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BAFTA Games Awards 2024

The winners of the 20th BAFTA Games Awards were announced on the 11th April 2024 in a ceremony hosted by Phil Wang at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

The BAFTA Games Awards celebrate the very best games of the past year and the people who made them, showcasing a wide range of storytelling and creative excellence.

Winners

Baldur’s Gate 3 won four BAFTAs!
Best Game, Music, Narrative and Performer in a Supporting Role for Andrew Wincott – and the EE Players’ Choice Award – voted for by the public.

 

Alan Wake 2 won two BAFTAs
Artistic Achievement and Audio Achievement.

 

Super Mario Bros. Wonder won two BAFTAs
Family and Multiplayer.

 

Viewfinder won two BAFTAs
British Game and New Intellectual Property.

 

Nadji Jeter won Performer in a Leading Role playing Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

Venba won Debut Game

 

Cyberpunk 2077 won Evolving Game

 

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom won Technical Achievement

 

Tchia won Game Beyond Entertainment – the category for games with a social purpose.

 

HI-FI Rush won the Animation category

 

Dave the Diver won best Game Design

 

The BAFTA Special Award, one of BAFTA’s highest honours, was presented to SpecialEffect in recognition of the outstanding work it does to enhance the quality of life of severely physically disabled people through access to games.

What made them stand out?

Bladur’s Gate

Bladur’s Gate is not a new game, it had already won several accolades in the past 12 months before achieving BAFTA glory this year, including Game of the Year from The Game Awards, the Golden Joysticks and the Steam Awards. It’s a remarkable domination for a game that some thought might have a shot at doing business with older RPG players and fans of Larian’s past work when it was first announced in 2019.

Along with the Best Game title, Baldur’s Gate 3 also took wins for best music, narrative, performer in a supporting role—specifically Andrew Wincott for his portrayal of the charming devil Raphael—and the EE Players’ Choice Award, the only BAFTA award voted on by players.

Despite being a story-based RPG that came out more than eight months ago, Baldur’s Gate 3 remains one of the most popular games on Steam: currently there are more than 77,000 people playing it, good enough for the 12th spot on Steam’s Most Played chart.

Despite its runaway success, Larian has officially said its time with the famed RPG series is over. They have confirmed that they will continue to support Baldur’s Gate 3 but Swen Vincke confirmed in March that the studio will not be making any DLC or sequels, which is shame.

Alan Wake II

Another very successful game at this years BAFTAs. Alan Wake II is a single-player adventure that seamlessly moves through slow-burn psychological terror into frantic survival-horror action. The writing and production is captivating. The rich and beautiful rendered worlds and striking full-motion video sequences are exquisite. Be sure to look out for the show-stopping musical surprises that are peppered throughout it as well, throwing you off your game with their beauty.

Taking inspiration from cult film and television, including the Twin Peaks-meets-The Twilight Zone feel of the Alan Wake which has been remixed for ’24 adding the best bits of True DetectiveSevenInception and more. It’s easy to see why this game won the coverted awards.

Super Mario Bros Wonder

The enduring nature of Mario and Luigi’s challenges have continued in both film and game in the past 12 months. Wonder brings yet another version of the story we all know. So what’s new? This year’s offering, brings a new and at times, unexpected look and feel to proceedings. Every frame puts a big smile on your face as you run and jump through dozens and dozens of stages that can be suddenly altered by unpredictable and often grin-inducing ‘Wonder effects’. There are some really neat visual interactions to be had from the antics of Mario himself as well.

These often-unpredictable Wonder effects transform levels into something completely different for various amounts of time. They never fail to keep you engaged and smiling.