The BAFTA Winners Are Rather Surprising

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)

Source: BBC



  1. Destiny… Best game… ???

    Now there’s three words I never thought I’d see together.

    I suppose they do specialise in Film and TV so we can forgive them for not knowing what they’re talking about.

    • If it was out of that, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mario Kart 8 and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (which it seems to have been), I would have voted Destiny.

      • I would have liked Alien to win personally but that was never going to happen. Especially not at the Bafta’s.

  2. BAFTA best game award just lost a bit of prestige.

  3. Destiny? GOTY? Hahahahahah! It’s not a gag for Comic Relief is it? In a year which had Dark Souls 2, Dragon Age Inquisition, South Park, Mario Kart, Bayonetta 2 and countless other far more worthy games they picked a generic, underwhelming, repetitive collectathon of a shooter. Head shaking.

  4. Not an attack on anyone here (or anyone anywhere for that matter), but a lot of people seem to be getting confused between ‘personal opinion’ & ‘general consensus’. Just because you didn’t get on with a game personally does not therefore make it ‘crap’ by default & thus not award worthy.

    Likewise, just because you personally enjoyed a game or thought that it was award worthy, doesn’t always make it so.

    I personally didn’t rate The Last of Us at all. Doesn’t it bother me that it won an award? No, because I know plenty of other people did rate it. I’m ok with that.

    Besides that though, what difference does it actually make if something won an award or not? Won’t change how you enjoy the game (or not as the case may be) either way.

    • I get what you’re saying but The Last of Us was generally well liked and received huge critical acclaim, whereas Destiny was a game that divided people. More so then any other game I can think of. So for it to win game of the year does seem a little odd.

      People probably feel that there were more worthy winners and are voicing their opinions in the comment section of an article which was written for that very purpose.

      I dont think anyone here is about to write to the bafta’s board and ask them to take the award away from Destiny because someone made a mistake and there wasn’t a mediocre game of the year award.

      How does the voting for the Bafta’s work anyway? I’m always suspicious of who wins what and why with any of these awards shows.

  5. I’d go with Destiny. September until the disc release of Dying Light it didn’t leave my ps4 once.

  6. My faith in humanity has been restored with Destiny getting GOTY, it just goes to show that there is fun and humour in the world. A boring, dull, repetitive and overhyped pile of turd winning GOTY, you couldn’t make it up.

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