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

Friday, 16th 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]



  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.


    #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

    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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