Games BAFTAs 2015 Breakdown Part 1

All award ceremonies are lesser compared to my work of last December, but being the kinda hearted feller I am, I decided to write about the BAFTA video game awards for your reading pleasure. Dare say I’ll be chopping this down into smaller chunks so this doesn’t go over 3000 words so this is part one, Enjoy.

Artistic Achievement in 2015

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As categories go you can’t get more subjective than judging a game on it’s art style and aesthtic. Up for this award were.

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity
  • Far Cry 4
  • Valiant Hearts
  • Hohokom
  • Monument valley
  • Lumino City

Off the top of my head, two of these games don’t really belong on here. Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4 are so artistically basic that their inclusion beggars belief. Graphically these games are well done but when it comes to artistic achievement to me it comes down to two clear choices, Lumino City and Monument Valley.

And the Winner is: Lumino City, a game I’m ashamed to say I’d never heard of until the award ceremony but one that does look rather gorgeous. Having looked into the game itself I must say it’s a well deserved win for the team that made it. I’m not sure how to accurately describe the style of the game, it’s hand-made in a very literal way, constructed in the real world then made into a game. The results are down right stunning and worthy of the win.

Games Innovation in 2015

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Real innovation in video games has begun to dwindle over the last few years. With each new generation, what works and doesn’t work has become established and it becomes harder to justify the risks of trying something new. As such this catergory is perhaps one of the most useful to see where the future of video games could take us. The nominees are:

  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
  • 80 Days
  • Alien: Isolation
  • Lumino City
  • Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor
  • Titanfall

A few of these choices personally confused me, Titanfall innovated what? Adding Jetpacks and mechs? Think Tribes and Battlefield 2142 would like a word. Shadow of Mordor is a wonderful game, but save for the nemesis system is the love child of Assassin’s Creed and the Arkham games. 80 Days is very good, a wonderful open ended choose your own adventure (which always plays the same for me). Lumino city was artistically innovative but from what I’ve seen game-play isn’t great and Alien: Isolation innovated by not being a shit Alien game.

So this leaves us with the Vanishing of Ethan Carter which won. My knowledge of this game is limited, all I know is that it’s one of those first person narrative games like the excellent Gone Home, revolving round a bloke named Ethan and his aforementioned Vanishing.

One of the weakest selections of the year for my money.

Mobile and Handheld.

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The mobile and handheld market is one that’s been growing for the last few years and has begun to show some real promise. With all manner of experiences now available on these platforms, this catergory is perhaps one of the most intresting of the lot.

  • Heartstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • 80 Days
  • Threes
  • Monument Valley
  • Hitman GO
  • The Walking Dead Season 2

An interesting selection to be sure. As a regular Hearthstone player I must say it’s a great game, but since it doesn’t work on my old tablet i’m unhappy with the mobile version. 80 days and Hitman GO are both on my tablet and I really should be devoting more time to them. Threes took over my fucking life for at least two months. Walking dead Season 2 was of course exceptional but I wasn’t that keen on the port. Leaving us with the breathtaking winner

Monument Valley is one of the most down right brilliant mobile games I’ve ever played. With Escher inspired levels, each new map is a thing of beauty. I would love to see an art book for this game, and the team behind it more than deserve their win.

Best Music

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A great soundtrack in a game can elevate the great into the sublime. The thing is i’m not that knowledgeable about music in games, all I do know is that Transistor was robbed in this category by not being nominated at all (For shame BAFTA).

  • Far Cry 4
  • Alien: isolation
  • The Banner Saga
  • Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved
  • Middle-Earth Shadow of Mordor
  • The Sailors Dream

Really? This was the selection? Well no point lingering on this for too long, Far Cry 4 won some how.

So that was part one of this Bafta break down of mine. I’ll have the 2nd half up tomorrow most likely. Still question their choice of best game.

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About PropeRob

All round song and dance man with penchant for quoting Jeeves and Wooster and Toberlone's. Known to drone on about Video Games and geeky bollocks to anyone who can't escape in time.

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