The dark and atmospheric Fallout 3 role play game by Betheseda Softworks based in Maryland in the United States has scooped two prestigious awards at the 9th Annual Game Developers Awards. Fallout 3 has been named as winner of the Game of the Year award and also the Best Writing Award, beating serious competition from Grand Theft Auto and Left 4 Dead.
The game the third in a series is set in a post world apocalypse backdrop in the year 2277, where the Fallout 3 game player is required to escape from vault 101 in search of his/her father (dependent on player gender). The player if successful will escape into a desolate Washington DC where they encounter a host of friendly survivors and not so friendly enemy opponents. The multi platform game features enhanced interactive gameplay with elements of more traditional shoot outs and combat games overlapping with horror and skill games, there are over 200 end results of the game which are determined by the decisions made and results of combat etc, making this an extremely exciting and flexible game to play.
Fallout 3 was released by Betheseda Softworks to rave reviews in October 2008 selling an estimated 610,000 in the first month. The game is available in three formats including Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Fallout 3 under a different title had originally been owned by Interplay Entertainment and developed by Black Isle Studios, when Interplay unfortunately went bankrupt the game concept was sold on to Betheseda Softworks, who scrapped the original software and started again.
The Game Developers Choice Awards have been in existence for 9 years and provide a lot of kudos for the winners as they are chosen by the games industry themselves.