BioShock, Wii Sports top BAFTAs

Take-Two's undersea actioner crowned game of the year, but Nintendo's plucky minigame compilation wins most trophies at UK's most prestigious gaming awards.

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the winners of its 2007 Video Games Awards at a ceremony in London attended by hundreds of members of the gaming industry. At the Battersea Evolution venue, host Vic Reeves and a throng of minor celebrities including Gareth Gates and Margaret Hodge announced the winners at the illustrious black tie event.

Nintendo's minigame-compilation-turned-cultural-phenomenon Wii Sports cleaned up at the event with a total of six awards, although it didn't manage to score Best Game. That honour went to BioShock, the atmospheric Xbox 360 and PC sci-fi shooter from Take-Two Interactive.

Games released in the UK between October 6, 2006, and December 31, 2007, were eligible for nomination to the awards, but had to be playable by the jury members by September 6 in order to be judged.

The full list of winners and runners-up is as follows:

Action and adventure
Winner: Crackdown (Realtime Worlds)

Gears of War (Epic Games)
God of War 2 (SCE Santa Monica Studio)
Orange Box (Valve)
Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction (SCE Foster City Studio & Insomniac)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo)

Artistic achievement
Winner: Okami (Clover(Capcom))

BioShock (2K Boston/2K Australia)
Heavenly Sword (Ninja Theory)
Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction (SCE Foster City Studio & Insomniac)
Skate (EA Black Box)
Viva Piñata (Rare)

Best game
Winner: BioShock (2K Boston/2K Australia)

Crysis (Crytek)
Gears of War (Epic Games)
Guitar Hero II (Harmonix)
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (Eidos)
Wii Sports (Nintendo)

Casual
Winner: Wii Sports (Nintendo)

SingStar (SCE London Studio)
Big Brain Academy for Wii (Nintendo)
Cake Mania (Digital Embryo)
Guitar Hero II (Harmonix)
More Brain Training (Nintendo)

Gameplay
Winner: Wii Sports (Nintendo)

Crackdown (Realtime Worlds)
Gears of War (Epic Games)
Sega Rally (SEGA Racing Studio)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo)
Warhawk (Incognito)

Innovation
Winner: Wii Sports (Nintendo)

fl0w (SCE Santa Monica Studio/Thatgamecompany)
Okami (Clover(Capcom))
Super Paper Mario (Intelligent Systems)
The Eye of Judgement (SCE Japan Studio)
Trauma Center: Second Opinion (Atlus USA)

Multiplayer
Winner: Wii Sports (Nintendo)

Battlefield 2142 (EA Dice)
Crackdown (Realtime Worlds)
Guitar Hero II (Harmonix)
World in Conflict (Massive Entertainment)
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (Blizzard Entertainment)

Original score
Winner: Okami (Clover (Capcom))

Final Fantasy XII (Final Fantasy XII Project Team)
God of War 2 (SCE Santa Monica Studio)
Lair (SCE Foster City Studio & Factor 5)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo)
Viva Piñata (Rare)

Sports
Winner: Wii Sports (Nintendo)

Football Manager 2008 (Sports Interactive)
Colin McRae: DiRT (Codemasters)
FIFA 08 (EA Chicago)
MotorStorm (SCE External Development Studio & Evolution)
Virtua Tennis 3 (Sumo Digital)

Strategy and simulation
Winner: Wii Sports (Nintendo)

Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars (Electronic Arts LA)
Forza Motorsport 2 (Turn 10) Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms (The Creative Assembly)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas (Ubisoft Studios (Montreal))
World in Conflict (Massive Entertainment)

Story and character
Winner: God of War 2 (SCE Santa Monica Studio)

Final Fantasy XII (Final Fantasy XII Project Team)
Heavenly Sword (Ninja Theory)
Okami (Clover (Capcom))
The Darkness (Starbreeze Studios)
The Simpsons Game (EA)

Technical achievement
Winner: God of War 2 (SCE Santa Monica Studio)

Crackdown (Realtime Worlds)
Gears of War Epic Games)
MotorStorm (SCE External Development Studio/Evolution)
Okami (Clover(Capcom))
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (Naughty Dog)

Use of audio
Winner: Crackdown (Realtime Worlds)

Elite Beat Agents (iNiS)
Gears of War (Epic Games)
God of War 2 (SCE Santa Monica Studio)
Guitar Hero II (Harmonix)
skate (EA Black Box)

BAFTA Ones To Watch Award (in association with Dare to Be Digital)
Winner: Ragnarawk (Voodoo Boogy)

ClimbActic (Carebox)
Bear Go Home (Phoenix Seed)

The PC World Gamers Award (voted for by the public)
Winner: Football Manager 2007 (Sports Interactive)

Dr Kawashima's Brain Training (Nintendo)
FIFA 07 (EA Canada)
Gears of War (Epic Games)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (Rockstar Leeds)
Resistance: Fall of Man (Insomniac)
Wii Play (Nintendo)

Discussion

406 comments
Zabadack
Zabadack

Bioshock was ok but in my opinion the only reason it could get an award like that is because it had no competition. and to the people who said about the story, go play system shock 2 and you'll see how stupidly similar it is, the story isn't impressive at all. and honestly anyone who thinks the graphics in bioshock are impressive needs a slap those character models were about as good as UT2K4's

DynamoFan
DynamoFan

"The PC World Gamers Award (voted for by the public) Winner: Football Manager 2007 (Sports Interactive) Dr Kawashima's Brain Training (Nintendo) FIFA 07 (EA Canada) Gears of War (Epic Games) Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (Rockstar Leeds) Resistance: Fall of Man (Insomniac) Wii Play (Nintendo)" HOW DID WII PLAY GET ON THERE?! THAT'S MY LEAST FAVORITE GAME FOR MY WII!

JohnDW
JohnDW

dualmask - SIMULATION Tennis Golf Boxing Bowling Baseball SIMULATIONS

Dualmask
Dualmask

I love Wii Sports, but how the heck did it win the strategy and simulation award? That's just...funny.

matty_sen
matty_sen

dude, where is halo,assassin creed crackdown int eventhat good?

majidok
majidok

Some of the games haven't been released and some has just been released . the awards indirectly advertised for the games , Its like saying we've seen these games they deserve an award and therefore deserve your attention !

andyrulesliver
andyrulesliver

go wii sports its your birthday its not but anyway go wii sports!

m4x1
m4x1

WHERE IS BIOSHOCK IN BEST USE OF AUDIO WHERE IS BIOSHOCK IN STORY AND CHARACTER. WHY IS VIVA PINATA'S ORIGINAL SCORE NOMINATED. WHY THE -insert word here- IS THE SIMPSONS GAME IN STORY AND CHARACTER, ITS A BLOODY TV SHOW. WHY DOES THE CASUAL CATEGORY MEAN THAT GAMES PLAYED WITH A CONTROLLER CAN'T BE NOMINATED. WHERES HALO 3. [/rantwithoutquestionmarks]

shoe8me
shoe8me

To Longfire3000: as for Halo 3, the introduction states that the games had to be playable by Sept. 6, 2007...Bungie would never follow that release

Longfire3000
Longfire3000

How did both Gears and Halo 3 not get any. I'm British and the BAFTA's are normally sensible, but this is out of the window! NEWSFLASH: CREATE AN OFFICIAL GAMING VERSION OF THE OSCARS JUDGED BY GAMING PROFESSIONALS!

strategyking92
strategyking92

uh, so wii sports won best multiplayer? and 2 games based on online play didnt win it? POOR JUDGING. Although crackdown deserved its praise.

wadley101
wadley101

How is a Crysis runner up in one of the categories, its not out yet!

McGregor
McGregor

Huh? I'm confused...what is a TV board doing rating video games? Or are video games now considered television art? That would be funny since so many "professionals" say that video games are not art. Maybe i'm not sophisticated enough...for the record, strategy and simulation need to be 2 separate category's

Zazalon
Zazalon

Crackdown was great, but should'nt have gotten that much attention. Wii Sports is just a minigame compilation that is now overrated. How can they say Crackdown has the best use of audio? The only thing good about its sound is the opening tune. It should be Guitar Hero 2 , but hey, that goes to show how some of us work...

Zee666
Zee666

??? Crackdown... best use of audio??? WTF!!!! And why isn't halo 3 best multiplayer? And why is WII sports best strategy and simulation? and why? and why? and why? and why and why and why and why....

epsilonone
epsilonone

halo 3 is a Hype and would win that award and

MadlilMart
MadlilMart

hmm there is somethign seriously wrong here

fififans
fififans

halo 3 in none of them ... wtf

tmacairjordan87
tmacairjordan87

i think what we can ALL agree to is that BAFTA has totally crushed it's reputation, if it ever even had one to begin with. Spike's game award show has more credibility than this

noudontidort
noudontidort

The winners of these awards were chosen by the British Association of Film and Television Arts. That might explain there seemingly non-existant knowledge of gaming.

foritxxar
foritxxar

...wow. This list is just... 'tarded. O.o And how come the Simpson's Game was nominated for story, and Bioshock wasn't? Wii Sports for simulation and stradegy?! All you do is shake the controller! Crackdown for audio? All I heard in Crackdown was "patapatapata I'LL KILL YOOOO! patapatapata DIE!" And the biggest insult of all... Wii Sports winning in multiplayer? WTF? D:

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

I'm a bit shocked at the way these awards went...Would someone care to tell me how Wii sports almost cleans up, & decent games like CC3, world in conflict, zelda, orange box,gears, and of course bioshock ( G.O.T.Y Excluded ) missed out on awards deserving to them?...Looks like who ever votes doesnt know much about game's or is just plain stupid.

pugkiller
pugkiller

How the heck does Wii "SPORTS" win for STRATEGY AND SIMULATION?!? OVER CC3 and world in conflict?!? and how does CRACKDOWN beat out GEARS, ORANGE BOX, GOD OF WAR and ZELDA for action adventure?!? Holy christ what where these voters thinking?!? and beats out GH2 for AUDIO?!? Bioshock didnt even get nominated for best Story, kinda surprised Wii Sports didnt win that one too. Jeez these voters must have been on crack or something, the only good picks are Bioshock and wii sports for innovation. Everything else is Crackdown and wii sports for ridiculous categories.

DIMANICUS
DIMANICUS

And ebookerd1 your far from a "realist"

DIMANICUS
DIMANICUS

Wii Sports deserved to win the most titles and BioShock deserved GOTY. Bravo voters.

lazerluke
lazerluke

Who votes for these? Wii sports has got to be one of the most shallow games around. It probably won because thats the only game that most of them played.

MBII_Dolla_Bill
MBII_Dolla_Bill

How did Crackdown win two awards? That's nuts! I mean it beat out Gears of War and God of War 2 for action, and Guitar Hero II for use of audi? WTF is that?!?! And gnutux I am so sorry I was gonna give you a thumbs-up but I accidentally clicked thumbs-down.

gnutux
gnutux

I don't get why Crackdown won so many awards, I didn't like the game much, but I guess that's IMO.

usedtype
usedtype

These are rather weird awards. Great to see some love for Wii Sports, Bioshock, and especially Okami, but these are still weird. Wii Sports in simulation and strategy? Why all the love for Crackdown? It was pretty fun, but not award worthy. Why all the games that aren't even done included? It says they must be playable by Sept. 6th, so are they judging games based on beta versions?! Maybe the British Academy should stick to TV and movies for awhile.

HuxleyHobbes
HuxleyHobbes

This makes me ashamed to live in Britain. Even more than our constant Brain Training and Fifa-filled sales charts.

beeber79
beeber79

I'm from 'over there' and Strategy and Simulation does not mean Wii Sports, trust me. I own Wii Sports and I love it. It deserves a lot of plaudits, but it is not a simulation of anything. Even the sports it represents, it is just an arcadey take on them.

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

Several things to note here. Crackdown was fun, and I did enjoy it, but even I can admit that game wasn't award winning material. It was thin, plotless, and had very repetative gameplay. Bioshock was amazing for the first few hours you played it, and the whole, "I'm in an undersea city back in the 50's and there's a bunch of psychos around me," gets hella' old, hella' fast. The mini-game also got stupid boring and easy after doing it more than 10 times. Wii Sports is sort of fun, for.... maybe 15 minute intervals. I mean, you pick it up, play it, then you're done and do something else. My friends and I can stand there and play Wii Tennis or Wii Bowling, or any of the others for more than one set of rounds against each other. It's sad to see it win so many awards, because again, this wasn't a game that was even slightly impressive. "Oooh, that's how you use the Wii. Cool." Then you move on to other games. Hell, there are some really great games that got nominated here, and not one of them won becuase someone at BAFTA thought the Wii was more than a cheap console gimmick. Hell, you want innovation, play Portals. That's programming genius. And what the hell is this? "Yeah, we can accept games between last year and December of this year...... but we can only accept games that we can play by September 6." So that, what, cuts out ALL the truly incredible games? Let's make a list in order of release. Halo 3, Ratchet & Clank, Guitar Hero III, Hellgate: London, Gears of War PC, Call of Duty 4, Crysis, Unreal Tournament III, Mass Effect, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Kane & Lynch: Dead Mean, Assassin's Creed.... I can't think of any more. Anyway, you get my point.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

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thewesman
thewesman

Strategy and Simulation must mean something different over there...those game choices are all over the place. I can see the simulation side of Wii sports, but strategy? hrmm...

beeber79
beeber79

BAFTAs are better than most of these lists but take a very partial view, and tend to under rate PC oriented franchises. Orange Box not as good as Crackdown? Risible decision. Wii Sports a better strategy or simulation that C&C3 or World in Conflict? Just a joke.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Oh yeah Crackdown was not action game of the year I own it and I like it but not Action Game of the year!! I am a realist these awards are questionable?

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

I may like a few of these games but I don't agree with 60% of this. I mean is Wii sports a Strategy and simulation game??? Controls I would say were ok at times teh boxing Pissed me of to no end but Wii sports is innovatice?? Uhh I thought english people were cool!! That is in question at this moment? Don't hate me Hate the reviewers

Wolfcp11
Wolfcp11

How silly, year ain't even over.

ChucklesMginty
ChucklesMginty

Don't bother watching it my uncle went to it because he works for Cnet UK he said it was terrible.

DFalcon999
DFalcon999

On further reading, much of this seems quite suspect. I think they only picked Crackdown for best action game because they desperately want a sequel even though the developers say that's probably not going to happen. Artistic, Casual and GOTY Winners- NO Objections here. They deserve their spots. Gameplay- Accetable Innovation- It was either this or Okami, but I'd have given it to Okami because it came sooner. Multiplayer- Indifferent because they don't specify what KIND of Multiplayer. though in any case I wouldn't have picked WoW. Original Score- Acceptable. The music was good, FFXII's and LOZ: TP's weren't bad at all. Sports- Very much deserves it. I HATE Sports games usually but I really like Wii sports. The fact that it sightly helps with fitness is a major boon too. Strategy and simulation- Why the HELL are these two categories together anyway? I can understand action and adventure as the line has really become blurred over the years AND must full-fledged action games are rare nowadays. Wii sports might pass for a Simulation game as you use a personal Mii to play the game but in NO WAY is it a strategy game! I would have given the Strategy award to C&C 3 because it brought back a classic, may not be as great as the original C&C or Red Alert, but still nice. Story and Character- Kratos is cool but I still think Okami should have won this, Amaterasu was a fairly unique character compared to the atypical Spartan Barbarian. Technical Achievement- What did GOW2 achieve? Keeping the PS2 afloat? And what is Uncharted: Drake's Fortune even DOING here? It's not even in Demo form yet! Use of audio- The frig? Crackdown's audio wasn't great at all. Sure, your advice-giving voice was cool but that was about it. Sure the fake soundtracks were nice but hardly anything special. Elite Beat Agents deserved this hands down as Audio was the focus of the whole game essentially while it was a tertiary item in all the other nominees. One to Watch- Never heard of either of them. Take that how you will The PC World Gamers Award- ...This was really voted by the public??

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

I think Gears should have beat Bioshock. I just beat both, and Gears was more entertaining as a game even though it was shorter.

freyuk
freyuk

You just have to imagine the panel of judges giggling over Wii Sports, of course win so many awards. Pick up and play. Which judge doesn't want an easy life.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

dorohala That is no excuse. Wii selling doesn't mean the games are automatically good. On another note good point markevens. Portal was a great new innovative experience.

dorohala
dorohala

I have to admitt that the wii console did well in UK.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

Liamoliver2, I am there with you. This is completely ridiculous. Not just because of weird winners but because of games being voted in without being out and others like Halo 3 not be voted in. I am sorry but Halo 3 multiplayer(which should have been playable) and Orange Box's Team Fortress 2 destroys Wii Sports in every which way. There is more modes, more people can play together, and they are better suited than a simple designed game like Wii Sports. I think it is because these voters where not real game players.

Shifty_Pete
Shifty_Pete

Best gameplay for Wii Sports? Really? Oh... best sim/strategy is also Wii Sports, got it. Did it also get best RPG, best puzzle game, and best dating-sim... you know, other categories it doesn't belong in?

markevens
markevens

AND... if they got their hands on the orange box, why isn't portal in there for innovation or technical achievement.