BAFTA Video Games Awards: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood edges Call of Duty: Black Ops for nominations

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The nominations for this year’s BAFTA Video Games Awards have been announced this morning, with Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood leading the pack ahead of Call of Duty: Black Ops and Heavy Rain.

Ubisoft’s stealth action-adventure title has been given the nod for seven prizes, including ‘Action’, ‘Best Game’, ‘Gameplay’ and ‘Multiplayer’. It is joined in the ‘Best Game’ category by FIFA 11, Heavy Rain, Limbo, Mass Effect 2 and Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Black Ops and Heavy Rain picked up six nominations, while Mass Effect 2 and Limbo have five and four nods respectively.

Our tip would be for the incredible Mass Effect 2 to clean up on the night, especially seeing as it’s obvious rival for game of the year, Red Dead Redemption, is out of contention for nearly all awards .

The wild west epic received no nominations due to developer Rockstar’s decision not to put the game forward for consideration.

The ceremony takes place at the London Park Lane Hilton on Wednesday, March 16. The full list of nominees are:

Action
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (Ubisoft)

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (EA/DICE)

BioShock 2 (2K Games/2K Marin)

Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision/Treyarch)

God of War III (Sony)

Halo: Reach (Microsoft/Bungie)

Artistic Achievement
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (Ubisoft)

Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision/Treyarch)

God of War III (Sony)

Heavy Rain (Sony/Quantic Dream)

LIMBO (XBLA/Playdead Games)

Mass Effect 2 (EA/BioWare)

Best Game
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (Ubisoft)

FIFA 11 (EA Sports)

Heavy Rain (Sony/Quantic Dream)

LIMBO (XBLA/Playdead)

Mass Effect 2 (EA/BioWare)

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)

Family

Dance Central (Microsoft/MTV/Harmonix)

Kinect Adventures (Microsft/Good Science Studio)

Kinect Sports (Microsoft/Rare)

Kinectimals (Microsoft/Frontier)

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Warner Bros/TT Games)

Toy Story 3 (Disney/Avalanche Software)

Gameplay
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (Ubisoft)

God of War III (Sony)

Heavy Rain (Sony/Quantic Dream)

LIMBO (XBLA/Playdead Games)

Mass Effect 2 (EA/BioWare)

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)

Handheld
Cut the Rope (Chillingo/Zeptolab)

God of War: Ghost of Sparta (Sony/Ready at Dawn)

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Warner Bros/TT Games)

Professor Layton and the Lost Future (Nintendo/Level 5 Games)

Sonic Colours (SEGA/Sonic Team)

Super Scribblenauts (Warner Bros/5th Cell)

Multiplayer
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (Ubisoft)

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (EA/DICE)

Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard/Treyarch)

Halo: Reach (Microsoft/Bungie)

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (EA/Criterion Games)

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard)

Original Music
Alan Wake (Microsoft/Remedy)

Fable III (Microsoft/Lionhead)

Heavy Rain (Sony/Quantic Dream)

James Bond 007: Bloodstone (Activision Blizzard/Bizarre Creations)

Mass Effect 2 (EA/BioWare)

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)

Social Network Game
Bejeweled Blitz (Popcap)

Farmerama (Bigpoint)

FIFA Superstars (EA Sports/Playfish)

My Empire (Playfish)

Zoo Mumba (Bigpoint)

Zuma Blitz (PopCap)

Sports
F1 2010 (Codemasters)

FIFA 11 (EA)

Football Manager 2011 (SEGA/Sports Interactive)

Gran Turismo 5 (Sony/Polyphony)

International Cricket 2010 (Codemasters/Trickstar Games)

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (Konami/Winning Eleven Productions)

Story
Alan Wake (Microsoft/Remedy)

BioShock 2 (2K Games/2K Marin)

Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision/Treyarch)

Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda/Obsidian)

Heavy Rain (Sony/Quantic Dream)

Mass Effect 2 (EA/BioWare)

Strategy
Civilization V (2K Games/Firaxis)

Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda/Obsidian)

FIFA Manager 11 (EA Sports)

Napoleon Total War (SEGA/Creative Assembly)

Plants vs. Zombies XBLA (PopCap)

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (Blizzard)

Technical Innovation
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (Ubisoft)

Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision Blizzard/Treyarch)

Halo: Reach (Microsoft/Bungie)

Heavy Rain (Sony/Quantic Dream)

Kinectimals (Microsoft/Frontier)

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)

Use of Audio

Alan Wake (Microsoft/Remedy)

Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood (Ubisoft)

Battlefield: Bad Company: 2 (EA/DICE)

Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision/Treyarch)

DJ Hero 2 (Activision/Freestylegames)

LIMBO (XBLA/Playdead)

BAFTA Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital
Mush (Angry Mango)

Sculpty (Team Tickle)

Twang (That Game Studio)

GAME Award of 2010 (Voted for by the public)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision/Treyarch)

Dance Central (Microsoft/MTV/Harmonix)

FIFA 11 (EA Sports)

Halo Reach (Microsoft/Bungie)

Heavy Rain (Sony/Quantic Dream)

Limbo (XBLA/Playdead Games)

Mass Effect 2 (EA/BioWare)

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (EA/Criterion)

Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar)

Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo)

KevinLynch