2014 Gaming BAFTA nominations revealed

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The nominations for this year’s BAFTA Games awards have been announced. Awarded by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, the awards are a relatively recent tradition that is, delightfully, lending gaming some credibility amongst serious arty types.

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To be honest, there isn’t many huge surprises in the nominations – with many of the major AAA titles receiving the nod in the various categories. Leading the pack is The Last Of Us and GTA5, which both have 9 nominations by my count. It’s also nice to see indie breakout hit Papers Please and its creator Lucas Pope recognised in a number of categories – showing that the lo-fi can compete with the blockbusters.

I’m also pleased to see a nomination (under “Best Debut”) for Remember Me, a third person adventure game in which you must manipulate memories in “Neo-Paris”. Whilst the game itself certainly had flaws, the setting and premise were great – it’s exactly the sort of thing that suggests a sequel could be a truly awesome game (think how Assassin’s Creed 2 was a huge improvement on the first game).

The big awards do is due to be held on March 12th – and we’ll no doubt report the winners when it happens.

You can find the full list of nominations below.

Action & Adventure Game
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
The Last of Us
Grand Theft Auto V
Tomb Raider
BADLAND

Game Innovation

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Tearaway
Grand Theft Auto V
The Stanley Parable
Papers, Please
Year Walk

Artistic Achievement

BioShock Infinite
DEVICE 6
Beyond: Two Souls
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Tearaway
The Last of Us

Mobile & Handheld

Tearaway
Plants vs. Zombies 2
The Room Two
BADLAND
Ridiculous Fishing
DEVICE 6

Multiplayer

World of Tanks
Super Mario 3D World
The Last of Us
Grand Theft Auto V
Battlefield 4
DOTA 2

Audio Achievement

BioShock Infinite
Grand Theft Auto V
The Last of Us
Battlefield 4
DEVICE 6
Tomb Raider

Original Music

Tearaway
Beyond: Two Souls
BioShock Infinite
The Last of Us
Super Mario 3D World
Koji Kondo, Mahito Yokota
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

Ones To Watch (Presumably the teams behind the following…)

Project Heera: Diamond Heist (Chinchkar Tanmay Subhash, Shastry Neeraj Pramod, Dhongde Shashank Sunil, Dave Dhruv Prakashchandra, Shriram Srinivasan)
The Unknown (Chenying Wan, Qiwei Feng, Luyue Zhang, Zhaoxuan Li, Neil Cullen)
Size DOES Matter (Mattis Delerud, Silje Dahl, Lars Andersen, Trond Fasteraune, Nick La Rooy)

Performer

Steven Ogg (Trevor Phillips in Grand Theft Auto V)
Kevan Brighting (The Narrator in The Stanley Parable)
Courtnee Draper (Elizabeth in BioShock Infinite)
Ellen Page (Jodie in Beyond: Two Souls)
Ashley Johnson (Ellie in The Last of Us)
Troy Baker (Joel in The Last of Us)

Best Game

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
Tearaway
The Last of Us
Grand Theft Auto V
Super Mario 3D World
Papers, Please

Sports Game

NBA 2K14
F1 2013
Forza Motorsport 5
Football Manager 2014
FIFA 14
GRID 2

British Game

Tearaway
The Room Two
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Gunpoint
Grand Theft Auto V
DmC Devil May Cry

Story

The Last of Us
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Grand Theft Auto V
Gone Home
The Stanley Parable
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Debut Game

Remember Me
Gunpoint
Castles in the Sky
Gone Home
The Stanley Parable
BADLAND

Strategy & Simulation

Civilization V: Brave New World
XCOM: Enemy Within
Forza Motorsport 5
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Democracy 3
Papers, Please

Family Game

Rayman Legends
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Tearaway
Skylanders Swap Force
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Super Mario 3D World

Game Design

Tearaway
Tomb Raider
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
The Last of Us
Grand Theft Auto V
Papers, Please

James O’Malley
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