Recently, the BAFTA Games Awards 2021 winners were announced with Hades taking Best Game and The Last of Us Part 2 winning EE Game of the Year. Since the games awards beginning in 2004, there have been 11 ceremonies that have taken place, honoring influential and innovative video games. With the increase in video game playing due to the pandemic, fans of the nominations were excited to see who would win this year’s awards. The full list of awards winners:
Animation – The Last of Us Part 2
Artistic Achievement – Hades
Audio Achievement – Ghost of Tsushima
Best Game – Hades
British Game – Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Debut Game – Carrion
Evolving Game – Sea of Thieves
Family Game – Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Game Beyond Entertainment – Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Game Design – Hades
Multiplayer Game – Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Music – Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Narrative – Hades
Original Property – Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
Performer in a Leading Role – Laura Bailey as Abby in The Last of Us Part 2
Performer in a Supporting Role – Logan Cunningham as Hades, Achilles, Poseidon, Asterius, Charon, and the Storyteller in Hades
EE Game of the Year (Fan Favorite) – The Last of Us Part 2
The Best Game and Game Design winner–Hades–is an action role-playing game published by Supergiant Games. It was originally released on Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Switch last year. Inspired by Greek mythology, players must take on the role of Zagreus the son of Hades and Persephone, and try to escape the Underworld. As he progresses towards Mount Olympus, other Greek gods help him, giving him various gifts to aid him on his journey.
The popular Sony exclusive The Last of Us Part 2 developed by Naughty Dog also received multiple awards– EE Game of the Year, Performer in a Leading Role, and Animation. Set five years after the first title, the sequel explores the post-apocalyptic United States through Ellie. She embarks on a journey of revenge after experiencing a traumatic situation. The game is one of the PS4’s best-selling and fastest-selling titles with over 40 million copies sold. The game now holds the most Game of the Year awards.
Animal Crossing and Sackboy both won two games awards categories. For its popularity among gamers of all ages and experience as well as its iconicity during the pandemic, Animal Crossing won Multiplayer Game and Game Beyond Entertainment. Sackboy developed by Sumo Digital the British Game and Family Game categories with its charming 3D platform gameplay and its multiplayer functions.