Call of Duty 4 tops BAFTA nominees

Modern Warfare nets seven nods in extended Brit game awards; GTAIV, Fable II, Little Big Planet.

Some 15 months after the debut of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, one might think it was done competing for Game of the Year awards. One would be wrong, however, as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts today announced the gaming nominees for its (mostly) annual BAFTA awards, and Modern Warfare led all comers with nominations in seven categories, including Best Game.

More proof that Modern Warfare isn't ancient history.

The latest BAFTA game awards were doled out in October of 2007, with publishers needing to submit eligible games in completed form by early September. Last year, the British Academy opted to delay the awards (and the submission cutoff), ensuring that games competing on shelves in the same holiday season would also be competing in the same awards season. But along with that delay comes a one-time extra-large pool of candidates, with a 2007 release like Modern Warfare competing against games like Ubisoft's Prince of Persia, which launched in December 2008.

Modern Warfare was by no means the only 2007 game to nab honors, nor the only one to pick up multiple nominations. Assassin's Creed was named in four categories, while Rock Band and Super Mario Galaxy each received three nods. As for the representatives of 2008, Grand Theft Auto IV garnered six nominations, Fable II and Little Big Planet scored five each, and Dead Space and Fallout 3 could soon need shelf space for an extra four awards each.

The winners will be announced March 10 in a cermony at the London Hilton on Park Lane. One guaranteed honoree that night is Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, who has been confirmed as the recipient of this year's Fellowship accolade.

The full list of categories and nominees follows.

Action & Adventure

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Development Team
Infinity Ward/Activision

Dead Space
Glen Schofield, Chuck Beaver, Bret Robbins
Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts

Fable II
Development Team
Lionhead Studios/Microsoft Game Studios

Grand Theft Auto IV
Development Team
Rockstar North/Rockstar Games

Prince of Persia
Ben Mattes, Jean-Christophe Guyot
Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft Entertainment

Tomb Raider: Underworld
Noah Hughes, Pat Sirk, Toby Gard
Crystal Dynamics/Eidos

Artistic Achievement

Assassin's Creed
Jade Raymond, Patrice Desilets, Claude Langlais
Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft Entertainment

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Development Team
Infinity Ward/Activision

Dead Space
Ian Milham
Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts

Gears of War 2
Development Team
Epic Games/Microsoft Games Studios

Little Big Planet
Kareem Ettouney, Mark Healey, Leo Cubbin
Media Molecule & XDev Studio Europe/Sony Computer Entertainment

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Yoji Shinkawa
Kojima Productions/Konami Digital Entertainment

Best Game

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Development Team
Infinity Ward/Activision

Fable II
Development Team
Lionhead Studios/Microsoft Game Studio

Fallout 3
Todd Howard, Emil Pagliarulo, Istvan Pely
Bethesda Game Studio/Bethesda Softworks Europe

Grand Theft Auto IV
Development Team
Rockstar North/Rockstar Games

Rock Band
Alex Rigopulos, Eran Egozy, Mike Dornbrook
Harmonix Music Systems/MTV Games

Super Mario Galaxy
Development Team
Nintendo/Nintendo

Casual

Boom Blox
Development Team
Electronic Arts LA/Electronic Arts

Buzz! Quiz TV
David Amor, Andrew Eades, Lee Clare
Relentless Software & XDev Studio Europe/Sony Computer Entertainment

Guitar Hero: World Tour
Development Team
Neversoft/Activision

Little Big Planet
Mark Healey, Dave Smith, Pete Smith
Media Molecule & XDev Studio Europe/Sony Computer Entertainment

SingStar Vol. 2
Vera So, Gillian Connole, Kevin Mason
SCE London Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment

Wii Fit
Development Team
Nintendo/Nintendo

Gameplay

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Development Team
Infinity Ward/Activision

Grand Theft Auto IV
Development Team
Rockstar North/Rockstar Games

Left 4 Dead
Gabe Newell, Mike Booth, Chet Faliszek
Valve/Valve

Mario Kart Wii
Development Team
Nintendo/Nintendo

Rock Band
Alex Rigopulos, Dan Teasdale, Tracy Rosenthal-Newsom
Harmonix Music System/MTV Games

Super Mario Galaxy
Development Team
Nintendo/Nintendo

Handheld

Geometry Wars: Galaxies
James Brooksby, Jim Mummery
Doublesix/Sierra

God of War: Chains of the Olympus
Development Team
Ready at Dawn & SCE Santa Monica Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Development Team
Nintendo/Nintendo

Patapon
Development Team
Pyramid & SCE Japan Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment

Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Development Team
Nintendo/Nintendo

Soul Bubbles
Olivier Lejade, Omar Cornut, Frederick Raynal
McKensleep/Eidos

Multiplayer

Buzz! Quiz TV
David Amor, Andrew Eades
Relentless Software & SCE XDev Studio Europe/Sony Computer Entertainment

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Development Team
Infinity Ward/Activision

Gears of War 2
Development Team
Epic Games/Microsoft Games Studios

Left 4 Dead
Gabe Newell, Mike Booth, Chet Faliszek
Valve/Valve

Mario Kart Wii
Development Team
Nintendo/Nintendo

Rock Band
Alex Rigopulos, Kasson Crooker
Harmonix Music System/MTV Games

Original Score

Assassin's Creed
Jade Raymond, Patrice Desilets, Claude Langlais
Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft Entertainment

Dead Space
Development Team
Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts

Fable II
Development Team
Lionhead Studios/Microsoft Game Studios

Fallout 3
Todd Howard, Emil Pagliarulo, Istvan Pely
Bethesda Game Studio/Bethesda Softworks Europe

Little Big Planet
Kenneth Young, Mark Healey, Leo Cubbin
Media Molecule & XDev Studio Europe/Sony Computer Entertainment

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Harry Gregson-Williams
Kojima Productions/Konami Digital Entertainment

Sports

FIFA 09
Andrew Wilson, David Rutter, Gary Paterson
EA Canada/Electronic Arts

Football Manager 2009
Development Team
Sports Interactive/SEGA

Motorstorm Pacific Rift
Development Team
Evolution Studios/Sony Computer Entertainment

Pure
Jason Avent, Jim Callin, Craig Gabell
Black Rock Studios/Disney Interactive Studios

Race Driver: GRID
Development Team
Codemasters Studios/Codemasters

Wii Fit
Development Team
Nintendo/Nintendo

Strategy

Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (Advance Wars: Days of Ruin in the US)
Development Team
Nintendo/Nintendo

Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3
Development Team
EA Los Angeles/Electronic Arts

Ninjatown
Shawn Smith, Brandon Curiel, Jeremy Pope
Venan in conjunction with Casmere Productions & Shalinamals/Southpeak Games

Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution
Development Team
Firaxis Games/2K Games

SOCOM: US Navy Seals Tactical Strike
Development Team
Slant Six Games & SCE Foster City Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment

Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise
Gary Richards, Paul Machacek, Joe Humfrey
Rare/THQ

Story and Character

Assassin's Creed
Jade Raymond, Patrice Desilets, Claude Langlais
Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft Entertainment

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Development Team
Infinity Ward/Activision

Fable II
Development Team
Lionhead Studios/Microsoft Game Studios

Fallout 3
Todd Howard, Emil Pagliarulo
Bethesda Game Studio/Bethesda Softworks Europe

Grand Theft Auto IV
Development Team
Rockstar North/Rockstar Games

Mass Effect
Casey Hudson, Drew Karpyshyn, Derek Watts
Bioware/Electronic Arts

Technical Achievement

Assassin's Creed
Jade Raymond, Patrice Desilets, Claude Langlais
Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft Entertainment

Fable II
Development Team
Lionhead Studios/Microsoft Game Studios

Fallout 3
Todd Howard, Guy Carver
Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda Softworks Europe

Grand Theft Auto IV
Development Team
Rockstar North/Rockstar Games

Little Big Planet
Alex Evans, Dave Smith, Leo Cubbin
Media Molecule & XDev Studio Europe/Sony Computer Europe

Spore
Development Team
Electronic Arts Montreal/Electronic Arts

Use of Audio

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Development Team
Infinity Ward/Activision

Dead Space
Don Veca
Electronic Arts/Electronic Arts

Gears of War 2
Development Team
Epic Games/Microsoft Games Studios

Grand Theft Auto IV
Development Team
Rockstar North/Rockstar Games

Little Big Planet
Kenneth Young, Mark Healey, Leo Cubbin
Media Molecule & XDev Studio Europe/Sony Computer Entertainment

Super Mario Galaxy
Development Team
Nintendo/Nintendo

BAFTA Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital

Boro-Toro
Adam Westwood, Graham Ranson, Yves Wheeler, Matthew Booton, Owen Schwehr
DarkMatter Designs

Origamee
Richard Barlow, Alberto Fustinoni, Jonathon Holmes, Kevin Dunlop, Jade Law
Blue Skies

VegeMe
Guo Lin, Gao Ting, Zhang Jun, Laing Wei, Alexander Syminton
Ctrl_D

GAME Award of 2008 (Voted for by the public)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Infinity Ward/Activision

Fallout 3
Bethesda Game Studio/Bethesda Software Europe

Gears of War 2
Epic Games/Microsoft Game Studios

Grand Theft Auto IV
Rockstar North/Take Two Interactive

Guitar Hero World Tour
Neversoft/Activision

Left 4 Dead
Valve/Valve

LittleBigPlanet
Media Molecule & XDEV Studio Europe/SCEE

Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Nintendo/Nintendo

Wii Fit
Nintendo/Nintendo

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
Blizzard Entertainment/Activision

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95 comments
masry95
masry95

call of duty doesnt deserve to be on the 2008 game award but the other games are chossen right

joesh89
joesh89

little big planet, GTA IV and MGS4 are my hopefuls.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

resistance 2, gta iv, mgs4 and lbp would be my top winners

marcopolo4212
marcopolo4212

where's Resistance 2 under multiplayer?!?!?!?!? and Little Big Planet is amazing same with MGS4...Resistance 2 = best shooter other than cod4 or course, little big planet = best platformer and inovative game and MGS4 best action/adventure game...those would be my awards

muzik_mafia
muzik_mafia

This is a joke. Call of Duty should not be here at all, it's in almost every category possible. Metal Gear should be for GOTY, and Assassin's Creed...

gameking5000
gameking5000

@TheUnf0rgiven If I see a list that is full of FPS, then I'd say thats biased. MGS 4 is a good game but it's not the best.

ninjapenguin1
ninjapenguin1

What the CRAP!!! Is no one reconizing Brawl as THE best Wii gamne out there!!!!???? I mean c'mon im sure More people play Smash Bros. than Buzz! Quiz TV!

hassy94
hassy94

Rizer, these are nominations, they are in alphabetical order, not in order of greatness, so fable 2 didn't beat Mass Effect in storyline (unless it wins, lol), so calm down.

TheUnf0rgiven
TheUnf0rgiven

games like Tomb Raider are even in there... which was the shi**iest tomb raider ever and the buggiest! what is the world coming to?

VGA_assassin
VGA_assassin

Cod4 best character development? I dont know about that one...

TheUnf0rgiven
TheUnf0rgiven

What The...!? MGS 4 HAD ONLY 2 NOMINATIONS? EVERY OTHER GAME HAD MORE NOMINATIONS THAN IT... What a biased... biased award! Disappointing... no appreciates real games anymore...

gameking5000
gameking5000

Woah, very long list but all those games are good and I don't have a problem with them being nominees

Chirodip_08
Chirodip_08

I agree with most of these decisions.

GhostfaceL94
GhostfaceL94

This doesn't matter. GameSpot called MGS4 GOTY.

simonsworld
simonsworld

I agree with noah phoenix, on the noob issue, and that other guy, the army soldier looking dude, i been playing online with counter strike since like sept 2000 "i still have a social life yes" , and i still get called a noob, how dare they am a online vetran god dammit! and yes it was the americans who invented the word noob, some people should go out and get laid more. Simon says:make love, and explosions (see what i did there?)

Rizer
Rizer

Fable II outdid Mass Effect in "Best Storyline"? Are you freakin' kidding me? Who rigged that one?

murano28
murano28

Best shooter of all time cod 4. period...

WasntAvailable
WasntAvailable

CoD 4 artistic achivement? I'm not normally one to cry "Conspiracy!", but really, that game has been nominated in far too many catagories for what it's worth. How about Valkyria Chornicles or Prince of Persia? How can CoD 4 deserve it more than either of thosse? It's a modern warfare game running on a basic FPS engine. I bet it wins GotY, and I bet it's been paid off.

Amz1217
Amz1217

i agree with both of you, it's the worst in pc games if your the last one alive and you get killed they just randomly call you a n00b even if thier rubbish themselves

Noah-Phoenix
Noah-Phoenix

I'm probably going to sound really old now, but WTF are nade spammer and a nubetuber? I know what a 'noob' is, and I've got to say it's the most pathetic and offensively American thing I've ever heard anyone say. Every single person that buys a game and starts to play is technically a 'noob', everyone was new to each game at some point, so why do more experienced players use it as a cuss? You may now swear and call me a 'noob' to your hearts content.

Noah-Phoenix
Noah-Phoenix

Only just got into COD4, don't normally like FPS's, but this game changed my mind in a big way. So addicted right now and it so deserves the awards. All the other games in all the lists are good examples of their genres, but only COD4 excels at everything it set out to achieve, and meateater79 is right, like GTA3 was, COD4 will be the standard all others like it will have to live up to. Assassins Creed deserves the story gong, though. Playing the story in COD4 was awesome, but on paper it's lacking. Not too sure if GTA IV deserves all this praise, though. Same with Fable 2. Was a little disappointed by them both.

DRAGENOV
DRAGENOV

wow now that,s is the best game I ever played COD4

shadow9669
shadow9669

i cant wait to be blown away by modern warfare 2

meateater79
meateater79

CoD4 will be the standard that most people measure future FPSs against.

Dav95
Dav95

i think cod4 is a great game but i dont know how it was in the story catergorie

CasinoOutlaw247
CasinoOutlaw247

Another great reason to own the masterpiece that is Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. I can't wait to get more info on Modern Warfare 2!

moose_knuckler
moose_knuckler

lol why in the world would you have an accesory (Wii Fit) under game of the year? HA........so fuking stupid

moose_knuckler
moose_knuckler

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trodeback
trodeback

I still enjoy COD4: MW more than COD5. They should have stuck with the whole modern war thing instead of transitioning back to WWII stuff.

moose_knuckler
moose_knuckler

I'm an xbox fan-boy, I've heard MGS4's ups and few downs and if majority of gaming websites give it 10/10's or 9/10's that should at least be in nominee for GOTY. If I knew what technical achievement was metalgear-solid I might add it for that one but it doesn't matter if it was or wasn't added for story and character, Mass Effect would've had that in the bag either way.

Thunderstorm025
Thunderstorm025

i am incredibly surprised that MGS4 hardly came up in any of these, especially story and character

FlashCharge
FlashCharge

Everyone has an opinion and if you look around there are so many personal game of the year awards. To me everyone has their own GOTY that fits their individual taste and likes in their gaming style. It's satisfying to see so many games I own listed in the various categories to receive some kind of award. It renews my faith in picking a good game. but then, there are the games that brought really full time enjoyment that are not even listed and you wonder why. Like the Academy Awards these awards are for the folks in the industry. Hope they enjoy their time in the sun.

ManzX
ManzX

Inconnux Posted Feb 11, 2009 7:24 am PT I enjoyed CoD4 at first, one of the few single player games I have bothered finishing. Online it turned into a nade spammer/ noobtuber fest and I got sick of it very quickly. What they need to do is fix this, or make it a serverside option. they never did and many people quit playing it. Im sure infinity ward doesn't care because they got their money. I won't bother with the next version unless these issues are dealt with. ______________________ Don't blame CoD4 because u die of tuber.u can also use tube but its obvious u can't use it very well.that is the technic that u can't master(and all the ppl who blame tuber,dont be noob la). Honestly CoD4 is a great game and it deserve to get all the awards

Hickamie14
Hickamie14

Habaro, why do people keep talking about Assassin's Creed's amazing story-line? I thought the overall premise was great, but honestly I saw the final plot twist coming from the third assassination. And the whole treasure thing, could they make it anymore obvious what the scientists were after? I thought the story was still good, but it does not deserve so much praise.

Hickamie14
Hickamie14

metalgear-solid, of course you think it's flawed. Judging by your name you have an extremely biased opinion. Maybe you should stop and think, 'maybe not everyone has to like MGS4'.

Hickamie14
Hickamie14

Inconnux, apparently you're in the vast, vast minority on this issue. Because as I recall CoD 4 was constantly #1 on LIVE until WaW came out--even now it has yet to fall beyond #4. I think it's justice that CoD 4 is up for seven awards and WaW is up for zero.

Inconnux
Inconnux

I enjoyed CoD4 at first, one of the few single player games I have bothered finishing. Online it turned into a nade spammer/ noobtuber fest and I got sick of it very quickly. What they need to do is fix this, or make it a serverside option. they never did and many people quit playing it. Im sure infinity ward doesn't care because they got their money. I won't bother with the next version unless these issues are dealt with.

metalgear-solid
metalgear-solid

LOL, joke or what? MGS4 not even nominated for "Game Award of 2008", "Technical Achievement", Story and Character". A very flawed list indeed.

coke07
coke07

cod4 is really great game in each aspect.simply is beautiful.good job.mgs4 is also superb game...cya m8s on battleground

IHeartCloud
IHeartCloud

Where is Valkyria Chronicles under artistic achievement? I think we can all agree there is no other game that looks like it.

360OwnsPS3
360OwnsPS3

@ DarkCloud25 COD4 IS an excellent game, IMO the best. Now you ask why they changed back to WWII, the reason is that activision owns the licence, Treyarch and Infinity Ward are the devolepment teams. They take turns every year to make the game. COD3- Treyarch COD4 - Infinityward W@W - Treyarch. This is because the develepors have longer to make the game and it ensures a higher quality. The next installment is going to be Modern Warfare 2, from Infinty ward.

Jericho9696
Jericho9696

No MGS 4................. still, I don't care because gamespot picked MGS 4 as the GOTY, so I don't really care about this awards.

Jimlazaridisjr
Jimlazaridisjr

Cod4 still the best and fifa09 the best football game ever!!!

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

nice to see the love go to some games that truly deserve it. I am sick of all the mgs4 love - I mean I guess it does deserve some kind of award for actually being able to make the entire mgs storyline make some sort of sence, but that would be about it.

tidyspidey
tidyspidey

Finally good to see an awards show that didn't kiss the backside of MGS4 too much.... I know a lot of people liked it, but I just didn't. Nice to see there are others out there who didn't like it too.... Good to see LBP in a good number of nominations too - it's a great game.

kahnz
kahnz

not to have MGS4 in Artistic and Technical Achievement...whttt....these awards suxx