Gaming BAFTAs: Our predictions and the winners


Uncharted 2, starring Nathan Drake, leads the shortlist with nine nominations. Photo: Sony

After celebrating the best in film and TV, BAFTA are holding their 6th video game awards ceremony on Friday, March 19th.

A total of 40 games have been nominated across the 15 different categories to recognise everything from artistic achievement to independent developers. Leading the shortlist is “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves”, listed in nine categories, but faces tough competition with the latest “Call of Duty” game up for eight awards.

We look at the biggest awards of the night and predict their outcome.

Were our predictions right? Check out below:

  • Best game

    “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” might be the one most will expect to win, but after the amount of accolades and praise it looks likely that Nathan Drake’s treasure hunting quest in “Uncharted 2” could win for the way that it combined puzzles, platforming, and combat all in one well polished package.

    Predicted winner: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
    Winner: Batman: Arkham Asylum

  • Family and social

    The biggest name in this category might be “The Beatles: Rock Band” and the Fab Four might have some pulling power and a good shot at being chosen. Nintendo also are a likely contender with their previous track record at the awards and so as “Wii Sports” has picked up prizes, the MotionPlus peripheral-supporting sequel might too.

    Predicted winner: Wii Sports Resort
    Winner: Wii Sports Resort

  • Handheld

    Mario’s latest role-playing game on the Nintendo DS was one of the best games of 2009 thanks to its humour and well-refined gameplay, hopefully giving it a good chance of winning. Also in the running is Scribblenauts, which claimed to include almost every object ever in the game, but it didn’t quite pull off the concept as well as it could have.

    Predicted winner: Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
    Winner: LittleBigPlanet

  • Use of audio

    There are some inventive uses of audio cues to enhance games in this category however building the game around sound makes one title really stand out. “DJ Hero” might have seemed like a needless extension to the ever growing Guitar Hero franchise, but by including new mashups it brought something unique to the music game genre.

    Predicted winner: DJ Hero
    Winner: Uncharted 2

  • Use of online

    After building on the success of the first “Modern Warfare” game, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” has been hugely popular with gamers online. There may have been numerous bugs and glitches that have had to be ironed out but despite that people have stuck with what is a good quality online game.

    Predicted winner: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
    Winner: Fifa 10

  • GAME Award of 2009

    Sponsored by the retailer GAME this is the only award to be voted on by members of the public. Essentially a popularity contest, the best selling game of the year is most likely to be the winner here especially with the British public’s apparent love for “Modern Warfare 2”.

    Predicted Winner: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
    Winner: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

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