GJ09: PC GOTY isn't Left 4 Dead

Last-minute voting surge flipped the win over to...

...Bethesda, for its post-apocalyptic first-person shooter/RPG hybrid, Fallout 3, as fans of its strategic twist on head-shot action and open-world exploration shouted louder than the zombie-killing armies out there.

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Left 4 Dead, which looked likely to run away with the gong, had to settle for second in the end. Behind that was Call off Duty: World at War, World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and Grand Theft Auto IV.