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Batman takes best game at Baftas


Charlie Brooker on the winners at the Bafta awards

Batman: Arkham Asylum has been crowned best game at the Bafta 2010 awards.

The British developed title headed off strong competition from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves that led the nomination field before the ceremony.

The game, which sees the superhero tackle a series of old foes in the asylum setting, also picked up the Bafta award for best gameplay.

Despite not winning the best game award, Uncharted 2 did take four other awards including best action and story.

Title race

The Bafta awards is one of the biggest nights in the UK gaming calendar. The winners of 14 of the categories are chosen by industry figures.

One award, sponsored by high-street store Game, is chosen by gamers. As widely expected Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 took that title. The sales that Modern Warfare 2 racked up in 2009 made it the biggest selling game of all time.

Assassin's Creed II was nominated in a total of seven categories but managed to win none of them.

The video game Baftas also saw success for another British-developed title LittleBigPlanet. Originally created by Surrey-based Media Molecule, it won the best award for best handheld game. The portable version was produced by an in-house development team at Sony.

Left 4 Dead 2 took the award for best multiplayer game - the second year that the series has scooped that award.


Batman: Arkham Asylum gameplay footage. Courtesy Square Enix

Action - Uncharted 2
Gameplay - Batman: Arkham Asylum
Family and Social - Wii Sports Resort
Sports - Fifa 10
Story and Character - Uncharted 2
Strategy - Empire: Total War
Best use of Audio - Uncharted 2
New Talent - Shrunk
Multiplayer - Left 4 Dead 2
Original Score - Uncharted 2
Handheld - LittleBigPlanet
Artistic Achievement - Flower
Best Game - Batman: Arkham Asylum
Use of Online - Fifa 10

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) awards recognise "artistic, creative and technical innovation in video games".

Bafta also presented a lifetime achievement Fellowship award to legendary game maker Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind Super Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and many more.

In 2009 the fellowship went to Nolan Bushnell, creator of some of the first video games and co-founder of Atari.

Bafta has been giving out awards to the games industry since 1998, although it only became a separate event in 2004.

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