GOD OF WAR walked away with five awards at the gaming Baftas, including game of the year.
Nintendo won two, as did indie puzzle game Return of the Obra Dinn while Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 didn’t pick up any at all.
Sony God of War was a masterclass in both storytelling and gameplay
British game of the year went to racer Forza Horizon 4, which was developed in Leamington Spa by Playground Games as well as being set all over the UK.
Fortnite got the nod as best Evolving Game, a category introduced to specifically honour games that grow and are updated online over time rather than just being released as a single package.
Nintendo won a couple of awards for its amazing Labo system and games in the Family and Innovation categories.
Labo is a mix of physical objects and video games, relying on cardboard construction to augment the game software.
It’s used in the classroom as an engineering tool — and you’ll soon even be able to use it to play games in virtual reality.
Obra Dinn is a minimal masterpiece
Return of the Obra Dinn picked up awards for both Artistic Achievement and Game Design.
It’s a minimal masterpiece in which you have to uncover the mystery behind a ship that returns empty to port in 1807.
The story is told through audio and frozen black-and-white scenes and progresses as you work out what happened to the ships crew and fill in a simple notebook.
God of War was the star of the show, though.
It picked up the Audio Achievement award, along with ones for Music and Narrative, while Jeremy Davies won the Bafta for best performance for his role as The Stranger in the game.
The PlayStation 4 exclusive pits you as Kratos, a greek demigod, but in a world inspired by ancient Norse mythology.
BAFTA/Hannah Taylor Cory Barlog accepting the award for Best Game
Games Baftas 2019 winnersHere is the full list of categories and winners:Original Property: Into the BreachMusic: God of WarGame Design: The Return of the Obra DinnEvolving Game: FortniteNarrative: God of WarDebut Game: Yoku’s Island ExpressMobile: FlorenceFamily: Nintendo LaboArtistic Achievement: Return of the Obra DinnMultiplayer: A Way OutAudio Achievement: God of WarGame Innovation: Nintendo LaboPerformer: Jeremy Davies, God of WarBest British Game: Forza Horizon 4Game Beyond Entertainment: My Child LebensbornMobile Game of the Year (Audience Vote): Old School RunescapeBest Game: God of War
It won praise from all quarters not only for the quality of its gameplay, but also the way it tells the story of Kratos and his son Atreus coming to terms with the death of Atreus’ mother.
God of War also smashed British chart records for a PlayStation exclusive title, selling in the millions.
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Red Dead Redemption 2 had been nominated in six categories, second only to God of War’s ten nominations and a pre-ceremony favourite to pick up several gongs.
It was pipped at the post in every category, however, with the industry perhaps reluctant to reward the studio after claims and controversy surrounding its working practices that emerged as the game was being developed and after it was released.
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