Fallout: New Vegas Official Strategy Guide Blog – New Vegas: New Guide

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If you followed Bethesda Blog leading up to the release of Fallout 3, you may recall a series of blog posts from David Hodgson, author of the Fallout 3 Game Guide. After the amazing work David did for Fallout 3, it was a no-brainer to work with him again for Fallout: New Vegas. Beginning today and in the coming weeks, David will discuss the New Vegas game guide, which you’ll be able to pick up in both regular and collector’s edition flavors when the game releases.

Without further ado, here’s David…

Part 1, New Vegas: New Guide

Since I was lucky enough to be asked back to write the official guide for Fallout: New Vegas, I’ve been working constantly since late May, clocking in around 1,200 man-hours, and trying to trim my word count to within the 300,000 range. During the course of these blog posts, I aim to list some of the guide’s most helpful aspects, so you can see the differences this new adventure brings. To begin, here’s an overview of the Training chapter of the guide:

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Three Deals for One Blog Post (Updated)


Wanted to let you know about three promotions — two that are ongoing and one that kicks off on Monday.

At Prima Games website, the Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition Official Game Guide (or F3:GOTYEOGG, for short)  is the “Guide of the Week.” As such, you can purchase it for 50% off.

Elsewhere, Gamestop’s Game-Days Sale continues with Fallout 3 on sale for PS3 and 360 for $19.99.

Lastly, between April 12th – April 19th, Direct2Drive will have sales on two of our titles: Fallout 3 (sale price: $14.95) and Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth ($4.95). That’s savings of 50% and 83%, respectively.

As new deals emerge, we’ll keep you in the know… have a great weekend.

UPDATE: The Direct2Drive sale has begun — click here for Call of Cthulhu, and here for Fallout 3.

Oblivion and Fallout 3 eGuides


I recently received word from David Hodgson that Prima’s Game Guide for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition is available as an eGuide on their site for $24.99. Highlights of the guide include:

  • This digital guide features easy-to-use clickable navigation on every page.
  • Covers all available content for Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Shivering Isles, Knights of the Nine, and downloadable content.
  • Detailed maps for every part of the world and every major city, plus special maps for every key section of the main quest.
  • Specific chapters on how to create your character and maximize your abilities and skills.
  • Over 450 full-color pages packed with information on everything you need to know about the massive gameworld of Oblivion.
  • Walkthroughs for every quest in every part of the Oblivion world, including the main quest, as well as miscellaneous and freeform quests.
  • Sections on various gameplay systems including stealth, combat, magic, spellmaking and enchanting, alchemy, and more.

For more details and a chance to check out parts of the guide for free, head to Prima’s site.

In related news, David has a new blog post up about the Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition Game Guide. While you can still purchase a physical copy of the guide, it’s also available as an eGuide for $26.99.

New WET walkthrough and interview


Quick news roundup on WET….

Bitmob has a new interview up with Creative Director Patrick Fortier discussing WET’s Bad-Ass Influences. Here’s an excerpt:

The Story: “The storyline is more of a ’70s-flavored affair inspired by the Charles Bronson movies of the same era — Death Wish, The Mechanic, etc. — with elements of betrayal and revenge.”

Elsewhere, IGN has fleshed out their walkthrough for the game. If you’re finding yourself stuck in the game, bookmark this page.

Fallout 3 GOTY Guides from Prima

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Today I thumbed through the new Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition Game Guides from Prima Games — which will be in stores, along with the game, tomorrow. Available in regular and individually-numbered Collector’s Edition flavors,  the guides feature all the content from the original Game Guide, plus new pages for Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout, and Mothership Zeta.

I gotta say, these books are absolutely massive. Author David Hodgson tells me the book actually weighs in more than a pound heavier than the original book. And with 752 pages of content, it is officially the largest Prima Guide ever written! For those wondering, the guides once again include a movie-sized game map — now updated with new locations from the DLC content..

Hit the jump to see the unique back cover of the CE guide — complete with moar Vault Boy action!

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Handle your monkey business at IGN (Updated)


The guys at IGN have put up a new cheat sheet for finding all the monkey toys in WET.

If you’ve wracked your brain over finding these little critters, go ahead and take a look. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone.

If you haven’t checked out WET, new reviews are up at the following sites:

As more news on WET surfaces, we’ll let you know.

Update: Another guide is available at MSXbox-World.com.

New Game Guide tackles Broken Steel and Point Lookout


With another Fallout 3 Game Add-On Pack on store shelves this week, David Hodgson, author of the Fallout 3 Game Guide, is at it again with a new guide covering Broken Steel and Point Lookout. To coincide with the new guide, he’s got a new blog post up at the Prima Games Author Blog (head there for a sample of pages from the guide).

Take it away, David…

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Point Lookout Roundup


With Tuesday’s release of Point Lookout, there’s quite a few reviews now online. Here’s a rundown:

GameSpy called picking up Fallout 3’s 4th DLC a “no brainer.” Here’s a snippet from the review:

“The quest lines and exploration gameplay feel very Fallout, and you’ll want to walk through every inch of the map to make sure you don’t miss out on the many different landmarks tucked away in its farthest reaches. The battles can be quite challenging, and there’s plenty of creative, genuinely funny stuff here that’ll have as much of an impact as the greatest bits from the original game.”

More Point Lookout reviews can be found below….

If you’ve already picked up Point Lookout and need some help along the way, you can also check out IGN’s Point Lookout Walkthrough.

Fallout 3 DLC Game Guide Diary


David Hodgson, author of the Fallout 3 Game Guide, hasn’t stopped playing Fallout 3. With three DLCs available now, and two more on the way, he continues his quest to document everything in the game. In stores today, you can purchase The Official Game Guide to The Pitt and Operation: Anchorage. To celebrate the occasion, David put together another blog post discussing its contents. To learn more about the guide, including a sample of pages from the guide, head to Prima Games Author Blog.

In early February 2009, I was lucky enough to venture into the Capital Wasteland and beyond for a jaunt through Operation: Anchorage and The Pitt. The fruits of my latest expedition can be digested today, as the Official Game Guide to The Pitt and Operation: Anchorage hits stores. Having charted the topography of the original game, we employed many of the same elements to this new tome, which couldn’t have been possible with out the help and continued support of Bethesda. I mean, who else would have found the secret Morse code radio signals that no one’s figured out yet, right?

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Around the web


Happy Monday everyone! Here’s the latest web coverage for you to check out.

Fallout 3 is nominated in three categories (Game of the Year, Favorite Weapon, and Favorite Environment) in the Guy’s Choice Awards at Spike. Head to Gametrailers to vote.

New reviews for Broken Steel have popped up online. Here’s a snippet from Gaming Age’s review:

“All in all, Broken Steel winds up being a great diversion and a good excuse to re-visit the Capitol Wastelands. Between the continuation of the storyline, the tougher enemies, and the great amount of action given, it’s well worth the $10 to take a ride with the Brotherhood of Steel one more time.”

More reviews can be found at Stick Skills, The Onion AV Club, Wonderwallweb, Noktral Gaming Discussion, and TechCetera.

Finally, if you’re getting stuck in Broken Steel, there’s new walkthroughs up at Gameshark and IGN.