British Academy Games Award for Best Game

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British Academy Video Games Award for Best Game
Awarded for The best game of the year, across all genres and platforms
Country United Kingdom
Presented by BAFTA
First awarded 2004
Currently held by Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Website www.bafta.org/games

The British Academy Video Games Award for Best Game is an award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). It is given in honor of "the best game of the year, across all genres and platforms".[1] The 1st British Academy Video Games Awards ceremony was held in 2004, with Infinity Ward and Activision's game Call of Duty receiving the award.[2] The award was originally known as Game of the Year – The Year's Best Game for the 2004 ceremony.

Since its inception, the award has been given to thirteen games. As developers, Valve Corporation have received the most awards in this category, with two wins; as publishers, both Activision and Valve have received the most awards in this category, with two wins each. Nintendo's Entertainment Analysis & Development division were nominated on six occasions, more than any other developer; and Electronic Arts are the most nominated publisher, with 11 nominations.

The most recent winner of the award is Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table, the years are listed as per BAFTA convention, and generally correspond to the year of game release in the United Kingdom.

Table key
Indicates the winner
Year Game Developer(s) Publisher(s) Ref.
2002/03
(1st)
Call of Duty Infinity Ward Activision [2]
2003/04
(2nd)
Half-Life 2 Valve Corporation Valve Corporation [3]
FIFA Football 2005 EA Canada Electronic Arts
Football Manager 2005 Sports Interactive Sega
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Rockstar North Rockstar Games
Halo 2 Bungie Microsoft Game Studios
Pro Evolution Soccer 4 Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo Konami
2005/06
(3rd)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Ubisoft Paris, Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Shanghai, Darkworks, Grin Ubisoft [4]
Black Criterion Games Electronic Arts
Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? Nintendo SPD Nintendo
Guitar Hero Harmonix RedOctane
Hitman: Blood Money IO Interactive Eidos Interactive
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy Traveller's Tales LucasArts
2006/07
(4th)
BioShock 2K Boston, 2K Australia 2K Games [5]
Crysis Crytek Electronic Arts
Gears of War Epic Games Microsoft Game Studios
Guitar Hero II Harmonix Activision
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men IO Interactive Eidos Interactive
Wii Sports Nintendo EAD Nintendo
2007/08
(5th)
Super Mario Galaxy Nintendo EAD Tokyo Nintendo [6]
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Infinity Ward Activision
Fallout 3 Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks
Fable II Lionhead Studios Microsoft Game Studios
Grand Theft Auto IV Rockstar North Rockstar Games
Rock Band Harmonix, Pi Studios MTV Games, Electronic Arts
2009
(6th)
Batman: Arkham Asylum Rocksteady Studios Eidos Interactive, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment [7]
Assassin's Creed II Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Infinity Ward Activision
FIFA 10 EA Canada, HB Studios, Sumo Digital, Exient Entertainment Electronic Arts
Left 4 Dead 2 Valve Corporation Valve Corporation
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Naughty Dog Sony Computer Entertainment
2010
(7th)
Mass Effect 2 BioWare Electronic Arts [8]
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft
FIFA 11 EA Canada, HB Studios, Exient Entertainment Electronic Arts
Heavy Rain Quantic Dream Sony Computer Entertainment
Limbo Playdead Microsoft Studios
Super Mario Galaxy 2 Nintendo EAD Tokyo Nintendo
2011
(8th)
Portal 2 Valve Corporation Valve Corporation [9]
Batman: Arkham City Rocksteady Studios Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
FIFA 12 EA Canada Electronic Arts
L.A. Noire Team Bondi Rockstar Games
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Nintendo EAD Nintendo
2012
(9th)
Dishonored Arkane Studios Bethesda Softworks [10]
Far Cry 3 Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft
FIFA 13 EA Canada Electronic Arts
Journey Thatgamecompany Sony Computer Entertainment
Mass Effect 3 BioWare, Straight Right Electronic Arts
The Walking Dead Telltale Games Telltale Games
2013
(10th)
The Last of Us Naughty Dog Sony Computer Entertainment [11]
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Ubisoft Montreal Ubisoft
Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar North Rockstar Games
Papers, Please 3909 3909
Super Mario 3D World Nintendo EAD Tokyo, 1-UP Studio Nintendo
Tearaway Media Molecule Sony Computer Entertainment
2014
(11th)
Destiny Bungie Activision [12]
Alien: Isolation The Creative Assembly Sega
Dragon Age: Inquisition BioWare Electronic Arts
Mario Kart 8 Nintendo EAD Nintendo
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Monolith Productions, Behaviour Interactive Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Monument Valley ustwo Games ustwo Studio
2015
(12th)
Fallout 4 Bethesda Game Studios Bethesda Softworks [13]
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture The Chinese Room, SCE Santa Monica Studio Sony Computer Entertainment
Life is Strange Dontnod Entertainment Square Enix
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Kojima Productions Konami Digital Entertainment
Rocket League Psyonix Psyonix
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt CD Projekt RED CD Projekt
2016
(13th)
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Naughty Dog Sony Interactive Entertainment [14]
Firewatch Campo Santo Panic
Inside Playdead Playdead
Overwatch Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment
Stardew Valley ConcernedApe Chucklefish
Titanfall 2 Respawn Entertainment Electronic Arts

Multiple wins and nominations[edit]

Developers[edit]

Publishers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British Academy Games Awards Rules and Guidelines 2015" (PDF). British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Games in 2004". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Games in 2005". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Games in 2006". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Games in 2007". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Games in 2009". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Games in 2010". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Games in 2011". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Games in 2012". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Games in 2013". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Games in 2014". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Games in 2015". BAFTA Awards. British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "British Academy Games Awards Winners in 2016". BAFTA.org. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "Games in 2017 | BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 

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