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British Academy Games Awards – who are your winners?

British Academy Games Awards – who are your winners?

The golden gaming BAFTA - who's should it be?

In the last few years the British Academy Games Awards – or gaming BAFTAs – has firmly established itself as among the most prestigious events in the gaming calendar. And this year we'll be there to get all the reaction from the evening's winners and losers.

The event will be hosted, as it has the last several years, by comedian and go-to famous gamer Dara O'Briain, while picking up an Academy Fellowship will be none other than Valve's Gabe Newell.

But before the festivities commence we wanted to get your thoughts on who you think should be the big winners on the night. Is Dishonored the year's best game? Was Journey really all that? And just what is Super Monsters Ate My Condo all about?

We'd also like to know if you have any particular questions you'd like to ask the attending nominees, who are listed below. And, yes, we've already lined up “When will Half Life 3 be coming out?” for Mr Newell...

Best Action Game
Far Cry 3
Hitman: Absolution
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Halo 4
Mass Effect 3
Borderlands 2

Game Innovation
Fez
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Wonderbook: Books of Spells
Journey
The Unfinished Swan
Kinect Sesame Street TV

Artistic Achievement
Halo 4
Borderlands 2
Far Cry 3
The Room
Dear Esther

Best Mobile and Handheld Game
LittleBigPlanet (Vita)
New Star Soccer
Incoboto
The Walking Dead
Super Monsters Ate My Condo
The Room

Audio Achievement
Far Cry 3
Beat Sneak Bandit
Halo 4
Assassin’s Creed III
Dear Esther
Journey

Best Online Game
The Settlers Online
SongPop
Merlin: The Game
Runescape
Amateur Surgeon Hospital
Dick and Dom’s HOOPLA!

Best Online Multiplayer
Assassin’s Creed III
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Journey
Need For Speed Most Wanted
Halo 4
Borderlands 2

Best Original Music
Diablo III
Assassin’s Creed III
Thomas Was Alone
The Unfinished Swan
Journey
The Walking Dead

Best British Game
Need for Speed Most Wanted
Forza Horizon
Dear Esther
Super Hexagon
LEGO: The Lord of the Rings
The Room

Best Games Performer
Nolan North (Nathan Drake)
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Danny Wallace (The Narrator)
Thomas Was Alone
Melissa Hutchinson (Clementine)
The Walking Dead
Dave Fennoy (Lee Everett)
The Walking Dead
Adrian Hough (Haytham)
Assassin’s Creed III
Nigel Carrington (The Narrator)

Best Debut Game
Deadlight
The Unfinished Swan
Forza Horizon
Dear Esther
Proteus
The Room

Best Sport/Fitness Games
Forza Horizon
F1 2012
Nike+ Kinect Training
New Star Soccer
Trials Evolution
FIFA 13

Best Family Game
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
Minecraft: XBOX 360 Edition
Just Dance 4
Skylanders Giants
Clay Jam
LEGO The Lord of the Rings

Best Story
Journey
Far Cry 3
The Walking Dead
Thomas was Alone
Mass Effect 3
Dishonored

Best Game Design
Dishonored
Far Cry 3
Journey
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Borderlands 2
The Walking Dead

Best Strategy Game
Dark Souls: Prepare To Die
Diablo III
Great Big War Game
Total War Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai
Football Manager 2013
XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Best Game
Far Cry 3
Journey
Mass Effect 3
Dishonored
The Walking Dead
FIFA 13

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sotu1 5th March 2013, 14:27 Quote
Some WTF's in there....

Game Innovation
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Really? CoD innovation?!

Best Debut Game
Forza Horizon
Forza's not a debut, there's been many before it!
Waynio 5th March 2013, 14:33 Quote
Without playing them all extensively it would be biased what we think. :)
All very nice & successful games there though. :)

Got quite a few of the games mentioned but only completed Dear Esther & Deadlight, quite different games & liked them both, which did I enjoy more, that would definitely be Deadlight.
I focus on modding too much so the gamer within has been getting neglected.

Question void due to people not playing them all to give fair opinion lol, I bet even Joe might not have played all of those games, 1 of them isn't a game, Nike fitness & if that is classed as a game it's the worst game imaginable & people would be better off using the dance game for keeping the calories burning, at least looking like an idiot is funny, laughing is a good exercise too, releases feel good endorphins, everyone needs them to stay awesome. :D:p

If rockstar are there ask if they are simultaneously releasing GTA for PC this time & hear them say next question. :)
But yeah definitely prod Sir Gabe about HL3, prod him good lol. :D
alf- 5th March 2013, 14:54 Quote
Far cry 3 would be my choice for most of the categories its been entered.

As for multi-player, natural selection 2 would be my choice, hands down one of best multi-player experiences I've had, so its a shame its not even in the running.
Woodspoon 5th March 2013, 14:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by sotu1
Some WTF's in there....

Game Innovation
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Really? CoD innovation?!

Seconded, CoD Blops II innovation? really?

Only about 3 games out of the whole lot there I would recommend to anyone.
Far Cry 3
F1 2012
Dishonored

Given the state of FC2 & F1 2011 their sequels are a bit of a nice surprise.
damien c 5th March 2013, 15:32 Quote
Only played a few of them on the list and none of them I think deserve to be in with a shot of winning a award.

Far Cry 3 is pathetic and has so many problems that I have only played it around a total of 8 hours.

Black Op's 2 whilst is fun, it's still the same as old COD games after COD 5 and there is no real innovation or great leaps in technical requirements.

Need For Speed Most Wanted is boring, with no story line and lacking in the graphical department and sound as well.

The others that I played are basically the same.
Bloody_Pete 5th March 2013, 15:43 Quote
Dick andDoms Hoopla? Really?

And I'm surprised Farcry 3 wasn't in music or performer, as these we two of its best features for me! Just reminds me why I ignore awards these days...
Instagib 5th March 2013, 16:15 Quote
For me, this year, the voice over actor for Handsome Jack was by far the best performer. Not even nominated though.
sotu1 5th March 2013, 18:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Instagib
For me, this year, the voice over actor for Handsome Jack was by far the best performer. Not even nominated though.

Ooh good call on Handsome Jack. Such a loveable asshole
flibblesan 5th March 2013, 19:44 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by sotu1
Some WTF's in there....

Best Debut Game
Forza Horizon
Forza's not a debut, there's been many before it!

That's not what the award means. It's for new studio debuts. Forza Horizon is the first game from new developers Playground Games.
Maki role 5th March 2013, 20:05 Quote
I'm quite confused by this actually. I loved Mass Effect 3, even when everybody on the planet was ripping it to shreds over the ending and dlc debacle, but I didn't think it was better than Halo 4. So I'm surprised that Fifa (really??) is sitting there in the best game category instead. Also, story Thomas was Alone? Sorry that just doesn't make much sense to me, played it, thought it was fun but got old pretty quickly, nothing more to it really.

Personally, I really disliked Far Cry 3, although I think that's partially down to how everybody hyped it up so much to me that it ended up being a massive letdown. That and the fact that it deleted my save game only 4 hours in, I just couldn't muster the willpower to start again after that point.
Sloth 5th March 2013, 21:16 Quote
Warning: Fanboy rant.
Quote:
Best Strategy Game
Dark Souls: Prepare To Die
Oh cool! One of my favorite game of the year (and last) got nominated... for one of the least fitting categories where it almost certainly will (and should, given the criteria) lose.

Best Action Game? Widely called more action/adventure than RPG, this only seems fitting.
Game Innovation? Unique multiplayer system, method of story telling, humanity system, challenging game design.
Artistic Achievement? Beautiful world and detailed world, given that it was originally for consoles.
Audio Achievement? Powerful soundtrack with equally powerful and impresive sound effects for the many enemies in the game.
Best Online Multiplayer? A unique and community based system unlike other games, a solid concept even though technical issues hurt it.
Best Original Music? Again, take a listen to the soundtrack. Each piece is unique and fitting for the boss it relates to.
Best Story? A detailed and mysterious story set in an even more detailed and mysterious world where players are encouraged to discover for themselves what's going on rather than being spoonfed a simple plot.
Best Game Design? Much the same ass why Game Innovation applies, it challenges the modern hand holding in video games and goes beyond the cut and dry fantasy RPG.
Best Game? For all of the reasons above this applies.

Any one of those would have been more fitting than Best Strategy Game, and just about any puzzle or RTS game would have been than it in that category. What strategy is there? Figure out how to defeat an enemy without dying? Surely that's the premise behind any RPG, and most games as a whole. Dishonored would be a strategy game. Hitman would be a strategy game. Anything beyond point and click CoD singleplayer is a strategy game.
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