It was the video game BAFTAs last night, the annual celebration of the British video game industry and there were a couple of surprising winners.
Claiming victory in the sports category was not FIFA 15 or Forza Horizon 2, but indie skateboarding sim OlliOlli from London-based studio Roll7. Lumino City saw off competition from two Ubisoft games, Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed Unity, for artistic achievement.
Hollywood star Kevin Spacey missed out on the best performance award which went to Ashley Johnson for Ellie in The Last of Us: Left Behind, and the BBC reports that there was an “audible ripple of surprise” as Destiny claimed the big prize, best game, beating Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mario Kart 8 and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.
A number of big names including Mario Kart 8 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare went away empty handed, perhaps due to BAFTA re-arranging the categories and dropping best shooter, racing game and adventure. However, it’s nice to see both Valiant Hearts and Never Alone pick up an award.
|Best game||Destiny (Bungie)|
|British game||Monument Valley (UsTwo)|
|Debut game||Never Alone (Upper One Games)|
|Story||The Last of Us: Left Behind (Naughty Dog)|
|Performer||Ashley Johnson for The Last of Us: Left Behind|
|Artistic achievement||Lumino City (State of Play)|
|Audio achievement||Alien Isolation (The Creative Assembly)|
|Family game||Minecraft: Console Editions (Mojang/4J Studios)|
|Game design||Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions)|
|Game innovation||The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts)|
|Mobile and handheld game||Monument Valley (UsTwo)|
|Multiplayer game||Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)|
|Music||Far Cry 4 (Cliff Martinez, Tony Gronick and Jerome Angelot)|
|Original property||Valiant Hearts (Ubisoft Studios)|
|Persistent game||League of Legends (Riot Games)|
|Sport game||OlliOlli (Roll7)|
|Ones to watch||Chambara (Overly Kinetic)|
|Bafta fellowship||David Braben (Frontier Developments)|