Having gone head to head at The Game Awards late last year, where they competed for the public-voted Player's Voice Award, Sony's PlayStation 4 exclusives The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima will again compete for a prize at the 2021 BAFTA Games Awards.
Back in December, Ghost of Tsushima was the winner, taking 47% of the Player's Voice vote, compared to 33% for The Last of Part II. Could history repeat at the prestigious BAFTA Games Awards, in 2021? Well, only you (and, like, many thousands like you) can decide this one, as voting for the EE-sponsored Game of the Year award is open now, at EE's website.
The two first-party PlayStation games are joined by four more in the Game of the Year shortlist: Riot's multiplayer shooter Valorant; Nintendo's soul-soothing life-sim Animal Crossing: New Horizons; Activision's free-to-play hit Call of Duty: Warzone; and Supergiant's phenomenal, genre-peaking roguelike Hades. Reminder that the latter was GAMINGbible's game of the year for 2020, after we scored it a perfect 10/10, so I reckon we know where our vote would go.
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However, our readers voted The Last of Us Part II as game of the year, for 2020 - so based on that, perhaps Naughty Dog's sequel is the front-runner for this year's public-decided BAFTA? Who knows... Well, nobody, right now, but the winner will be announced when the 2021 BAFTA Game Awards are held (virtually) on March 25th, 2021. Players have until midday GMT on March 22nd to register their EE Game of the Year vote (here).
The shortlist of six was cut down from a substantially longer list by a panel of industry experts including Eurogamer's Aoife Wilson, Outside Xbox's Jane Douglas, TheGamer's Kirk McKeand, Kinda Funny's Blessing Adeoye Jr, and, um, this guy who's writing these words, actually. How embarrassing.
Pete Jeavons, Director of Marketing Communications for BT and EE, commented: "We are thrilled to unlock the public vote today, bringing fans closer to the action. The jury panel have done their part, and now it's over to the public to decide who will be crowned the first ever EE Game of the Year Award winner at this year's BAFTA Games Awards!"
Whoever you vote for, happy voting! (And try not to argue too much about it all, yeah? They're games. It's not a big deal, in the grand scheme. Someone really likes that thing that you really don't? It's okay, go have some fun instead of posting a dumb comment about it.)
Featured Image Credit: Sony Interactive Entertainment, BAFTA
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