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BAFTA 2012: Skyrim empty-handed, P2 wins Best Game

Friday, 16 March 2012 10:48 GMT By Staff

Portal 2 won the biggest award of the night at the BAFTA Game Awards among two other gongs, with Battlefield 3 being another big winner, but Bethesda super RPG The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim left empty-handed.

Portal 2 won three awards on the night: Best Story, Best Design and the big one, Best Game. Game director Josh Weier picked up all three gongs on behalf of Valve.

Battlefield 3 was another big winner, picking up three awards also: Best Audio Achievement, Best Online Multiplayer and the GAME Public Vote, ending Call of Duty’s winning streak on that front.

LittleBigPlanet 2 picked up two awards for Best Game Innovation and Best Family Game. Media Molecule co-founder Mark Healey and Sony’s Pete Smith picked up the honours.

Another multiple award winner was Batman: Arkham City. Rocksteady director Sefton Hill and writer Paul Crocker picked up Best Action game for the action title, as well as the Peformer Award on behalf of Mark Hamil as Joker.

Eidos life-president Ian Livingstone came out to honour Mojang co-founder and Minecraft creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, who was given the BAFTA Special Award. In his speech, he paid tribute to up and coming indies titles, including UK-made Project Zomboid from The Indie Stone.

Other winners included Shogun 2, Rayman Origins, Kinect Sports Season 2 and Peggle HD, to name a few.

But the biggest shocker of the night was the lack of awards for mammoth Bethesda RPG The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Nominated for five awards, the title walked away with no awards at the show.

Get a list of winners below.

  • Best Story: Portal 2
  • Best Original Music: LA Noire
  • Best Audio Achievement: Battlefield 3
  • Best Design: Portal 2
  • Best Game Innovation: LittleBigPlanet 2
  • Best Strategy: Total War: Shogun 2
  • Best Mobile & Handheld: Peggle HD
  • The GAME Public Award: Battlefield 3
  • Best Action: Batman: Arkham City
  • One to Watch: Tick Tock Toys
  • Best Browser-Based Game: Monster Mind
  • Best Artistic Achievement: Rayman Origins
  • BAFTA Special Award: Markus “Notch” Persson
  • Best Sports/Fitness: Kinect Sports Season 2
  • Best Online Multiplayer: Battlefield 3
  • Best Debut Game: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • Best Family Game: LittleBigPlanet 2
  • Best Performer: Mark Hamill (Joker, Batman: Arkham City)
  • Best Game: Portal 2

[Original story by Johnny Cullen, updates by Patrick Garratt, Dave Oshry and Johnny Cullen]

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38 Comments

  1. Hunam

    So are GAME going to be auctioning off their award tonight?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. minxamo

    and Portal fucking 2 wins another undeserved award.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. barchetta

    No Skyrim awards? Makes a change. Journey for next year.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. jdfoster00

    Glad MW3 didn’t win anything. Maybe this and the metacritic user scores will send a message to the devs that they actually need to innovate for a change (Infinity Ward!) Would have thought UC3 would have won something but it didn;t live up to UC2 in many ways (though improved visually and in set pieces) I thought there was next to no story… Had an awful story (only the characters is what interested me and not marlowe, carter etc) AC deserved the awards along with LBP2. MM now there is a dev that can innovate and improve the gaming industry!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. LOLshock94

    luke skywalker was shit as the joker he had like 2 lines….
    sonita henry who plays ellie off dead space 2 should have won.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Johnny Cullen

    Skyrim not winning one single award was the big shocker, quite frankly.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Strandli

    What impressed me is about the BAFTA show is the award categories, especially “Strategy”. It’s not defined by genre, but individual elements in game design and mechanics!

    What’s so great about this? Strategy isn’t limited to just strategy games, but strategic games can enter as well! Like Dead Souls, which was a nominee. It’s not a strategy game, but the game is very strategic anyway, and that’s brilliant!

    It shows how much BAFTAs understand the games industry, and treats it with respect, unlike the VGAs.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. LOLshock94

    @2 yep i dont get why it should get award, shit story with ok characters but the fact that anything which has valve stamped on it is apparently amazing….

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DSB

    Skyrim or Deus Ex should’ve won best music. Besides that it looks about right.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Strandli

    @9: No way. Skyrim’s music was generic and uninspired as hell. It got some cool songs, but it’s not really unique or special.

    InFamous 2, Bastion and Portal 2 had better music than Skyrim.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. xino

    Portal 2….a puzzle game that brings non gamers to game.
    much like what Wii did.

    that is why the big exec who are none gamers rate Portal 2 for having best story.

    best story my ass. the game only has good story narrative.
    what story is there in Portal 2? you are just stuck in the same place, taunted by A.I Gladiados robot and you trying to finish the puzzles…..WTF story is that!???

    where is the plot twist? surprises?

    #11 3 years ago
  12. ejams

    @9 Deus Ex’s music WAS pretty amazing now that I think about it. And yea I must agree with the others, Portal 2 to me was a pretty ok game, it was fun for awhile but just doing so much of the same thing in the same way (even with the inclusion of the new gels etc.) test chamber after test chamber just got boring. But I will admit Stephen Merchant as Wheatley was quite enthralling :D

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Christopher Jack

    Portal has a story!? Granted I barely played the original & while I loved its innovative puzzle mechanics, it seemed to be entirely what the game was about, perhaps I would be willing to give the sequel a try if they make an Android port for my Nexus S.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. absolutezero

    Its like everyones forgot about the entire Old Aperture segment of Portal 2.

    Or its even more like not everyone actually played it.

    Surprise!

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Hunam

    Portal 2 was the clear best game on the list for story by a country mile.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. DSB

    @14 Not to mention GlaDOS or Wheatley.

    The only writers that come close to Faliszek and Wolpaw are the guys at CD Projekt Red. Those guys write as good as anyone in any other medium.

    (Honorary mentions for Levine and Schafer)

    #16 3 years ago
  17. LOLshock94

    @16 you gotta be kiding me right? failzek cant write for shit, just look at left 4 dead….

    #17 3 years ago
  18. DSB

    @17 You do realize it’s an online zombie game, right?

    #18 3 years ago
  19. LOLshock94

    @18 and you do realize he wrote a full story using character dialogue right?

    #19 3 years ago
  20. DSB

    @19 Sooo?

    #20 3 years ago
  21. LOLshock94

    @20 so please tell me without wikiing this shit what exactly was the story?

    #21 3 years ago
  22. DSB

    @21 Uuuuh, you’re surrounded by zombies and you have to get out, without dying.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. loki

    it is Epic fail for Bafta

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Patrick Garratt

    That BF3 win is a huge deal for EA.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Patrick Garratt

    The GAME award, I mean.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. Edo

    Arkham City got 2 awards?Nice.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. NeoSquall

    Skyrim and MW3 get nothing: TROLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

    L.A. Noire got Best Original Music… WHAT?
    Deus Ex or Bastion deserved it way more than L.A. Noire.

    Kudos to Mark Hamill for his Joker in Arkham City, I really liked every part in his part of the story.

    Best Audio Achievement for BF3 was really deserved, what DICE managed with Frostbite 2.0 should inspire Infinity Ward/Treyarch in actually moving on from their ass-old Quake III Arena-base engine.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Maximum Payne

    @22 Acutally DSB you have story in L4D but its minor .Lot of stuff they actually tell you can watch on youtube for every character, there are lot of material.
    But again for me HL2 doesn’t have too much story.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Talkar

    As long as Skyrim and MW3 doesn’t win again i’m happy x)

    #29 3 years ago
  30. DSB

    @28 Right, but judging a writer on what he does for an online shooter, a zombie shooter at that, isn’t exactly relevant :P

    It’s not a “story” game. For what it is, I think it has plenty of character.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. LOLshock94

    @30 yeah but he still wrote it and the fact that you don’t no the story just proves how shitty he got when he wrote left 4 dead and left 4 dead 2.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Talkar

    @31
    It actually just proves that noone cares about the story in a zombie game.
    If it had been an RPG, it would definately matter how good/bad the story was. But since it is L4D your talking about, it doesn’t matter. At all.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. DSB

    @31 I guess it depends on the perspective. I’m not a fan of L4D2, but I don’t feel disappointed by zombies games or movies without a strong narrative. Why would I need to know where the zombies come from? That has very little bearing on what I’m doing.

    While it doesn’t really tell a story, I still think it sets the mood better than any coop shooter. People generally want to play one of the four if they can get away with it, and that’s obviously because it speaks to them.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. LOLshock94

    @32 but saying hes one of the best writers and you don’t even no the story of 2 of the games hes wrote then he cant be the best can he? the fact that there is a story in there and you don’t no what it is just proves hes not the best, and if he is the best then whoever wrote brink is better because even brink had a shitty story and that wasn’t even hard to follow.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. LOLshock94

    @33 Yeah i dont really give a damn about the story either but if he was a good writer then you would what the story was about.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. DSB

    @35 I’m sure it could’ve been better. Not everything a great writer does turns to gold, but I think Left 4 Dead was fine.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. AHA-Lambda

    eww at BF3 winning public vote =/

    yea sue me guys but bf3 to me was the most disappointing game of last year by far =(

    #37 3 years ago
  38. absolutezero

    I knew the story from playing both the games. Just going from level design and paying attention.

    I guess its not quite a game that spoon feeds you details in concise nuggets of exposition.

    #38 3 years ago

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    Firewatch developer Campo Santo has revealed the first ever gameplay footage of the upcoming exploration game. Firewatch is the first game from super indie studio Campo Santo. The game is set in the Wyoming forests where the player will be exploring the environment and act as a fire lookout. The game features extensive voice-acting as […]

  • White Night launch trailer is a noir thriller trip

    White Night is here, not long after it was revealed and with a mysterious launch trailer. White Night, the black-and-white survival horror set in 1930s Boston, has revealed its launch trailer. White Night is mix of old-school horror, exploration and puzzling solving in an eerie, noir setting. The game’s main mechanic is light. any object […]

  • Free-to-play is “a significant part” of PlayStation’s digital future

    Free-to-play games on PlayStation 4 have seen enough growth that Sony is now considering the model a major part of its future digital business. Sarah Thompson, senior account executive for PlayStation’s free-to-play business said at a GDC panel that Sony has witnessed impressive growth in the free-to-play sector. “We’re really looking at this as a […]

  • Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter documentary releasing free on YouTube

    Broken Age making of documentary Double Fine Adventure will be made available to all. When Double Fine turned to crowdfunding, changing the industry forever, it promised to give an unprecedented look behind the scenes with a professional documentary of the whole development process of Broken Age. That documentary was initially restricted to Kickstarter backers, but […]

  • Gone Home console ports cancelled following Midnight City difficulties

    Gone Home won’t be made available to the console masses after all. Indie hit Gone Home was announced for console release almost exactly one year ago, and we’ve heard absolutely nothing since then. Turns out, that’s because it’s not happening: developer the Fullbright Company confirmed to Eurogamer that the ports have been cancelled. “Our publishing […]

  • Microsoft rang Mojang the day Notch joked about selling

    Minecraft developer Mojang was sold because founder Markus “Notch” Persson made a joke on Twitter. Ever wondered how Minecraft came to be a Microsoft property? It’s actually a pretty great story. Remember when Notch tweeted this? Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I can move on with my life? Getting hate for […]

  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update rolling out

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been updated to help fix its tragic matchmaking. Again. Now almost four months old, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was still pretty broken as of this morning, with rubbish matchmaking and plenty of other issues to go around. 343 Industries is still trying to fix it, and has today […]

  • Nvidia unveils Shield, an Android 4K Smart TV set top box

    Nvidia has named yet another product “Shield” in an attempt to render us all hopelessly confused. The heart of Nvidia’s GDC 2015 press conference was the Shield, a $200 Android set top box launching in May. Apparently the “world’s first 4K Android TV”, the Shield supports 4K content encoded with h.265. The box runs on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront footage shown behind closed doors

    Star Wars Battlefront is being shown to retailers. Now we want EA to show it to us. Star Wars Battlefront is expected sometime this year, so it’s about time EA gave us a look at DICE’s latest. It turns out that while press and gamers have had to twiddle their thumbs, EA is showing it […]

  • Dragon Age lead creative moves onto mysterious new BioWare project

    Dragon Age creator David Gaider is leaving his baby behind. Dragon Age is a team effort, but Gaider was one of the key creatives behind the franchise, creating the setting of Thedas (which, I was recently amused to learn, is an acronym: “THE Dragon Age Setting”). He was lead writer on all three games and […]

  • Unity 5 available for free with “no fucking around”

    Unity 5 looks amazing, and you can download and faff about with it for free right now. “We’re not nickel-and-diming people. When we say it’s free, it’s free. We’re not charging a royalty, which I think is akin to looking for whales.” Unity Technologies announced the release of the fifth version of its popular, simple, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 may be the end of the series

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 released yesterday, and many fans theorise that it marks the end of the series. Five Nights at Freddy’s developer Scott Cawthon has released a new teaser image on his website, but rather than pointing to a new game, many fans believe the teaser signals the end of the series. The […]

  • Source 2 announced, will also be free

    Valve has formally unveiled Source Engine 2, the third major engine to go free to developers at GDC 2015. Source 2 is the successor to the engine Valve has been using since Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2. Valve didn’t have much to say about the technicalities of this long-awaited release. It is apparently focused on […]

  • SteamVR: Valve’s Lighthouse tech allows you to walk around while playing

    SteamVR’s key differentiator is a piece of tech allowing headsets to connect with other devices for extra accurate, room-scale tracking. Valve has announced a new bit of technology called Lighthouse, which it is making freely available to any hardware manufacturer. Like the extra tracking LEDs on Sony’s updated Project Morpheus, Lighthouse improves the headset’s accuracy, […]

  • Steam Machines, Controller, streaming box to launch in November

    Steam Machines will finally become a reality before the end of the year. Valve’s living room PC systems will release in November, the company announced today. Well, I say Valve’s – the idea behind Steam Machines is that a number of manufacturers will offer variously priced systems. Alienware and Falcon Northwest are among the dozen […]

  • Telltale veterans form new team, announce teen thriller Oxenfree

    Oxenfree is a supernatural teen thriller from some of the team behind Telltale Games’ award-winning adventures. New indie Night School Studios unveiled Oxenfree at GDC 2015. It tells the story of a group of friends who accidentally open a “ghostly rift” at an overnight party on the coast. Night School, which is made up of […]

  • PS4 global sales now stand at over 20.2 million

    The PS4 has sold 20.2 million units worldwide. Sony announced the new PS4 sales milestone at GDC 2015 today. It’s a hell of an achievement and salt in the wounds for Microsoft, which hasn’t updated us on Xbox One sales since it shipped “almost” 10 million back in November last year, and has fallen back […]

  • PS4 VR headset Morpheus out in 2016, capable of 120 FPS – video

    Sony’s VR headset Project Morpheus has some impressive grunt. Virtual reality and Morpheus were the heart of Sony’s GDC 2015 presentation today, ahead of its newly announced first-half 2016 comemrcial launch. SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida detailed the headset’s impressive capabilities, notably the fact that it can handle 120 FPS VR games. The PS4 […]

  • Papo & Yo developer making a VR game about dinosaurs

    Some days you write a headline and it makes you so happy that that you have to do a little chair dance, you know what I mean? Papo & Yo developer Minority Media, whom I would personally go to the wall for after they cut out my heart and stomped on it via the medium […]

  • Wasteland 2, Shovel Knight and more in big ole bunch of indies coming to Xbox One

    Xbox One owners are about to receive a pile of great new indie games. At GDC 2015, Microsoft revealed a list of new indie games headed to Xbox One. Some of these titles have already released on other platforms, so it looks like Microsoft has really relaxed the parity clause of ID@Xbox – or perhaps […]

  • Here’s an indie VR game made with Unreal Engine 4

    GDC 2015 is blowing up with indie games, VR and Unreal Engine 4, so here’s a video combining all three. Loading Human is a virtual reality adventure from indie developer Untold Games. It’s in the works for Mac and PC, and Sony has given an early green light for Project Morpheus, too, so expect it […]

  • GTA Online: Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode coming next week

    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]