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Here’s a look at new coverage for Point Lookout, WET, Rogue Warrior, and Brink.

New Point Lookout reviews have surfaced. Up first, you can check out Game Trailers’ video review above. Elsewhere, The Adrenaline Vault enjoyed visit  Point Lookout saying:

“Overall, Point Lookout is a great piece of DLC. It really delivers on the exploration; I almost felt like I was playing an Elder Scrolls game. There are multiple side quests, ranging from traveling the map in search of a secret spy bunker to making moonshine. If you have spent hours exploring the Wasteland, then this is a no-brainer. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?”

For more reviews check out the following sites:

At CVG (the online site for PC Gamer UK), there’s a recap of the Games of E3 2009. Among the games they included on their “hit list” is Brink.

In WET news, TrueGameHeadz interviewed Creative Director Patrick Fortier, while new previews are up for the game at Xbox 360 Achievements and OXM UK.

Moving to Rogue Warrior, Gamasutra interviews Senior Producer Aeron Guy, while Shortlist.com asked questions with Demo Dick himself. Meanwhile, in preview coverage, Atomic Gamer put up a new preview for the game today.

That’s all the news for now.

Behind the Scenes (A2M) — Philip DeRosa

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This week we’re getting to know another team member from A2m — Philip DeRosa.

What’s your job at A2M?
I’m the QA lead for this project managing the QA team and the Issues. When I came aboard I was an associate producer and brought in Agile practices and ran core strike teams focusing on building core game functionality.

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On Newsstands: Rubi graces the cover of Play

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The July issue of Play hits newssstands today, with WET’s Rubi Malone gracing the cover.

In the issue, you’ll find eight pages devoted to WET — including Dave Halverson’s preview, new screenshots, an interview with Creative Director Patrick Fortier, and additional thoughts on the game from Patrick, Ash Ismail (Lead Game Designer), Jean-Francois Mignault (Art Director), Lorne Nudel (Lead Animator)., and Levon Louis (Audio Director).

Elsewhere, there’s a few things worth checking out in the July issue of PC Gamer US and the August issue of PC Gamer UK. Both issues review Broken Steel — awarding the DLC the PC Gamer Editors’ Choice Award. Additionally, in the UK mag, there’s a section featuring Khyrin’s Greenworld mod for Fallout 3 (page 93) and a Classics of PC Gaming feature by Christopher Livingston (page 104). Additionally, there’s mention of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout in their feature titled Gaming’s Biggest Secrets (starts on page 49).

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In addition to plenty of Point Lookout coverage, we’ve got web updates for Brink, Broken Steel, and WET.

Starting with Brink, there’s lots to share. With the help of Steve ‘Badman’ Hessel, we’ve got a Facebook page up for the game. Join the group here.

In news, PlayStation Insider put together their E3 Wrapup, where they included Brink among their list of titles they wish they could’ve played. Here’s what they said:

“The first thing I said to myself when I sat down and watched the demo of Brink is this: ‘this is the only other game to look as good as Uncharted 2.’  Yes, Brink really does look sharp and it stands out.”

Moving on, GameShark interviewed Creative Director Richard Ham and Senior Game Designer Ed Stern at E3 to find more about the game. Here’s a sample:

GS (B): So my question is, for every class is there one specific action, multiple actions or is it still being worked on?

RH: First of all, it’s very much an RPG-Lite. As you’re earning levels and leveling up there’s a lot of new abilities you can unlock. You can choose to focus only one one class or spread out amongst all of them, but at any given point, right now at any given point, there are way too many things you that could be doing depending on what class you are, and right now we’re kind of limiting it to six.

You can find the rest of GameShark’s interview here. Elsewhere, don’t miss AusGamers’ double dip of coverage –  they’ve got an interview with Richard, as well as a new preview.

For additional Brink news, GamersRoute has their E3 preview up, Gamasutra recapped Splash Damage CEO Paul Wedgwood’s speech at yesterday’s Game Horizon Summit, and Gamerzines included the game in their Best of E3 list.

Moving to other games, there’s a new review for Broken Steel up at Game Industry News. Speaking of DLC #3, Game Daily’s giving away Broken Steel codes for Games for Windows LIVE and Xbox LIVE. For a chance to win, join their Facebook page.

Wrapping up this “Around the Web,” the guys at Machinima have a new interview with WET Lead Designer Ash Ismail.

Until the next time…gstaff out.

Around the web… (Updated)

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Welcome back to another web update…shall we get started?

At The Escapist, we’ve got two things for you to check out. First, Emil shared a cool gaming anecdote with the site for a series called First-Person Gaming. To find out who pwn’d him in Call of Duty 4, click here. Also on the site, part-time mycologist Zach Miller has a column this week titled, “The Shrooms of Oblivion.” Here, he discusses the realism of Oblivion and how real-world plants (err mushrooms) add to the player immersion. Here’s a snippet of the column, where he talked with one of our artists, Noah Berry:

Noah Berry, an artist at Bethesda, said that using real-world plants was entirely in keeping with the Elder Scrolls series. “Personally, I’ve always found that some of the most vivid and absorbing fantasy worlds – in fiction, film or in games – have familiar elements operating as touchstones for the participant. Even if they only register on a subconscious level, the more realistic trappings can provide contextual grounding for the player.”

We’ll move along (since I hate mushrooms) to Bitmob, who have 21 Random Questions with Todd Howard. Learn about Todd’s favorite book and 20 other random things.

In other news, gaming site Pwn or Die has a feature on 11 of the Worst Virtual Jobs in Video Games. Check it out to see what Fallout 3 job was included (as well as two careers from Fallout 2).

There’s new coverage for WET and Brink too. Gamespot has a new interview with Ed Stern, Senior Lead Designer at Splash Damage. Elsewhere, a new preview for WET is up at Gamervision.

Gamervision also got a chance to see Brink at E3. Check out that preview here. For more on Brink head to Gaming Angels, Maximum PC, and finally Kotaku (AU) — who feature the game as one of The Top 10 Best Original Games of E3.

Update: MTV Multiplayer has an interview with Jeff Gardiner from E3 in which he gives a few details on Fallout 3′s final DLC, Mothership Zeta.

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In addition the the Brink coverage, I thought I’d share some updates on WET, Fallout 3, and even Oblivion.

At Entertainment Weekly, there’s a new feature on 11 Videogames Spawned by Summer Movies, which includes WET as the game draws inspiration from Grindhouse flicks and the works of Quentin Taratino and Robert Rodriguez. Those seeking for information on WET should check out G4TV’s video interview with Lead Designer Ash Ismail. Additionally, new previews are up at Binge Gamer, NowGamer, and Ready Up!

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E3 Roundup: WET

At E3, we showed several titles (including Fallout 3′s latest DLC, Point Lookout). Rather than lumping all the coverage into one blog post, I’ll make it easier on you guys and separate them out by title.

Up first, here’s a look back at E3 coverage for WET.

Crave Online has a new on the Top 15 Original IPs to Debut at E3.” WET kicks off their list. Here’s an excerpt:

“This may be one of the coolest, most stylish games I have ever seen. But then, I am a huge fan of grindhouse cinema, so I’m biased. Written by the head writer of the first season of 24 and modeled after vintage 70s action flicks, Wet looks and plays like a video game version of Kill Bill.”

At Gamingvice.net, this sentiment was echoed by Gary Francis who stated, “… I think we’ve got a great game on our hands.”

At Gamespot’s E3 Booth, Patrick Fortier (Creative Director) and Ash Ismail (Lead Game Designer) participated in a live demo of the game — showing off gameplay and revealing new details on the game. Check out the video above. For more video footage, check out this video at G4TV — featuring Eliza Dushku — the voice behind Rubi Malone. Oh, umm, Patrick’s in this video too.

During her time at our E3 booth, Eliza answered some questions for Blast Magazine. Here’s a snippet:

Do you see yourself doing more video game roles now that you’ve got this one done?

Eliza Dushku: I was sort of holding off after the first two and then this one came to me. I like the idea of seeing this one sort of go farther and go deeper. I definitely feel a real identification with [the character].

With E3, there’s plenty of new hands-on coverage for the game. Check out the following…

WET is coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this fall. As more details on the game emerge, we’ll keep you posted here and on the game’s website.

Around the web: Catching up edition

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It’s been a while since the last blog post — Pete and Ash were off at E3 while I was getting hitched and enjoying Costa Rica. With E3 in the rear view mirror, there’s plenty to catch up on. Shall we get started?

Last week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, SNL vet Jason Sudeikis reported on the events taking place at E3. The clip is pretty hilarious, and actually includes Eliza Dushku and Mickey Rourke, who were on hand signing posters and meeting fans for WET and Rogue Warrior, respectively. There’s even outtakes for both Eliza and Mickey.

Want more video coverage of E3? Revision 3′s Matt Chandronait discusses Brink and chats with Todd Howard about Fallout 3 DLC in one of their E3 specials.  Brink discussion starts at the 17:10 mark and is followed by Todd’s interview.

Elsewhere, Todd appeared on 1Up’s ListenUp podcast on the final day of E3 — joining a roundtable discussion about the show. Todd literally walks onto the podcast around the 24:10 mark — head there to get his thoughts on the show. In non-E3 news, a few weeks back Todd shared one of his laws of Gaming AI at Kotaku.

In other news, at the start of E3, Pete wrote a blog post for Edge discussing our plans for the show. Here’s a snippet:

“I guess key to that message is the reveal of a title we have been working on with the folks at Splash Damage for some time now, called Brink. We felt it was the right time to announce this game and start talking about some of the new and different things this game is bringing to the shooter space. I think folks will be impressed with what Paul Wedgewood and his team have come up with.”

Speaking of Pete, yesterday he sent me this fan video on YouTube, titled Oblivion in real life. Props to Wiggler for a hilarious video. If you enjoyed this video, you may also want to check out these posts: The Real World: Oblivion and Getting Dressed with Oblivion.

Finally, my Google Alerts brought me to some great a fan art — a papercraft version of the Fallout 3 Alien Blaster. I wonder if they’ve got plenty of papercraft ammo to share. :)