Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty: Black Ops top 2010 BAFTA nominations

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Heavy Rain have been revealed as the top contenders for the 2010 British Academy Video Game Awards (BAFTA). They join a list of 44 gaming nominees that will duke it out in 16 award categories during the live event in London on March 16th.

According to today's announcement, Ubisoft's open-world assassin adventure leads the BAFTA pack with seven nominations in categories like Best Action, Best Game, Best Gameplay and Best Multiplayer, while Call of Duty: Black Ops and Heavy Rain follow closely behind with six BAFTA nods each. But lest we fuel a fanboy war, it's important to note that both Call of Duty and Heavy Rain also won a spot in the publicly-voted GAME Award of 2010 list; a category in which Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is not recognized.

Other notable nominees include the indie darling Limbo for Best Artistic Direction, Best Game and Gameplay; Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Best Gameplay, Original Music and Technical Innovation, Alan Wake for Best Story, Use of Audio and Original Music, and Bejeweled Blitz for BAFTA's new category, Best Social Network Game. High profile titles such as Mass Effect 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Gran Turismo 5 and God of War 3 are also in the running.

A complete list can be found at BAFTA's website. 

Videogame award events are best taken with a healthy serving of objectivity and a pinch of cynicism; especially now when it seems that everyone with industry contacts and an online voting application is clamoring to become the industry's one, true judge. Granted, the folks at BAFTA have a bit more credibility than most, but at the end of a day they're just another group of quasi-experts attempting to rank a highly subjective industry. That disclaimer out of the way, I fully believe Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood can totally kick Call of Duty's ass any day of week. Discuss!

[Source: BAFTA]

Feb 16, 2011 


  • Rivenscry - February 17, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    I kind of get why New Vegas is listed in strategy, (ever tried an elaborate quest with broken weapons and no health packs?) but really? Black Ops for story? It's certainly true that they could have made a worse choice, but Black Ops is the one they went with? I get it that wars always have an uneasy respect behind them, and some might argue that the more subjective a game is, the better it is. (not true, but some might argue) but I can't quite believe that they actually acknowledge the existence of games like Black Ops or video-games in general. Hell, I actually enjoyed CoD4 and have yet to play any of the others, I liked the story, how they killed off one of the main characters during. Brilliant. By the way, Mr Bradford, you may have made a slight acronym malfunction. BAFTA actually stands for the British Academy of Film and Television awards. The only reason they include games at all, I think, is to appeal to a wider audience.
  • Odis - February 17, 2011 2 p.m.

    Hail Assassin's Creed. While it has bugs, it can't be denied that Assassin's Creed has among the most engaging gameplays I know of.
  • SpikroddNG - February 17, 2011 7:38 a.m.

    Missing Enslaved for story, artistic achievement and hell, best game is criminal. As is Red Dead's across-the-board snubbing of nominations.
  • TheWebSwinger - February 17, 2011 5:51 a.m.

    I'm not really a fanboy, but I can (almost) objectively say none of these games are in Mass Effect 2's league...WTFBAFTA.
  • IMayBeDumbButImNotStupidEnoughToGet14ZeldaTattoos - February 17, 2011 4:15 a.m.

    im not sure why assassins creed brotherhood is listed under "technical innovation." its a great game but its also just on huge expansion, bo innovation involved.
  • jameshalsey - February 16, 2011 11:59 p.m.

    I don't understand the lack of Red Dead Redemption, surely?
  • RicePuddingUK - February 16, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    This angers and frustrates me so much!! Where is Alan Wake? Mass Effect 2? This brilliant innotive games with gripping stories and characters??? Then there's trash like Black Ops and Brotherhood (It's pretty much AC2 with MP, like CoD, just an annual couth up for money)!
  • tacehtselrahc - February 16, 2011 9:37 p.m.

    Distinct lack of Red Dead Redemption in the nominations, and yet CoDBlOps is nominated for 'Story' 'Use of audio' and 'Technical innovation'. Oh and since when is Fallout: New Vegas a strategy game? What a joke!
  • celticsfan645 - February 16, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    db1331 I kinda liked ACII. It was better than AC. To each his own i guess.
  • MadMan - February 16, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    This already sounds like a joke to me.... Black Ops?.... Assassins Creed?.... Heavy Rain?.... Wtf???
  • fetalspray - February 16, 2011 9:24 p.m.

    @ Z-man427 wow man calm the fuck down its only an award ceremony its not like its going to have any major impact on the games industry, theres no need to get your arse up about it, you didnt like ACB and thats fine your entitled to your opinion but a lot of poeple did, thats why its been nominated and you having a bitch and a rant about it isnt going to change that just deal with it.
  • db1331 - February 16, 2011 9 p.m.

    I think I'm done with the AC franchise. I'm about 8 hours into AC II right now, and it's suffering from the same repetitiveness that plagued the first one.
  • oryandymackie - February 16, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    Big yawn.
  • waitingforCharlietosnap - February 16, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    I can't take them seriously: neither Red Dead nor FFXIII is included in Original Music
  • Z-man427 - February 16, 2011 8:44 p.m.

    I don't understand why ACB is garnering so many nominations. It wasn't a very good game. Nominated for Artistic Achievement? What was artistic about that game that hadn't already been done in the franchise by ACII? Gameplay? There were broken/subpar elements all over it. Multiplayer? How is waiting a half an hour to get connected to a game fun? Technical Innovation? Again, broken elements. Use of Audio? So boring, phoned in voice acting makes the cut now? *le sigh* When will games that were actually good get any recognition?
  • BishopofHippo93 - February 16, 2011 8:43 p.m.

    It was fun, but it's not a high quality game. It's not like halo which is fun because of all the random dicking around that happens and it's not bettlefield, which is more of a tactical, team-based, thinking man's shooter. Call of Duty's fun if you just want to turn your brain off and kill some people.
  • EvilChicken - February 16, 2011 8:40 p.m.

    @UberNoob It's not what you think, it's what they think, and they think it was good, so there you go. And even though I don't like the game either, it's not what I think.
  • UberNoob - February 16, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    Black Ops...why Black Ops? The game sucked animal waste.

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