Bafta games nominees announced

The Bafta videogame nominees have been announced with the PS3 exclusive Journey leading the field with a whopping eight nominations

The nominations for the the Bafta games awards have been announced today and Sony's art-house PS3 exclusive Journey is leading the field with eight nominations including Best Game, Best Design, Best Original Score and Best Story. (Our deputy editor, Matt Hill, thought it was rather good at the time of its release).

Telltale Games's sleeper hit from last year, The Walking Dead, has also scored big. It's in the running for seven gongs including Best Game, Best Story, Best Artistic Achievement and Best Mobile & Handheld Game. Far Cry 3 and Dear Esther - two island-based adventures of completely different gaming types - have both been nominated for Artistic Achievement and Audio Achievement.

The full list of nominations are as follows:

Action
Borderlands 2 (Gearbox/2K Games)
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Treyarch/Activision)
Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)
Hitman: Absolution (Io – Interactive/Square-Enix)
Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/EA)

Artistic Achievement
Borderlands 2 (Gearbox/2K Games)
Dear Esther (Thechineseroom/thechineseroom)
Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)
Journey (That Game Company/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)
The Room (Fireproof Games/Fireproof Games)
 
Audio Achievement
Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Beat Sneak Bandit (Simogo/Simogo)
Dear Esther (Thechineseroom/thechineseroom)
Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)
Journey (That Game Company/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)
 
Best Game
Dishonoured (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
FIFA 13 (EA Canada/EA)
Journey (That Game Company/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)pe
Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/EA)
The Walking Dead (Telltale Games/Telltale)

British Game
Dear Esther (Thechineseroom/thechineseroom)
Forza Horizon (Playground Games/Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios)
LEGO: The Lord of the Rings (TT Games/Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment)
Need for Speed Most Wanted (Criterion Games/EA)
The Room (Fireproof Games/Fireproof Games)
Super Hexagon (Terry Cavanagh/Terry Cavanagh)

Debut Game
Deadlight (Tequila Works/Microsoft Studios)
Dear Esther (Thechineseroom/thechineseroom)
Forza Horizon (Playground Games/Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios)s
Proteus (Twisted Tree Games/Twisted Tree Games)
The Room (Fireproof Games/Fireproof Games)
The Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)

Game Design
Borderlands 2 (Gearbox/2K Games)
Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Journey (That Game Company/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)
The Walking Dead (Telltale Games/Telltale)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis/2K Games)

Family
Clay Jam (Fat Pebble/Zynga)
Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft Paris/Ubisoft)
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (TT Games/Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment)
LEGO the Lord of the Rings (TT Games/Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment)
Minecraft: XBOX 360 Edition (Mojang/4J Studios/Microsoft Studios Xbox LIVE Arcade)
Skylanders Giants (Toys For Bob/Activision )

Game Innovation
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Treyarch/Activision)
Fez (Polytron Corporation/Microsoft Studios Xbox LIVE Arcade)
Journey (That Game Company/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)
Kinect Sesame Street TV (Soho Productions/Microsoft Studios)
The Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)
Wonderbook: Books of Spells (London Studio/ Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)

Mobile & Handheld
Incoboto (Fluttermind/ Fluttermind)
LittleBigPlanet (Vita) (Tarsier Studios/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)
New Star Soccer (New Star Games/New Star Games)
The Room (Fireproof Games/Fireproof Games)
Super Monsters Ate My Condo (Adult Swim Games/Adult Swim Games)
The Walking Dead (Telltale Games/Telltale0

Online – Browser
Amateur Surgeon Hospital (Mediatonic/Adult Swim Games)
Dick and Dom’s HOOPLA! (Team Cooper/CBBC)
Merlin: The Game (Bossa Studios/Bossa Studios)
Runescape (Jagex/Jagex)
The Settlers Online (Blue Byte Software/Ubisoft)
SongPop (FreshPlanet/FreshPlanet)

Online-Multiplayer
Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Borderlands 2 (Gearbox/2K Games)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Treyarch/Activision)
Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)
Journey (That Game Company/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)
Need For Speed Most Wanted (Criterion Games/EA)
 

Original Music
Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Diablo III (Blizzard Entertainment/ Blizzard Entertainment)
Journey (That Game Company/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)
Thomas Was Alone (Mike Bithell/Mike Bithell)
The Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)
The Walking Dead (Telltale Games/Telltale)

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

Sports/Fitness
FIFA 13 (EA Canada/EA0
F1 2012 (Codemasters Birmingham/Codemasters Racing)
Forza Horizon (Playground Games/Turn10 Studios/Microsoft Studios)
New Star Soccer (New Star Games/New Star Games)
Nike+ Kinect Training (Sumo Digital Ltd/Microsoft Studios)
Trials Evolution (RedLynx/Microsoft Studios0

Story
Dishonoured (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
Journey (That Game Company/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)
Mass Effect 3
Mac Walters (BioWare/EA)
Thomas was Alone (Mike Bithell/Mike Bithell)
The Walking Dead (Telltale Games/Telltale)

Strategy
Dark Souls: Prepare To Die (From Software/Namco Bandai Games)
Diablo III (Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment)
Football Manager 2013 (Sports Interactive/SEGA)
Great Big War Game (Rubicon Development/Rubican Development)
Total War Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai (The Creative Assembly/SEGA)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis/2K Games)

BAFTA Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital
Pixel Story (Loan Wolf Games)
Project Thanatos (Raptor Games)
Starcrossed (Kind of a Big Deal)
 

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