BAFTA crowns Portal 2 game of the year
Portal 2 was the big winner at the BAFTA Videogame Awards on Friday night, winning in three categories including the coveted Best Game award.
Valve's sequel also won awards for Design and Story on a good night for EA, which published the console releases of Portal 2 and the only other game to win three gongs. Battlefield 3 won Audio Achievement, Online Multiplayer and the Game Award, the only prize whose winner was selected by public vote.
LittleBigPlanet 2 was another double-winner, Media Molecule's platformer winning the Family and Game Innovation awards. Batman: Arkham City won the Action category, with Mark Hamill winning the Performer award for his turn as the Joker.
Perhaps the biggest surprises at the London ceremony were The Elder Scrolls V: Skryim – which didn't win a single award despite being nominated for five – and Peggle HD, an iPad version of a game first released for iOS in 2009. PopCap's game won the Mobile & Handheld award over the likes of Magnetic Billiards, Quarrel and Super Mario 3D Land.
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson was given a Special Award for his role in Mojang's sandbox smash, and accepted his award on stage without his trademark hat.
Action – Batman: Arkham City
Artistic Achievement – Rayman Origins
Audio Achievement – Battlefield 3
Best Game – Portal 2
Debut Game - Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
Design – Portal 2
Family – LittleBigPlanet 2
Game Innovation – LittleBigPlanet 2
Mobile & Handheld – Peggle HD
Online (Browser) – Monstermind
Online Multiplayer – Battlefield 3
Original Music – LA Noire
Performer – Mark Hamill, Batman: Arkham City
Sports/Fitness – Kinect Sports 2
Story – Portal 2
Strategy – Total War: Shogun 2
BAFTA Ones To Watch – Tick Tock Toys
Game Award – Battlefield 3
Special Award – Markus Persson
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