Arkham City, L.A. Noire lead BAFTA nominations

Contenders for the UK's top video game awards revealed; Uncharted 3, Little Big Planet 2 also hotly tipped.

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Following on from last week's announcement of the nominees for the ceremony's one publicly voted award, BAFTA today revealed the games up for the rest of this year's British Academy Video Games Awards. Batman: Arkham City and L.A. Noire lead the way with eight nominations each, while Little Big Planet 2 and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception are nipping at their heels with six nominations.

Mad Men's Aaron Staton is one of those up for the inaugural performer award.

The teams behind Portal 2 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will also be donning tuxedos with high hopes after both games secured five nominations each, as will those responsible for Deus Ex: Human revolution, after seeing their game nominated in four categories. Other multiple nominees were Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which both received three nods, Bastion, Battlefield 3, Dance Central 2, Dark Souls, FIFA 12, From Dust, Kinect Sports: Season Two, Monstermind, The Nightjar, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Super Mario 3D Land, and Total War: Shogun 2, which each received two.

Arkham City, FIFA 12, L.A. Noire, Portal 2, Skyrim, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will do battle for the big award of the night, the Best Game prize. 2012 will also be the first year that the best performer category will be included, with a number of well-known stars in contention. Aaron Staton, nominated for his portrayal of Cole Phelps in L.A. Noire, is up against Mark Hamill (the Joker in Arkham City), Stephen Fry (the narrator in Little Big Planet 2), Stephen Merchant (Wheatley in Portal 2), and gaming stalwarts Nolan North (Nathan Drake in Uncharted 3) and Togo Igawa (diplomat, advisor, and military general in Shogun 2: Total War).

One existing category that often causes confusion is Best Strategy, this year being contested by Shogun 2, Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, Football Manager 2012, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dark Souls, and From Dust. BAFTA defines the strategy category as honouring games "centred around the use of strategic gameplay," rather than simply those that fall into the strategy genre.

The full list of nominations can be found on BAFTA's website.

Discussion

27 comments
Drakes12
Drakes12

Dark Souls requires such great strategy! Changed my life!

jroel
jroel

Nolan North did a lot more than just Nathan Drake last year (he was also Desmond in ACR and the Penguin in Arkham City - and those are just the games I played, heard he was also in Portal 2, among others). Is it just that his nomination is for his performance as Drake?

d33pak001
d33pak001

Last year was a great year for games from all the genres

Khoo1992
Khoo1992

Call of Duty?!?! Seriously?!?!

vivalatour
vivalatour

a robin by any other name is still a robin ! a batman by any other name is still one ugly s.o.b. and that's a fact jack ! and nathan drake still uses too many bullets ! so it's got to be the guys from NOIRE plus it rhymes with RoCkStAr !

nima_metal90
nima_metal90

I'm not glad to see cod upthere, even bafta should knw they r doing same thing over & over & over again.

Darkhorse-Gamer
Darkhorse-Gamer

I think Arkham City will win because It's made by British people and It absolutely deserves to win.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Heres an idea, why don't game devs make a Batman game with elements from LA Noire where you use your detective skills to find and solve cases using the Batcomputer at the Batcave and take the Batmovile and travel to different parts of Gotham City or respond to the bat signal and on and on and on.

Hurvl
Hurvl

I thought it was strange to see Deus Ex in the Strategy category, but it makes sense if you go by Bafta's definition. Like a commenter at the Bafta page said, where is The Witcher 2? It was hailed as a masterpiece, reviewers saying that they outshined Bioware.

Rioichi21Cooper
Rioichi21Cooper

Skyrim will probably get it, I bet the majority of people who play FIFA don't even know about this.

metalkitten
metalkitten

i got no clue why la noire should get any award.... it has huge graphical bugs, i actually had to turn of the game several times cause i got stuck all females look alike the story got loopholes and u stop caring after a while and yes i finished it and got back to it trying to like it and played some dlc and my verdict is still the same - bad game, i can agree to that it captures the atmosphere of a postwar racist wifebeating place as it was at that time very well though the list looks very typical western games... but ill go with portal 2 out of them - excellent game and i hope wheatly wins the voice - even though i like the voice of nate too

Bezee4u
Bezee4u

Skyrim!!! Already voted for u Bafta GOTY.

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

Glad to see Deus Ex getting some props. I love that game.

AjenoMerveilles
AjenoMerveilles

Since it came out I've been cheerleading Dark Souls to win everything and get all the girls. I just found it a misanthropic brutal and unforgiving piece of art. I concede there may be something wrong with me then to enjoy it as much as I do... Agree with Dead Space 2. Woefully neglected gem.

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

@ZOD777 FIFA won't win due to the people that play it aren't normally that big on gaming and probally don't even know BAFTA has awards for games It'll be skyrim without a doubt (although personally would love batman to win mark hamill for the voice actors award!!!!)

tainted0ne
tainted0ne

Skyrim, Portal 2, and Dark Souls were my favs from last year. Also is there no best graphics nominations? I didn't really like crysis 2 but the game was beautiful.

csftar
csftar

Witcher 2 Witcher 2 Witcher 2 Witcher 2 Witcher 2 Witcher 2 Witcher 2 Witcher 2 Witcher 2 Witcher 2 Witcher 2 Witcher 2 Witcher 2 Witche- *Cough* oh, sorry, i can't think of anything else.

ZOD777
ZOD777

I think this fan vote is going to be between FIFA12, Skyrim, and Batman AC. FIFA12 mainly because soccer is huge in Great Britain, and the other 2 are obvious choices. Portal 2 does really well with critics, but I don't think it has the fan base to oust the others. Zelda has it's fans, but being single platform doesn't help its' cause, and LA Noire just wasn't popular enough.

hyksiu
hyksiu

Both are great games!

kamikazeespleen
kamikazeespleen

So happy LA Noire got nominated. Such a good atmospheric game. It could have had some side missions or something but the story was great along with the great voice acting and the Motion Scan.

CaptHawkeye
CaptHawkeye

LA Noire sucked. It was a horrid, horrid game.

jonahmaul
jonahmaul

Although a great game I found Uncharted 3 a little disappointing as I was expecting more. I actually think Uncharted 2 was better. Best game last year for me has to be Arkham City. Was slick and lots of fun.

IgotEpixx
IgotEpixx

@ NightLord47 Rockstar only published it. Team Bondi were the ones who actually developed the game. Rockstar's name is just stuck on there to sell more copies.

NightLord47
NightLord47

LA Noire was a huge step backwards for the otherwise great Rockstar Games. Only prize it should win is for biggest disappointing.

NTM23
NTM23

I'm not saying the games that were nominated aren't great, but there was a serious lack of Dead Space 2. It's nice to see it nominated for sound at least.