Speaking of gaming journalism one correspondent of German and English magazines in the States spoke about what he saw at the Fallout 3 media gathering on RPGCodex:
We saw one possible solution for one quest. We were told about SPECIAL, skills, perks, but didn’t see the full list or how the tests (?) in the Vault will influence those numbers. Ultima style? Oblivion? I prefer a classic sheet with points actually. We saw three, four battles. Ant, mutants, super mutants, behemoth. We saw no sub quest. We saw the world and I have to say that I like its looks. We were told that there would be more voice actors for less NPCs, instead of 1500 (Oblivion) “just” a few 100. We were not able to play the game ourselves. So, where does that leave me and my opinion? I think it *can* be a good game – *inspired* by Fallout. Kinda like a remix version with Bethesdas flavour. But not a direct sucessor that many F1/F2 fans would have liked it to be. You know, it’s Bethesda, not Bioware or Obsidian. They are for example not going to change their art pipeline and forget all that they have done before. Now, do I like that? The jury is still out on that. I wish I could’ve played it myself and would have been able to mess around with VATS and dialogue (the new and improved Radiant AI) and character stuff myself. That’s how I so far have ended each of my previews. Cause there is not more I can say at the moment about it. Anything else would be unfactual, wild guesses. Apologies if this wasn’t jubilant or spiteful enough – I wish I had more facts and experiences.
Very interesting and reasonable stuff, he asked me to remember everyone that
I’m posting here on my own behalf, not on that of my employer. And that I was asked for my opinion. And that I don’t want to bash anyone, neither you, nor Fallout fans, nor fellow journalist and not Bethesda.
Ok we get that, go and check his posts at RPGCodex, where he’s known as robur.