Fallout 4, the popular action role-playing title, has won the award for best game at this year’s Bafta game awards.
Although the blockbuster adventure took the night’s main prize, it was one of the only big budget success stories of the evening. Instead, the night was ruled by three independent titles, the UK-developed Her Story and Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, and sci-fi sports sim, Rocket League, by San Diego studio Psyonix. Each won three awards a piece.
It was Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture by Brighton team The Chinese Room that got the awards started. The apocalyptic exploration game, set in a Shropshire village as the world ends, won Best Music, thanks to a haunting score from Jessica Curry.
In one of the most memorable acceptance speeches of the evening Curry stated, “I am a left wing feminist with a degenerative disease who tried to bring down a major publisher. It’s a miracle I’m here.”
The studio also took Audio Achievement, while actor Merle Dandridge won Best Performance for her role as Kate in the game.
Another British title, Her Story, won in three categories: Debut Game, Mobile and Handheld Game and Game Innovation. Created almost entirely by one developer Sam Barlow, the game is a tense detective drama, where the player watches videos of a murder suspect being interviewed by the police to ascertain her guilt. Created on a micro budget, the game quickly sold over 100,000 units on PC, tablet and smartphone.
The other big winner was Rocket League, a multiplayer online sports title that combines football with motor racing. The game took Family, Multiplayer and Best Sports Game, beating mainstream rivals like Fifa 16, Destiny and Lego Dimensions. Developer Psyonix created a version of the game several years ago naming it Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars – that version disappeared without a trace, but the company kept itself going with contract work while creating Rocket League on the side. The game has now sold over four million units.
But it was major release Fallout 4 that took the climactic Best Game trophy. Created by Bethesda studios it is the latest title in the post-apocalyptic role-playing series, set in a devastated America. Meanwhile, Best British Game went to Batman: Arkham Knight, Bloodborne was awarded Best Design, and cult titles Life is Strange and Until Dawn won in the Story and Original Property categories.
This year’s Bafta Games Fellowship went to programmer John Carmack, co-founder of Id Software, and now CTO at virtual reality headset company Oculus.
He helped pioneer the use of 3D graphics in video games and was the lead programmer for the original Doom and Wolfenstein 3D, some of the earliest games in the first-person shooter genre which is now one of the industry’s biggest.
He told attendees: “I don’t like to romanticise the past. I’m more excited about the opportunities available now than anything there’s ever been before. Thanks for this award, but I’m just getting started.”
The awards in full:
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Best British Game
Batman: Arkham Knight
Ori and the Blind Forest
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Ones to Watch
eSports Audience award
Mobile and Handheld
Life is Strange
Best Sports Game
Merle Dandridge (Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture)
Bafta Fellowship award
This article was written by Keith Stuart, for theguardian.com on Thursday 7th April 2016 22.40 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010