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My extra sexy Bafta 2012 opinions.

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The BAFTA Video Game Award nominations are out. Not too many surprises, but for the sake of a little bit of hindsight on some of the nominees, I thought I�d chip in my two cents. Games in bold are ones I can comment on, as I have completed or at least played enough of them to fairly do so.

Action
Assassin�s Creed Revelations
� Batman: Arkham City
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Portal 2
Uncharted 3: Drake�s Deception

Action is a bit of a vague subject. Most of these nominees are balls-out blockbuster type games, and yet with Deus Ex and Portal 2, the action could very much take a back seat. Assassin�s Creed 2.2, whilst certainly enjoyable for all the reasons it�s predecessors were, is hardly on par with the other nominees, possibly because the only real innovation over its prequels is the hook blade and the setting.
The same goes for Call of Duty: MW3. Whilst in my backlog blog, it received a perfect score, I don�t feel it�s the game that stands to be recognised for this field, although I would put it second.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution was a fantastic game, but in this field, there are some who really ramped up the action better. Combat was probably Deus Ex�s weakest point, and as this is where most of the �action� lies in this game, it should perhaps feel comfortable letting this one slide.
Uncharted 3, for me, was a disappointment. Maybe I was just expecting a massive improvement over Uncharted 2, but it just seemed to whimper out after a rather good Act 2.
The winner for me is Portal 2, hands down. It�s very much a game that succeeds on the excellent quality of its many parts, and more than any other game on this list, I was always eager to get home from work and jump right back into it. As for who I think will actually win, I�m willing to bet it�s the one game I haven�t played yet.

Artistic Achievement
� Batman: Arkham City
� L.A. Noire
� LitteBigPlanet 2
� Rayman Origins
The Elder Scrolls V � Skyrim
Uncharted 3: Drake�s Deception

From what I�ve seen of Rayman Origins, its certainly the one that rocks the boat the most, and I hope it does well on that basis. Between the two I�ve played, my pick has to be Skyrim, for which a whole freaking believable world was crafted. Uncharted 3 is good in this respect too, and level aesthetics has been a strong point of the series since Uncharted 1, but when you compare that to the sheer scope of Skyrim and what has been achieved with it, then yes, Go Bethesda!

Audio Achievement
� Batman: Arkham City
Battlefield 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Dead Space 2
� The Nightjar
Uncharted 3: Drake�s Deception

As much as I loved Dead Space 2, I don�t believe sound was its strong point. Equally, Uncharted boasts an amazing musical score, but the sound effects never really felt like a massive boon to its merit. Between COD and BF3, I�m going to have to side with Battlefield 3, as the deafening boom of explosion, rattling gunfire and tinny pings of deflecting sniper bullets really pull you in to the games namesake.

Best Game
� Batman: Arkham City
� FIFA 2012
� L.A. Noire
Portal 2
The Elder Scrolls V � Skyrim
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Out of the three games I�ve played, there is one clear winner. As much as I wish I could adore Skyrim, it just hasn�t sucked me in the way Oblivion did six years ago. Maybe its just a bit too similar, and I�ve Elder Scroll�s-ed myself out, but my Steam account still declares that after two months, I have ten hours of playing time, a seventh of the average.
Equally, Skyward Sword, whilst good as Zelda games usually are, has failed to truly engulf me in its world. Again, perhaps coming of the back of the frankly amazing Twilight Princess (which I only finished last year) has been to its detriment.
So yes, once again, Portal 2 is my personal pick, although I have a feeling the caped crusader is going to swoop in on this one.


Debut Game
Bastion
� Eufloria
� Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
� L.A. Noire
� Monstermind
� RIFT

I thought Eufloria was pretty old? Anyway, Bastion was the only one I�ve played, and it�s kind of good. It probably ought to go to Team Bondi, as from what I understand, it could use all the merit it can get after a troubled development history.

Design
� Batman: Arkham City
� L.A. Noire
LittleBigPlanet 2
Portal 2
Super Mario 3D Land
The Elder Scrolls V � Skyrim

I think you can guess who this is going to. Despite my appreciation for Skyrim, and my feeling it will, and should win the award, Portal 2 is just frickin� so well put together. And it isn�t riddled Bethesdabugs.
As for the other two I�ve played, Super Mario Land 3D is fucking boring (before you ask, I don�t mind Mario, and rather enjoyed Galaxy, but this game is weak) and the appeal of LittleBigPlanet has always evaded me. Sure, it�s well put together, and I can�t fault it on that, but it isn�t a game I can spend a lot of time with.

Family
� Dance Central 2
� Kinect Sports 2
� LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
� LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
LittleBigPlanet 2
Mario Kart 7

LittleBigPlanet 2, because it isn�t a lazy seventh instalment.



Game Innovation
Bastion
Child of Eden
� From Dust
� L.A. Noire
LittleBigPlanet 2
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

I�m not giving it to LBP2 or Skyward Sword, as it feels like they mostly succeed and improve on an already tried formula. Whilst Bastion was quite good, my hat tips to Child of Eden, for finally giving a valid reason to own a Kinect and wave your hands at the television like an eejit.



Mobile & Handheld
� Dead Space iOS
� Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint
Peggle
� Quarrel
Super Mario 3D Land
� The Nightjar

Peggle, because it�s the boss, and unlike that other game, isn�t fucking dull as shit!


Online � Browser
� Gardens of Time
� I Am Playr
� Monstermind
� Resistance 3
� Skylanders: Spyro�s Adventure
� The Sims Social

No comment.

Online-Multiplayer
� Assassin�s Creed: Revelations
Battlefield 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
� Dark Souls
Gears of War 3
� LittleBigPlanet 2

In this section, I�m only highlighting the ones I have actually played online. Now I love FPS�s. COD and BF3 have become great time sinks for me. But, it has the be acknowledged that they�re not exactly doing anything brave or interesting, and merely working off the strengths of their respective sequels. Gears of War 3 is the most varied multiplayer game of the three, so gets my thumbs up. I reckon Battlefield 3 will win though. Whilst I�d love to comment on AssCreed, it kept crashing when I switched to multiplayer, so fuck that!


Original Music
Assassin�s Creed: Revelations
� Batman: Arkham City
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
� L.A. Noire
The Elder Scrolls V � Skyrim
Uncharted 3: Drake�s Deception

As much as I love the music in all these games, my pick is going to have to be Deus Ex, as I�m listening to it right now on my phone. Since that first �Icarus� trailer, my appetite for sneaking around in the near future has been ravenous.

Performer
� Aaron Stanton (Cole Phelps) � L.A. Noire
� Mark Hamill (The Joker) � Batman: Arkham City
Nolan North (Nathan Drake) � Uncharted 3: Drake�s Deception
Stephen Fry (Narrator) � LittleBigPlanet 2
Stephen Merchant (Wheatley) � Portal 2
� Togo Igawa (Dipolomat, Advisor and Military General) � Total War: SHOGUN 2

I will comment on Mark Hamill�s Joker, as it was present in the previous game. Mark Hamill, for me, is equally important for the role as Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, and his involvement in the Batman game franchise is probably one of many things that makes it great. Which is why my pick for Stephen Merchant is all the more impressive. He really gave that evil ball a personality, and his frankly surprising involvement really helped make Portal 2 a memorable experience. As for Stephen Fry, he�s wasted on LittleBigPlanet.

Sports/Fitness
� Dance Central 2
DiRT 3
Fl 2011
� FIFA 2012
� Kinect Sports 2
� Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012#

DIRT 3 DIRT 3 DIRT 3 FUCKING NEEEOOOOOOW
Yeah, between the two Codemasters racers, Dirt 3 always felt more fun and user friendly, and yet challenging to those who sought challenge. Plus, the variety of activities really help make it a well rounded package (oo-er)



Story
� Batman: Arkham City
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
� L.A. Noire
Portal 2
The Elder Scrolls V � Skyrim
Uncharted 3: Drake�s Deception

Despite its weak �push-button-to-get-this-ending� ending, my vote is Deus Ex. Everything from the world itself, its self evident history, and the characters interwoven into the conspiracy were fantastic, reaching levels that the others could barely dream of. Uncharted 3 comes close, with story being one of its strongest points, but Skyrim, I feel, does not. It�s not so much story that is Elder Scroll�s strength, but rather crafting your own out of the world provided. Take Skyrim at face value, and rather than being a deep jungle, its more of a vast field of grapevine; big, but not too deep, unless you start digging.

Strategy
� Dark Souls
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
� Football Manager 2012
� From Dust
� Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
� Total War: SHOGUN 2

I would probably give this to Shogun 2 if I�d played it, but I�ve only played the one so� Deus Ex it is.


BAFTA Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital
� Dreamweaver
� Joust!
� Tick Tock Toys

Err�

GAME Award of 2011
(Voted for by the public)
� Batman: Arkham City
� Battlefield 3
� Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
� FIFA 2012
� L.A Noire
� Minecraft
� Portal 2
� The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
� The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
� Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception

Well my vote should be obvious by now (Portal 2), but I think, because of the nature of games consumers as a whole, we�re going to see Modern Warfare 3 taking this one home. And unlike a lot of people, I can�t say I begrudge it too much. It�s the game for the other people; the ones who don�t haunt games websites and forums, coming home from day jobs and shooting their mates from the pub in the face. And who can say they don�t enjoy that?
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About The Villainthropistone of us since 10:07 AM on 08.05.2008

A gamer since the age of 4. I like pretty much all genres, and now that I can afford them, all systems. I'm looking for a new co-op game which won't suck me in for a year and a half. Please give AMD Eyefinity compatible gaming PC's generously (never mind, got one).

I would now consider myself a PC gamer primarily, but have grown up with consoles all my life. Whilst a bit of depth and plot are much appreciated, I tend to gravitate towards online FPS's and racing games.

I've been on a bit of a hiatus from posting here at the Dtoid C-Blogs, mainly due to my voluntary position at PureSophistry.com. Click the link to see my stuff.


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