Green on Fallout 3

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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.

Emil’s Return to E3

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Oddly enough, I’ve been with Emil every time he’s attended E3. Thing is, the last time he attended was in 1998 in Atlanta, the second of two E3s we attended together while working at The Adrenaline Vault, where Emil and I first met a long time ago. This year, nine years later, Emil made his return to E3 (and his first-ever trip to the Left Coast) so I asked him to put together some thoughts on his experience this year. Here’s what Emil had to say:

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Much Better than Family Circus!

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Last week, Oblivion fan Bradley Chick e-mailed me to let me know about Oblivion-related comics he creates on his site, Septim’s Pride. Using characters and screens from within the game, he creates short comics. It’s kind of like to doing Red vs. Blue, yet in comic format.

His most recent post is soon to be a favorite around our office…thanks for the props!

E3: The Aftermath

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*Whew*

Even though it was far less chaotic and stressful than previous years, it’s still good to have E3 wrapped up and behind us. Overall, the show went about as well as we could have hoped. The theater was absolutely packed on the last day of the show. I won’t even give a number for the last demo of the show in case any fire marshals are lurking about.

I hope they make the logistics a little easier for the press to get around. The major complaints I heard from them were about getting from place to place, and the fact that everyone has a news conference and all of them are completely pointless and should be done away with. Other random thoughts and observations from the trip:

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E3 Coverage Continues

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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.

More E3 Coverage

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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.

Morrowind Now Compatible with Xbox 360

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Last night I saw on Major Nelson’s blog that The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is now (finally) backwards compatible with the Xbox 360. I’m not only excited for the many fans that have contacted me about this (Pete figures he’s gotten about 5,000 e-mails on this in the last two years), but now finally I get a chance to get back into the game myself.

I just did a test on a retail 360 at the office (which was more of a scavenger hunt then I expected), and I confirm that after an Xbox Live update, you can play Morrowind, whether it’s the original release, Platinum Hits, or the Game of the Year Edition. For those without Xbox Live, there’s still ways to get the necessary update. Check here for more details.

For information on other games that are now compatible with the 360, check here.

Zelda Inspired Mod

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Over the last few weeks, Christian of CCRE over on Planet Elder Scrolls has been working on this cool Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time-inspired mod for Oblivion. From the look of the screenshots, I think he pretty much nailed the look of the Master Sword and Hylian Shield from the game (a game that nearly cost me a failing grade my freshman year of college).

So now that we have The Ocarina Oblivion of Time. Does make me want to play some Zelda, or maybe just practice my Ocarina playing like this guy.