This week I thought I’d ask everyone to share their favorite places to eat (good suggestion, Ash). As you can expect, there’s plenty of variety in the places where folks from our office go out to eat.
One of the most common responses was Five Guys. Like In-N-Out Burger on the west coast, Five Guys is one of those burger places where you just assume they’ve put some addictive chemical in the burgers that make you crave it. If you haven’t checked it out, there’s a good chance one will pop up in your area sometime soon. While the restaurants began in the DC Area (Arlington, to be exact), there are now more than 400 locations in the US.
Below are more of the places we enjoy eating…you might even recognize some of the areas from Fallout 3.
Pete Hines: Five Guys, Valentino’s, Chick-Fil-A.
Gary Powell, QA Tester: Viet Gourmet (Fredrick), El Charro (Dale City), Panera Bread, Five Guys, Grotto’s Pizza (Bethany Beach, DE) and House Of Dynasty (Alexandria).
Dane Olds, Artist: Dogfishhead Alehouse, Roy’s Place, Cava, and Sushi House (Rockville).
In this “Around the web,” we look at some the latest reviews for WET, plus coverage for Brink, id Software, and even a look back at Daggerfall.
With WET reviews, we begin at Planet Xbox 360, where Tony DaSilva reviewed the game. Here’s a snippet of his review, where he scored the game an 8.5/10:
“With 12 chapters in its campaign, WET offers up a solid play through with consistent action. As for the story, it’s outlandish, but purposely so. Like I said, we’re in a B movie here, and we all know how ridiculous B movies are.”
The day is here. Broken Steel is now available for download on the US PlayStation Store for $9.99.
For those that need a recap, here’s the skinny on Broken Steel:
“Continue your existing Fallout 3 game and finish the fight against the Enclave remnants alongside Liberty Prime. Broken Steel moves the level cap for your character from 20 to 30, allowing you to experience even more of the game, including new perks and achievements.”
This week we’ve got a modding interview with Kevin Ryan (aka DragoonWraith). Kevin spends a lot of time working as a “Sheriff” for both The G.E.C.K. and TES Construction Set wikis — he’s helped us add some really cool features to both.
The 21-year-old hails from New York City and attends school out in Claremont, CA, where he’s studying to be an engineer at Harvey Mudd College.
This morning while drinking my daily glass of grape juice, I saw this blog post at Destructoid — depicting a fan-made Fallout 3 AER9 Laser Rifle. As my jaw dropped, I nearly spilled the grape juice all over myself and my laptop. Upon not destroying my laptop, I immediately sent the link to Pete, Todd, and others at the office.
The rifle was created by Harrison Krix (who also created an awesome Bioshock Big Daddy), who is a self-proclaimed “27 year old dork working in Graphic Design and living in Atlanta.” Be sure to read more on how he assembled the rifle (complete with some step-by-step pictures) at his website.
Wanted to let you know about a cool contest – The WET Mashup — that’s currently up at IGN. With the mashup, you can create your own custom video for WET — using video and audio clips from the game, as well as music, graphics, titles, and screen traditions. Once you create a video, you’ll then have the option to share the video with your friends.
Along with making the videos, the Mashup page gives you a chance to win a WET prize pack — featuring a Panasonic 42″ plasma TV, an Xbox 360, and of course, a copy of WET.
Head here for the mashup contest’s official rules.
Finally, yours truly made a brief appearance on Insomniac’s Full Moon Show to discuss Brink and our other titles at PAX. Watch it here.
Update: There’s an interesting preview written by Alec Meer at Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Here’s an excerpt from ’Splash Damage’s Brink: This Is How It is’…
“That said, Me will be Me in Brink. There is, thank grud, no Alec Meer player model, but there is an elaborate character editor, a little akin to City of Heroes and APB. You choose your face, your body type, your hair, your tatooos, your beard, your clothing…”