Another few tidbits from a magazine preview, from FalloutDude14.<blockquote>Choice quotes: "Bethesda's last title, Oblivion, was a huge slice of freeform joy." "[The prospect of Bethesda making Fallout 3 is] as close to a dream game as anyone has managed so far." "[...]and there's a vociferous (and presumably faintly insane) minority that's convinced this game is a slight on the previous two and will simply be 'Oblivion with guns'." "It seems that rather than be discouraged by the negativity, the team is spurred on by it." New info (or at least info that I haven't seen before): The Behemoth is based on some concept art that Adam Adamowicz drew. Originally it was to use a car battery on a chain as a weapon, instead of the hydrant. Certain perks can only be taken by certain karma levels.</blockquote>In reply to "and will simply be 'Oblivion with guns'."... From NMA's Fallout 3 preview.<blockquote>So rather than Oblivion with Guns, what we have here is a conglomerate of influences from a whole bunch of games. Oblivion in a lot of mechanics and perhaps in some deeper gameplay mechanics I have yet to see. Fallout in superficial style and look, occasionally. Some BioWare mechanics on combat. Add a sprinkling of Deus Ex for elements of combat, dialogue and choices. This is a big mess that can only be shortened to "Oblivion with Guns" unfairly.</blockquote>Todd Howard in OXM.<blockquote>The game it's closest to is Oblivion. So now when someone asks, 'Is it Oblivion with guns?' my main answer is, 'in all the best ways.'"</blockquote>Neither of us are saying it's "just" Oblivion with Guns, but NMA is saying it's Oblivion with Guns is an unfair term, Todd Howard is saying he uses the term. Good job attributing a statement from the executive producer to the fans, PC Format. Link: Bethesda forum post with extra details from the PC Format article.