The all-round impact of action game God Of War has been recognised by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts with 10 nominations ahead of an April 4, 2019 Game Awards ceremony.
The April 2018 PlayStation 4 release is in contention for the Artistic, Audio, Design, Music, and Narrative awards, while its principal cast is up for a total of four Performer awards, all in addition to the overall Best Game accolade.
A commercial success and one of the PS4's best-sellers with five million units shifted after its first month, God Of War not only wowed in terms of immediate sheen and polish, but also played with franchise expectations, viewing the inner life of its gruff, violent, conflicted warrior-dad protagonist – and of those around him – in an unusually considered manner, as players made their way through a Nordic mythos by battering almost everything in sight.
With God Of War on 10 nods, a trio of other titles come through on six apiece, while action platformer Celeste, with its meditation on personal qualities, receives five recommendations.
Expansive wild west action-adventure Red Dead Redemption 2 and fragmented time-travel detective mystery Return Of The Obra Dinn are both nominated for Best Game alongside God Of War, as are Celeste, Ancient Greek action-adventure Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and VR jump and run title Astro Bot Rescue Mission.
Red Dead Redemption 2 also appears within the Artistic, Audio and Narrative categories, with one Performer nomination, and another in the British Game grouping.
The visually distinctive Return Of The Obra Dinn is another rubbing shoulders in the Artistic category, its four remaining nods coming for Design, Innovation, Narrative, and Original Property (i.e., non-franchise sequel).
As for Florence, a linear, interactive story for mobile devices first released on Valentine's Day 2018, it accrued nominations for best Debut, Mobile game, and the inspirational Game Beyond Entertainment award, as well as the Music, Narrative, and Original Property trophies.
The year's breakout sensation, Fortnite, has been put forward for Evolving Game and a separate Mobile Game of the Year prize, where it goes up against Brawl Stars, Clash Royale, Old School Runescape, Pokémon Go and Roblox.
The winner of Mobile Game of the Year is decided by a public vote conducted at bafta.org/games/ee-mobile-game-of-the-year-2019.
For a full list of nominees across all categories and, after the April 4 ceremony, the Games Awards winners, see bafta.org/games/awards/bafta-games-awards-nominations-winners-2019. – AFP Relaxnews