'Assassin's Creed Brotherhood' leads BAFTA video game nominations

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has earned seven British Academy Video Games Awards nominations ahead of the March 16 ceremony, closely followed by
Call of Duty: Black Ops and
Heavy Rain (six each),
Mass Effect 2 (five), and
Limbo and
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (four apiece).

Announced February 15, the six frontrunners accumulated nominations in categories as diverse as Artistic Achievement, Story, Multiplayer, Action, Gameplay and Best Game.

Black Ops is the only one of the six without a nomination for Best Game, replaced by FIFA 11, whose only other nod is for the Sports award - though series spin-offs FIFA Manager 11 and FIFA Superstars are given nods elsewhere.

For the best family game, Toy Story 3, Dance Central and Kinectimals rub shoulders with Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures.

PopCap's social networking apps Bejeweled Blitz and Zuma Blitz are joined by Farmerama, FIFA Superstars, My Empire and Zoo Mumba as hopefuls for the Social Network Game award.

Nintendo DS games Professor Layton and the Lost Future, Sonic Colors and Super Scribblenauts are up against the PSP's God of War: Ghost of Sparta as well as the iPhone/iPad sensation Cut the Rope for the Handheld award.

Why no Red Dead Redemption? The game did tremendously well at the recent Interactive Achievement Awards, but developers Rockstar declined to put the cowboy adventure forward for the BAFTAs. That said, it's still included as one of ten titles jostling for the Game Award public vote.

Batman: Arkham Asylum won the previous year's Best Game award, Uncharted 2 received the most awards in total, while Black Ops' predecessor Modern Warfare 2 was the people's choice for the Game Award.

The full list of nominees can be seen at http://www.bafta.org/awards/video-games
To vote for the Game Award, head over to http://www.baftagameaward.com

 

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