The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced today the nominees for their British Academy Games Awards 2013 to be handed out on March 5. A total of 53 games have been nominated for awards across 17 categories covering the last 12 months of releases in the UK.
It should come as no great shock that Journey and The Walking Dead are at the top of the nomination heap; Journey and The Walking Dead are both nominated for Best Game, Game Design, Story and Original Music. Journey also received nominations for Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Game Innovation and Online-Multiplayer. The Walking Dead is also up for Mobile & Handheld as well as two nominations for Performer. Far Cry 3 and Dear Esther are nominated for Artistic Achievement and Audio Achievement. Far Cry 3 is also nominated for Action, Story, Best Game and Game Design and Dear Esther for British Game, Debut Game and Performer.
Halo 4 is nominated for Action, Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement and Online-Multiplayer. Borderlands 2 receives nominations for Action, Artistic Achievement, Game Design and Online-Multiplayer. Assassin's Creed III is up for Audio Achievement, Online-Multiplayer, Original Music and Performer. The Room is nominated for Artistic Achievement, British Game, Debut Game and Mobile & Handheld.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Mass Effect 3, Dishonored, Forza Horizon, The Unfinished Swan and Thomas Was Alone all receive three nominations. FIFA 13, LEGO: The Lord of the Rings, Need for Speed Most Wanted, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, New Star Soccer and Diablo III all have two nominations.
Dear Esther, Forza Horizon, LEGO: The Lord of the Rings, Need for Speed Most Wanted, The Room and Super Hexagon are all nominated in this year's new category, Best British Game. Names nominated in the Performer category are Adrian Hough (Haytham) – Assassin's Creed III, 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 and Nolan North (Nathan Drake) – Uncharted: Golden Abyss.
Other nominated games include: Hitman: Absolution, Beat Sneak Bandit, Deadlight, LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Minecraft: XBOX 360 Edition, Skylander Giants, Merlin: The Game, Runescape, SongPop, F1 2012, Nike+ Kinect Training, Football Manager 2013, Great Big War Game and Total War Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai. Showcasing the best in young games development and design talent, the finalists in this year's BAFTA Ones To Watch Award in association with Dare to be Digital are Pixel Story, Project Thanatos and Starcrossed.