No Man’s Sky and Unpacking win Baftas

The British Academy of Motion Picture and Television Arts, better known as BAFTA, is going to have to figure out how to stick a ‘V’ or ‘G’ in there at some point – last night saw the annual BAFTA Game Awards, and some eyebrow-raising results . There were 18 prizes in total and the biggest winner of all was Housemarque’s Returnal, the PlayStation 5 exclusive that returned to Finland with four gongs.

Oh well! I’m sure it will come to PC sooner or later. Last night saw a big PlayStation theme in general, with Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart also winning two awards for looking good, but other notable moments included It Takes Two continuing to be an awards magnet: it won the Baftas for Best Multiplayer and Best Original Property. The delicious Toem diorama-em-up (opens in new tab) won the Debut Game, while Unpacking won the Narrative award and the EE Game of the Year (which is voted on by the public).

Here is the complete list of winners.

  • Return—Best Game
  • It takes two – the best multiplayer
  • No Man’s Sky – evolving game
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale—Family
  • Encryption—Game Design
  • Unpacking—Narrative
  • Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart—Animation
  • Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart—Technical Realization
  • The Artistic Fugue – Artistic Achievement
  • Return—Audio Realization
  • Return—Music
  • Two are required—Original Ownership
  • Forza Horizon 5—British Game
  • Unpacking—EE Game of the Year
  • Before your eyes – game beyond entertainment
  • Toem—Debut Game
  • Jane Perry—Performer in a Leading Role (Selene Vassos in Returnal)
  • Kimberley Brooks—Supporting Performer (hollis Forsythe in Psychonauts 2)

It’s great to see No Man’s Sky receive the recognition it deserves: enough has been said, but who could have imagined its spectacular recovery and renewal after this release. The game was originally released in 2016 to boos and brawls from all sides, after which developer Hello Games bunked down and got to work (opens in new tab): Eight years later, few would argue against receiving Best Evolving Game.

Notable for their absence, I would say, are Deathloop, Resident Evil: Village, and most of all Hitman 3. The conclusion of IO Interactive’s trilogy is the definitive Hitman experience and a fantastic culmination in many years of work. Ah well: Agent 47 might have PC Gamer’s consolation Bafta.

You can read around the awards on the Bafta website (opens in new tab)if you’re so inclined, it includes the full list of nominees and various synopses about the games involved.

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