BAFTA announces Audience Award shortlist

The UK's top games award ceremony releases the shortlist for its one accolade chosen by the general public.


Today the British Academy Video Games Awards released their shortlist for the Audience Award for games released in 2011.

The BAFTA Game Award, which recognises the people's choice for game of the year, is the only award voted for by the general public. Votes can be cast on the BAFTA Game Award website, and the winner will be announced at the ceremony on March 16. More than 110,000 votes were cast last year, with the award going to Call of Duty: Black Ops, over titles such as Red Dead Redemption, Mass Effect 2, and Limbo.

Critically acclaimed Portal 2 is also in the running for the Audience Award.

The shortlist for the award was compiled by a panel of industry experts, and the nominees are Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, FIFA 12, L.A. Noire, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Minecraft, Portal 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.

The Call of Duty franchise has had previous success in this category, winning the people's choice award not only in 2011, but also in 2010 for Modern Warfare 2 and in 2009 for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. But the series does face some stiff competition this year, with highly critically acclaimed games such as Portal 2, Skyrim, and Arkham City in the running.

Heavy Rain dominated last year's awards, nominated in seven categories and winning in three.

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