Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End took home top honors for Best Game at the annual BAFTA Games Awards.
The BAFTA Games Awards are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and have been around since 2004. Uncharted 4 was selected from a group of six games. The nominees spanned both indie and triple-A titles including Firewatch, Inside, Overwatch, Titanfall 2, and Stardew Valley.
While Uncharted 4 won the top prize, Playdead’s Inside was the big winner, coming away with four awards. Playdead’s atmospheric platformer won the awards for Artistic Achievement, Game Design, Narrative, and Original Property. Multiplayer cooking game Overcooked and Firewatch each grabbed two awards during the show. Among the Stones, a 3D platformer in development by Bluedoor Games, won the One to Watch Award.
Brenda Romero honored with Special Award
In addition to awards given to the games, the academy also awarded the Special Award to game designer and writer Brenda Romero. Romero has worked in games since the 80s and has been credited on over 40 titles. Her credits include classic franchises such as Wizardry and Jagged Alliance. She has also worked on a series of non-digital games, collectively known as The Mechanic is the Message. The academy, in a press release, had the following to say about her selection:
“The Special Award was presented to Brenda Romero in recognition of her outstanding creative contribution to the industry and for her illustrious career in game design, her advocacy for the art and creative process behind game-making, and her commitment to encouraging the next generation of talent in the industry.”
The BAFTA Games Awards have become some of the most prestigious in the games industry. Previous winners include The Last of Us, Journey, and Mass Effect 2. You can check out the full list of nominees and winners on the BAFTA website.