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BAFTA nominees announced, Batman: Arkham City and L.A. Noire take lead

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced its picks for the GAME British Academy Video Game Awards. The list of nominees include the usual suspects, with extra attention given to Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham City and Team Bondi's L.A. Noire, which lead the pack with eight nominations each.

Vying for the title of Best Game are other AAA contenders including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, FIFA 12, Portal 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. BAFTA has also seen fit to expands its categories to include trophies for Debut Game, Online-Browser, Online Multiplayer, and Performer – the latter of which includes deserving nods to Mark Hamill (Joker) in Batman: Arkham City, Nolan North (Nathan Drake) in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, and Stephen Merchant (Wheatley) in Portal 2.

Place your bets on the full list below:

Best Game

Batman: Arkham City

Fifa 12

LA Noire

Portal 2

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Action

Assassin's Creed Revelations

Batman: Arkham City

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Portal 2

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Strategy

Dark Souls

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Football Manager 2012

From Dust
Ghost Recon
Shadow Wars

Total War: Shogun 2

Story

Batman: Arkham City

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

LA Noire

Portal 2

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Artistic Achievement

Batman: Arkham City

LA Noire

LitteBigPlanet 2

Rayman Origins

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Design

Batman: Arkham City

LA Noire

LittleBigPlanet 2

Portal 2
Super Mario 3D Land

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Debut Game

Bastion

Eufloria

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Shadow Planet

LA Noire

Monstermind

RIFT

Audio Achievement

Batman: Arkham City

Battlefield 3

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Dead Space 2

The Nightjar

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Family

Dance Central 2

Kinect Sports 2

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean

Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

LittleBigPlanet 2

Mario Kart 7

Game Innovation

Bastion

Child of Eden

From Dust

LA Noire

LittleBigPlanet 2

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Mobile and Handheld

Dead Space iOS

Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint

Peggle

Quarrel

Super Mario 3D Land

The Nightjar

Online – Browser

Gardens of Time

I Am Playr

Monstermind

Resistance 3

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

The Sims Social

Online-Multiplayer

Assassin's Creed: Revelations

Battlefield 3

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Dark Souls

Gears of War 3

LittleBigPlanet 2

Original Music

Assassin's Creed: Revelations

Batman: Arkham City

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

LA Noire
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Performer

Aaron Stanton (Cole Phelps) – LA Noire

Mark Hamill (The Joker) – Batman: Arkham City

Nolan North (Nathan Drake) – Uncharted 3:Drake's Deception

Stephen Fry (Narrator) – LittleBigPlanet 2

Stephen Merchant (Wheatley) – Portal 2

Togo Igawa (Dipolomat, Advisor and Military General) – Total War: Shogun 2

Sports/Fitness

Dance Central 2

DiRT 3
Fl 2011

FIFA 12
Kinect Sports 2

Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012

BAFTA Ones to Watch AwardJoust
Dreamweaver
Tick Tock Toys

The finalists for BAFTA's GAME Audience Award were posted last week, and are still open for voting. The winners from all 16 categories will be announced during the Academy's big show on Friday, March 16 in London.

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8 comments

  • austincharlesbond - February 16, 2012 11:17 p.m.

    As much as I loved Batman and Skyrim, Portal 2 is one of the finest games I have ever played - one of the few games I can truly call flawless
  • DyranLK - February 16, 2012 5:06 p.m.

    Might have to go with "Portal 2" for Best Game on this one, although the competition it's going up against makes the decision unnervingly difficult to confirm, lol. I'd be fine if AC takes it as well, though. I personally believe they were both pretty deserving, alongside the likes of "Skyrim", 'ey. Whatever the case, those are all pretty logical nominations, from what I could tell; although, "FIFA 12" for Best Game and the lack of "The Witcher 2" for Story is quite disappointing, but other than those few blemishes, I'm more or less content with the overall package. :-P Here's to the nominees! May the best (wo)man win! ;P
  • Jcookie11 - February 16, 2012 1:52 p.m.

    Portal 2 doesn't even get on the nominations for original music?! that was one of my favourite bits about that game! I know it was pretty cheesy at points but it was still amazing
  • Sonattine - February 16, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    I like the categories and the choices made. It seems relevant. Could the BAFTAs be a good candidate for the video game equivalent of the Oscars ? I'll bet on Portal 2 winning the most categories, with Little Big Planet 2, Bastion and Rayman getting theirs.
  • ericthesmith - February 16, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    Ohh man, "Portal 2
Super Mario 3D Land" really did have great design. I hope it wins.
  • Darkhawk - February 16, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    GRRRRRRRRRRRR! STUPID GR FORMATTING THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A LIST WHAT THE HELL
  • Darkhawk - February 16, 2012 10:36 a.m.

    Best Game Portal 2
 Action Batman: Arkham City
 Strategy Dark Souls
 Story Portal 2
 Artistic Achievement Rayman Origins
 Design Portal 2 Debut Game Bastion
 Game Innovation Child of Eden
 Mobile and Handheld Peggle
 Online-Multiplayer Dark Souls
 Original Music Batman: Arkham City
 Performer Stephen Merchant (Wheatley) – Portal 2
 These are picks more than bets.
  • DannyMB - February 16, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    FIFA 12 in Best Game? Really? I understand that as a football game, its brilliant, but I feel that the BAFTA Game awards are about celebrating the more artistic side of game making. I'm not sure FIFA 12 fits in with that (though I do understand that a lot of hard work went into making it). Its great to see LA Noire up there as well, it might have been flawed but it dared to be different in a market saturated by shooters and sequels. Portal 2 was good, but i'm not sure its worthy of Best Game, i'd be happier if Stephen Merchant took the Performer award for it as he was bloody brilliant in it. My pick for best game has to be Batman. Its up against tough competition but its the only game on the list I think comes truly close to flawless. It had a great story, its mechanics were perfect, no cross-system glitches and it improved on Arkham Asylum in every way possible.

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