New Vegas is GameBanshee's and RPGWatch's RPG of the Year

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  1. WorstUsernameEver

    WorstUsernameEver But best title ever!

    May 28, 2010
    As January has passed, the RPG-centric GameBanshee and RPGWatch have whipped out their own "Game of the Year 2010" awards.

    GameBanshee chooses Fallout: New Vegas as their RPG of the Year, with these motivations:<blockquote> Following the RPG Hybrid of the Year win by a shooter with RPG elements comes an RPG with shooter combat for our RPG of the Year. Ignoring its shooter combat for a moment, it is clear throughout this title that Obsidian was striving to bring back as much of Fallout's core PnP sensibilities as they reasonably could.

    Some of these additions are rather tepid, such as the addition of a “hardcore mode” (a strong idea that fell short in execution), but the title goes well beyond that by offering a solid character system and presenting us with many opportunities to use various skills to resolve missions.

    More than any Fallout before it, New Vegas is a faction-driven game, and it does this exceedingly well. While perhaps lacking in moral ambiguity, it does seek to avoid clearly offering right and wrong choices, and offers four major faction paths to make sure the player can find an option he is comfortable with. The factions, major or minor, are generally believable and well-written, and are at the core of what makes this game tick.

    And we’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Vault 11 is really awesome. </blockquote> The game is also runner-up for the "Best Story/Writing" and "Best Sound/Music" categories.

    Fallout: New Vegas is also RPGWatch's Editor's Choice and Gamer's choice for RPG of the Year category. Here's the motivation from RPGWatch's editors:<blockquote>There's no doubt Fallout 3 offered a compelling vision of post-apocalyptic suburbia, the senses almost overwhelmed with jumbled, broken concrete and the distance framed with the twisted ribbons of old freeways. Fallout: New Vegas takes that sense of spatial immersion but connects back to the original games to create a truly satisfying RPG. Obsidian has coupled the freedom to explore an open world with deeper quests, interesting characters, a shades-of-grey storyline and competing factions capable of pleasing both fans of Fallout and those attracted to Bethsoft's open worlds.

    The gameplay has been incrementally improved with tighter combat and (slightly) better balancing but the real pleasure comes from the greater range of choices and a better sense of continuity. From the "Novac" sign to Fallout character and location references to the almost-camp humour, Fallout: New Vegas understands the Fallout universe. There are some great set pieces, surprisingly complex quests with different resolutions and different character builds get to feel useful with a wide range of different dialogue skill checks from Doctor to Explosives. All up, Fallout: New Vegas is a deserving winner.</blockquote>
  2. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    Great. It deserved it. Thanks Obisidian, and thanks GameBanshee.
  3. sea

    sea Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 5, 2009
    A little hyperbole here and there, but what awards ceremony would be complete with all that? To be totally honest, there wasn't all that much competition last year, so this isn't too surprising, but Obsidian still deserve the accolades regardless.
  4. Thomas de Aynesworth

    Thomas de Aynesworth Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

    Nov 9, 2010
    This is nice to see, considering all the negative media coverage that NV has received over the past 4 months.

    Congratulations Obsidian, keep up the good work.
  5. C2B

    C2B Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Aug 17, 2010
    2010 had probably the most competition in a long time

    Divinity 2: DKS, Drakensang: ROT, Avernum 6, New Vegas, Nehrim (Ok, thats "just" a mod still), Din's Curse, Eschalon Book II

    to name some

    Now compare that to any other recent year.
  6. Diospyros

    Diospyros First time out of the vault

    Jul 15, 2008
    It definitely is an accomplishment since Mass Effect 2 also came out last year and was the critics darling. New Vegas had the better writing and dialog options which I assume is why they won. But ME2 had a better game engine and combat (thanks to Bethesda's love of Gamebryo). A lot of reviewers wouldn't be able to tell the difference in story quality (for evidence just look at how few could tell the difference in quality between Fallout 3 and New Vegas), so would give the win to ME2 for those other reasons.

    To give you a sense of how clueless some of the big reviewers are when it comes to RPGs just look at Xplay's 2009 RPG of the year. Xplay is a weekly video game review show on th G4 cable network in the US. They voted "Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story" as RPG of the year over Dragon Age Origins!

    I guess I'd say New Vegas winning this year SHOULDN'T be much of an accomplishment, but when you have a lot of idiots in the gaming press it actually is a big deal.
  7. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all
    Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Apr 3, 2003
    TRoT is a 2011 release for NA. DKS isn't a full game, it is a rerelease. Din's Curse and Mass Effect 2 were both competing in the hybrid PRGotY, not in the main RPGotY

    It's not as bad as when Fallout 3 won RPGotY on GameBanshee because there really was nothing else, but it's been a really poor year for RPGs. Pretty good year for hybrid RPGs though.
  8. sea

    sea Vault Senior Citizen

    Oct 5, 2009
    Mario & Luigi is actually a pretty strong RPG series... the games are extremely well-written and witty as hell, they're fun and well-balanced, and generally incorporate new elements without straying too far from their JRPG roots. While I didn't play Bowser's Inside Story, nothing about the game I've seen suggests it's unworthy of the praise it's received.
  9. generalissimofurioso

    generalissimofurioso The Hole Time Orderite

    Jun 17, 2007
    Bowser's Inside Story was pretty fun.

    More fun than I had with Dragon Age.

    Especially the giant Bowser fights.
  10. LinkPain

    LinkPain Mildly Dipped

    Jan 18, 2011
    "Fallout: New Vegas understands the Fallout universe." < --- enough said !