The winners of the 2015 British Academy Games Awards were revealed last night, with the ceremony held at London's Tobacco Dock.
The 11th Bafta games awards event was presented by comedian Rufus Hound, and saw 15 games honoured over 17 total categories. Home grown British talent had a strong showing, with indies and original titles sharing the limelight with AAA releases from around the world.
The beautiful puzzle game Monument Valley picked up the awards for both "British Game" and "Mobile and Handheld" categories. The wins are likely to be especially vindicating for UK development studio ustwo, following the drama surrounding the release of the game's expansion, where players artificially lowered its rating because the team had the temerity to charge for their work.
Left Behind, a lengthy DLC for the award-winning The Last of Us, also won two awards, nabbing the iconic golden statues for "Story", and "Performer" for Ashely Johnson's performance as young hero Ellie. Johnson herself was in attendance to pick up the prizes, and moved to tears by the recognition for her role.
In a shocking win, OlliOlli, the addictive skateboarding game by London- and Birmingham-based studio Roll7, beat out giants such as Fifa 15, Madden NFL 15, and Forza Horizon 2 to pick up the award for the "Sports" category. Perfect timing too, given the sequel OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood has just been released on PS Vita and PS4.
"Artistic Achievement" was won by London's State of Play Games for its papercraft-inspired puzzle adventure Lumino City, while returning to the creeping horror and pounding tension of the original Alien movie proved a successful move for another British studio, Horsham's Creative Assembly. The team picked up a win for "Audio Achievement" for their outstanding horror game, Alien: Isolation. The award for "Music" was picked up by FarCry 4, with composer Cliff Martinez' score taking home the statue.
The award for "Debut Game" went to the haunting Never Alone: Kisima Ingitchuna, which tapped into Alaska Native heritage to create a sublime puzzle platformer. Other new talent celebrated on the night included Ubisoft's First World War-inspired adventure Valiant Hearts, winning "Original Property", and Bafta's "One to Watch" going to Chambara, a striking multiplayer deathmatch game using only black and white visuals, created by a team of student developers from the US.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and League of Legends, both favourites on the increasingly prominent esports scene, won the "Multiplayer" and "Persistent World" nods, respectively, while Minecraft: Console Editions won the "Family" award.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, a remix of Tolkien's lore removed from the direct influence of books or films, won for "Game Design", while horror-adventure The Vanishing of Ethan Carter won "Game Innovation".
Finally, the Bafta for "Best Game" went to Bungie's Destiny, beating out stiff competition from Alien: Isolation, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mario Kart 8, Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor, and Monument Valley. The strength of the shooter/MMO hybrid's endgame content helped it cement the victory, in a year full of very strong contenders.
Outside of the core categories, legendary game designer David Braben was awarded the prestigious Bafta Fellowship. Co-creator of the groundbreaking 1984 space shooter Elite, Braben went on to found Frontier Developments in 1994 and remained a mainstay of the industry. Frontier has released games of enormous breadth and scope, including Rollercoaster Tycoon, A Dog's Life, and LostWinds, and Braben himself helped found the Raspberry Pi Foundation in 2012. He recently fulfilled a long-time ambition, returning to the Elite universe with the 2014 release of Elite: Dangerous, a game equally long-awaited by fans of the series.
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Karaa: Red dead is on my list, Ceege! Are you enjoying it?
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