2012 BAFTA Award Winners: ‘Portal 2,’ ‘Arkham City’ & ‘Battlefield 3′

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 18th, 2012 at 11:28 am,

2012 BAFTA Game Awards

Every year in the third week of March, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts honors gaming excellence with an annual awards ceremony – and they’d much appreciate it if you called it that. Not to be confused with certain “shows” like the Spike VGAs, there’s no Deadmau5 in sight, the awards-to-trailers ratio hovers at a constant 1:0, and Mark Hamill gets VIP seating.

The spit-and-polish ceremony doled out its trophies to the elite games of 2011, and the final list includes an equal share of big name winners and big name losers.

Portal 2 was named 2011′s Best Game and also took home top honors in Best Story and Best Design. Battlefield 3, meanwhile, cleaned up in the categories for Best Online Multiplayer, Best Audio, and the fan-voted GAME Award of 2011 – beating out formidable rival Modern Warfare 3 in each. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, though heavily nominated, came home with an empty inventory.

Read on for the full list of BAFTA award winners and nominees – winners are in BOLD:

Action

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

Artistic Achievement

  • Rayman Origins
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • L.A. Noire
  • LittleBigPlanet 2
  • The Elder Scrolls V — Skyrim
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Audio Achievement

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

Best Game

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

Debut Game

  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • Bastion
  • Eufloria
  • L.A. Noire
  • Monstermind
  • RIFT

Design

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

Family

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

Game Innovation

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

Mobile & Handheld

  • Peggle HD
  • Dead Space iOS
  • Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint
  • Quarrel
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • The Nightjar

Online — Browser

  • Monstermind
  • Gardens of Time
  • I Am Playr
  • Global Resistance
  • Skylanders Spyro’s Universe
  • The Sims Social

Online-Multiplayer

  • Battlefield 3
  • Assassin’s Creed Revelations
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Dark Souls
  • Gears of War 3
  • LittleBigPlanet 2

Original Music

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

Performer

  • Mark Hamill (The Joker) — Batman: Arkham City
  • Aaron Staton (Cole Phelps) — L.A. Noire
  • 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

Sports/Fitness

  • Dance Central 2
  • DiRT 3
  • F1 2011
  • FIFA 2012
  • WINNER: Kinect Sports 2
  • Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012

Story

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

Strategy

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

BAFTA Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital

  • Tick Tock Toys
  • Dreamweaver
  • Joust!

GAME Award of 2011

  • Battlefield 3
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • 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

Though in potent contrast to the 2011 VGA Award Winners, it’s nice to see that both lists feature categories spanning the technical – in addition to genre-driven – aspects of gaming. Gamers might be surprised that Skyrim got shut out on each of its nominations, but as we noted in our review, it’s very much a greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts type game.

Coincidentally, Game Rant also shared the BAFTA train of thought regarding Portal 2′s triumphant status as the 2011 Game of Year – but we’ll save the bragging for another time.

Ranters, what games do you think should have taken home the BAFTA golden mask? Now that we’re deep into March, what games are already looking primed for next year’s award season?

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Source: BAFTA

TAGS: Assassin's Creed Revelations, Batman Arkham City, Battlefield 3, Modern Warfare 3, Portal 2, Skyrim, Uncharted 3

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  1. Dead Space should have won the mobile spot.

  2. ehh I’ll just repost what I said about these awards somewhere else:
    BF3, Portal 2, Arkham City winning top awards HELL YEH!!! Assassin’s Creed Revelations should have won Original Score…my favourite series of this day and age. Thank GOD Skyrim and MW3 didn’t get s***!! That buggy mess with outdated graphics and animations in this day and age is an utter disappointment! idc if it has GOOD STORY, but when the combat and gameplay is that stiff, it’s really offputting..and the number of bugs..jeez atleast TRY to polish your game to hope to win GOTY awards or any awards at that..can’t believe it got away with that. And MW3…smh, I’m just glad they fixed their mistake of even nominating that crap by not giving it any awards. So far I believe BAFTA’s awards have been my favourite, aside the the ACR not winning the award(though AC is my top franchise, I do agree that it definitely wasn’t the best game in those categories compared to others, except the music, the music is amazing.), I bet it was just an animus glitch. Hate on me all you want for pointing Skyrim’s faults, but hell, even Mass Effect 3′s clunky animations is really off putting, the whole combat and everything is sooo stiff…sprinting animation is horrible..and only being allowed to vault over VERY SPECIFIC stuff is quite a annoying, granted it was like that since first ME but still, the story about the Rapers cumming down to earth might be the best thing ever for many people, but stuff like that is very off putting to me, for a 2012 game atleast. There’s my rant, say what you will. :)

    • “Rapers cumming,” ha. ACR did have some beautiful music, yeah. LA Noire’s was very different though, and I guess it was just more inline with the voters’ tastes. And I agree that BAFTA seems to be the most respectable videogame award.

    • I too am also glad that mw3 got its ass kicked its a price of re-used crap and assassins creed should have gotten something …

    • haha, glad you guyz share the same views and yes the BAFTA awards seem to actually know much about the actual games and rate them on their quality, not their popularity..

    • Heh. Heh. Rapers cumming. Heh.

  3. Some very nice choices here, but I can’t believe Bastion didn’t get a nomination in the Original Music category; but all the games that did get nominated were pretty deserving anyway, so whatever (I’d probably drop Arkham City and nominate Bastion instead). And Portal 2′s story, as much as I loved it, didn’t really strike me as a “best story” winner. Haven’t played any of the other games in that category yet, though, so I couldn’t say if any of those is better. I like the decision to nominate Dark Souls and Deus Ex in the strategy category; that’s smart.

  4. FINALLY, Arkham City getting the consideration it deserves. I was glad to see not nearly as much Skyrim as the other Game Awards

  5. I haven’t played Portal 2, but it must be a damn good game to win all those awards. I think Uncharted 3 should have won Best Story, and Arkham City or Skyrim should have won Best Game.

  6. now this is a proper award ceremony, note how skyrim didn’t win anything, and how games that should have won VGA categories did so here ?

    i would have chosen bastion for innovation and debut, but you cant win them all ;)

  7. Hell yah, Portal 2 and Batman Arkham Asylum definitely deserve the praise they get. And BF3 for best sound, definitely the most deserved. I don’t care what anyone says about anything about that game, love it, hate it, the sound in it is downright amazing. When I play that game, I think if someone is in the room next door and doesn’t know it’s a game, will probably think it’s a big budget action movie playing, lol.

    • I was playing the campaign yesterday and was just thinking how it sounds like a big budget movie, funny you mentioned that. The sound makes the fire fights so much more fun.

      • @ATG

        Yah, it makes a huge difference. I hate playing a shooter and all of the guns are super quiet, like they care more about you hearing the AI’s so-called “witty” banter than it sounding like a real action game… Watching the Far Cry 3 videos is the perfect example of that…

  8. Portal 2??????? Sorry, but this has got to be the biggest BS ever. Skyrim was easily the best game for not only this year, but the past 3 years at best.

    What the f##k is going on with the way this is voted for, and who the f##k votes for this s##t!

    Sorry, but the games that have won these awards do not represent the games, they represent the companies buying the votes to publicise them in the hope that peoople buy them.

    I do accept that not everyone has the same opinion and do occasionally disagree, but Skyrim should have won game of the year for so many different reasons, not only for the fact that even my EA bum chum friends rate it as the best game.

    Ok, lets move on shall we. Best Soundtrack, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, download the soundtrack enough said.

    Battlefield 3 was a good game, but the shite EA servers let it down, and continue to let it down. Try playing it online, chances are you get booted after 3 games or your game crashes and you have to turn your XBOX off and on. These problems are not just on the XBOX they are found on multi platforms. So should it really have won ANYTHING!!!

    Rayman beating Batman in best artistic achievement. One word BO##OCKS!!!

    How come no one else has even mentioned any of these things in any of the other posts. Do you guys even play f##king games.

    Finally,@ Brian Sipple. This article could have been wrote a lot better.

    • Portal 2 won for being unique and innovative.

      Battlefields online servers has nothing to do with the sound. And if Battlefield shouldn’t win because of bad servers, then Skyrim shouldn’t win for ANYTHING either, since it’s so buggy, by your logic. You contradicted yourself.

      Finally, at Paul77, your comment could have been written a lot better!! Good day, sir!!

    • Er… I suppose the more logical question would be do YOU play games outside Skyrim?

      I think you’re in the wrong area, these are the awards with a bit of integrity. I think you’re looking for the GOTY Awards; y’know, where Skyrim won almost EVERYTHING without even trying – or necessarily even being well-suited for the award in question.

    • @Paul

      I’ve logged so many hours on BF3 online already, don’t know what you’re talking about.

      And I think your last sentence should have been “wrote” a lot better, lol. :-P

      • lol indeed! :p

    • Calm down, Paul. Skyrim DID win a huge amount of awards; just not in this particular show. And the point of having different awards shows is that different games can win in each one. Thankfully.

    • And Rayman was uniquely, stunningly beautiful; I would’ve been disappointed if anything else had won in that category.

      As for best soundtrack, Deus Ex was amazing, but there was a lot of really great game music this year. I can’t really fault them for choosing as they did.

      By the way, you understand that these aren’t Game Rant’s picks, right? They’re just reporting. The tone of your post, and your knock on Sipple’s writing, make it sound like you think these are the GR awards.

  9. Mark Hamill – Most annoying villain – Joker

    Is it just me???

    ***SPOILER ALERT***

    I’m kind of glad he died

    • @ATG

      I disagree, I think Mark Hamill is the ultimate Joker. :-)

      • I guess its just the character, his performance is nice but he just seemed corny in the game. Maybe its just me, idk.

        • @ATG

          I’m not sure if you’ve realized this, but that’s 100% INTENTIONAL… Have you ever watched the Animated Series??? The Joker is like the deadliest villain, but you’d never know that just from meeting him once because he just seems like a cooky idiot making corny jokes and doing cheesy gags… until he kills you… That’s why I’ve always loved his character, it’s so unpredictable…

          • Haven’t seen the animated series in a long time. I do like his unpredictable nature, keeps you guessing.

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