Call of Duty: Black Ops takes public-voted BAFTA

Mass Effect 2 wins game of the year, Heavy Rain picks up three awards

Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops has won the only public-voted category in the GAME British Academy Video Game Awards, with over 110,000 consumers casting their votes.

EA and BioWare's Mass Effect 2 won the award for best game, presented at 195 Piccadilly in London this evening.

Sony and Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain took three awards, for technical achievement, story and use of audio, while Sony Santa Monica won the artistic achievement gong for God of War III.

Codemasters received the best sports game award for F1 2010 and Criteron's Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit claimed the best multiplayer award.

Lionhead's Peter Molyneux was awarded the BAFTA Academy Fellowship, joining fellow game makers Nolan Bushnell, Shigeru Miyamoto and Will Wright.

The BAFTA winners follow:


Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

Artistic Achievement

God of War III

Best Game

Mass Effect 2


Kinect Sports


Super Mario Galaxy 2


Cut the Rope


Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Original Music

Heavy Rain

Social Network Game

My Empire


F1 2010


Heavy Rain


Civilization V

Technical Innovation

Heavy Rain

Use of Audio

Battlefield: Bad Company: 2

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


GAME Award of 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops

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George Smith Admin, Gamerstorm11 years ago
Sad that Red Dead Redemption didn't win anything.
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Marney1 Freelancer 11 years ago
@George Smith

Red Dead Redemption was only in the Public Vote Category. I think the mantlepiece at Rockstar San Diego will be straining under the weight of the other 150 awards it won anyway.
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Paul Smith Dev 11 years ago
@George Smith

That's because Rockstar didn't put it forward, The awards were quite the sham anyway not trying to be offensive here but as a whole video game journalists are incredibly blind when it comes to good games, need for speed getting best multiplayer?!
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Jake Stefanov Game Producer, XS Software JSCo11 years ago
@Paul Trillo

Or best game award for Mass Defect 2 lol
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Antony Cain Lecturer, Teesside University11 years ago
"video game journalists are incredibly blind when it comes to good games"

and what about the public choice? :)

I'm glad Heavy Rain did well and that Galaxy 2 at least got something.
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Tom Halls Creative Account Manager, Electronic Arts11 years ago
@Paul - I'm obviously biased here, but I've also put a lot of time in the Call of Duty series (20 days or so of game time in the last 2 years), but in my opinion the NFS multiplayer is definitely more involving and exciting to take part in than the same old games of deathmatch etc that FPS's offer - that goes for EA FPS as well, I find NFS more exciting than MOH and BFBC2!

@Jake - It's a shame to see industry slating games that have been well received (even within the industry) in this manner. With all due respect, the storyline, characters and interaction within the Mass Effect series will almost certainly surpass that of something like, say, Penguin Farmer, but at the same time, the respect for each game should be similar, people put their life into these games. Might sound like a rant, but it's an unjust comment, and rather unprofessional in my opinion.
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Graham Simpson Tea boy, Collins Stewart11 years ago
I don't have a problem with any of the above. RDR was not entered so tough luck. Good to see Kinect Sports in there, that really is a brilliant family game. We still play regularly it as if we had just bought it yesterday. NFS is a very good game but I question it's longevity as a MP. Still I played it a lot for about a month and really enjoyed that time. Heavy Rain deserved something (I really enjoyed that) and despite the very vocal and equally very small minority of CoD haters... the people have voted and they loved Black Ops (so did I). And maybe I should actually play AC Brotherhood now. I got it for Xmas but still haven't had time to open it yet.

I think the key takeaway is what a wonderful eclectic collection of games. You can too get wrapped up in the hype and believe the only games coming out these days are either CoD or WoW clones. That's just not the case. The list above proves there's plenty of innovation and variation and remember RDR is not even in the list!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Graham Simpson on 17th March 2011 8:58am

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Tommy Thompson Studying Artificial Intelligence (PhD), University of Strathclyde11 years ago

Agreed. The headline is far from a surprise, even if it's an popular opinion I strongly disagree with. However, to see the likes of Heavy Rain and Mario Galaxy 2 (which is one of the best games I have ever played) receive the recognition they deserve is encouraging.
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Jordan Woodward Level Designer, Codemasters Birmingham11 years ago
Looks about right. I found the multiplayer on NFS:HP to be extremely fun actually, it made a great change from traditional racing games and was great to play online with friends. The only issues I found with the mutiplayer was the maount of effort it took to join a game with friends sometimes, a way to party and join as a group would have made a welcome addition.

Shame Rockstar didn't enter RDR, I'm sure people who worked on it would have quite liked to have some extra recognition.
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Private Industry 11 years ago
I would asume the best mp was not only based on the mp gaming but the functionality and features of the auto log, thats similar to what blur already had before nfs came out.
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Ben Bateman Senior User Acquisition Manager 11 years ago
I think all the BAFTA winners we're well deserved, and the nominees should also be very proud. Regardless of whether you agree with the result I think it's safe to say that these are some fantastic titles that have been built by hard working studios.

Congratulations all round.
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Daniel Smith Quality Assurance Management and Testing 11 years ago
I must be the only person on the face of the planet that disliked Heavy Rain. Best story? No way. It was a contrivedmess akin to a low end budget Syfy channel movie. Maybe the writers of Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus wrote that mess?

As much as I enjoyed NFS:HP I don't think it deserved the MP award. Maybe AC:Brotherhood should have got that with it's great multiplayer campaign Or CoD: Black Ops?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Daniel Smith on 17th March 2011 11:20am

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Private Industry 11 years ago
I got more of a Dexter like feeling from it than cheap Sci Fi channel feeling. :)
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game11 years ago
The Autolog was a brilliant edition. Sure, blur had tried Facebook integration, but you know what? Facebook integration is really annoying. Most people don't want Facebook news streams filled with what achievements some guy they were friends with at school earnt, or what film Lovefilm have lent their cousin (admittedly it was funny to find out a friend was sent a boy in striped pajamas) andit ends up making you block people's updates from news streams.
Having an in game system that borrowed social networking ideas but was completely relevent (I care about their times when I am playing the same game) was a brilliant idea, it was approaching the same idea, but with much more flair.
(note. I am not knocking blur, I love the game, but I felt dirty linking it to Facebook for an achievement, and after I got it, was never tempted to use funtionality again, with Autolog, I have kept playing until I beat a friend's time challenge, even the single player feels like multiplayer. It's not the first to try this, but is one of the most successful attempts I've seen.
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John Bye Lead Designer, Freejam11 years ago
"Social Network Game - My Empire"

Must have been scraping the barrel for that award. Didn't anyone else enter, or was a second-rate Civilization knock-off really the best that Facebook had to offer last year?
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Neil Alphonso Lead Designer, Splash Damage Ltd11 years ago
Many of the judges are developers.
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Robert Turner Studying Games Programming, SAE Institute11 years ago
Once again, the Call of Duty franchise is shunned by BAFTA, I think MW2 only got best multi-player and and gamers choice last year.

I think the reason it did not see best multi-player this year was because Blops' multi-player was essentially a recycled version of MW2's (which was a recycled version of MW1s). Granted you have the wager matches which were a brilliant addition and IMO could redefine the way future death match type games are done. Just because it is so much more fun than a classic all v all. However, this one great addition aside, COD will always struggle to innovate, a franchise that big can't just change the formula and take large risks because people love it the way it is and thats what they want to buy. Although I can't help but feel that Activision could release a boxed turd with Call of Duty written on it and it will still sell 40m copies in week one. Not bashing COD, it's just the fan-base is so loyal to it.

Need for Speed on the other hand, did innovate. Do you know how frustrating (in the good ol' friendly competition kind of way) it is when you get told that one of your friends beat your fastest time on a particular track which you felt you were un-beatable on? That kind of scoring system will drive (pun intended) any player to beat the high scores set by there friends more than any arbitrary high score set by the game.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Robert Turner on 17th March 2011 8:14pm

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Ove Duesund11 years ago
A car game winning an award for best multiplayer and not even having split screen is a joke.
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Private Industry 11 years ago
Every fan base is loyal to their franchises, pokemon is so loyal you can sell them 2 games on the same day. :)
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