The Escapist’s Joe Blancato, like me, apparently really likes “Power Rankings.” Being a sports junkie myself, I’m a big fans of checking to see how my teams do on ESPN’s weekly Power Rankings, whether it be for the Wolverines, Pistons, or Braves.
Anyhow, the site’s Inaugural Power Rankings place us in good company, as our showing at E3 helped us land a debut at #4, behind Microsoft, EA, and Irrational Game Studios. Rounding out the Top 5 was Peter Moore, who made headlines last week leaving Microsoft to head up EA Sports.
In other Fallout 3 news, here’s some more coverage that’s gone up in the last day or so:
Over the weekend, I saw that Tim Buckley over at CAD ran a comic focusing on Fallout 3. Tim also did a series of comics last year on Oblivion, which starts with this one. No, we aren’t in the loop on any of these.
Looks like he’s hoping that Santa, Superman or even Nic Cage (HA!) could help bring Fallout 3 to stores sooner than Fall 2008. Sorry, not going to happen…even if NBA referee Tim Donaghy bets on it.
Tim has always professed his affection for Fallout, so this may not be the last we hear from him on the subject.
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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We’ve heard from folks in different countries that have been looking for certain DLC that was apparently missing where they were. So I worked with the folks over at Microsoft to figure what was missing in each country and they’ve dropped me an email to let me know that everything should now be available where it should be. If you still find that something is missing that you think should be there, let us know. Hit the jump for the full list.
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Just got back from picking up my copy of the final Harry Potter book and upon returning, I was pleased to learn that Fallout 3 got plenty of kudos from IGN in their “Best of E3” feature. Fallout 3 came away with Best RPG, Best Console Game and Overall Game of Show. Discussing the game, IGN writer Chris Roper writes:
“When the lights went down and got our eyes on the 3D version of Vault 101, we knew we were in for something special. The Fallout series holds a very dear place in many gamers’ hearts, including those at Bethesda Softworks, and the developer looks to have stayed true to the universe about as well as anyone could hope.”
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…
As Planet Elder Scrolls reports, the Oblivion Mod Wiki has received a long overdue update. With updates to the site made over the last few days, the site now has a more user-friendly format for finding mods. As you can see here, they’ve been pretty busy adding new mods over the past few days.
Good to see the site being updated, and remember, anyone can edit this Wiki. So if you have a mod that the community would enjoy, I’m sure they would be grateful if you added it.
In a couple months of working at Bethesda, I’ve gotten several requests from new fans of the The Elder Scrolls series about how they can try the older games.
For those that aren’t already aware of it, The Elder Scrolls: Arena, is available as a free download off of the official Elder Scrolls site here. To help run it, try downloading DOSBox 0.70. We don’t provide tech support for this version of Arena, so use at your own risk and head to the Past Games section of the BGS Forums if you need help.
So I found this out a while ago but didn’t want to say anything until the magazine came out.
Oblivion is about to come out for Xbox 360 in Japan next week, and Famitsu’s review crew had a chance to review the game (the fully localized Japanese version). They awarded the game scores of 10, 9, 10, and 9, for a total score of 38 and it earned their Platinum Medal. If you’re not familiar with Famitsu, they have a reputation for being pretty harsh, so we’re pretty excited they liked it, particularly since it is very, very different than your standard Japanese RPG.
My buddy Tetsu over at Spike (the folks helping us publish Oblivion in Japan) told me that across every platform they review games on, only 44 titles have gotten a score of 38 or better since September 1986. And, as you might expect, roughly half of those 44 are from Final Fantasy, Zelda, and Dragon Quest. So that’s nice company to be included in and we’re quite happy.