PC Gamer's Game of the Year Awards

The editors over at PC Gamer are next in line with a list of their favorite titles from 2010, and it's good to see them awarding Fallout: New Vegas with "RPG of the Year", The Lord of the Rings Online with "MMO of the Year", and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion's Nehrim: At Fate's Edge total conversion with "Mod of the Year". Good calls all around:
Fallout: New Vegas shows us how great things can be accomplished by standing on the shoulders of giants. It demonstrates that the defining characteristic of a great roleplaying game isn't flashy, state-of-the-art graphics; success as an immersive adventure depends much more on creating an irresistible, fantastical world, filling it with interesting characters and then letting us mess with it.

Obsidian's writing sparkles with fascinating characters and quests that pay loving homage to the franchise's PC roots at every opportunity. Its main quest begins as a small-scale tale of personal revenge in the Mojave, but blossoms into an opportunity to decide the outcome of a wide-open conflict that will upset the balance of power of an entire region. Nothing empowers us as players more than seeing the effects of our choices play out, and Fallout: New Vegas' conflict can be resolved in so many ways that it gives us a feeling of freedom and control virtually unprecedented among modern games. Roleplaying games don't get a whole lot better than this.

And while it's a cross-platform game, Fallout: New Vegas reminds us why the PC is more often than not the best place to experience an openworld RPG like this one. It looks far better on the PC than any other platform, and mods step in afterward to unlock its full potential. Fallout: New Vegas is truly our adventure.