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Annual BAFTA Game Awards nominees revealed

The BAFTA Game Awards are upon us once again, and as usual, the UK-based awards are a tad skewed in favor of UK-based games.

UK PC games Everybody's Gone To The Rapture and Her Story lead the category nominations, despite being a little thin on actual gameplay. Everybody's Gone To The Rapture goes up against the likes of Fallout 4 in the category of best game, while interactive live action movie Her Story takes on the likes of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for best game design.

Windows Central's Matt Brown will be on the red carpet, bringing us the latest and greatest that the game industry luminaries have to offer (either that, or enjoying all the free booze).

The full nominations are as follows! (via Metro).

ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT

ASSASSIN'S CREED SYNDICATE Development Team – Ubisoft/Ubisoft

BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT Development Team – Rocksteady Studios/WB Games

EVERYBODY'S GONE TO THE RAPTURE Development Team – The Chinese Room/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN Development Team – Kojima Productions/Konami

ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST Development Team – Moon Studios/Microsoft Studios

THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT Lucjan Wiecek, Pawel Mielniczuk – CD Projekt Red/Bandai Namco Entertainment

AUDIO ACHIEVEMENT

ASSASSIN'S CREED SYNDICATE Development Team – Ubisoft/Ubisoft

BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT Development Team – Rocksteady Studios/WB Games

EVERYBODY'S GONE TO THE RAPTURE Development Team – The Chinese Room/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN Development Team – Kojima Productions/Konami

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT Development Team – EA Dice/Electronic Arts

THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT Marcin Pryblowicz, Pawel Daudzward, Krzysztof Lipka – CD Projekt Red/Bandai Namco Entertainment

BEST GAME

EVERYBODY'S GONE TO THE RAPTURE Development Team – The Chinese Room/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

FALLOUT 4 Development Team- Bethesda Game Studios

LIFE IS STRANGE Development Team – Dontnod Entertainment/Square Enix

METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN Development Team – Kojima Productions/Konami

ROCKET LEAGUE Development Team – Psyonix/Psyonix

THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT Adam Badowski, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, Piotr Krzyonosiuk – CD Projeckt Red/Bandai Namco Entertainment

BRITISH GAME

BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT Development Team – Rocksteady Studios/WB Games

EVERYBODY'S GONE TO THE RAPTURE Development Team – The Chinese Room/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

HER STORY Sam Barlow – Sam Barlow/ Sam Barlow

PRISON ARCHITECT Development Team – Introversion Software/Introversion Software

TEARAWAY UNFOLDED Development Team – Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

UNTIL DAWN Development Team – Supermassive Games/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

DEBUT GAME

HER STORY Sam Barlow – Sam Barlow/ Sam Barlow

KEEP TALKING AND NOBODY EXPLODES Ben Kane, Brian Fetter, Allen Pestaluky – Steel Crate Games/Steel Crate Games

LOVERS IN A DANGEROUS SPACETIME Matt Hammill, Jamie Tucker, Adam Winkels – Asteroid Base/Asteroid Base

MINI METRO Development Team – Dinosaur Polo Club/AGM Playism

ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST Development Team – Moon Studios/Microsoft Studios

PRUNE Joel McDonald – Joel McDonald, Kyle Preston/Joel McDonald

FAMILY

DISNEY INFINITY 3.0: PLAY WITHOUT LIMITS John Blackburn, John Vignocchi, Bob Lowe – Avalanche Studios, Disney Interactive Studios/Disney Interactive Studios

FIFA 16 Development Team – EA Canada/EA Sports

GUITAR HERO: LIVE Development Team – Freestyle Games/Activision

LEGO DIMENSIONS John Burton, James McLoughlin, Nick Ricks – TT Games/WB Games

SUPER MARIO MAKER Development Team – Nintendo/Nintendo

ROCKET LEAGUE Development Team – Psyonix/Psyonix

GAME DESIGN

BLOODBORNE Development Team – FromSoftware/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

GROW HOME Development Team – Ubisoft/Ubisoft

HER STORY Sam Barlow – Sam Barlow/Sam Barlow

LOVERS IN A DANGEROUS SPACETIME Matt Hammill, Jamie Tucker, Adam Winkels – Asteroid Base/Asteroid Base

ROCKET LEAGUE Development Team – Psyonix/Psyonix

THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT Grzegorz Mocarski, Marcin Blacha, Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz – CD Projeckt Red/Bandai Namco Entertainment

GAME INNOVATION

EVERYBODY'S GONE TO THE RAPTURE Development Team – The Chinese Room/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

HER STORY Sam Barlow – Sam Barlow/Sam Barlow

LIFE IS STRANGE Development Team – Dontnod Entertainment/Square Enix

METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN Development Team – Kojima Productions/Konami

SPLATOON Development Team – Nintendo/Nintendo

UNTIL DAWN Development Team – Supermassive Games/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

MOBILE & HANDHELD

ALPHABEAR Development Team – Spry Fox/ Spry Fox

FALLOUT SHELTER Development Team – Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Softworks

HER STORY Sam Barlow – Sam Barlow/Sam Barlow

LARA CROFT GO Development Team – Square Enix Montreal/Square Enix

PRUNE Joel McDonald – Joel McDonald, Kyle Preston/Joel McDonald

THE ROOM THREE Development Team – Fireproof Games/Fireproof Games

MULTIPLAYER

DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING Development Team – Bungie/Activision

LOVERS IN A DANGEROUS SPACETIME Matt Hammill, Jamie Tucker, Adam Winkels – Asteroid Base/Asteroid Base

ROCKET LEAGUE Development Team – Psyonix/Psyonix

SPLATOON Development Team – Nintendo/Nintendo

TOM CLANCY'S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE Development Team – Ubisoft/Ubisoft

WORLD OF WARSHIPS Development Team – Wargaming.net/Wargaming.net

MUSIC

ASSASSIN'S CREED SYNDICATE Development Team– Ubisoft/Ubisoft

BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT Development Team – Rocksteady Studios/WB Games

EVERYBODY'S GONE TO THE RAPTURE Jessica Curry – The Chinese Room/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

FALLOUT 4 Development Team – Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Softworks

HALO 5: GUARDIANS Kazuma Jinnouchi, Nobuko Toda, Peter Cobbin – 343 Industries/Microsoft Studios

ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST Gareth Coker – Moon Studios/Microsoft Studios

ORIGINAL PROPERTY

EVERYBODY'S GONE TO THE RAPTURE Development Team – The Chinese Room/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

HER STORY Sam Barlow – Sam Barlow/Sam Barlow

LIFE IS STRANGE Development Team – Dontnod Entertainment/Square Enix

ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST Development Team – Moon Studios/Microsoft Studios

SPLATOON Development Team – Nintendo/Nintendo

UNTIL DAWN Development Team – Supermassive Games/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

PERFORMER

ASHLY BURCH as Chloe Price in Life is Strange

DOUG COCKLE as Geralt of Rivia, Witcher in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

MERLE DANDRIDGE as Kate Collins in Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

OLIVER DIMSDALE as Stephen Appleton in Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

MARK HAMILL as The Joker in Batman: Arkham Knight

MASASA MOYO as Vella in Broken Age: Act 2

PERSISTENT GAME

DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING Development Team – Bungie/Activision

FINAL FANTASY XIV: A REALM REBORN Development Team – Square Enix/Square Enix

GUITAR HERO: LIVE Development Team – Freestyle Games/Activision

LEGO DIMENSIONS John Burton, James McLoughlin, Dave Dootson – TT Games/WB Games

PRISON ARCHITECT Development Team – Introversion Software/Introversion Software

THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT Adam Badowski, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, Piotr Krzywonosiuk – CD Projekt Red/Bandai Namco Entertainment

SPORT

DiRT RALLY Development Team – Codemasters/Codemasters

FIFA 16 Development Team – EA Canada/EA Sports

FOOTBALL MANAGER Development Team – Sports Interactive/SEGA

FORZA MOTORSPORT 6 Ryan Cooper, Bill Giese, Dave Gierok

PES 2016 Development Team – Konami Digital Entertainment/Konami Digital Entertainment B.V.

ROCKET LEAGUE Development Team – Psyonix/Psyonix

STORY

EVERYBODY'S GONE TO THE RAPTURE Development Team – The Chinese Room/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

HER STORY Sam Barlow – Sam Barlow/ Sam Barlow

LIFE IS STRANGE Development Team – Dontnod Entertainment/Square Enix

UNDERTALE Development Team – Tobyfox/Tobyfox

UNTIL DAWN Development Team – Supermassive Games/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

THE WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT Marcin Blacha, Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz – CD Projekt Red/Bandai Namco Entertainment

BAFTA ONES TO WATCH AWARD, IN ASSOCIATION WITH DARE TO BE DIGITAL

SELFIENATION Cheri Skivington, Daniel Prihodko, Ricardo Barros, Zolton Tompa, Reka Lux, Hajnalka Szanto Irina Kovalova – Pictrail

SUNDOWN Steven Li, Aaron Hong, McLean Goldwhite, Theodore Park, Kenny Regan, Cynthia Cantrell, Gracie May, Jade Kim – Mild Beast Games

THE WALL SHALL STAND Edward Burton, Edward Grimes, Cameron Richards, Steven Sparkes – Pixel Tailors

AMD eSPORTS AUDIENCE AWARD

CALL OF DUTY:BLACK OPS 3 Treyarch/ Activision

COUNTER-STRIKE: GLOBAL OFFENSIVE Hidden Path Entertainment/Valve

DOTA 2 Valve/Valve

HEARTHSTONE: HEROES OF WARCRAFT Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS Riot Games/Riot Games

SMITE Hi-Rez Studios/Hi-Rez Studios

I personally find some of the nominations a little perplexing. Halo 5: Guardians is surely more deserving than some of the multiplayer games nominated, but I'm glad to see Mark Hamill recognised for his nail-biting portrayal of the Joker in Batman: Arkham Knight, and Moon Studios for their work on Ori and the Blind Forest.

What do you think of the BAFTAs? Legitimate accolades or shallow marketing ploys? Hit the comments!

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37 Comments
  • Batman surely shouldnt be anywhere there 
  • Not a big fan of it either, way repetitive, but as far as performances go, Mark Hamill did an excellent job.
  • Totally agree. Batman does not deserves any of these nominations. It was a nightmare on PC.
  • Sure, lets judge the whole game based on performance issues and completely ignore the story, music etc. /s
  • What's the use of all these when you can't even play it.
  • completely ignore the story, music etc.
    Correct. When fundamental gameplay isses exists everything else SHOULD be ignored. These are GAMES first and foremost. 
  • Thats the most ignorant and stupidiest thing Ive ever heard. Because eventually it got fixed and you could play it. And for example I could play it since start, not every PC had performance issues.
  • Nope, gameplay is fundamental. Story and other rubbish are not. Read a book if thats important to you.
  • Lmao, a person who calls story rubish in games, why are you even commenting BAFA awards? Its like a person who likes only movies with good movie effects commenting on OSCAR awards.
  • Pathetic. You probably play those non-game "Telltale" shovelware titles.  
  • You sir are pathetic. Have a great day, I am out.
  • Have fun watching your video "games." "Fundamentally broken games are okay as long as the story is good." - Modern Day Consumer
  • But it should be recognized for greatness, even if it spent a year as a non-functioning pile of garbage that had to both be pulled from Steam AND set up to refund all customers?
  • Batman is where your line got crossed? Am i the only one that noticed COD: Black ops 3 as a possible for storg award. That is a bloody insult to the game industry, its a senseless shooter aimed at adhd 12 year olds what story does it have.
  • Best New OS of 2034: Windows 10 Mobile
  • only at Microsoft campus :-)
  • Hahhhhh.
    Wel said.
  • Just not in Nadella's office.
  • Lara croft the best how bout ur fav❤
  • FIFA 16 rocks
  • Yep that's right
  • Congratulations Mark Hamill!
  • Congratulations to Splatoon, it made a big splash.
  • It's ludicrous that Halo 5 isn't nominated for Best Multiplayer; it's one of the best multiplayer games ever made--ever. It's even more ludicrous that Halo 5 isn't nominated for Best Multiplayer but Destiny is. Apparently teamwork-based, strategic, and highly competitive gameplay is worth nothing but shooting into loot caves because the base game is so dull garners a nomination. Oy ve.
  • Agreed.
  • No Rise of the Tomb Raider!??
  • Witcher 3 should win best game, hands down.
  • Why aren't the composers listed at 'music'?
  • I can't believe Rise of the Tomb Raider didn't get a single nomination. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • I'm pretty confident that, had Rise of the Tomb Raider been a PS4-timed exclusive instead, it would've gotten nominated (and probably won). Just look at the publisher for many of the games listed above: a lot of Sony games, most of which are undeserved. The industry bias against Microsoft is very real.
  • No Rise of the Tomb Raider! What a joke. The game is awesome. BTW thanks Windows Central for this awesome gift :) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Agreed. When Tomb Raider isn't on the list and COD is, something is wrong.
  • Good grief. The only nomination CoD got was for the "eSports Audience Award." Is Rise of the Tomb Raider played in esports?
  • No Rise of the Tomb Raider, hilarious.
  • Witcher 3, well deserved place in the awards. Can't wait to how many they rack up.
  • To see*
  • All I'm getting out of this is I have no interest in going to the UK, because their sensibilites and interests are miles apart from mine. 3 soccer games for the top sports game? No The Show, NBA 2K, or Madden? I simply don't buy that PES AND FIFA are stupendously made to the point something done so wellfor so long like 2K or The Show can't be recognized. World of Warships for best multiplayer? Do they even realize how many people were driven off by Destiny: TTK? Dying Light's omission is ridiculous. It was my GotY without even a thought. Even with a 15-year bias towards Halo, Dying Light is hands-down better. Yet again, some sort of awards group makes me shake my head for the future of its medium. Music, movies, TV, games, I really hate the popular opinions.