Batman: Arkham Asylum scores Best Game, Gameplay BAFTAs

Rocksteady's acclaimed Dark Knight action adventure collects top honors at British awards; Uncharted 2 also wins big with four gongs.

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The British Academy Video Game Awards celebrated the past 12 months in gaming again this year with a lavish central London awards ceremony. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, which has recently placed an emphasis on games, now holds interactive entertainment as its third arm alongside the more traditional film and television departments.

Batman: Arkham Asylum picked up the Best Game award…
Batman: Arkham Asylum picked up the Best Game award…

Batman: Arkham Asylum, which was developed by London-based studio Rocksteady, picked up major awards for Best Game and Gameplay. Rocksteady, which Warner Bros. recently acquired a majority stake in, is coming off a big win at the Game Developers Choice Awards last week, where it upset Uncharted 2: Drake's Fortune in the Best Game Design category.

Speaking of Uncharted 2, Naughty Dog's top-rated action adventure celebrated the biggest haul of the night with four awards. The PlayStation 3 exclusive won the Action, Original Score, Story, and Use of Audio awards. Other top honorees at the event included Mario inventor Shigeru Miyamoto, who won the Fellowship Award. Miyamoto joins Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and Sim City creator Will Wright as an honorary member of the BAFTA fellowship.

Notably, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 picked up a win for the publicly voted Game Award of 2009, but it was an Activision UK representative--and not an Infinity Ward developer--that collected the award. The absence follows on from significant turmoil within Infinity Ward, following the unexpected termination of studio heads Jason West and Vince Zampella. The two are now suing Activision for $36 million in damages.

…but Uncharted 2 walked away with the most wins.
…but Uncharted 2 walked away with the most wins.

Tonight's awards were presented by comedian Dara O'Briain for the second time and were again held at London's Hilton Metropole Hotel. Each category was voted on by a panel of eight to nine video game professionals, except The Game Award of 2009, which was voted for by the public.

The full list of nominees is below, with winners highlighted in bold.

Action
WINNER: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Assassin's Creed II
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Infamous
Left 4 Dead 2

Artistic Achievement
WINNER: Flower
Assassin's Creed II
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Streetfighter IV
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Best Game
WINNER: Batman: Arkham Asylum
Assassin's Creed II
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
FIFA 10
Left 4 Dead 2
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Family & Social
WINNER: Wii Sports Resort
The Beatles: Rock Band
Buzz! Quiz World
EyePet
Guitar Hero 5
New Super Mario Bros Wii

Gameplay
WINNER: Batman: Arkham Asylum
Assassin's Creed II
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
New Super Mario Bros Wii
PixelJunk Shooter
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Handheld
WINNER: Little Big Planet (PSP)
Gran Turismo
LocoRoco Midnight Carnival
Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
Professor Layton and Pandora's Box
Scribblenauts

Multiplayer
WINNER: Left 4 Dead 2
Battlefield 1943
The Beatles: Rock Band
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Halo 3 ODST
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Original Score
WINNER: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Assassin's Creed II
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
PixelJunk Shooter

Sports
WINNER: FIFA 10
Colin McRae: DiRT 2
Football Manager 2010
Forza Motorsport 3
Wii Fit Plus
Wii Sports Resort

Story
WINNER: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Assassin's Creed II
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Broken Sword – Shadow of the Templars: The Director's Cut
Brutal Legend
Dragon Age: Origins

Strategy
WINNER: Empire: Total War
Command and Conquer 3: Uprising
FIFA Manager 10
Football Manager 2010
Halo Wars
Plants vs. Zombies

Use of Audio
WINNER: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
DJ Hero
Flower
Left 4 Dead 2

Use of Online
WINNER: FIFA 10
Battlefield 1943
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Little Big Planet (PSP)
Singstar TakeThat
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

GAME Award
WINNER: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Assassin's Creed II
Batman Arkham Asylum
The Beatles: Rockband
FIFA 10
GTA China Town Wars
Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks
Street Fighter IV
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Wii Sports Resort

The Fellowship Award
Shigeru Miyamoto

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Jim60360

@TribbleOutcast John Stafford Smith.

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hotbodyboy_2006

Story Uncharted 2? Ridiculous. AC 2 and BAA had better story.

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TribbleOutcast

Francis Scott Key was American. << LINK REMOVED >>

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Jim60360

GAME in the UK is like GAMESTOP in the US

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Jim60360

it makes me laugh seeing all these americans knocking the brits when over half the american population stand up and put their hand on their heart every single day to a song that was written by a british guy. batman was an easy choice to make but it isn't going to be so easy to pick the best game for 2010 with the amount of awesome games that are coming out, though my moneys on red dead redemption.

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cocomacoco

Well deserved

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eelnarruc

shame to see ac2 was left out in the cold.it should have been ubisoft punished for their ridiculous drm.

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HectorFAO

Go Batman and Drake!

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Smarty12

I'm happy for Uncharted 2, and for Arkham Asylum. Not really a fan of Batman but that particular game was a great experience. And I agree, what the hell is Modern Warfare 2 doing there? The single-player campaign had some good moments sure, but you could tell they didn't care one bit about it. They just focused on the online play.

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wyzeguy6

I gotta say, when I first heard about AA in '08 I was REALLY skeptical. Thought it would be a cash grab for Batman fans (like me) but I didn't even think about buying it. Then the reviews came out and I played it. Truly an amazing gaming experience overall. Looking forward to the sequel. The bar's set high. Don't disappoint!

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SithChampion

I'm very happy for Uncharted 2 and especially Arkham Asylum. However, what the heck is MW2 even doing there as a nomination? MW2 is one of the worst games out now. Online definitely sucks along with the game's multiplayer aspect.

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JESSEAARON100

Yeah FIFA 10 won the Bafta Sports award.And Batman Asylum is awesome.

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takreem95

@Vintendo_64 Thanks, some people were saying it was Killer Croc. And hey! What was the thumbs down for?

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Vintendo_64

Where's Rachet and Clank??? That at least deserved to be nominated.

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Vintendo_64

@takreem95 yes, it was

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Vintendo_64

@hillboy619 No it didn't. it just got nominated

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Pete5506

A good list of games

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hillboy619

im glad to see plants vs zombies won

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hillboy619

how does flower keep winning stuff i played it and its the dumbest game ever

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Death_Masta187

Good for Batman and friends. Time to buy that game once GOTYE comes out. New category: Best expansion pack sold at full price. WINNER: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

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deviates1080

My favourite game of last year, though a tight one. I hope this recognition means that developers will now see more worth in using licenses like Batman than just to make a quick buck off fans.

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*risktaker

Batman AA, an amazing piece of interactive art. Love Uncharted 1, so I know 2 was going to be better (Now I need a PS3).

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gohoanq

Batman:AA deserves all that greatness and more :D I LOVED that game and I cannot freakin wait for the sequel. I can only hope they improve it more, but I doubt the earth can handle all that greatness without exploding.

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Ryanrtk

Uncharted 2 greatest game ever

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blancobo

I cac't dismiss the fact that the British gave the trophy to their own... I played Arkham, and it is freakishly awesome. I have not finished the game since I boughted about a month ago, and have been inmersed in shooters since... but this game is awesome and great... It does surprise me when most if not all other evaluators have agreed that Uncharted was the GOTY... in general... and Arkham was within the top performers... but for the game to be the best... well it is simply a show of how sentimental you can be about your own kind...

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Quietpower09

Congratz Batman AA. You deserve the respect and honor to receive some of these awards.

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maawal

lol... I still can't believe some people are saying that Batman AA is better than Uncharted 2 ..... DUH ! It's no where close to Uncharted 2... but yeah, Batman AA was a great game... but nothing like UC2 .... it wasn't just a game, it was more than a game to me :)

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takreem95

Its bad Assassin's Creed II not winning any award. Ubisoft put alot of effort into it. And by the way, it was Scarecrow in the Batman AA ending, right? I saw those claws of his.

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delta3074

good result, my personal GOTY for last year,well deserved

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jadefury27

The final boss in uncharted 2 was a pain in the @$$.

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mrzero1982pt2

i am glad it won. i enjoy playing it over and over. its a painfully linear, but deep game. uncharted is a great game, but it really isnt overrated, but a juggernaut. if uncharted is a playable movie, arkham aslyum is a playable comic book. that game put batman through hell

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Samiiii

Batmans good but I can't force myself to play it again. It has zero replayabilty unlike Uncharted 2 which I've completed 3 times plus the multiplayer which is great. Basically, Batman got the award because everyone who likes Uncharted 2 was busy playing Uncharted 2 whilst people who liked Batman were looking around internet forums for their next game because they'd finished with Batman.

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Masoud03

wait wait, if this is for 2009, then WHERE THE HELL IS INFAMOUS FOR BEST STORY AND GAMEPLAY ???

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teteringen

I haven't started Batman yet, but all these awards seem very promising. UC2, Infamous and Ratchet and Clank were all great games.

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HaloFanBoy17

I think Batman really deserved those awards , lets just hope that Rocksteady can duplicate that success with the next title.

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burns112233

Still haven't bought Batman yet. Need to make some money quickly!

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TheoleDominion

@solidnike - I disagree Batman had alot more to offer other than the shooting in Uncharted 2.

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solidniko

of course they chose batman for being english well its a good game but uc2 still should of got it

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TheoleDominion

Kudos to Batman for winning the award, one of the few superhero games done top-notch. Though not as good, the game Wolverine was done well too.

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Chickan_117

Wow what a load of opinionated rubbish comments. You can't state that one game is better than another as a fact, that's an opinion based judgement call. Plus, you have to look at all the categories for making a decision of game of the year. Single player, multiplayer, originality, longevity, variety, blah blah blah. I'm guessing one of the major deciders in this verdict would have been originality. Whilst UC2, MW2, AC2, L4D2 and Fifa10 are all exceptional games, none of them has the originality that was all thru Arkham Asylum. Like it or not AA took a big name and made a new game with tons of replayability. And I'm certainly not bias on that comment because I didn't actually enjoy playing Arkham Asylum. It's on my pile to go back and try again but I just wasn't a huge fan. @uksoccer77 : L4D2 didn't rate higher than MW2. The nominees that didn't win are in alphabetical order.

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uksoccer77

why is left for dead 2 better multiplayer than MW2??

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elozl

batman AA is still better than uncharted or COD MW 2

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evilcomesback

i was expecting atleast one nominee to be r&c crack in time, forme it was da best game in 2009

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MassMayham57_

Well Deserved for Batman:AA it was a great and original game

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chucknoddis

well im glad that they saw uncharted 2 was better because thats a fact however batman is still fun but just not as good as uncharted 2

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drokmore

Ya this one was just an amazing game that honestly wasnt that hyped compared to some. The gameplay was just so smooth.

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funnysplay

Batman deserves it one of the best games last year and my pick for GOTY.

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GenericUser12

The fighting system in Batman AA was amazing. I don't know what people are smoking.

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chandu83

@Mr_Versipellis: While I am happy that Batman won the award, I cannot believe that Modern Warfare 2 was even nominated. Dragon Age FTW indeed.