The winners of this year’s GAME British Academy Video Games Awards have been revealed.
Portal 2 won three awards at last night’s award ceremony, which was held at the London Hilton and hosted by Dara O’Briain. The first-person puzzle platform game took home the BAFTAs for Design, Story and the coveted Best Game.
LittleBigPlanet 2, the follow-up to the multi-BAFTA award-winning LittleBigPlanet, triumphed in the Family and Game Innovation categories.
Batman: Arkham City took the award for Action and Mark Hamill received his first-ever BAFTA in the new Performer category for his role as the Joker. The jury lauded Mark’s performance as: “… a compelling new dimension of the classic villain psyche”.
Battlefield 3, the 11th instalment in the Battlefield franchise, stormed off with two BAFTA Awards in the Online – Multiplayer and Audio Achievement categories. L.A. Noire took home the award for Original Music.
After four years of development, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet walked away with the award for the new category Debut Game.
Kinect Sports 2, the follow-on from the BAFTA Award-winning original took home the Sports/Fitness Award. Total War: Shogun 2 won the BAFTA for Strategy for the third year running.
Peggle HD won a BAFTA for its iPad version of the classic puzzle game in the Mobile and Handheld category. The BAFTA for Artistic Achievement was awarded to Rayman Origins, which beat off such gaming behemoths as Skyrim and Uncharted 3.
The Online – Browser category was won by Monstermind, the first real-time player versus player game on Facebook.
Three groups of students and recent graduates who had each designed a new game prototype contested this year’s BAFTA Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to be Digital. The award was presented to Tick Tock Toys, designed by Swallowtail.
Industry vetran Ian Livingstone presented the Special Award to developer Markus Persson for his outstanding creative contribution to the industry, highlighting Minecraft as a standout accomplishment in his career. On hearing he was to be presented with this Award, Persson said: “…when I first heard that I would receive a BAFTA Special Award, I was blown away and deeply humbled.”
With over 230,000 votes The GAME Award of 2011, the only award at the ceremony voted for by the public, was won by Battlefield 3.