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The biggest surprises of the Videogame BAFTAs

You know what they say about opinions. But there's a problem when everyone else's is wrong. Right? So let's take a look at the surprise winners and losers of last night's Videogame BAFTAs. A ceremony that saw multi-nominated Limbo walk away empty-handed and Call of Duty: Black Ops nominated for artistic achievement. Of course, nobody's 'right' when it comes to subjective impressions of any given media. Except us. So let's take a look and pick out the surprises:

BEST GAME: Mass Effect 2

Also nominated:
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
FIFA 11
Heavy Rain
LIMBO
Super Mario Galaxy 2

 

Artistic Achievement: God of War III

God of War III is a magnificent-looking game, make no mistake. But is it really more of an artistic achievement than Limbo? Really? There are so many great-looking bosses and vistas in GoWIII, but the impact of all this technical wizardry surely pales in comparison to the haunting silhouettes of Limbo. Limbo is literally artwork in motion, while God of War III is 'merely' an amazing-looking game.


Above: God of War is a technical masterpiece. But is it really more of an artistic achievement than Limbo?

Also nominated:
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Heavy Rain
LIMBO
Mass Effect 2

TECHNICAL INNOVATION: Heavy Rain

Also nominated:
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Halo: Reach
Kinectimals
Super Mario Galaxy 2

FAMILY: Kinect Sports

Also nominated:
Dance Central
Kinect Adventures
Kinectimals
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Toy Story 3

GAMEPLAY: Super Mario Galaxy 2

Also nominated:
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
God of War III
Heavy Rain
LIMBO
Mass Effect 2

 

Action: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Beating God of War III? And Battlefield: Bad Company 2? If you say so. Again, great game, but worthy of a BAFTA over this competition? God of freakin' War III! You know, the game where the only thing that breaks up the action is more action? Put it this way - how many times have you seen Kratos hiding in a haystack until everything's calmed down a bit?


Above: Titans, chains, gods and gore versus poisons, haystacks and stealth? Exaggeration, but still true

Also nominated:
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
BioShock 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops
God of War III
Halo: Reach

GAME Award of 2010: Call of Duty: Black Ops
(The only award to be voted for by the public)

Also nominated:
Dance Central
FIFA 11
Halo: Reach
Heavy Rain
Limbo
Mass Effect 2
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
Red Dead Redemption
Super Mario Galaxy 2

ORIGINAL MUSIC: Heavy Rain

Also nominated:
Alan Wake
Fable III
James Bond 007: Bloodstone
Mass Effect 2
Super Mario Galaxy 2

HANDHELD: Cut the Rope

Also nominated:
God of War: Ghost of Sparta
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Professor Layton and the Lost Future
Sonic Colours
Super Scribblenauts

 

Story: Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain is great at many things. But if there's one thing that the game's reviewer Dave H swears it does not have is a good story. Like... the way the family never even hint that they even know the killer exists until the moment his identity is revealed. In fact, so full of holes is the plot, he said this of it:

"At times it’s pretty bad. At others, it’s downright embarrassing. Let’s ignore for a moment the clichéd characters and scenarios. Let’s ignore the gratuitous excesses. Let’s ignore the occasionally over-ripe dialogue. Let’s ignore the sometimes trite imagery. Hell, let’s even ignore the clumsily-written ‘ominous’ forshadowing scene at the start; the one so sledgehammer-blunt that it made us laugh out loud. Aside from all of that, Heavy Rain’s biggest failing is that the plot is just broken.

Hmmmm...

Compare that with Alan Wake, which has an excellent story, only really let down by repetitive gameplay. But 'gameplay' isn't 'story', so that shouldn't matter.


Above: The origami killer had the potential for greatness, true, but Alan Wake's story is just plain great

Also nominated:
Alan Wake
BioShock 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Fallout: New Vegas
Mass Effect 2

Use of Audio: Battlefield: Bad Company: 2

Also nominated:
Alan Wake
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
Call of Duty: Black Ops
DJ Hero 2
LIMBO

STRATEGY: Civilization V

Also nominated:
Fallout: New Vegas
FIFA Manager 11
Napoleon Total War
Plants vs. Zombies XBLA
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

MULTIPLAYER: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Also nominated:
Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Halo: Reach
Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

SOCIAL NETWORK GAME: My Empire

Also nominated:
Bejeweled Blitz
Farmerama
FIFA Superstars
Zoo Mumba
Zuma Blitz

BAFTA Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to be Digital: Twang

Also nominated:
Mush
Sculpty

Peter Molyneux was awarded the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship.

 

Best Sports Game: F1 2010

Runners up:
FIFA 11
Football Manager 2011
Gran Turismo 5
International Cricket 2010
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011

The surprise here is that FIFA 11 didn't win. But let's not belittle the achievement here. F1 2010 beat the behemoth Gran Turismo 5 in the same category. This is no surprise - after all (and I really do hate to say it)…

I told you so.

17 Mar, 2011

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38 comments

  • 435 - March 19, 2011 7:56 a.m.

    Wait. New Vegas was nominated for STRATEGY?
  • TheUsernameYouSelectedIsAvailable - March 18, 2011 8:34 a.m.

    While I thought that the GT5 review was firm but fair (lets say a 7.5 if that was possible). Now it is patched up and has SOOO much added to it it is a far superior game to F1 2010 (imho but those are the two games I have played the most in the last year). Now the rough edges are sanded off the GT5 experience and depth makes F1 look like the one trick pony it is. This is one of the issues with early reviewing, it is not representative of the game 6 months later (to be fair they had enough time to get it right at launch). How about some short review updates for games which have been vastly improved after release?
  • Stuv - March 18, 2011 4:44 a.m.

    I think I should make my own video game awards. You know, one that doesn't mention Black Ops in every entry...
  • shawksta - March 18, 2011 12:53 a.m.

    Meh, Doesnt matter, Awards are retarted and pointless anyway
  • shawksta - March 18, 2011 12:52 a.m.

    Those are suprising, LIMBO SHOULDVE WON, but why isnt Kirby's epic yarn a nominee? as far as Artistic design goes thats the best and most original next to Limbo, and yet Black ops is on the list? what gives?
  • FrozenImplosion - March 17, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    GoW for artistic ACHIEVEMENT? Okay that's ridiculous. I agree with almost every gripe that you had! Alan Wake had such a kickass story and LIMBO was phenomenal.
  • CitizenWolfie - March 17, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    I thought the story was pretty good in Assassin's Creed - ironic that it was nominated for pretty much everything BUT the story. Seriously, the ending was great and for the writers to keep 3 threads going (Desmond, Ezio and Subject 16) was a great achievement. Totally agree on "Best Action" though. God of War 3 and Black Ops were non stop killfests where AC: Brotherhood was more about the exploration and experimentation in missions (for 100% sync). Just look at the achievements: God of War 3, "Bloody Hell" - Cover Kratos in 500 buckets of blood by killing the enemies. Black Ops, "With Extreme Prejudice" - Get to the POW compound in the Hind using only rockets. AC: Brotherhood, "Spring Cleaning" - Kill a guard with a broom.
  • Fuzunga - March 17, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    Hooray! Limbo didn't win anything! Some of these are a bit iffy, but not giving Limbo any awards is spot-on. I played through Limbo and it was quite an unremarkable game.
  • AlphaAGENT144 - March 17, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    >Social Networking >Games PICK ONE PLEASE
  • JBizFoShiz - March 17, 2011 6:48 p.m.

    COD was nominated for Artistic Achievement, Technical Innovation, and STORY. I am not a COD-hater by any means, but that is pretty "WTF?" While Brotherhood may not have always been a smooth online experience (dumb matchmaking systems, difficulty playing with friends already IN matches, and of course, laggy/nonworking BS and the inability to save profile sets) it was definitely the freshest take on multiplayer in a long time. Plus, it's just fun, in spite of Ubisoft's lazy attempts to fix all of its problems.
  • MJHAYLETT - March 17, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    Awards are dumb - always.
  • Ironarm - March 17, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    Everyone say what you will, but CoD deserved a win. It's an extremely fun game. And, I hate to break this to everyone, but not everyone that enjoys that game is a moron. If it's fun, then play it. If it's not your cup of tea then don't. Just please don't call people that enjoy a game that you do not a "moron". It's childish. Also, Heavy Rain had an AMAZING story. I loved it.
  • sinkoback - March 17, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    nba 2k11 didn't even get nominated???!!! That is friggin horrible.
  • ThatFanInThePeacoat - March 17, 2011 6:08 p.m.

    Who the hell decides these things? I'm sure its a conglomerate of big-name publishers who just want the extra advertisement. Why else would Call of Duty Black Ops be nominated in the same category as LIMBO. LIMBO, being developed and published by smaller business than Call of Duty and God of War, didn't win any awards. Coincidence? I think not.
  • killorabbit - March 17, 2011 5:45 p.m.

    Questioning Kratos is dangerous business. :D Personally was quite disappointed with the apparent love for Heavy Rain. I didn't think it was anything special; some sections actually seemed sub-standard.
  • NightlordKrusnik - March 17, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    Shocking to me that Brotherhood only took one, particularly that it didn't take multiplayer
  • shenronzodiark - March 17, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    i am really dissapointed with the best strategy and best multiplayer starcraft 2 had that in the bag all the way but this is truly fucked up.
  • yonderTheGreat - March 17, 2011 4:59 p.m.

    "Limbo is pretty, but I wouldn't define it as an artistic achievement. Anybody can apply a soft filter effect and a black and white colour scheme - I see ugly girls on Facebook do it all the time." <--- Mancis, you win +1 internets!
  • CAPST3R - March 17, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    The videogame BAFTAs are incorrect and thus pointless. Stating the understated obvious.
  • BrianDowns - March 17, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    Limbo would definitely be my pick for artistic achievement. That game was beautiful. God of War did indeed look pretty but ripping a guy's head off isn't what i'd call art. Or would I?

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