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BAFTA 2013 Game Nominations Announced
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With the red carpet only recently rolled up following the British Academy Film Awards, BAFTA has announced the nominees for the British Academy Games Awards.

PSN-exclusive Journey leads the way with no less than eight nominations, including one for Best Game. The Walking Dead shuffles closely behind with seven noms, Far Cry 3 has six and arty farty PC and Mac title Dear Esther (which is brilliant, btw) has five.

Halo 4, Borderlands 2, Assassin's Creed 3 and The Room (iOS), meanwhile, each have four nominations. You can read the whole, very long, list below.

The awards themselves take place on Tuesday, 5th March at the London Hilton on Park Lane, with comedian Dara O'Briain taking on hosting duties. Dara O’Brian, unless you didn’t know, is a proper gamer who even does stand-up on the subject. So bless him for that.

UK viewers can watch the awards on the Challenge television channel (Sky 125, Freeview 46, Virgin 139) on Monday, 11th March at 10pm.


  • Borderlands 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Far Cry 3
  • Halo 4
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • Mass Effect 3

Artistic Achievement

  • Borderlands 2
  • Dear Esther
  • Far Cry 3
  • Halo 4
  • Journey
  • The Room

Audio Achievement

  • Assassin's Creed 3
  • Beat Sneak Bandit
  • Dear Esther
  • Far Cry 3
  • Halo 4
  • Journey

Best Game

  • Dishonored
  • Far Cry 3
  • FIFA 13
  • Journey
  • Mass Effect 3
  • The Walking Dead

British Game

  • Dear Esther
  • Forza Horizon
  • Lego Lord of the Rings
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted
  • The Room
  • Super Hexagon

Debut Game

  • Deadlight
  • Dear Esther
  • Forza Horizon
  • Proteus
  • The Room
  • The Unfinished Swan

Game Design

  • Borderlands 2
  • Dishonored
  • Far Cry 3
  • Journey
  • The Walking Dead
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown


  • Clay Jam
  • Just Dance 4
  • Lego Batman 2
  • Lego Lord of the Rings
  • Minecraft Xbox 360
  • Skylanders Giants

Game Innovation

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Fez
  • Journey
  • Kinect Sesame Street TV
  • The Unfinished Swan
  • Wonderbook: Book of Spells

Mobile & Handheld

  • Incoboto
  • LittleBigPlanet Vita
  • New Star Soccer
  • The Room
  • Super Monsters Ate My Condo
  • The Walking Dead

Online Browser

  • Amateur Surgeon Hospital
  • Dick and Dom's Hoopla!
  • Merlin: The Game
  • Runescape
  • The Settlers Online
  • SongPop

Online Multiplayer

  • Assassin's Creed 3
  • Borderlands 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Halo 4
  • Journey
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted

Original Music

  • Assassin's Creed 3
  • Diablo 3
  • Journey
  • Thomas Was Alone
  • The Unfinished Swan
  • The Walking Dead


  • Adrian Hough (Haytham - Assassin's Creed 3)
  • Danny Wallace (The Narrator - Thomas Was Alone)
  • Dave Fennoy (Lee Everett - The Walking Dead)
  • Melissa Hutchinson (Clementine - The Walking Dead)
  • Nigel Carrington (The Narrator - Dear Esther)
  • Nolan North (Nathan Drake - Uncharted: Golden Abyss)


  • FIFA 13
  • F1 2012
  • Forza Horizon
  • New Star Soccer
  • Nike+ Kinect Training
  • Trials Evolution


  • Dishonored
  • Far Cry 3
  • Journey
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Thomas Was Alone
  • The Walking Dead


  • Dark Souls: Prepare To Die
  • Diablo 3
  • Football Manager 2013
  • Great Big War Game
  • Toral War Shogun 2: Fall of Samurai
  • XCOM: Enemy Unkown

BAFTA Ones to Watch

  • Pixel Story
  • Project Thanatos
  • Starcrossed


User Comments

Forum Posts: 6
Comment #1 by LateralusDSOTM
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 05:35:34 AM
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I'd be surprised if Halo 4 didn't win audio...that shotgun..

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Comment #2 by LeeBradley [STAFF]
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 05:37:11 AM
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Black Ops II got nommed for "Game Innovation." Heheh.

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Comment #3 by Jappe XBA
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 05:41:07 AM
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Forza Horizon Debut game? Isn't it the 4th in the series :p

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Comment #4 by Floodclaw
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 05:41:23 AM
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I think Walking Dead deserves Best Game and Best in Story.

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Comment #5 by ademlakey
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 05:43:27 AM
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@2 i was just about to say that Lee. :D

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Comment #6 by Man On The Run
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 05:44:44 AM
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@2 - haha, i was just going to mention that XD almost makes the awards pointless after seeing that lol

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Comment #7 by O0mix0O
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 05:48:15 AM
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Thanks for the link to the video, hilarious!

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Comment #8 by Man On The Run
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 05:48:41 AM
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And are Diablo and Dark Souls REALLY strategy games? Personally i wouldnt say so.

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Comment #9 by Ark_Thompson
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 05:49:09 AM
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I'm a bit disappointed to see Mass Effect 3 isn't nominated for "Original Music". God the game had its flaws but that soundtrack was just...It's still giving me chills just thinking about it.

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Comment #10 by KingLouis51
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 05:55:23 AM
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In my opinion:

Action - Far Cry 3 (but Max Payne 3 should have been nominated and won)
Artistic Achievement - Journey
Audio - Halo 4
Best Game - The Walking Dead
British Game - Forza Horizon
Debut Game - Forza Horizon
Game Design - Far Cry 3
Family - Minecraft
Game Innovation - Fez
Mobile & Handheld - The Walking Dead
Online Browser - Runescape
Online Multiplayer - Halo 4
Original Music - Journey (but Max Payne 3 should have been nominated & won)
Performer - Melissa Hutchinson as Clementine
Sports/Fitness - Forza Horizon
Story - The Walking Dead
Strategy - XCOM: Enemy Unknown

And how in the hell did Black Ops II get a nomination for Game Innovation? That's just ludicrous and proves that whoever decides these awards are a bunch of bought drones.

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Comment #11 by Hudson888
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 05:57:26 AM
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Really good to see the 'lesser' known titles getting a mention, just shows you dont need big budgets, and ridiculous 'hollywood' action to make a good game.

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Comment #12 by Astinoss
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 06:00:53 AM
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Mass Effect 3 certainly deserves nominations for audio and multiplayer too. The ME3 MP was the only one that I really, really liked and still play to this day.

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Comment #13 by MilkyTee
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 06:01:03 AM
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Best game: FIFA 13?

So many worthy games were released in 2013 and they pick a sports title that's on it's 25th iteration?

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Comment #14 by mr wong tong
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 06:11:38 AM
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Anarchy reigns not up for audio achievement, original music or game innovation? I feel cheated. While not the best game it's certainly something amazing and different.

Anarchy has opened the way for others to make an online 16 way brawler. What other game has ever done such a thing? It's a game type i could only dream of. Surely that is game innovation? And it's soundtrack consisting of 36 amazing tracks each suiting the games missions perfectly and making for an excellent online experience. Try telling me bashing someones face in with a sign post while a sub is about to nuke the area with missiles while listening to bandy leggz i know u want me isn't fun.

Just my little opinion. Please don't let me stop call of duty winning game innovation it clearly deserves it.

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Comment #15 by Vindicator51
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 06:12:16 AM
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It's pretty hard to take these nominations seriously. Especially if you really look at the specific genres.

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Comment #16 by the action frampton
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 06:27:32 AM
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@2 yeah, I can't believe it. Makes a mockery of the whole thing and makes you wonder how it even got there. Maybe it was supposed to be under the category 'Least Innovation'.

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Comment #17 by DecadentBeaver
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 06:32:40 AM
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Far Cry 3 deserves at least one award. Amazing game. Also, Walking Dead deserves some recognition, absolutely fantastic.

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Comment #18 by Darth Craigus
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 06:43:00 AM
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@7 I took my dad along to see him a couple of years back when he did that particular routine - I was absolutely crying with laughter whereas my dad was sat next to me with little to no idea of what he was talking about.

As for the nominations, I'd like to see the Walking Dead come away pretty successful, I think it's got a great chance of picking a few awards up.

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Comment #19 by TacticalTodger
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 06:46:25 AM
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Go runescape for best online browser. Maybe i'll get some free useless item on the SOF for it!!

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Comment #20 by Lazy_FAQer
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 06:48:24 AM
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@ #2... Yup, I was goini to point that out aswell. Shows they have little knowledge thes 'experts'!

Plus Whilst originally liking Dara, the more I have seen of his stand up, the more I realise he is an uncultured paint-it-by-the-numbers buffoon... yes, with a big (physically) head.

Go away, you fat count von count lookalike.

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Comment #21 by ronnie42
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 07:06:12 AM
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Just from looking at the list it worries me, I can't believe runescape in competition with some barely interesting cbbc games WTF!

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Comment #22 by Infomouse
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 07:59:03 AM
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Surprised to see that Mark Meer and Jenifer Hale weren't nominated for best performance. Despite Mass Effect 3's many, many flaws, both actors, and Sam Hulick's score deserve awards for their contributions.

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Comment #23 by ScottHarris
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:04:20 AM
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I'm not a fan of hardly any of these games. It's no surprise though, i tend to go for the least popular games, in my opinion the least popular are more often then not the better games.

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Comment #24 by Majica8
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 08:22:26 AM
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3 "WTF"s pretty much:
BlOps for Innovation.....O_o
No Halo 4 or Mass Effect 3 for original music....O_o

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Comment #25 by enagamer
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 09:08:38 AM
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Dishonored is up for story? haha gtfo

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Comment #26 by macd
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 09:10:02 AM
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I thought Mass Effect 3 and Far Cry 3 were the best games I played, but I missed a lot of big titles last year.

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Comment #27 by Im Mr Stefan
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 09:11:08 AM
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I'm kinda surprised that Michael Mando wasn't nominated for performer, I thought he did a great job with Vaas

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Comment #28 by Hurricane Of 87
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 09:57:13 AM
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@10: Co-signed on those Max Payne 3 noms, it's soundtrack was incredible.

Might Black Ops II's innovation nomination have something to do with the integration of e"Sports" stuff and making it more accessible to the average pleb on the pad?
Sorry, I forgot to be instantly dismissive. :[

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Comment #29 by HumanDestroyer
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 10:35:47 AM
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But The Walking Dead should win awards. That was an amazing game that should show developers story is so much more important than gameplay in some titles. The gameplay was old and rubbish point and click, but the story and atmosphere and emotion was truly amazing for this day and age of SHOOT EM UP games.

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Comment #30 by GnarlyDanny
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 10:38:08 AM
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Borderlands 2, Halo 4 and Mass Effect 3 FTW :-)

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Comment #31 by Caramel Cardinal
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 10:38:35 AM
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fifa 13 for best game and black ops 2 for best inovation, wtf
cod hasn't been inovative since modern warfare

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Comment #32 by Man On The Run
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 12:13:47 PM
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@14 - Anarchy reigns isnt here because it came out this year :)

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Comment #33 by pined5551
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 12:34:23 PM
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@29 You can't vote. Important things like this are decided by qualified professionals... such as those that nominated COD for innovation.

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Comment #34 by Tomtam
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 12:45:15 PM
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While BO2 was a step in the right direction for the COD series there was no goddamn innovative stuff in it..

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Comment #35 by Snowed
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 01:32:49 PM
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@32 Anarchy Reigns isn't here because no one knows what it is. The fact that it isn't eligible anyway is irrelevant.

I desperately hope Walking Dead wins nothing. It doesn't deserve ANY of the credit it's received.

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Comment #36 by darky the hun
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 01:44:18 PM
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Runescape nominated for best online browser game?
I'm done.

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Comment #37 by roza
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 06:41:24 PM
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Fifa 13

No... just no. Even the fact that was nominated has just marked this whole charade null and void. Who the cock nominated it as best game?
Over Halo 4, LEGO LotR, fuck even Lollipop Chainsaw has more rights to be up there.

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Comment #38 by treo9
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 @ 07:07:35 PM
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FIFA 13 nominated for best game wat da fuk... best sports game in Britain/Europe maybe, but overall are you kiding?

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Comment #39 by Ephidel
Thursday, February 14, 2013 @ 03:19:24 AM
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I've heard Dara O'Briain's opinion on games.

I, personally, think he's not a "proper gamer" and tbh, I cringe when I hear this spud-headed, unfunny twat harp on about his grievances with games. It's all too pop culture and it makes perfect sense that he's hosting an awards ceremony where CoD gets nominated for Game Innovation.

Charlie Brooker, however, is better, though I preferred his harsher material when he started Screenwipe. Having a kid seems to have knackered him in and "10 O Clock Live" often felt forced. That said, he and David Mitchell were the only ones on that show who were regularly entertaining.

And back on topic, these awards, if not, all well publicised awards ceremonies are essentially rigged showboats. If a genuinely good game ever wins anything, it's because it's deemed the popular choice and appeasing to the greatest number of business interests or fans. Or it could be a particularly not well known event who want to get noticed so they'll choose something niche to generate interest.

Either way, I'm happily and purposefully ignorant and oblivious to this kind of marketing shit.

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Comment #40 by ThePyroGuy x
Thursday, February 14, 2013 @ 11:50:00 AM
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Really hope The Walking Dead gets best game I finally devoted two full days playing through the entire game and I must admit it was two days well spent

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