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CoD 4 leads BAFTA 09 nominations list

Seminal best-selling shooter is up for seven awards at March event in London

The nominations for this year's BAFTA Videogames Awards have been released with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare topping the list.

The hugely popular shooter is up for seven separate awards, and is just eligible for nomination by being released after the last BAFTA event in late 2007.

Grand Theft Auto IV will have raised no eyebrows in picking up six nominations, while LittleBigPlanet and Fable II take five apiece.

There are thirteen traditional award categories in total, each decided by a separate panel of expert judges, while an additional GAME award is voted for by the public, the One to Watch prize is awarded to the best Dare to be Digital competition entrant, and the BAFTA Fellowship will be awarded to industry legend Nolan Bushnell.

Call of Duty 4 was nominated in the Action & Adventure, Artistic Achievement, Best Game, Gameplay, Story & Character and Use of Audio categories.

Grand Theft Auto IV will contest it in five of those, while also being up for the Technical Achievement award.

Meanwhile Steven Spielberg is a potential winner with Boom Blox in the Casual category, while other notable nominations went to Gears of War 2, Fallout 3, Assassin's Creed and Dead Space.

The full list of nominations by category is as follows:

ACTION & ADVENTURE

  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Dead Space
  • Fable II
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Prince of Persia
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld

ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT

  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Dead Space
  • Gears of War 2
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

BEST GAME

  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Fable II
  • Fallout 3
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Rock Band
  • Super Mario Galaxy

CASUAL

  • Boom Blox
  • Buzz! Quiz TV
  • Guitar Hero: World Tour
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • SingStar Vol. 2
  • Wii Fit

GAMEPLAY

  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Mario Kart Wii
  • Rock Band
  • Super Mario Galaxy

HANDHELD

  • Geometry Wars: Galaxies
  • God of War: Chains of the Olympus
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  • Patapon
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Soul Bubbles

MULTIPLAYER

  • Buzz! Quiz TV
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Gears of War 2
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Mario Kart Wii
  • Rock Band

ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Dead Space
  • Fable II
  • Fallout 3
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

SPORTS

  • FIFA 09
  • Football Manager 2009
  • Motorstorm Pacific Rift
  • Pure
  • Race Driver: GRID
  • Wii Fit

STRATEGY

  • Advance Wars: Dark Conflict
  • Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3
  • Ninjatown
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution
  • SOCOM: US Navy Seals Tactical Strike
  • Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise

STORY AND CHARACTER

  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Fable II
  • Fallout 3
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Mass Effect

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Fable II
  • Fallout 3
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Spore

USE OF AUDIO

  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Dead Space
  • Gears of War 2
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Super Mario Galaxy

BAFTA ONE’S TO WATCH AWARD in association with Dare to Be Digital

  • Boro-Toro
  • Origamee
  • VegeMe

GAME Award of 2008

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Fallout 3
  • Gears of War 2
  • Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Left 4 Dead
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  • Wii Fit
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

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Latest comments (9)

Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D12 years ago
COD4 was awesome, the only thing it lacked was multiplayer co-op against the computer.

Never been a GTA/Fable fan (not that they're not good games, just not my kind of game). I did buy a PS3 purely for Little Big Planet but, tbh, I was a bit disappointed by it. Just thought after the first few levels it was very stale and repetitive, but maybe that's just me:) Killzone 2 is out soon though - once I get my PS3 back from a mate who's borrowed it (tonight hopefully) I'll be downloading the demo - I hear it's very good.
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Rupert Loman Founder & CEO, Gamer Network12 years ago
It's a bit crap that they are including games from 2007 in the 2009 awards. It's not going to be very relevant if COD4 wins an award almost 6 months after COD5 was released!
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D12 years ago
but isn't the point that COD4 wasn't around for the last ones? If so then that's fair enough.

I've sort of had my fill of WW2 shooters. I swear to god, I've looked down the sights of sten guns, MG 42s, Thompsons etc, much more than the people who were actually there! And that's not meant to slight in any way the brave men and women who have fought (and in many cases died) in the various conflicts.

What we need is a tactical FPS based on either the Korean War or (even better) a second Korean war. I was thinking about this last night in bed (because I'm that sad) and I can't imagine something modern based on attacking Iran or North Korea, but they'd both be awesome too.

Or maybe a "real life" army simulator: for every 5 minutes of "action" in the game, you have to spend two and a half days polishing your boots by pressing the B button repeatedly six and a half million times. They could call it Hurry up and Wait.

Yeah, that'd work...... :)

Seriously though, a new modern shooter is very overdue. I need my kick, dammit.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Fran Mulhern on 10th February 2009 10:51am

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Rupert Loman Founder & CEO, Gamer Network12 years ago
Yeah I understand it is because the award timing has changed and otherwise COD4 would miss out. We all know COD4 is awesome and would easily win, it's just not very exciting in terms of the industry/the media/retailers to be promoting a game from 2007 that has already sold shitloads (and is available on the cheap).

And COD4 already released a "Game of the Year" edition... I guess they would release a Bafta version as well.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.12 years ago
What is the date difference for the previous BAFTA?
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Phil Elliott Project Lead, Collective; Head of Community (London), Square Enix12 years ago
I think it was the 12 months between the 2006 and 2007 ceremonies. One of the problems with that was that there were some games due for release around the date of the 2007 event, but in order to be judged the publishers had to submit unfinished code - and then at least one title slipped subsequent to judging and wasn't released until the 2008 calendar year.

So this set of results is a bit of an interim set due to the date changes, but next year's should be a lot more consistent.
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It surprising to See Fable II so high up as its not that good.... very Pretty to look at but seriously lacking in anything else im at 890/1100 and im struggling to motivate myself for the final push.

CoD 4 deserves all the acclaim it gets its by far the best War based FPS to date, and surpasses World at War (which to be fair anyone with a clue saw coming anyhow).
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Franck Sauer Creative / Tech Art Director, Fresh3d12 years ago
Is it me or there isn't a single original score in LBP. I mean those songs were borrowed from existing albums or pretty much existed before the game and haven't been composed solely for the game or am I wrong? They are great and deserve to be in the 'best use of audio' category though.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.12 years ago
If that be the case, they should take a note of Super Smash Brothers Brawl. 258 original and remixed songs from 38 of the best video game composers in the industry.
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