Released on Halloween last year, Fallout 3 quickly became a critically lauded sensation.
The Xbox 360 edition enjoys a Metacritic rating of 93 per cent (91 on PC and PS3), and the game has claimed countless awards, including game of the year from Gamesradar, Gamespy, Official Xbox, IGN, Gamasutra and at the Game Developer Choice Awards. It was also nominated in five categories at the BAFTA video game awards in March.
Yet Fallout 3 was more than just a critical hit. In just a week, Bethesda shipped 4.7 million copies of the game in the US and UK – representing a retail value of $300 million. It's a remarkable achievement when you consider there hadn't been a traditional Fallout game released for ten years.
In fact, including the game's spin-offs, Fallout 3 outsold the combined life-time sales of all the other Fallout titles in just seven days. And this during a release period that saw the likes of Gears of War 2, Call of Duty: World at War, Fable II, LittleBigPlanet and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King hit retail shelves.