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Portal 2 wins big at BAFTAs

Portal 2 was the big winner at this year’s British Academy Video Game Awards, picking up prizes for Story, Design and the overall Best Game award. This year’s gongs were handed out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in a London ceremony led by returning host Dara O Briain.

It was a good night for Battlefield 3 too, which also picked up three awards. These were for audio and online multiplayer, as well as Game award, breaking Call of Duty’s three-year hold on the publicly voted category. To be eligible for nomination, games had to be released in the UK between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

Skyrim came away empty-handed, despite being nominated in multiple categories.
Skyrim came away empty-handed, despite being nominated in multiple categories.

The night’s other multiple winners were Little Big Planet 2–which won in the Innovation and Family awards–and Batman: Arkham City, which claimed Best Action and Best Performer for Mark Hamill.

This year’s awards also saw Rockstar winning its first BAFTA in nine years as L.A. Noire collected the award for best original music. The last time the publisher/developer won an award was for GTA: Vice City in 2003. L.A. Noire’s submission follows Rockstar’s controversial boycotting of the BAFTA awards last year, when it didn’t enter Red Dead Redemption for any of the categories.

Notable absentees from the winners list were Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim. Both games had been expected to do well on the night, having garnered 13 nominations between them.

Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson was also awarded the BAFTA Special Award. On receiving the award , Persson said,”There’s room for innovation now… If I can be a small part of making games innovative again, I’m happy to do that.”

And the nominees and winners (in bold italics) in full:

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

Artistic Achievement
Batman: Arkham City
L.A. Noire
LittleBigPlanet 2
Rayman Origins
The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Audio Achievement
Batman: Arkham City
Battlefield 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Dead Space 2
The Nightjar
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Best Game
Batman: Arkham City
FIFA 2012
L.A. Noire
Portal 2
The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Debut Game
Bastion
Eufloria
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
L.A. Noire
Monstermind
RIFT

Design
Batman: Arkham City
L.A. Noire
LittleBigPlanet 2
Portal 2
The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim
Super Mario 3D Land

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
L.A. Noire
LittleBigPlanet 2
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Mobile & Handheld
Dead Space iOS
Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint
Peggle HD
Quarrel
Super Mario 3D Land
The Nightjar

Online – Browser
Gardens of Time
I Am Playr
Monstermind
Global Resistance
Skylanders: Spyro’s Universe
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
L.A. Noire
The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Performer
Aaron Staton
(Cole Phelps) L.A. 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
(Diplomat, Advisor and Military General) Total War: SHOGUN 2

Sports/Fitness
Dance Central 2
DiRT 3
F1 2011
FIFA 2012
Kinect Sports Season 2
Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012

Story
Batman: Arkham City
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
L.A. Noire
Portal 2
The Elder Scrolls V – Skyrim
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

BAFTA Ones To Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital
Joust (Digital Knights)
Dreamweaver (Evolved Ape)
Tick Tock Toys (Swallowtail)

GAME Award
Batman: Arkham City
Battlefield 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
FIFA 2012
L.A Noire
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Minecraft
Portal 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception

Via www.gamespot.com

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