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BAFTA 2013: Journey Leads The Nominations

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Jonathan Lester
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BAFTA, Dear Esther, Far Cry 3, Journey, The Walking Dead

BAFTA 2013: Journey Leads The Nominations

The British Academy Games Awards 2013 nominees have been announced, including a neat mix of big-budget AAA games and some deserving indie shouts.

Indeed, thatgamecompany's Journey has managed to steal the show, being nominated for a whopping eight categories including Artistic Achievement and Best Game. The Walking Dead, Far Cry 3 and Dear Esther follow (with seven, six and five nominations apiece), actually managing to beat the likes of Assassin's Creed III and Halo 4.

Of course, nominations are all well and good, but we'll find out the actual winners on Tuesday March 5th. We've got all the details after the break, everything from Action to Online Multiplayer and Ones To Watch. As always, we'd love to hear what you make of the choices - and your personal pick for the overall winners.

Action

  • Borderlands 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Far Cry 3
  • Halo 4
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • Mass Effect 3

Artistic Achievement

  • Borderlands 2
  • Dear Esther
  • Far Cry 3
  • Halo 4
  • Journey
  • The Room

Audio Achievement

  • Assassin's Creed 3
  • Beat Sneak Bandit
  • Dear Esther
  • Far Cry 3
  • Halo 4
  • Journey

Best Game

  • Dishonored
  • Far Cry 3
  • FIFA 13
  • Journey
  • Mass Effect 3
  • The Walking Dead

British Game

  • Dear Esther
  • Forza Horizon
  • Lego Lord of the Rings
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted
  • The Room
  • Super Hexagon

Debut Game

  • Deadlight
  • Dear Esther
  • Forza Horizon
  • Proteus
  • The Room
  • The Unfinished Swan

Game Design

  • Borderlands 2
  • Dishonored
  • Far Cry 3
  • Journey
  • The Walking Dead
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Family

  • Clay Jam
  • Just Dance 4
  • Lego Batman 2
  • Lego Lord of the Rings
  • Minecraft Xbox 360
  • Skylanders Giants

Game Innovation

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Fez
  • Journey
  • Kinect Sesame Street TV
  • The Unfinished Swan
  • Wonderbook: Book of Spells

Mobile & Handheld

  • Incoboto
  • LittleBigPlanet Vita
  • New Star Soccer
  • The Room
  • Super Monsters Ate My Condo
  • The Walking Dead

Online Browser

  • Amateur Surgeon Hospital
  • Dick and Dom's Hoopla!
  • Merlin: The Game
  • Runescape
  • The Settlers Online
  • SongPop

Online Multiplayer

  • Assassin's Creed 3
  • Borderlands 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Halo 4
  • Journey
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted

Original Music

  • Assassin's Creed 3
  • Diablo 3
  • Journey
  • Thomas Was Alone
  • The Unfinished Swan
  • The Walking Dead

Performer

  • Adrian Hough (Haytham - Assassin's Creed 3)
  • 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
  • F1 2012
  • Forza Horizon
  • New Star Soccer
  • Nike+ Kinect Training
  • Trials Evolution

Story

  • Dishonored
  • Far Cry 3
  • Journey
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Thomas Was Alone
  • The Walking Dead

Strategy (including RPG)

  • Dark Souls: Prepare To Die
  • Diablo 3
  • Football Manager 2013
  • Great Big War Game
  • Total War Shogun 2: Fall of Samurai
  • XCOM: Enemy Unkown

BAFTA Ones to Watch

  • Pixel Story
  • Project Thanatos
  • Starcrossed
Add a comment3 comments
stevenjameshyde  Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:25

I'm genuinely interested as to how Black Ops 2 got a nod in the 'innovation' category - can anyone enlighten me?

Late  Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:32

Good call Steven.
I love the game but there's no innovation in the little I've seen of the single player, nor the hundreds of hours I've put in on multiplayer.
I don't think the zombie modes are that innovative, either, but they're probably as close as BlOps2 gets imo. It'd take a more generous man than me to nominate the game for that category, though!

JonLester  Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:41

Yeah, it's an odd one, and a shame because the list is otherwise pretty good considering how mainstream the BAFTAS are. Lots of good shouts for even smaller projects like Thomas Was Alone and Proteus alongside the predictable big names.

I suppose that, by series terms, Treyarch did innovate in their own way. The branching storyline is magnificent (seriously, I think it's one of the most under-appreciated features that BO2 has), while the MP got a bit of a tweak. Not to mention radically changing the setting while games like Warfighter trudged the same old path.

But again, that's being very generous.

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