BAFTA releases people's choice nominations

The UK's premier gaming awards has released the shortlist for the ceremony's one publicly voted award; rest to follow next week.

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Since the British Academy of Film and Television Arts started honoring video games in it own ceremony in 2003, the annual gaming BAFTAs have become the top gaming awards handed out in the UK.

Will John Marston once again be riding roughshod over the competition this March?

Today, the 2010 awards kicked off in earnest with the release of the shortlist for the People's Choice award, with 10 of the year's best titles offered up for public voting. While the rest of the gaming BAFTAs are decided behind closed doors, the people's choice award is decided by public voting, conducted on the BAFTA Game Award website.

This year, the nominees are Call of Duty: Black Ops, Dance Central, FIFA 11, Halo Reach, Heavy Rain, Limbo, Mass Effect 2, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Red Dead Redemption, and Super Mario Galaxy 2. The shortlist is decided by a panel of industry experts, who choose from games released in 2010.

Call of Duty has strong form in the People's Choice award, with the franchise having taken home the award in both 2008 and 2009, through Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and its sequel Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. In 2007, the award was taken by the 2007 iteration of Sports Interactive's perennial favorite Football Manager.

The rest of the nominations will be released next week, on February 16, with the awards themselves handed out a month later on March 16. Last year's awards were dominated by Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, which took home five awards, but was pipped at the post to the Game of the Year award by Batman: Arkham Asylum, which also won Best Gameplay.

Discussion

38 comments
TheRuntMan
TheRuntMan

Halo: Reach! Not Black Ops or Red Dead Redemption.

IceJester45
IceJester45

I think Mass Effect 2 deserves it. The game has it all--great story, pacing, writing, mechanics, graphics, and audio. Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Halo: Reach were also top-notch, but Mass Effect 2 is easily the best game on that list.

Bezee4u
Bezee4u

Halo Reach for the win!!

milan4554
milan4554

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Mc_Trickz
Mc_Trickz

I don't know,nowadays the games are so good...Not saying that the old ones were bad or are bad,becuase i love old school games and new school games,my first console was NES so,you know how it goes lol...

Yathoom
Yathoom

Red Dead deserves everything.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Lol looks like i wont be voting. I havent played any of the above games so it'd be pointless.

Creed02
Creed02

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krisroe_213
krisroe_213

well since it's not gamespot choosing the winner, i'm assuming ME2 will win

D-K-Brown
D-K-Brown

it's gotta be red dead baby. not just for encapsulating the feeling of the 'wild west' in a game but for having some freakin' awesome gameplay and set pieces too. and you can skin your own horse if it dies! i can just imagine john marston saying: "it's what he/she would have wanted!!" :)

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

hahahaha lolololol for real how did halo name got there man they think that game is great me dont think so lol.

pandehz
pandehz

MASS EFFECT 2 of course

spooky57571
spooky57571

Black ops....ugh. And why did everyone thumbs down Devchar96? All he did was state his opinion. I mean I know his opinion sucks but, come on.

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

Super Mario Galaxy 2 should win. Most creative, graphical(artistic), best music, Large amount of gameplay, etc.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Mass Effect 2, with RDR and SMG2 as honorable mentions. The other games listed are leagues behind those two and I can't believe NFS: HP is even up there.

DarkBuhamut
DarkBuhamut

@MooncalfReviews Halo or COD that is. yeh i jus dont like fps games. Mass effect 2 is amazing though

chocolate1325
chocolate1325

Drakes Fortune is the first Uncharted game the sequel is Among Thieves.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Anyone who nominates Halo in an awards ceremony immediately loses all credibility.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

@NoDzombie the combat gets boring as hell, and the whole game feels the same everywhere you go. this better not win.

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

@senorbusyman you are quite right about Treyarch, but seriously grow out of this Halo bull**** dude, the franchise smokes d***s. RDR or HR should take top spot but you can never tell these days with so many ppl not having their Halo vaccinations....."OH YEAH, PIECE OF S***!!!"

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

voting Mass Effect 2, best game out of that list for me, although there are some very good games there, winner will prob be Black Ops tho, CoD always seems to wins this award

Fyre8892
Fyre8892

@GryphonICD Thank God someone else agrees. I've played ME2 through three times now and it never gets old because the game can actually be different from one play to the next. RDR's choice system is hollow at best and the gunplay isn't great either. Toward the end of the game you're forced into using dead eye over and over again, which feels just a little like cheating to me. RDR has some memorable enough characters, but the main charater, John Marston, is about as interesting as the nameless bandits he kills. He doesn't seem to have any sort of consistency to his character other than "I'm a rough and tough cowboy with a shady past." Consequently, if anyone is looking into buying a used copy of RDR let me know.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@senorbusyman Infinity Ward used to be the best Call Of Duty developers but Modern Warfare 2 was too casual friendly. You get rewarded for dying,help to stab, weapons were unbalanced and one killstreak even lets you win not to mention no local search function that's necessary when it's P2P. Black Ops addressed most of the issues; balanced weapons and perks, local search option (servers still not great but slightly better), stronger campaign,better Co op and more developer support. Infinity Ward have lost their touch. They're solely in it for the money now.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@senorbusyman Infinity Ward used to be the best Call Of Duty developers but Modern Warfare 2 was too casual friendly. You get rewarded for dying,help to stab, weapons were unbalanced and one killstreak even lets you win not to mention no local search function that's necessary when it's P2P. Black Ops addressed most of the issues; balanced weapons and perks, local search option (servers still not great but slightly better), stronger campaign,better Co op and more developer support. Infinity Ward have lost their touch. They're solely in it for the money now.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

I'd personnally like to see Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Gran Turismo 5 or Red Dead Redemption take it. Super Mario Galaxy 2 was also superb. Mass Effect 2's not as good as it's hyped to be; gameplays rather linear with the exception of freedom of speech to some extent and gameplay-wise it doesn't match Dead Space 2 or Uncharted 2. I'm to sure why Reach is on this list?, it's "same old same old....".

GryphonICD
GryphonICD

I'm hoping for Mass Effect 2. Still bitter over the hype of RDR, having now played it I just find myself disappointed in it.

Hazat36
Hazat36

Hard call between Reach, ME2 and RDR, although I think AC: Brotherhood deserves a spot on the list

hahnasty
hahnasty

I wonder if the strong European voting could boost FIFA to the top...

senorbusyman
senorbusyman

i hope Halo wins they deserve the the GoY award. Black ops sucked. i only like CoD games if they are develop by Infinity Ward, Treyarch sucks