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Zero Punctuation has decided to reach into a bag marked, "Games History Deemed Better Than Life" to find out exactly what the appeal is. Victim number one is everyone's favorite open world role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. From Bethesda, the guys working on the upcoming Fallout 3, Oblivion takes players on an epic adventure that Yahtzee suspects is really just a poor copy and paste extravaganza.
That is the most important part after all, but to tell the truth this looks like a great example of how to do a CE right. As long as the game is the at the level of quality we hope it is, we might just have to knuckle under and shell out the extra money ....
[Via Big Download]
Update: It appears this bonus is available at GameStop only and also includes a Brotherhood of Steel poster. Hopefully Canadian gamers will get some love from EB Games on this one.
Does anything say good times more than a toe-tapping soundtrack based on a post-Apocolyptic America? Those looking for an incentive to pre-order Bethesda's Fallout 3, you know in case the game looking awesome wasn't enough for you, will be treated with a five-track CD of mixed tunes from the upcoming game.
Mixing licensed tracks from The Ink Spots, Bob Crosby and Roy Brown with a pair of original tunes the bonus comes in a beautifully ruined package (above, back of the CD after the jump) which screams "old-timey vibe."
We've made it no secret that Fallout 3 is one of our most anticipated games of 2008, so we'd be glad to get something extra for throwing down a five-spot to pre-order the upcoming game.
The first screen crashes a birthday party being held within a diner, complete with decorations and cone birthday lids! The second is more in line with what we've seen in the past, a monster engulfed in flames being taken to task with a mini-gun. The last screen shows the main character, who is fully customizable in looks and in specs, trying to coax a dog to him with food (we know this because of the image's original filename). We're getting excited for this one folks!
One of the most anticipated sequels of the year is Bethesda Softworks' first foray into the Fallout series with Fallout 3. The role-playing adventure has been compared to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, except in the future ... and if that future blew up a few times. Our pimp-daddy site, Joystiq, recently put their impressions of the game online along with three new screens that show off the post apocalyptic wonderland. Check our their impressions and peep the new screens in our existing Fallout 3 gallery.
In an excellent back-and-forth style write-up over at 1up, the PC editors break down their newest look at Bethesda's Fallout 3. The prose of the piece is a good read and intersperses interesting and important pieces of Fallout news all throughout. Like the fact that the game begins with being born. Literally. You evidently get to view that moment in all its first-person glory. The words womb and sphincter were used.
On a more serious note, the game's previously noted 200 endings has now ballooned to 500. Now, upon first reading that number, fanboys everywhere are getting ready to say that with that many endings, they can't possibly be all that different! Duh, that's the point. When the number of game endings was first announced, it was around 10-15. Assuming those were all relatively different from each other, then our 500 ending are just 10-15 endings (likely more) with various gradations between them. The whole point is to (effectively) never have exactly the same ending twice. For those of you who think that's a raw deal because you can't see everything, then we have something to show you.
Some of the best details of the interview include the fact that the game ended up being almost twice the size than they originally planned, and that it is now near the size of the Oblivion world. Not only that but the game "is easily 100 hours" which is great news for RPG fans as combined with the DLC, this game gets bigger and bigger all the time. For those who want to skip right to the interview in the podcast, it begins at 35:00.
We had Mass Effect, Blue Dragon, and more last year, but other than Fable 2 what are our RPG releases for the rest of this year? Well, Fallout 3 should end up being the Oblivion of 2008 (especially considering they're from the same developer). The continuation of the post-apocalyptic dark-humor-filled isometric PC RPG of yesteryear has been in development for a while now, and is still slated for a Fall release. Bethesda's VP of Marketing, Pete Hines, sat down for a ridiculously long interview with the guys from gameplayer.com.au, and the interview is well worth reading even for folks who don't consider themselves either Fallout or Oblivion fans. And if you're either (or both!) of those then this is absolutely required reading.
Keep reading the post though, and you'll hear about the vaults ....