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A surprise win for sci-fi shooter Destiny was the big talking point at this year’s British Academy Game Awards, with the title winning Best Game despite failing to clinch any of the other awards it was nominated for.
Bungie’s first game since leaving the Halo franchise was highly anticipated but divided fans, attracting a mixed reception upon its release last September. Some reviewers criticised its lack of strong characters and narrative whilst others claimed its gameplay was repetitive. Despite this the combination of two genres, merging first-person shooter with a massively multiplayer online (Mmo) role-playing game, appears to have been a hit with the Academy.
Claiming the award, Bungie President Harold Ryan thanked Destiny’s players, stating “It’s always a labour of love that we do because of the passion of the fans. They really are the ones who drive you to put the energy and time into putting the game together. »
- Mike McCarthy
Taking to the stage at the Tobacco Dock in London to thank her co-star, Troy Baker and the creative team at Naughty Dog, she delivered a truly wonderful speech.
“I feel so lucky I got to play Ellie,” she said. “I’m so proud I got to play a strong female character who isn’t sexualised, or a damsel in distress, or even the opposite of that.
“Ellie is vulnerable and she’s kind and she’s loyal and she’s the girl who probably wouldn’t have fit in at school. And at times she was also allowed to be scared.”
- Kris Wall
Alien: Isolation features heavily in the nominees for this year's BAFTA Games Awards. Here's the full list...
In March, BAFTA turns its gaze on the videogames industry for its annual Games Awards. Among the nominees, some of the biggest games of last year feature heavily - including Far Cry 4 and Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor - but what's most interesting about the list is its sheer variety.
Big-budget games like Alien: Isolation dominates with six nominations - and deservedly so, in the case of its sound and game design - but it's joined by a range of less hyped titles, including Lumino City, Valiant Hearts and Monument Valley. It's particularly pleasing to see the beautifully-wrought platformer Never Alone get some deserved attention.
The BAFTA Games Awards ceremony will take place on the 11th March with Rufus Hound doing the introductions. While we wouldn't be surprised if some of the big »
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