Fallout 3 crowned Game of the Year at GDC

By Justin Mann on March 26, 2009, 4:33 PM
The Game Developers Choice Awards this year has bestowed a high honor on Bethesda, announcing that Fallout 3 has won their Game of the Year award. The post-apocalyptic title had very stiff competition in numerous categories, such as the very successful Left 4 Dead, the high-selling Grand Theft Auto IV and the unique LittleBigPlanet. In addition to that, Fallout 3 also netted the company a “Best Writing” award, demonstrating that the gaming industry does indeed appreciate quality content.


This is the first time Bethesda has won such an award from the GDC, and it came to them on a game which they had a lot riding on. When Fallout 3 was first announced, there was a lot of concern that it might not live up to the standards set by the original game more than ten years ago. However, even as it faced some controversy and a very critical fan base, Bethesda has managed to do an admirable job at least in the eyes of the GDC. Let's hope that they keep up the good work, and get quality control isues taken care of.




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captain828 said:
IMHO, the GOTY award should have gone to GTAIV... F3 had way to many gameplay problems at start and still has some. Plus it's pretty weird to see a SP game that offers little in replayabilty (since the main quest is short and not so many side-quests) vs. GTAIV that offers both SP & MP, both of very high quality.Best writing?! my opinion is that it should have gone to Mass Effect (if you count the PC release in 2008) or Dead Space. Story was a lot more fine-tuned in these games than the simple go-and-find-daddy story in F3...
TomSEA said:
Gratz to Bethesda. Fallout 3 is a terrific game - one of the best I've played in the last several years.
aolish said:
Obviously everyone will have a different opinion on this, but no doubt FO3 is one of the best games I have ever played. IMO GTA4 doesn't deserve GOTY, as a game itself its great. But the multilayer is horrendous only because of the auto aim lock-on feature that everyone has. Its pretty much whoever shoots first wins. I just don't understand how anyone can have any fun with that. Whatever happen to pure skill by yourself. I don't need a machine to help me aim. Hopefully the pc version isn't like this.
captain828 said:
[b]Originally posted by aolish:[/b][quote]Obviously everyone will have a different opinion on this, but no doubt FO3 is one of the best games I have ever played. IMO GTA4 doesn't deserve GOTY, as a game itself its great. But the multilayer is horrendous only because of the auto aim lock-on feature that everyone has. Its pretty much whoever shoots first wins. I just don't understand how anyone can have any fun with that. Whatever happen to pure skill by yourself. I don't need a machine to help me aim. Hopefully the pc version isn't like this.[/quote]No, you don't have that stupid thing in multi on the PC, and that's why I said it is a better overall package.F3 was pretty cool, but IMO a step back from Oblivion due to many aspects.
peacefulchaos said:
GTA IV was my game of the year, but I have not played Fallout 3 yet. This makes me want to and see what all the hype is about.
9Nails said:
I didn't play GTA - any of them. Don't know how they would score. But I do think that it's sad that a fresh title and storyline didn't score the top honors.Fallout 3 needed some tweaks in the difficulties and pacing. Coming right out of the controls training portion of the game, your faced with flame-throwing mutant ants. Seems a bit of a stretch on the term "fire ants", but made for a difficult foe to defeat at such at the initial stage. Weapon strength and accuracy could have been better, and bullets more abundant. It reminded me of Elder Scrolls and how I got my butt served up on a platter when I went to fight a rat, the lowliest creature in the game. This game often lost focus of it's own story by throwing side missions at you. Next time they should let the challenge ramp up. If I'm going to be the savior of the world, at least give me a fighting chance.
Darth Shiv said:
9Nails - I thought the ammo situation was great. You had to learn to use the right gun for the right job and not waste entire clips on something that was barely scratched by the wrong ones. Apparently you kill the ants by shooting their antennas as well.And if it is too difficult to beat now, why not come back later when you are better equipped? F3 lets you do most things at your own pace.
freythman said:
True, GTAIV was good, but I have enjoyed FO3 much more. Grats Bethesda
Grimrocker said:
[b]Originally posted by captain828:[/b][quote]IMHO, the GOTY award should have gone to GTAIV... F3 had way to many gameplay problems at start and still has some. Plus it's pretty weird to see a SP game that offers little in replayabilty (since the main quest is short and not so many side-quests) vs. GTAIV that offers both SP & MP, both of very high quality.Best writing?! my opinion is that it should have gone to Mass Effect (if you count the PC release in 2008) or Dead Space. Story was a lot more fine-tuned in these games than the simple go-and-find-daddy story in F3... [/quote]You gotta be kiddin' me boy by saying Fallout 3 had "gameplay" problems. As any mature gamer who's been gaming for a good 14 years will tell u it's games like Fallout 3 that we live for and put in long hours of hardcore gaming into it. And as far as GTA IV is concerned i agree it's fun to play with but don't u think u get bored after killing mindless characters one way or the other which doesn't affect the storyline and mowing down innocent bystanders in one street after another? I sure would...
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