BAFTA Game Awards nominations for 2016

Back in 2006, the British Academy decided to include video games as the third pillar of visual arts along with film and television. 10 years later, the BAFTA game awards have grown and grown and now, the nominations for 2015’s biggest achievements have been released.

Taking place on 7 April, the BAFTA Game Awards will, again, be hosted by comedian Dara Ó Briain. Containing 16 categories from “Best Music” to “Best Artistic Achievement” to “Best Performer” the Game Awards promote accomplishment from all sides of game development and honour those who are particularly succesful.

Artistic Achievement

“For demonstrating exceptional visual art and/or animation across all genres.”

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Audio Achievement

“Rewarding excellence in the design and application of sound, dialogue and music to create an exceptional audio experience.”

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  •  Star Wars Battlefront
  •  The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Music

“Awarded for excellence in composition for a game music score, through both original music and use of licensed tracks.”

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Fallout 4
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
Performer

“For the best performance featured in a game; from voice artistry through to motion capture.”

  • Ashley Burch as Chloe Price – Life is Strange
  • Doug Cockle as Geralt of Rivia – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Merle Dandridge as Kate Collins – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Oliver Dimsdale as Stephen Appleton – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Mark Hamill as The Joker – Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Masasa Moyo as Vella – Broken Age: Act 2
Story

“For excellence in the creation and delivery of the best story or narrative that captivates and engages the player.”

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • Undertale
  • Until Dawn
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Game Design

“For the best game design that captivates and engages the player. All areas of design are considered here, including game mechanic, use of controls, intelligent level/world structure, pacing and second-to-second game design.”

  • Bloodborne
  • Grow Home
  • Her Story
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
  • Rocket League
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Game Innovation

” For the best innovation in gameplay and/or technology.”

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Splatoon
  • Until Dawn
Family

“For the best game experience for a family audience, whether played as individuals or as a group.”

  • Disney Infinity 3.0
  • FIFA 16
  • Guitar Hero: Live
  • LEGO Dimensions
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Rocket League
Mobile & Handheld

“For the best gaming experience on any handheld device, such as a mobile phone, tablet, PlayStation Vita or Nintendo 3DS.”

  • Alphabear
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Her Story
  • Lara Croft GO
  • Prune
  • The Room Three
Multiplayer

“Awarded for the best multiplayer game experience, including social, online or offline.”

  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
  • Rocket League
  • Splatoon
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • World of Warships
Sport

“For the sports game that best emulates the playing or management of traditional real-world sports or fitness games.”

  • DiRT Rally
  • FIFA 16
  • Football Manager
  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • PES 2016
  • Rocket League
Original Property

“For the best game which is not part of an established series and represents a new intellectual property.”

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Splatoon
  • Until Dawn
Persistant Game

“For the best game which is augmented by updates following its initial release – this category may include DLC, games-as-a-service, persistent online titles and other types of game which receive ongoing updates.”

  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
  • Guitar Hero: Live
  • LEGO Dimensions
  • Prison Architect
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Debut Game

“For the best game from any studio or individual that released their first title in 2015.”

  • Her Story
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
  • Mini Metro
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Prune
British Game

“For the best British game of the year across all genres and platforms. Creative control and overall development must be led by a British development studio.”

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Her Story
  • Prison Architect
  • Tearaway Unfolded
  • Until Dawn
Best Game

“For the best game of the year, across all genres and platforms.”

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Fallout 4
  • Life is Strange
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Rocket League
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

 

That leaves the game with most nominations for Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture with ten, followed by Her Story and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with seven each. Other high scorers were Batman: Arkham Knight, Life is Strange and Rocket League with five and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Ori and the Blind Forest and Until Dawn with four each.

Which leaves two rather large sized holes for a pair of exclusive games both of which were very critically acclaimed and only received a single nomination each; Bloodborne and Undertale. The BAFTA Game Awards are however known for going against the curve every now and again with last year’s “Best Game” winner going to the very controversial Destiny. I’m sure though that many will agree that Undertale and in particular Bloodborne have been very harshly snubbed this year.

You can currently vote for the winner of the “AMD eSPORTS Audience Award” between Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, SMITE, DOTA 2, League of Legends or Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

The BAFTA Game Awards will take place in London on April 7 and can be streamed on Twitch.tv.