BAFTA Game Awards Winners 2016

Here we are – the nominations were announced last month and now we can finally see what games BAFTA believe are the best of 2015. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Her Story and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt were the front-runners in nominations gathering 10, 7 and 7 respectively but have they come through?

Hosted by Dara Ó Briain, the 2016 BAFTA Game Awards took place in London and was streamed on Twitch.tv – with 18 awards to be won it was a night of celebration and recognition towards the very best of video gaming in 2015.

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 – WINNER
  • 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 – WINNER
  • 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 – WINNER
  • 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 – WINNER
  • 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 – WINNER
  • 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 – WINNER
  • 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 – WINNER
  • 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 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
  • 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 – WINNER
  • 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 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
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 – WINNER
  • 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 – WINNER
  • 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 – WINNER
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Her Story
  • Prison Architect
  • Tearaway Unfolded
  • Until Dawn
AMD eSports Audience Award

“To recognise and acknowledge the games that have captured the hearts of players and audiences.” – as voted by the public

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • DOTA 2
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • League of Legends
  • SMITE – WINNER
BAFTA Fellowship Award 2016

“In recognition of outstanding achievement in the art forms of the moving image.”

  • John Carmack

John Carmack was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship Award – the lifetime achievement award given to those with outstanding contribution to the art form. Carmack has been heralded as bringing forth two new generations of gaming. The first time in 1991 with Catacomb 3-D which shifted the players to a first-person perspective both popularizing the medium and ushering in a new generation of modern gaming. More recently Carmack became the CTO at Oculus VR, pushing forward and once again leading the charge into the next generation; virtual reality.

More information can be read on John Carmack over at BAFTA.

Best Game

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

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

 

And once again the BAFTA Game Awards for Best Game go to a controversial pick, last year with Destiny and now this year with the both spectacular and disappointing Fallout 4. Whatever your opinions on the latest entry in the Fallout franchise are, I find it difficult to say that it really deserved the award considering the competition it was up against. Arguments could be said that Life is Strange or Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture deserved it but perhaps BAFTA’s greatest downfall tonight was the complete lack of wins for many people’s game of the year – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The Witcher 3 recently became the most awarded game in gaming history and for it to receive not a single award tonight is rather disappointing.

The most wins went to Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Her Story and Rocket League with three wins each – and being the only games to receive over a single win. I think many people can unilaterally agree that Rocket League deserved the wins but I think it is to be expected there may be some controversy over the others (Twitch chat was expectedly immature and sexist in its outrage). While Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture was one of my favourite games of the year many people believe that neither deserved it due to them “not really being games.” But that is – thankfully – an argument for another time and whatever your belief it was partially expected that they would win big due to both Her Story and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture being British games – and this is of course the British Academy Game Awards.