Portal 2 has left the British Academy Video Game Awards with the title of “Best Game”, beating out competing nominees Batman: Arkham City, FIFA 2012, L.A. Noire, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The awards ceremony, which was held tonight at the London Hilton and hosted by comedian-cum-gamer Dara O’Briain, also saw Valve’s puzzle-based shooter sequel given accolades in the Best Design and Best Story categories.
LittleBigPlanet 2 triumphed in the Family and Game Innovation categories, while Best Action went to Batman: Arkham City, in which Mark Hamill’s performance as the Joker also earned him the award in the new Performer category. DICE’s first-person shooter Battlefield 3 took three awards, the first two in the Online Multiplayer and Audio Achievement categories, and the third the publicly-voted GAME Award of 2011. Kinect Sports 2 took Sports/Fitness, and Total War: Shogun 2 took Strategy for the franchise’s third year running.
The remaining awards went to L.A. Noire for Best Original Music, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet for Best Début Game, Peggle HD in the Mobile and Handheld category, Rayman Origins for Artistic Achievements, and Monstermind in the Online Browser Game category. The BAFTA Ones to Watch Award was also awarded to Swallowtail, the team behind Dare to be Digital contest winner Tick Tock Toys, and a BAFTA Special Award was presented on-stage to industry legend and Minecraft developer Markus Persson.
You can find out more about the British Academy Video Game Awards on the official BAFTA website here.