2016 Video Game Bafta Awards

Fallout 4 by Bethesda

2016’s British Academy Awards have been announced, and Bethesda’s Fallout 4 won the Best Game award.

It was unsurprising that Fallout 4 was so well received by fans and critics, as Bethesda persistently deliver top quality RPGs, with a strong history supporting the franchise.

With massive total playtimes, extending into hundreds of hours to get through all the quests and side missions, the game appeals to our fascination with the concept of the apocalypse and what will come after the fall of civilisation. In Bethesda’s world, this includes giant mutants and laser rifles in a fast paced, politically divided nuclear wasteland.

However, this is the first year that the franchise has won the Best Game in 2016 award, and it didn’t top any other categories.

This compared to indie titles Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and Her Story, which both collected three awards.

Bethesda executive Sean Brennan told the BBC that the win was “Unexpected. As I mentioned in my speech it’s a big, big field this year – amazing games this year. It’s very, very competitive,”

London based Rocksteady Studios walked away with the Best British Game for Batman: Arkham Knight, another fan favourite which did well despite some technical issues for PC and laptop players when it was initially released.

Games like Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and Her Story have helped to shake things up a bit for the awards this year, and for the market in general. They are more thought provoking games and, as Jessica Curry said on BBC Radio 4, even “meditative” in the case of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.

Taking a step away from the stereotypically violent and graphic games, this approach seems to have done well for the developers, The Chinese Room, as Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture was nominated in ten categories, winning three of them: Game Innovation, Music, and Performer.