Fallout 3 PAX Previews

IGN has a certified preview of Fallout 3.

My wandering around the world let me discover the Jury Street Metro Station, so I was actually able to go underground and explore a raider-infested tunnel system that had plenty of goodies to discover. I encountered a Ryan Briggs, some kind of surgeon or medical researcher working on mole rats. He didn’t like my presence and opened fire on me with his assault rifle. I shot his head off and claimed his rifle, as well as his blood-splattered scrubs that I donned myself. The scrubs don’t offer much armor, but they do look nifty, and they give a +5 bonus with certain medical skills. I also got the key to his safe and raided his office for all sorts of medical supplies, blood packs, vodka, drugs, and ammo. However, I also left with this worrying thought that I might have killed someone might actually be very important later in the game. That’s one of the dangers when you go off script!

Dumping all those points into weapons skills also turned out to be problematic, cause Ryan had a nifty computer terminal in his office. But to even access it, you need a terminal skill of at least 25. You pretty much need to decide early on what kind of character you want to play, then build a skill set to improve it. Want to be a ninja? Then work on those stealth and unarmed combat skills. Want to be a ruthless killing machine. Gun skills are always nice. Want to be a techie? Then hone terminal skills, definitely.

While Kotaku mostly talks about the display.

The Bethesda folks tell me that the Airstream is an authentic, not a replica, that the company purchased and then paid someone to clean-up and retro fit. Inside the refrigerated air of the mobile home is a wealth of retro goodies touched-up with a Fallout ambiance.

There are, for instance, old Life magazines, a refrigerator packed with ice cold Nuka Colas, a wood panel framed flat screen television and a waffle iron of the future. You can tell it’s from the future by the mini radar dish protruding from the top griddle.

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