The British Academy of Film and Television Arts released their list of winners on Friday, March 19th. The Best Game, Design and Story awards went to Valve‘s puzzler, Portal 2. I was very pleased to see Ubisoft‘s Rayman Origins win the Artistic Achievement award—it’s truly a great game that was sorely overlooked last fall because it was released in the middle of the crazy holiday season. Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, the XBLA puzzle-action-shooter won the award for Debut Game and the Action award went to none other than the Caped Crusader with Batman: Arkham City.
Media Molecule walked away with two titles themselves, snagging the Family and Game Innovation awards for their genre-defying game, Little Big Planet 2. Equaling Portal 2’s haul, Battlefield 3 brought in the Audio Achievement, Online-Multiplayer and the public-voted GAME Award of 2011.
Mobile & Handheld award went to Peggle HD, which had me scratching my head. The game was originally released in early 2007. Updated graphics and touch-screen controls for the iPad doesn’t change that, in my opinion. Sounds of the 1940s helped propel L.A. Noire to the Original Music award, and solid motion controls had Kinect Sports Season 2 winning the Sports/Fitness award. The Strategy award was won by Total War: Shogun 2, and the BAFTA Ones to Watch award went to Tick Tock Toys. Mark Hamill took home the Performer award by reprising his role (for the last time) as The Joker in Batman: Arkham City.
The entire list of nominees for each category can be found by following the BAFTA link below.