E3 2008 Day 02 - Surprise Me

Below are some of my quick impressions, mostly about two of the most interesting things we got two see on day 02 of E3.

Fallout 3
Late in the day I got to really take a better look at Fallout 3, and I've gone from dismissive to eager. Seeing the game demoed at the Microsoft Press Conference, I definitely came away feeling that it had inherited all the things that made Oblivion feel a bit slipshod. Now that I've been able to see the earlier portions of the game, I think I realize the investment a player will have to make in regards to his character, and therefore, the rewards he'll feel in the later game. We were lucky enough to be able to start three simultaneous Fallout 3 sessions during our time at Bestheda. By the time we were done there, Jeff had devastated the local doctor and his clinic, Ryan was trying to disarm an old nuclear bomb and I think Brad was hunting rats. We were only there for a short time, but it was enough to see that this game has the potential to not only envelop the player in its atmosphere, but also give him  plenty of opportunities to feel like he's making his own way in the world. Also, I was extremely glad to see that the “nasty” dialogue options seem to have the kind of bite and humor that I loved from games like Planescape and the original KOTOR. It's only an initial impression and things could definitely sour, but as a Fallout fan, this is the first time I've been truly excited about Fallout 3.


Dead Space
We also got to monkey around in Dead Space. You know, it's that futuristic third-person with the projected HUD elements and much severing of alien limbs. After seeing how tightly the whole aesthetic and implementation of the universe are wound together, this game seems right up my alley. I love a really focused third-person shooter that just overflows with little details, and so far Dead Space seems to be just that. The character design is great, things animate well and the weapons seem like enough of a departure from your standard rifles and shotguns to keep things fresh. It's a wonderful surprise, and something I wasn't even looking for when we left for E3.

So there you have just two of the many great games we were able to actually play on day 02. I could go on about Dark Void and my time with SF4, but suffice it to say, I had huge grin on the entire time.








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Posted by Vinny

Below are some of my quick impressions, mostly about two of the most interesting things we got two see on day 02 of E3.

Fallout 3
Late in the day I got to really take a better look at Fallout 3, and I've gone from dismissive to eager. Seeing the game demoed at the Microsoft Press Conference, I definitely came away feeling that it had inherited all the things that made Oblivion feel a bit slipshod. Now that I've been able to see the earlier portions of the game, I think I realize the investment a player will have to make in regards to his character, and therefore, the rewards he'll feel in the later game. We were lucky enough to be able to start three simultaneous Fallout 3 sessions during our time at Bestheda. By the time we were done there, Jeff had devastated the local doctor and his clinic, Ryan was trying to disarm an old nuclear bomb and I think Brad was hunting rats. We were only there for a short time, but it was enough to see that this game has the potential to not only envelop the player in its atmosphere, but also give him  plenty of opportunities to feel like he's making his own way in the world. Also, I was extremely glad to see that the “nasty” dialogue options seem to have the kind of bite and humor that I loved from games like Planescape and the original KOTOR. It's only an initial impression and things could definitely sour, but as a Fallout fan, this is the first time I've been truly excited about Fallout 3.


Dead Space
We also got to monkey around in Dead Space. You know, it's that futuristic third-person with the projected HUD elements and much severing of alien limbs. After seeing how tightly the whole aesthetic and implementation of the universe are wound together, this game seems right up my alley. I love a really focused third-person shooter that just overflows with little details, and so far Dead Space seems to be just that. The character design is great, things animate well and the weapons seem like enough of a departure from your standard rifles and shotguns to keep things fresh. It's a wonderful surprise, and something I wasn't even looking for when we left for E3.

So there you have just two of the many great games we were able to actually play on day 02. I could go on about Dark Void and my time with SF4, but suffice it to say, I had huge grin on the entire time.








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Posted by hide

I'm still in the darkness about Fallout 3, I'm assuming it's the same reasons you all had. The ones that disappeared after playing the game at E3. Dead Space however, looks and sounds amazing.

Posted by VictorViper

The coolest thing about E3 is that every year, without fail, a cool game comes out of nowhere. Dead Space wasn't even a blip on my radar, but now I'm really looking forward to it.

Posted by chickendoughnut

I'm allways ready for a futuristic third-person  or post-apocalyptic game. Can't wait for either one.

Posted by Bertmasta

E3 got me totally excited about Fallout 3, i had never heard of it before then haha

Posted by Joker

Whats up with Vinny? Lol.

Posted by Tainte

Fallout 3 looks like you can play it casually or in real time. I really like that concept.

Posted by Alpha1

Cant wait for Dead Space :)

Posted by milescosmo

Im hanging for both of those games

Posted by Mikael

Fallout 3 seems very promising.

Posted by MichaelBach

I haven't tried the previous games, but it looks really exciting and full of atmosphere. I like the guys behind it. I will still wait for the GB review before buing. Who do you guys think will review it?

Posted by SpaceMonk

Since they aren't DragonBall Z titles I don't think Vinny will be reviewing them, but whoever does review them I'm sure it will be spot on.

Posted by kornholio360

Fallout 3 is looking great.

Posted by MichaelBach

Can't remember who was the most optimistic about it in the E3 podcasts.. there were just so many hours of it...

Posted by blaseslinger262

I haven't played the previous games in the series and I really enjoyed Oblivion so when I heard that Bethesda was in charge of Fallout 3 I figured that was a good thing.  Why are/were Fallout fans crying nay against them?

Posted by BenderUnit22

Highly anticipating Fallout 3, seems like an improved version of Oblivion. They did a good job capturing the humour of the original games.

Posted by Rowr

Cant wait for fallout!

Hopefully the uk version will work allright in my aussie xbox.

Posted by coolvee

I'm still kind of cautious about Dead Space.  Don't want it to just be a monster closet party like Doom 3 was. Fallout 3 looks awesome.

Posted by Cammy

saw a video interview about Dead Space a few weeks before Electronic 3 and have to say, wasn't too impressed, since then i've been slowly coming to like the game, looks amazing

Posted by patrick

I don't totally get Jeff going on about how he dislikes the removal of HUDs in games. They have their places in genres like sports and party games, but the lack of them just adds so much to the immersion. He said they're just "shoe horning" the different information onto other parts of the character, but I think it's a lot more of a creative approach and makes the concepts of HUDs seem so arbitrary at the end.

Posted by p4ddym1607

Dead Space looks cool. I might get into that game

Posted by super_machine

Dead space is looking promising. Who are they kidding though, is anyone actually going to buy that Deadspace anime on Blu-ray?

Posted by muthachugga

Totally agree Vinny.  Fallout 3 and Dead Space were definitely up there for my most impressive games at E3

Posted by FallenFatKid

fallout 3 looks great

Posted by Kazona

Not really convinced by Fallout 3 yet, but that's prolly because all I've seen so far is combat sequences. But reading this and hearing you guys talk about it on the podcast means I'm more than ready to put aside my initial impressions. And as for Dead Space? That game just sounds wicked awesome

Posted by OGCartman

Fallout 3 looks like the shit!

Posted by Bombzilla

Both games look awesome - Thanks for the coverage!

Posted by FallenFatKid

cant wait fallout 3