2013 Bafta Video Game Awards

Bafta

Acclaimed indie game Journey cleans up ahead of AAA titles.

Last night's Bafta Video Game Awards saw the critically praised PSN game Journey scoop an impressive five wins; leading a charge of low-budget games that raced ahead of many AAA titles in the same categories,in a ceremony dominated by indie developers with only four of the total awards being handed to mainstream studio efforts.

Journey was recognised for 'Artistic Achievement', 'Audio Achievement', 'Original Music', and 'Game Design', but perhaps most surprisingly it beat established fan favourite AAA multiplayer titles such as Halo 4, Black Ops 2, and Borderlands 2 in the 'Online Multiplayer' category.

Other low-budget winners included The Unfinished Swan (Game innovation, Debut Game), The Walking Dead (Mobile & Handheld, Story), New Star Soccer (Sport), iOS puzzler The Room, and Thomas Was Alone (Best Performance).

The big guns did manage a few well placed hits, though, with Far Cry 3 clambering to the top of the 'Best Action' category, XCOM: Enemy Unknown securing itself as 'Best Strategy', LEGO Batman 2 winning over hearts in the 'Family' nomination list, and Arkane Studio's Dishonored being awarded the prestigious 'Best Game of 2013' title.

Gabe Newall - founder of Valve Software - had his achievements acknowledged with a 'Bafta Fellowship'. He accepted the award “On behalf of everyone at Valve, and all the gamers that have been with us the last few years”.

Overall it was an interesting year, and one that proved larger budgets don't always mean larger successes.

For a full list of categories, nominees, and winners, visit: http://awards.bafta.org/award/2013/games

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