the Best award. We’re ecstatic about the news!
Other coverage includes:
More as they come in…
Just a little bit ago, we got confirmation that on GameSpy, Fallout 3 finished as the runner up in three categories: Best of Show, Xbox 360 Game of Show and PC Game of Show. Congrats to Bioshock for beating us in all three categories. Still, lots of really good games on that list that we’re excited to play ourselves, so we’re thrilled to be on the list.
In other award news, Kotaku has Fallout 3 only below Rock Band and Super Mario Galaxy for their “Best of Show” award. Among their other categories, Fallout finished 3rd for “PC Game of Show”, as well as second for “Best RPG.” Here’s some of the other recent media coverage from E3…
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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.
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.
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).
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So PC Gamer UK has unveiled their cover story on Fallout 3, which should be out now pretty much everywhere you would normally find it. Editor-in-chief Ross Atherton himself came out to see the game and write the article, and I think you’ll find it’s a pretty informative look at what we’re doing. Clearly Ross liked the game…a lot…so it’s hard for us not to be enthusiastic about the story.
And if you’re not able to get your hands on the Game Informer story, nor the PC Gamer UK issue, fear not, for there are plenty of other features coming out in the weeks in countries around the world. A short list of mags we’re allowed to talk about includes:
- Level â€“ Czech Republic
- Pelaaja â€“ Finland
- PC Jeux â€“ France
- PC Action â€“ Germany
- PC Guru â€“ Hungary
- Giochi per il mio computer- Italy
- 360 Gamer â€“ UK
I’ll update the list with all of the other countries as soon as I get the ok from the various magazines.
Coverage from our Fallout 3 media event continues to roll out this month. A day or two ago I noticed that the guys over at Eurogamer posted their interview with lead producer, Gavin Carter, and lead designer, Emil Pagliarulo, about working on the development of Fallout 3. Within the interview, the guys sound off on inspirations for creating Fallout 3, past experiences in working on games, and the moral issues that arise in playing Fallout 3.
Here’s a sample of the interview…
Eurogamer: With a background developing the Elder Scrolls games, but taking on an Interplay title, which legacy do you think Fallout 3 follows?
Emil Pagliarulo: Me personally, I really feel like we’re making a game in the legacy of the Fallout games. It’s so different than working with the Elder Scrolls stuff. It’s first-person, and that’s it. Actually it’s interesting for me – it harkens back for me to some of the most enjoyable first-person games I’ve ever played, the Terminator games Bethesda made. Fallout 3 is Bethesda’s triumphant return to gunplay games, after swords and sorcery for so long. For me it’s about bringing back /that/ legacy.
Gavin Carter: I feel like when people see it’s first-person they’re going to say, “Oh, there’s Oblivion. It’s Oblivion with guns.” But honestly there’s not a single thing we didn’t look at and think, how are we going to do this for Fallout? We stripped out our entire character system. It’s all Fallout now, with specials and experience, it’s not skill based. The whole questing system is Fallout. There are different paths to all the quests, you can lock yourself out of quests. It’s not like Oblivion where you can say, “I’ve just started in the Fighter’s Guild, but I’m the Grey Fox.” There’s nothing in the game that we haven’t looked at as its own thing.