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Even a country-wide lockdown couldn't stop the glitz and glamour of the annual BAFTA Game Awards. The industry event went ahead via livestream last night, in a much-needed evening of celebration and appreciation for all the incredible games that released last year. There were some well-deserved wins - as well as a few surprising losses.
Let's start with the big one. On a personal level, I'm genuinely thrilled that Mobius Digital's sublime outer space exploration adventure Outer Wilds won the coveted Best Game award last night. It was my favourite game of 2019 by some distance, and I don't think nearly enough people have played it yet. Hopefully this win can go some way towards rectifying that.
And finally it's the BIG ONE. The one you've all been waiting for. The winner of Best Game at the 2020 #BAFTAGames Awards is... Outer Wilds! Congratulations :clap::video_game: pic.twitter.com/1XMorFCNEW- BAFTA Games (@BAFTAGames) April 2, 2020
What's even more impressive is the company that Outer Wilds managed to beat off. Control, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Untitled Goose Game, Luigi's Mansion 3, and Disco Elysium were all up for the top spot. All would have been thoroughly deserving of the award of course, and each one is well worth checking out if you haven't already.
Despite both being up for an amazing 11 nominations earlier this year, Remedy's Control and Kojima's divisive Death Stranding ended up going home with one award apiece. The latter nabbed the prize for Technical Achievement, while the former won Performer In A Supporting Role, courtesy of Martti Suosalo.
In fact it was a huge night for indie games in the end. Outer Wilds won Original Property and Game Design in addition to Best Game, while Disco Elysium took Music, Narrative, and Debut Game. They were the only games to get more than one award each, which is incredible given the stiff competition.
Take a look at the full list of winners below:
Animation: Luigi's Mansion 3
Artistic Achievement: Sayonara Wild Hearts
Audio Achievement: Ape Out
British Game: Observation
Debut Game: Disco Elysium
Evolving Game: Path of Exile
Family Game: Untitled Goose Game
Game Beyond Entertainment: Kind Words (Lo Fi Chill Beats To Write To)
Game Design: Outer Wilds
Multiplayer: Apex Legends
Music: Disco Elysium
Narrative: Disco Elysium
Original Property: Outer Wilds
Performer in a Leading Role: Gonzalo Martin (Life is Strange)
Performer in a Supporting Role: Martti Suosalo (Control)
Technical Achievement: Death Stranding
Mobile Game of the Year (Audience Vote): Call of Duty Mobile
Best Game: Outer Wilds
All in all, it was a pretty incredible night that shone a light on some absolutely fantastic games. Something we all needed during these trying times. We recently spoke with gaming legend Troy Baker about why the BAFTAs matters, and he had plenty of insightful things to say. You can read our chat with him right here.
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