The French-flavored thriller went down a storm with the BAFTA board, but failed to nab the best game prize.
Cinematic thriller Heavy Rain proved something of a smash hit at the Videogame BAFTAs last night, being the only game to win more than one award. Other winners included Mass Effect 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.
Heavy Rain beat the likes of Alan Wake, Mass Effect 2 and Fallout: New Vegas to nab the best story award. It also won the award for best original music, and the award for technological innovation. It didn’t win either of the best game awards, however, with the BAFTA pick going to Mass Effect 2, and the GAME-sponsored, public award going to Black Ops. Besides the awards handed out to games, Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux received a BAFTA fellowship, which he accepted with a heartfelt apology for being, well, Peter Molyneux.
The rest of the winners were as follows:
- Action: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
- Artistic Achievement: God of War III
- Family: Kinect Sports
- Gameplay: Super Mario Galaxy 2
- Handheld: Cut the Rope
- Multiplayer: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
- Social Network Game: My Empire
- Sports: F1 2010
- Strategy: Civilization V
- Use of Audio: Battlefield: Bad Company: 2
- BAFTA Ones to watch: Twang!
There’s certainly a few eyebrow quirking choices in the list – Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood is an odd choice for best action game, for example, especially when you consider it was up against Halo: Reach, Black Ops and God of War 3 – but even so, it’s encouraging to see a high profile organization like BAFTA acknowledging that games are as worthy of praise as films and television.