Fallout: New Vegas
Bethesda's first-person reboot of the classic PC game Fallout raised some eyebrows in 2008. Some in alarm, but most in surprise. Gamers expected many things from the developers of the much-loved Elder Scrolls fantasy games, but a pitch-perfect rejuvenation of one of gaming's most memorable worlds was more than many could have hoped for. And yet, it was exactly what we got.
Expectations for the follow-up were therefore high and for good reason. Not only would New Vegas be a sequel to an award-winning and best-selling game, but it would mark the return of some of the developers who made the original Fallout so unique: Obsidian Entertainment, comprised of former members of Fallout developer Black Isle Studios.
We're pleased to say those expectations were largely met. New Vegas is set in the Mojave Desert, taking the game world back to its dusty desert roots, but retains enough of Bethesda's life-giving spark that even though it feels very much like the old Fallout, it still looks and plays like it's new. Not a bad trick.
The game has been plagued with waves of bugs, making it a controversial nominee for our Game of the Year, but the level of overall development excellence and the sheer total amount of fun contained within New Vegas's tiny game box would make it a crime for the game to not be mentioned alongside our other nominees. At the end of the day, fun is fun, and New Vegas has plenty of that.