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It was only Sunday night that I was out standing in the snow and rain at BAFTAs. Just when I thought I had gotten over the show, the video game BAFTAs have crept up on me and released their nominations on me.

Across 17 catagories, Journey has been nominated for 8. As with all the awards this year, The Walking Dead is right on its heels as it looks like the two games are set to slug it out one last time on March 5th.

In one of the most interesting nominations of the year, Far Cry 3 has been nominated for Best Story. This is going to get some stick from some, but not from me. I have been championing that games story and intent since I completed the game. Clearly a few of us Brits had our thinking caps on as we played through the game.

But perhaps, most surprisingly is the poor show of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which only got two nominations. That is quite a big snub as Firaxis’ game has consistently been considered the third favorite at most of the awards. It is this years video game equivalent of Ben Affleck’s Oscar snub. On top of that, it seems like there isn’t a whole lot of love for Halo 4 either, which I think was one of the best titles this year also.

This year will also see the inclusion of ‘Best British Game’ which features massive titles like Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Forza Horizon, but also indie oddities like Dear Esther and The Room.

The full list of nominees are below:

Action

Borderlands 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
Far Cry 3
Halo 4
Hitman: Absolution
Mass Effect 3

Artistic Achievement

Borderlands 2
Dear Esther
Far Cry 3
Halo 4
Journey
The Room

Audio Achievement

Assassin’s Creed III
Dear Esther
Far Cry 3
Halo 4
Journey

Best Game

Dishonoured
Far Cry 3
FIFA 13
Journey
Mass Effect 3
The Walking Dead

British Game

Dear Esther
Forza Horizon
LEGO: The Lord of the Rings
Need for Speed Most Wanted
The Room
Super Hexagon

Debut Game

Deadlight
Dear Esther
Forza Horizon
Proteus
The Room
The Unfinished Swan

Game Design

Borderlands 2
Dishonored
Far Cry 3
Journey
The Walking Dead
XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Family

Clay Jam
Just Dance 4
LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
LEGO the Lord of the Rings
Minecraft: XBOX 360 Edition
Skylanders Giants

Game Innovation

Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Fez
Journey
Kinect Sesame Street TV
The Unfinished Swan
Wonderbook: Books of Spells

Mobile & Handheld

Incoboto
LittleBigPlanet (Vita)
The Room
Super Monsters Ate My Condo
The Walking Dead

Online – Browser

Amateur Surgeon Hospital
Dick and Dom’s HOOPLA!
Merlin: The Game
Runescape
The Settlers Online
SongPop

Online-Multiplayer

Assassin’s Creed III
Borderlands 2
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Halo 4
Journey
Need For Speed Most Wanted

Original Music

Assassin’s Creed III
Diablo III
Journey
Thomas Was Alone
The Unfinished Swan
The Walking Dead

Performer

Adrian Hough (Haytham) – Assassin’s Creed III
Danny Wallace (The Narrator) – Thomas Was Alone
Dave Fennoy (Lee Everett) – The Walking Dead
Melissa Hutchinson (Clementine) – The Walking Dead
Nigel Carrington (The Narrator) – Dear Esther
Nolan North (Nathan Drake) – Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Sports/Fitness

FIFA 13
F1 2012
Forza Horizon
New Star Soccer
Nike+ Kinect Training
Trials Evolution

Story

Dishonoured
Far Cry 3
Journey
Mass Effect 3
Thomas was Alone
The Walking Dead

Strategy

Dark Souls: Prepare To Die
Diablo III
Football Manager 2013
Great Big War Game
Total War Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai
XCOM: Enemy Unknown

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

Pixel Story
Project Thanatos
Starcrossed

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This article was first posted on February 12, 2013