The BAFTA video game awards were announced yesterday evening.
And the winner was… pause for effect… just a bit more pausing… (someone coughs in the audience)… Mass Effect 2! The Bioware sci-fi RPG scooped the Best Game award, which Batman: Arkham Asylum won last year.
Mass Effect 2 also won the Golden Joystick Ultimate Game of the Year award back in November 2010, so has now twice been judged the best of the bunch of last year.
Heavy Rain also did very well at the BAFTAs, pulling three awards for Original Music, Technical Innovation and Story. It was the only game to win multiple awards (although last year, Uncharted 2 went one better with four BAFTAs).
The Action Game award went to Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, and Super Mario Galaxy won the BAFTA for Gameplay.
Civilization V triumphed in the Strategy Game category, Kinect Sports in the Family department, and F1 2010 bagged Best Sports Game. The Best Multiplayer also went to a racing title this year, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.
The Best Handheld Game award was given to Cut the Rope, and a new category was also introduced this year: Best Social Network Game. This went to My Empire, a Facebook Greco-Roman themed city builder.
The One to Watch Award went to Twang!, designed by That Game Studio, and a Fellowship was also given out. This went to Peter Molyneux in recognition for his creative drive throughout all these years in the industry, from Populous and Magic Carpet, through to Fable.
Finally, the Game Award of 2010 was the one voted for by the public. Call of Duty: Black Ops picked this one up with in excess of 110,000 votes. It’s the third year running that the Call of Duty franchise has taken home the gamers’ vote.