The British Academy Video Game Awards took place on Friday night and Portal 2 was awarded highest honours, taking home little gold faces not only for Best Game, but also for Story and Design. Congratulations to Valve, who by this point must be making plans to put up some new shelves of award-bearing load strength. The popular vote went to Battlefield 3, which also won awards for Online Multiplayer and Audio Achievement.
The full list is celebrating after the jump.
Action: Batman: Arkham City
Artistic Achievement: Rayman Origins
Audio Achievement: Battlefield 3
Best Game: Portal 2
Debut Game: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Design: Portal 2
Family: LittleBigPlanet 2
Game Innovation: LittleBigPlanet 2
Mobile & Handheld: Peggle HD
Online – Browser: Monstermind
Online – Multiplayer: Battlefield 3
Original Music: LA Noire
Performer: Mark Hamill, The Joker in Batman: Arkham City
Sports/Fitness: Kinect Sports 2
Story: Portal 2
Strategy: Total War: Shogun 2
BAFTA Ones to Watch Award: Tick Tock Toys
GAME Award of 2011: Battlefield 3
Peggle HD’s Mobile award has got to be worth at least 2.5 Peggles. Maybe even three.
I was initially surprised to see Skyrim go home empty-handed, though looking again more closely at the categories I now find myself hard pressed to find one it would have been possible to make a strong argument for, outside of Best Game. Perhaps Original Music, though even there I would have preferred Deus Ex HR winning, and it was a real shame Bastion didn’t even see a nomination for its wonderful soundtrack.
Still, it was a great night for the medium, with games befitting of the awards given. Here’s to the next year of award-worthy gaming.