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Uncharted, Modern Warfare sequels leads BAFTA nominations

Batman, ACII and Left 4 Dead 2 also short-listed for prestigious awards

The GAME British Academy Video Games Awards has revealed the nominees for 2010, with Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Assassin's Creed II leading the pack of 40 titles.

Sony's PS3 exclusive received nine nominations, with all four games recognised in the Action, Artistic Achievement, Best Game, Gameplay and Original Score categories.

This year's only publicly-voted category, the GAME Award of 2009, features Assassin's Creed II, Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Beatles: Rock Band, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 10, GTA Chinatown Wars, The Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks, Street Fighter IV, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and Wii Sports Resort in the shortlist.

The BAFTA Awards also include the Ones to Watch category in association with Dare to be Digital, with Colour Coded, Quick as Thieves and Shrunk! all up for the gong.

The GAME British Academy Video Games Awards take place on March 19 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

The full list of categories and nominees follows:

Action

  • Assassinís Creed II (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos/Rocksteady Studios)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision/Infinity Ward)
  • inFAMOUS (Sony/Sucker Punch Productions & SCE Foster City Studio)
  • Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve/EA)
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sony/Naughty Dog and SCE Foster City Studio)

Artistic Achievement

  • Assassinís Creed II (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos/Rocksteady Studios)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision/Infinity Ward)
  • Flower (Sony/ThatGameCompany and SCE Santa Monica Studio)
  • Streetfighter IV (Capcom/Capcom)
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sony/Naughty Dog & SCE Foster City Studio)

Best Game

  • Assassinís Creed II (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos/Rocksteady Studios)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision/Infinity Ward)
  • FIFA 10 (Electronic Arts/EA Canada)
  • Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve/EA)
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sony/Naughty Dog & SCE Foster City Studio)

Family & Social

  • The Beatles: Rock Band (Electronic Arts/MTV Games/Apple Corp/Harmonix Music Systems)
  • Buzz! Quiz World (Sony Relentless Software & XDEV Studio Europe)
  • EyePet (Sony/SCE London Studio)
  • Guitar Hero 5 (Activision/Neversoft Entertainment/Vicarios Visions/Budcat)
  • New Super Mario Bros Wii (Nintendo/Nintendo)
  • Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo/Nintendo)

Gameplay

  • Assassinís Creed II (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos/Rocksteady Studios)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision/Infinity Ward)
  • New Super Mario Bros Wii (Nintendo/Nintendo)
  • PixelJunk Shooter (Sony/Q-Games & SCE Santa Monica Studio)
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sony/Naughty Dog & SCE Foster City Studio)

Handheld

  • Gran Turismo (Sony/Polphony Digital Inc)
  • LittleBigPlanet (Sony/SCE Cambridge & xev Studio Europe)
  • LocoRoco Midnight Carnival (Sony/SCE Japan Studio)
  • Mario and Luigi: Bowserís Inside Story (Nintendo/Nintendo)
  • Professor Layton and Pandoraís Box (Nintendo/Nintendo)
  • Scribblenauts (Warner Bros/5th Cell)

Multiplayer

  • Battlefield 1943 (Electronic Arts/Dice)
  • The Beatles: Rock Band (Electronic Arts/MTV Games/Apple Corp/Harmonix Music Systems)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision/Infinity Ward)
  • Halo 3 ODST (Microsoft Game Studios/Microsoft)
  • Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve/EA)
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sony/Naughty Dog and SCE Foster City Studio)

Original Score

  • Assassinís Creed II (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos/Rocksteady Studios)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision/Infinity Ward)
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Electronic Arts/EA Bright Light)
  • PixelJunk Shooter (Sony/Q-Games and SCE Santa Monica Studio)
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sony/Naughty Dog & SCE Foster City Studio)

Sports

  • Colin McRae: DiRT 2 (Codemasters/Codemasters Studios)
  • FIFA 10 (Electronic Arts/EA Canada)
  • Football Manager 2010 (Sega/Sports Interactive)
  • Forza 3 (Microsoft/Turn 10)
  • Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo/Nintendo)
  • Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo/Nintendo)

Story

  • Assassinís Creed II (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos/Rocksteady Studios)
  • Broken Sword Ė Shadow of the Templars: The Directorís Cut (Ubisoft Entertainment/Revolution Software)
  • Brutal Legend (Electronic Arts/Double Fine Productions)
  • Dragon Age: Origins (Electronic Arts/BioWare)
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sony/Naughty Dog & SCE Foster City Studio)

Strategy

  • Command and Conquer 3: Uprising (Electronic Arts/EA Los Angeles)
  • Empire: Total War (Sega/Creative Assembly)
  • FIFA Manager 10 (EA Sports/Bright Future)
  • Football Manager 2010 (Sega/Sports Interactive)
  • Halo Wars (Microsoft/Ensemble Studios)
  • Plants vs Zombies (Popcap Games/Popcap Games)

Use of Audio

  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos/Rocksteady Studios)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision/Infinity Ward)
  • DJ Hero (Activision/Freestyle Games)
  • Flower (Sony/ThatGameCompany and SCE Santa Monica Studios)
  • Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve/EA)
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sony/Naughty Dog and SCE Foster City Studio)

Use of Online

  • Battlefield 1943 (Electronic Arts/EA DICE)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision/Infinity Ward)
  • FIFA 10 (Electronic Arts/ EA Canada)
  • LIttleBigPlanet (PSP) (Sony/SCE Cambridge & XEV Studio Europe)
  • Singstar TakeThat (Sony/SCE London Studio)
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sony/Naughty Dog and SCE Foster City Studio)

BAFTA Ones To Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital

  • Colour Coded (PixelPirates)
  • Quick as Thieves (Gentleman of Fortune)
  • Shrunk! (The Butterflyers)

GAME Award of 2009

  • Assassinís Creed II (Ubisoft Entertainment/Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Batman Arkham Asylum (Eidos/Rocksteady Studios)
  • The Beatles: Rockband (Electronic Arts/MTV Games/Apple Corp/ Harmonix Music Systems)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision/Infinity Ward)
  • FIFA 10 (Electronic Arts/EA Canada)
  • GTA China Town Wars (Rockstar Games/Rockstar Leeds/Rockstar North)
  • Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks (Nintendo/Nintendo)
  • Street Fighter IV (Capcom/Capcom)
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Sony/Naughty Dog & SCE Foster City Studio)
  • Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo/Nintendo)

Latest comments (6)

Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D6 years ago
Good to see Flower getting recognised.
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 6 years ago
I agree that it's nice to see Flower get the recognition it clearly deserves. I would love to see it win the award for best use of audio, although expect that MW2 or U2 will walk with that one.

I can't really complain too much, although Borderlands should have got a nomination in the artistic achievement category and I'm not sure it's entirely fair to include Broken Sword in the story nominations. Would be nice to see some more indie or downloadable games, but overall it was a pretty solid year for big action games.
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Chris Hayward6 years ago
I fail to see how Ass Creed II, MW2 and Uncharted 2 are worthy of "Artistic Achievement", even Arkham Asylum has that typical Unreal engine game feel to it. Zeno Clash should've at least been nominated
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Private Industry 6 years ago
Can see why AC2 and U2 are in the Artistic Achievement category as I assume it includes technological achievement, level design and so on, and I would have liked to see Borderlands in that category (or at least in any category). Hope flower wins the Artistic award, still love the game after a year.
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Ignatius Fernandes Studying Computer Science, Kingston University6 years ago
There was no innovation in Call of Duty one from a Technical and graphical perspective, story telling well thats a different story.
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Private Industry 6 years ago
Didn`t see anything storytelling wise that wasn`t already in MW1 or HL2.
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