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BAFTA Announce 2012 Video Game Award Nominees

Published February 16, 2012 by |
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BAFTA has announced the nominations for the 2012 British Academy Video Games Awards, with Batman: Arkham City and LA Noire up for the most accolades.

Rockstar’s detective shooter LA Noire joins Rocksteady Studios’ Batman: Arkham City in leading the nominations with eight each. Media Molecule’s LittleBigPlanet 2 and Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception both have been put forward for six awards.

Gamebrit’s 2011 Game Of The Year, Portal 2 received five nominations.

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Beyond the usual gongs up for grabs, this year the academy has introduced three new awards – Debut Game, Online Browser and Online Multiplayer.

Out of the 18 categories just one is open to the public vote. Gamers can back their favourite to win the ‘GAME Award of 2011’, which this year features Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, FIFA 12, LA Noire, Minecraft, Portal 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception as nominees. The two new online categories have been established to pay recognition to the best in web-based gaming and social gaming respectively. The new Debut Game award pits a range of new IP’s against each other, which this year includes Bastion, RIFT and LA Noire.

Those who vote in the GAME Award category can enter a prize draw to win a limited edition Star Wars themed Xbox 360.

The academy award show, now in it’s eighth year, takes place next month on Friday, March 16 at the London Hilton, Park Lane. Gamebrit will be sure to update you with the results! 

The full list of categories and nominees follows:

Action

Assassin’s Creed Revelations
Batman: Arkham City
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Portal 2
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Artistic Achievement

Batman: Arkham City
LA Noire
LitteBigPlanet 2
Rayman Origins
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Audio Achievement

Batman: Arkham City
Battlefield 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Dead Space 2
The Nightjar
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Best Game

Batman: Arkham City
Fifa 12
LA Noire
Portal 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Debut Game

Bastion
Eufloria
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Shadow Planet Productions/Microsoft Studios
LA Noire
Monstermind
RIFT

Design

Batman: Arkham City
LA Noire
LittleBigPlanet 2
Portal 2
Super Mario 3D Land
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Family

Dance Central 2
Kinect Sports 2
Leho Pirates of the Caribbean
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
LittleBigPlanet 2
Mario Kart 7

Game Innovation

Bastion
Child of Eden
From Dust
LA Noire
LittleBigPlanet 2
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Mobile and Handheld

Dead Space iOS
Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint
Peggle
Quarrel
Super Mario 3D Land
The Nightjar

Online – Browser

Gardens of Time
I Am Playr
Monstermind
Resistance 3
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure
The Sims Social

Online – Multiplayer

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Battlefield 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Dark Souls
Gears of War 3
LittleBigPlanet 2

Original Music

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Batman: Arkham City
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
LA Noire
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Performer

Aaron Stanton (Cole Phelps) – LA Noire
Mark Hamill (The Joker) – Batman: Arkham City
Nolan North (Nathan Drake) – Uncharted 3:Drake’s Deception
Stephen Fry (Narrator) – LittleBigPlanet 2
Stephen Merchant (Wheatley) – Portal 2
Togo Igawa (Dipolomat, Advisor and Military General) – Total War: Shogun 2

Sports/Fitness

Dance Central 2
DiRT 3
Fl 2011
Fifa 12
Kinect Sports 2
Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012

Story

Batman: Arkham City
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
LA Noire
Portal 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Strategy

Dark Souls
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Football Manager 2012
From Dust
Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
Total War: Shogun 2

Bafta Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital

Dreamweaver
Joust!
Tick Tock Toys

Game Award of 2011 (public vote)

Batman: Arkham City
Battlefield 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Fifa 12
LA Noire
Minecraft
Portal 2
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception