Bafta Games Awards 2014: Which is your favourite?



As the nominations are announced for the 2014 Bafta Games Awards, we take a look at the stand-out players.

Games, games, games. We love games. And so do you. Today video games are more popular than ever before, played by people of all ages at home, online, and on mobile phones. The UK's games market is one of our powerhouse creative industries, making some of the most innovative games in the world from big blockbusters like Call of Duty and Fifa 14 to cool, niche games.

And video games are now increasingly being regarded as real works of creative art, just like films and music are. This week, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) announced the nominations for its Games Awards for 2014.

Here are three of our favourite games shortlisted for the awards - and be sure to tell us yours.

The Last of Us

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The PlayStation 3 title leads the pack with ten nominations including action and adventure, artistic achievement, best game and game design.

Why we like it

This super-ace survival game set in a post-apocalyptic USA is already being regarded as one of the best games ever made. Yup.

A true masterpiece, The Last of Us is the story of Joel, who lives in one of the last remaining Quarantine Zones in a devastated America. Joel exists on the fringes of society, operating in the city's black market. When he is asked by a dying friend to look after 14-year-old Ellie and take her to another Zone, the pair embark on a life-changing journey across a post-pandemic United States.

What they say

"The Last of Us is visually arresting, mechanically solid, maturely written and by turns heart-rending, tense, unnerving and brutal. Check your ammo. Grab your shiv. Just try your best to stay alive." ~ Paul Sartori for the Guardian

Grand Theft Auto V

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The latest instalment in the phenomenally popular Grand Theft Auto series, V has bagged nine nominations, including best game, action and adventure, game design and British game.

Why we like it

Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games continues to pull off a real feat: there's never been a bad sequel in this stunning series of games. New GTA editions never feel like redundant spin-offs - they are always bone fide brilliant.

GTA V was released to much hype, and it delivered, winning widespread acclaim and five-star reviews all-round.

You're bound to know the story: the open world action adventure game, set in the fictional state San Andreas (read: California) follows three criminals running a number of heists in the city of Los Santos (read: Los Angeles).

What they say

"It's brilliant, of course." ~ Tom Hoggins for the Telegraph

 
Tearaway

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This incredibly enjoyable third-person platform game is up for eight Baftas including artistic achievement, best game and family.

Why we like it

Tearaway, developed for the PlayStation Vita, is about helping a papercraft messenger (you can choose male messenger Iota or female messenger Atoi) deliver a very special message - to you, the player.

Specifically designed for the Vita, the game harnesses lots of the device's features to help players guide Atoi or Iota as they try to tackle the challenges (baddies) blocking the delivery of the message.

What they say

"Tearaway is a joy. Whether it was a riding a pig towards the sunset or playing basketball with a super-powered accordion, it never failed to make me smile." ~ Daniel Krupa for IGN.com.

 
Other nominations for the Bafta Games Awards include Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag (four nominations), Super Mario 3D World (also four), Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (three) and Forza Motorsport 5 (two).

 The awards ceremony takes place in London on Wednesday 12 March. Check out a full list of nominations here.