British Academy Video Games Awards: Nominations revealed

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The British Academy Video Games Awards has announced this year’s nominations, with Nintendo’s Wii Sports hitting a Home Run.

The Nintendo classic is recognised in the Best Game, Casual, Gameplay, Innovation, Multiplayer, Sports, Strategy and Simulation categories.

Just behind it are Microsoft’s Crackdown and Gears of War, Capcom’s Okami and Sony’s God of War 2, which have all received five nominations.

Winners for this year’s BAFTA awards, which will be selected by professionals in the games industry, will be announced October 23 at the Battersea Evolution in London.

The Nominations:

Action and Adventure
Crackdown (Xbox 360)
Gears of War (Xbox 360)
God of War 2 (PS2)
Orange Box (PC)
Ratchet and Clank:Tools of Destruction (PS3)
The Legend of Zelda:Twilight Princess (Wii)

Artistic Achievement
Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Heavenly Sword (PS3)
Okami (PS2)
Ratchet and Clank:Tools of Destruction (PS3)
Skate (PS3)
Viva Piñata (Xbox 360)

Best Game
Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Crysis (PC)
Gears of War (Xbox 360)
Guitar Hero II (PS2)
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (Xbox 360)
Wii Sports (Wii)

Casual
Big Brain Academy for Wii (Wii)
Cake Mania (DS)
Guitar Hero II (PS2)
More Brain Training (DS)
SingStar (PS3)
Wii Sports (Wii)

Gameplay
Crackdown (Xbox 360)
Gears of War (Xbox 360)
Sega Rally (PS3)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
Warhawk (PS3)
Wii Sports (Wii)

Innovation
Fl0w (PSN)
Okami (PS2)
Super Paper Mario (Wii)
The Eye of Judgement (PS3)
Trauma Center:Second Opinion (Wii)
Wii Sports (Wii)

Multiplayer
Battlefield 2142 (PC)
Crackdown (Xbox 360)
Guitar Hero II (PS2)
Wii Sports (Wii)
World in Conflict (PC)
World of Warcraft:The Burning Crusade (PC)

Original Score
Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
God of War 2 (PS2)
Lair (PS3)
Okami (PS2)
The Legend of Zelda:Twilight Princess (Wii)
Viva Piñata (Xbox 360)

Sports
Football Manager 2008 (PC)
Colin McRae: Dirt (Xbox 360)
FIFA 08 (PS3)
MotorStorm (PS3)
Virtua Tennis 3 (Xbox 360)
Wii Sports (Wii)

Strategy and Simulation
Command & Conquer:Tiberium Wars (Xbox 360)
Forza Motorsport 2 (Xbox 360)
Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms (PC)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas (Xbox 360)
Wii Sports (Wii)
World in Conflict (PC)

Story and Character
Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
God of War 2 (PS2)
Heavenly Sword (PS3)
Okami (PS2)
The Darkness (Xbox 360)
The Simpsons Game (Xbox 360)

Technical Achievement
Crackdown (Xbox 360)
Gears of War (Xbox 360)
God of War 2 (PS2)
MotorStorm (PS3)
Okami (PS2)
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (PS3)

Use of Audio
Crackdown (Xbox 360)
Elite Beat Agents (DS)
Gears of War (Xbox 360)
God of War 2 (PS2)
Guitar Hero II (PS2)
Skate (PS3)

BAFTA Ones To Watch Award (in association with Dare To Be Digital)
Ragnarawk
ClimbActic
Bear Go Home

The PC World Gamers Award
(The only award to be voted for by the public)
Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training (DS)
FIFA 07 (PS2)
Football Manager 2007 (PC)
Gears of War (Xbox 360)
Grand Theft Auto:Vice City Stories (PSP)
Resistance:Fall of Man (PS3)
Wii Play (Wii)

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