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« on: October 27, 2008, 01:07:32 AM »

just over 24 hours until the Midnight release, the street date has supposedly been broken in some areas and I imagine the mod community is ready to rev up..... ARE YOU IN*?


*if you are already in and playing right now I hope you get a nasty case of the clap  icon_twisted
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2008, 01:18:03 AM »

I'm leaving my Black Mesa vault now for the perilous journey into the city proper.
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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2008, 01:26:59 AM »

I am IN with a vengeance.

On tuesday.
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2008, 01:56:47 AM »

How can you not be in?
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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2008, 02:44:49 AM »

Oh so very in. I looked around here today to see if anyone had broken the street date. I tried Circuit City, Best Buy and Target all to no avail. I shall will purchase it on Steam tomorrow if I don't hear of any local sightings tomorrow during the day.
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2008, 03:16:41 AM »

Yeah I'm waiting for my Steam copy to unlock.  Then I will hit it like the fist of an angry god.
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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2008, 03:37:45 AM »

I eagerly await the GT community to dispel my suspicions that the game is a Fallout 3 Oblivion mod, if I'm told otherwise I will heartily jump in.
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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2008, 03:49:23 AM »

Quote from: Ridah on October 27, 2008, 03:37:45 AM

I eagerly await the GT community to dispel my suspicions that the game is a Fallout 3 Oblivion mod, if I'm told otherwise I will heartily jump in.

Why wait to let us tell you what you already know - you know you want to buy the game. biggrin
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« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2008, 03:50:05 AM »

So there isn't an editor shipping with the PC version, correct?

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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2008, 05:46:13 AM »

Quote from: dback99 on October 27, 2008, 03:50:05 AM

So there isn't an editor shipping with the PC version, correct?

Last I read, the answer was no. But Oblivion didn't release with it on the DVD either. But unlike Oblivion, the editor wasn't available for release about a week before the game's launch.
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« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2008, 08:41:19 AM »

Since I'm seriously considering going to the GameStop midnight opening for it, I guess I'm in.

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« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2008, 04:23:23 PM »



Gamers! Avenge me! Avenge me!

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« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2008, 04:34:39 PM »

I have an epic backlog as well, but I will probably splurge and pick this up. I can't remember when I last bought a $50 game. Usually get them on sale or something.

Would Wal-mart be carrying any of Collector's Editions at the stores?
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« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2008, 04:40:28 PM »

Quote from: Kagath on October 27, 2008, 04:34:39 PM

Would Wal-mart be carrying any of Collector's Editions at the stores?

That would be a yes.
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« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2008, 05:09:37 PM »

I'm going to break a sacred tradition of NOT buying Day One; usually $40 or $50 buys me three or four games from six months earlier but hell, even if FALLOUT 3 isn't all we'd hoped for - and, really, what game could satisfy all you whiny beeyatches? - I've seen enough to know I'll get my money's worth.

Oh, yeah, dudes, try Dead Space too!
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« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2008, 08:31:25 PM »

I vowed that I would finish Far Cry 2 before buying Fallout 3.





Mmmmm....yeah.....no way in hell I'm keeping that promise.  icon_biggrin

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« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2008, 08:41:13 PM »

Good playthrough diary by one of our more creative team members.  It's a good overview of some different character types you can make.  Some minor spoilers about what groups you can join.  No big secrets or anything like that:

http://fallout.bethsoft.com/eng/vault/diaries_diary7-10.27.08.html
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« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2008, 09:49:38 PM »

Quote from: YellowKing on October 27, 2008, 08:31:25 PM

I vowed that I would finish Far Cry 2 before buying Fallout 3.





Mmmmm....yeah.....no way in hell I'm keeping that promise.  icon_biggrin



I was going to wait on Far Cry 2 until later next month after I'd had a chance with FO3... oops.

My new goal is to finish Dead Space tonight before FO3 arrives tomorrow.  I think I can pull that one off... I'm at the end of chapter 10.
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« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2008, 09:58:29 PM »

Quote from: kathode on October 27, 2008, 08:41:13 PM

Good playthrough diary by one of our more creative team members.  It's a good overview of some different character types you can make.  Some minor spoilers about what groups you can join.  No big secrets or anything like that:

http://fallout.bethsoft.com/eng/vault/diaries_diary7-10.27.08.html

Very fun stuff. I'd hope that Stanley's story helps people understand it's not just an FPS in the Fallout universe.
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« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2008, 12:28:36 AM »

Quote from: YellowKing on October 27, 2008, 08:31:25 PM

I vowed that I would finish Far Cry 2 before buying Fallout 3.





Mmmmm....yeah.....no way in hell I'm keeping that promise.  icon_biggrin



I kept that vow.  By 8.25 hours, it appears.   icon_lol
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« Reply #20 on: October 28, 2008, 04:09:11 AM »

I won't have my PC version to review until tomorrow, but my console review will be up tomorrow.  It'll cover everything but controls I'd suspect. smile
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« Reply #21 on: October 28, 2008, 06:37:49 AM »

OK, so I installed and escaped the vault. so far this is the buggiest game this year- it needed at least another 6 months of polish  thumbsdown


just kidding  Tongue

well, there are alot of bugs, but they're the kind you kill ingame and not the sort that makes you nail a dead cat to Kathodes door.  graphically the game is very nice; I think I have everything maxed out and it seems pretty smooth so far.  the weird face shadows from Oblivion are gone which is nice.  I haven't had much playtime yet but so far it's pretty promising.

it does suck you have to wait until level 6 to unlock Bloody Mess though...

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« Reply #22 on: October 28, 2008, 01:40:08 PM »

Uber-awesome graphic to follow, but my review is live!

http://gamingtrend.com/Reviews/review/review.php?ReviewID=1118
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« Reply #23 on: October 28, 2008, 01:43:13 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on October 28, 2008, 06:37:49 AM

it does suck you have to wait until level 6 to unlock Bloody Mess though...

NO! My must-have trait is no longer a level 1 choice! Nothing like looking forward to it at least. biggrin
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« Reply #24 on: October 28, 2008, 02:00:14 PM »

Awesome review, Ron, I'm pumped!

Regarding Steam: It unlocks in 4 hours (2pm EDT), does anyone know if you merely need to leave Steam running or does someone have to do something like "right click: begin download"?

I just want this bad boy downloaded by the time I get home from work at 8pm.  nod
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« Reply #25 on: October 28, 2008, 02:20:08 PM »

Quote from: Jeff Jones on October 28, 2008, 02:00:14 PM

Awesome review, Ron, I'm pumped!

Regarding Steam: It unlocks in 4 hours (2pm EDT), does anyone know if you merely need to leave Steam running or does someone have to do something like "right click: begin download"?

I just want this bad boy downloaded by the time I get home from work at 8pm.  nod

I believe you have to manually restart Steam fo it to detect the game being unlocked.
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« Reply #26 on: October 28, 2008, 03:05:19 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on October 28, 2008, 02:20:08 PM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on October 28, 2008, 02:00:14 PM

Awesome review, Ron, I'm pumped!

Regarding Steam: It unlocks in 4 hours (2pm EDT), does anyone know if you merely need to leave Steam running or does someone have to do something like "right click: begin download"?

I just want this bad boy downloaded by the time I get home from work at 8pm.  nod

I believe you have to manually restart Steam fo it to detect the game being unlocked.

Thanks. I work close to home, so I'll just stop by the house after 2pm to check it.
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« Reply #27 on: October 28, 2008, 03:59:33 PM »

How does lockpicking work in the PC version?  I just skimmed the 360 review here and I had forgotten about Oblivion's lockpicking.  I have truly lousy physical dexterity.  I suck at shooters, etc.  One of my pet peeves is adding "twitch" factors into a RPG.  I know I am in a minority here, but that's what the stats are for!  Of course, that is why I usually dislike action-rpg/action-adventure games.  The thought of (the 360 version) of using 2 thumbpads to pick a lock means that I will never finish the game.  I hate the concept.
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« Reply #28 on: October 28, 2008, 04:05:42 PM »

Quote from: Arnir on October 28, 2008, 03:59:33 PM

How does lockpicking work in the PC version?  I just skimmed the 360 review here and I had forgotten about Oblivion's lockpicking.  I have truly lousy physical dexterity.  I suck at shooters, etc.  One of my pet peeves is adding "twitch" factors into a RPG.  I know I am in a minority here, but that's what the stats are for!  Of course, that is why I usually dislike action-rpg/action-adventure games.  The thought of (the 360 version) of using 2 thumbpads to pick a lock means that I will never finish the game.  I hate the concept.

In the tutorial you run across a lock, and there's a splash screen that explains it, but it appears you use the mouse to move one pick and the keyboard to move the other.  unfortunately I clicked past it by accident and ended up using 3 bobby pins before it unlocked, but I'm not sure exactly what I did.  there's also a chance you can force a lock.
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« Reply #29 on: October 28, 2008, 05:10:38 PM »

Steam download has started...just need to hope that I continue to get >350KB speed.
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« Reply #30 on: October 28, 2008, 06:27:03 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on October 28, 2008, 04:05:42 PM

Quote from: Arnir on October 28, 2008, 03:59:33 PM

How does lockpicking work in the PC version?  I just skimmed the 360 review here and I had forgotten about Oblivion's lockpicking.  I have truly lousy physical dexterity.  I suck at shooters, etc.  One of my pet peeves is adding "twitch" factors into a RPG.  I know I am in a minority here, but that's what the stats are for!  Of course, that is why I usually dislike action-rpg/action-adventure games.  The thought of (the 360 version) of using 2 thumbpads to pick a lock means that I will never finish the game.  I hate the concept.

In the tutorial you run across a lock, and there's a splash screen that explains it, but it appears you use the mouse to move one pick and the keyboard to move the other.  unfortunately I clicked past it by accident and ended up using 3 bobby pins before it unlocked, but I'm not sure exactly what I did.  there's also a chance you can force a lock.

i totally missed the lockpicking tuturial...  hope it's in the manual or guide. 
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« Reply #31 on: October 28, 2008, 06:33:47 PM »

If anyone with an older PC (Athlon 64 3500+) gets this I'd love to know how it runs.
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« Reply #32 on: October 28, 2008, 06:43:27 PM »

INSTALLING!   icon_biggrin
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« Reply #33 on: October 28, 2008, 06:46:44 PM »

stopped home after lunch and installed and started the game... got to where I enter my name, the Windows Experience thing came up and after figuring out that that mouse was actually about 30 pixels above where it appeared on the screen got logged into my Live account... and promptly booted back to the main menu... second time I got through character creation up to the toddler stage where you pick your stats and then had a firewall message take me out of the game and after I unblocked the game I got a blue screen trying to alt-tab back to the game... I'm pretty sure that's the first blue screen I've had since going to Vista. Had to get back to work at that point.
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« Reply #34 on: October 28, 2008, 07:00:47 PM »

The CE is nice, pics forth coming in a min.



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« Reply #35 on: October 28, 2008, 07:13:39 PM »

i pointed it out in the other thread, but i am impressed they put as much detail into the manual as they did.  good job on bucking the 4 page reference card dressed up as a manual trend.   thumbsup
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« Reply #36 on: October 28, 2008, 07:44:20 PM »

Ok this is the second time Ive tried to post this. First time it said all my pics were too large and I accidentally hit close instead of post after redoing it frown SIGH

I picked both the game and book up at Gamestop today. Sucker was HEAVY. Surprisingly I also had paid too much and got some money back..win!

Ok this first part is the book. Its the hardback CE version. This sucker is BIG. Bigger than I thought it would be. The front and back both have water stains on them. when I first looked at the book I was all ohhh crap! until I saw it was made that way. It came with a HUGE map of the wasteland inside which I didn't take pics of because it was so big. Also it had a coversheet on the back with some info and pics which I didn't include here either.The pages are NOT glossy but then again at nearly 500 pages who could afford that? They are made of a very nice thick newspaper type paper though. I think it will stand up well.

Also Im sorry for the pic quality..I suck as a photographer. BTW the back is great aint it? Dead little FO boy. smile or maybe he is just drunk smile

Front

Back


Ok the game. Of course you know it comes in a metal lunchbox. Its actually smaller than I thought it would be. Its not the size of a kids lunchbox..or Ive forgotten their size. The DVD case fits snugly into it so you can judge the size from that alone.The outside is covered in Fallout graphics. Its a VERY nice box. Inside you will find the game in a DVD case, a behind the scenes DVD in a movie real type sleeve and the same screenprinting on the dvd, a hard cover instruction manual, and a Fallout Boy (not the band) bobble head.

I have not opened the dvd case to the game yet. The making of dvd looks pretty cool too. The hard back manual caught me by surprise. Damn thats a fine ass manual there smile. Also the bobble head looks and works really well smile I love that thing. The wife liked it so much she threatened to take it away from me . But the manual is a real treat by itself.

Everything...box...book...game..all come in plastic shrink wrap. Nothing was damaged.

Again I apologise for the crappy pic quality

These first 2 pics are of the sturdy plastic outter cover that came on the metal lunchbox. Its clear with print on it so hard to get a good pic anyways.

Front

Back


Box front


Box back


Inside goodies


Close-up of the little guy
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« Reply #37 on: October 28, 2008, 07:47:24 PM »

EDIT- Nevermind- I'm just going to merge it into the existing PC Impressions thread since it already has a set of pics of the Collector's Edition. 
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« Reply #38 on: October 28, 2008, 07:52:10 PM »

sorry daehawk, that's the art book, not the manual.  that one's inside (but still good imo)
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« Reply #39 on: October 28, 2008, 07:54:58 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 28, 2008, 07:47:24 PM

EDIT- Nevermind- I'm just going to merge it into the existing PC Impressions thread since it already has a set of pics of the Collector's Edition. 

its ok. You musta been merging wile I was still editing. I couldn't figure out why it wasn't posting so I reposted the whole thing. then I saw it in here and went and deleted it there. It did have 8 views already though. People may not click in here to view the box opening in an impression thread. No matter smile
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