Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Sweep BAFTAs While Breath of the Wild Mostly Snubbed

A lot of upsets at tonight's BAFTA Game Awards.

News by Matt Kim, .

Today was the 2018 BAFTA Game Awards brought to you by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. While games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey have swept game awards all year, the BAFTA Game Awards surprised by giving a good amount of its awards to games like Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice and Best Game award to What Remains of Edith Finch.

Hellblade from British game developers Ninja Theory was the most nominated game of the night with nine nominations including one for Best Game, the BAFTA's Game of the Year equivalent. Hellblade went away with four wins including awards for Audio Achievement, Artistic Achievement, British Game, and the new Game Beyond Entertainment category. Melina Juergens also won for best video game performance.

Meanwhile, Giant Sparrow took home the Best Game award for What Remains of Edith Finch, a narrative-driven game about the possibly cursed Finch family. This is a rare upset over games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which won various game of the year awards at the Game Awards and DICE.

This was also a big win for Annapura Interactive, the video game division of Annapurna Films. Annapurna published two award winners tonight including Edith Finch and Jason Roberts' Gorogoa which won Best Debut Game.

All-in-all it was a night for upsets. Even the popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds lost the Best Multiplayer category to Divinity: Original Sin 2, the critically-acclaimed dungeon-crawler. With the BAFTA Game Awards all passed out however, it feels like it's time to start focusing on 2018's award contenders.

Here's a full list of winners:

  • Best Game - What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Best New Original Property - Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Best Music - Cuphead
  • Best Game Design - Super Mario Odyssey
  • Best Evolving Game - Overwatch
  • Best Narrative - Night in the Woods
  • Game Beyond Entertainment - Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • Best Debut Game - Gorogoa
  • Best Family Game - Super Mario Odyssey
  • Best Mobile Game - Golf Clash
  • Artistic Achievement - Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • Best Multiplayer - Divinity: Original Sin 2
  • Audio Achievement - Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • Game Innovation - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Best British Game - Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

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  • Avatar for MetManMas #1 MetManMas 5 months ago
    Going by the majority of winners I take it that BAFTA's voter base is a big fan of art games. It's much like how the big Oscar winners are usually some serious emotional flicks. Probably giving Hellblade too much credit/nepotism at play 'cuz it's a British game at a British awards show, but I haven't played it yet, so...

    Anyway, I'm disappointed that NieR: Automata is nowhere to be seen on that list. Maybe I'll finally get What Remains of Edith Finch or Night in the Woods this week, if I don't give into this sci-fi kick I'm on and buy Hard Reset Redux or The Station.Edited April 2018 by MetManMas
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  • Avatar for brandenlucero97 #2 brandenlucero97 5 months ago
    a british awards ceremony awards the top awards to a british-developed game? well holy shit, who would have thought a Japanese game had any chance to win the top prize.
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #3 VotesForCows 5 months ago
    @brandenlucero97 It would be helpful if you knew what you were talking about. Its usually American and Japanese games that dominate the BAFTAs, same as everywhere else.
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  • Avatar for Arctic-Monkey #4 Arctic-Monkey 5 months ago
    @ #1 and #3. I agree with #4 - it would help if you knew what you were talking about. At the Game Awards (US awards) in LA, it jointly has the most wins with 3 awards: (a) So if it has the most wins in the US, you can't claim that having the most wins in the UK is going to be down to favoritism. And if you're worried about nepotism at the BAFTAs, (b) the biggest prize (Best Game) went to an American game (Edith Finch).

    What do you say to points (a) and (b)?Edited 3 times. Last edited April 2018 by Arctic-Monkey
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  • Avatar for AstroDemon #5 AstroDemon 5 months ago
    I love the Divinity Original Sin 2 choice for Best Multiplayer.
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  • Avatar for danjackson94 #6 danjackson94 4 days ago
    Annapurna published two award winners tonight including Edith Finch and Jason Roberts Gorogoa which won Best Debut Game. Edited 4 days ago by danjackson94
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