Work: Fallout 3

Two articles I wrote from a trip to Bethesda a couple of months back have just recently appeared in print. One is the cover story of the current issue of the Australian Official Xbox Magazine, the other is a short preview in PC PowerPlay.

I’ll quote a couple of extracts below in the hope of encouraging you to pick up both magazines.

From OXM:

“Conversation is presented akin to RPGs like Knights of the Old Republic. You choose from several lines, with the dialogue branching as you choose certain options. Sometimes your skills will influence these options: you may see [Speech] appear next to one option, meaning your Speech skill was high enough to enable you to persuade or charm or threaten convincingly. If you’re a male character, you may have chosen the Lady Killer perk (a perk is like a feat in D&D, an extra ability you can select when you reach a certain level) that allows you to sweet talk the ladies – as well as deal more damage to female enemies. The end result is that there’s a pleasingly wide variety of ways to interact, depending on how you’ve crafted your character stats.”

From PCPP:

“Fallout 3 reminds me of a lot of games I like. Perhaps as a result of my penchant for rolling stealth characters in every RPG, I got a distinct Thief vibe when skulking in the shadows, monitoring enemy movements from a position of (relative) safety before lunging for the knockout blow – usually a sniper shot to the head (attacks when undetected give you a critical strike and deal triple damage).”

And shortly I’ll finally get around to posting the unpublished remainder of the interview I conducted with Emil Pagliarulo (some of which appears in OXM). Fingers crossed!

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