The best video games of the past year have been honoured at the 13th annual BAFTA Games Awards in London. Like every good awards show, we saw deserved winners, awesome acceptance speeches and of course, a reference to that La La Land mistake at the Oscars.
Here’s the lowdown from the night…
Uncharted 4 wins Best Game
The big winner on the night, scooping the coveted ‘Best Game’ award, was Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. The PS4 exclusive received incredible reviews after its release back in May 2016, and boasts a Metacritic score of 93. So, it’s maybe no surprise the fourth instalment of the Nathan Drake saga took home the big award.
The game was developed by Naughty Dog, who are no strangers to winning BAFTAs. Back in 2010, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves took home 4 awards, and more recently in 2014, Naughty Dog’s brilliant Last Of Us won 5, including ‘Best Game’.
But despite this past success and the rave reviews, the Naughty Dog team still said winning the award was ‘completely unexpected’.
And we can see why they were surprised, as the game faced some major competition in the category. Firewatch, Overwatch, Stardew Valley, Titanfall 2 and INSIDE were all nominated, but Nathan Drake came out on top.
The award for the most awards: INSIDE
It may have lost out to that pesky Mr Drake for the biggest award of the night, but it wasn’t all bad for INSIDE.
The Playdead title, released in summer 2016 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC, is a spiritual successor to the much-loved Limbo, and took home 4 awards: Artistic Achievement, Game Design, Narrative and Original Property.
Firewatch also missed out on the ‘Best Game’ title, but did take home 2 awards for Debut Game and Performer (Cissy Jones as Delilah). And Overwatch, another ‘Best Game’ contender, took the Multiplayer title.
Unfortunately, despite their nominations for ‘Best Game’, Stardew Valley and Titanfall 2 both left empty handed.
Best speech of the night: Overcooked
‘If this says La La Land, it’s not my fault.’ Nolan North may have gotten one of the biggest laughs of the night, but we think Overcooked has to take the best speech crown.
The creators of the chaotic cooking game admitted to not having a speech prepared when they took home the British Game award, beating AAA titles like Forza Horizon 3 and No Man’s Sky.
When they accepted their second award, for best Family Game, the Overcooked team looked visibly shocked, saying, ‘this is just silly now’. They then apologised to any families and couples that have had relationship troubles caused by Overcooked frustration.
The best of the rest
There were a few other winners that we couldn’t ignore:
- The Last Guardian (PS4) won the award for Audio Achievement
- Rocket League (Xbox One, PS4, PC) won for best Evolving Game
- Virginia (Xbox One, PS4, PC) won for best Music
- That Dragon, Cancer (PC) won for Game Innovation
- Pokémon Go was named the best Mobile game
It was a great night and an even better year for gaming. To see games as good as Stardew Valley and Titanfall 2 not take home any awards shows just how strong a year it’s been.
Looking forward to E3 2017?
But, that’s enough looking backwards for now, because we have plenty to look forward to in 2017. E3 is within touching distance, meaning both PlayStation and Xbox fans have a whole lot to get excited about. And with Microsoft finally starting to share news about the powerful Project Scorpio, the future is looking very good indeed.
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