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Bafta Game of the Year: what should have been included?

Any gamer worth their salt will tell you that 2011 was a great year for the gaming industry. We had new pieces of kit, some exciting announcements, and some brilliant titles.

And now the best games of the year will battle it out to take the top prize at the 2012 Bafta Video Game Awards, on 16th March.

The shortlist for Game of the Year has just been announced by the folks over at Bafta, with the shortlists for other categories to be announced in the near future.

The usual suspects are all there – Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Arkham City, FIFA 12 – in what is a pretty predictable shortlist.

And the predictability is likely to continue on March 16th, with the smart money going on MW3. With Black Ops claiming the prize last year, and Modern Warfare 2 winning the year before that, it’s a fairly safe bet.

All the games on the shortlist are, of course, exceptionally good. But gamers have already been grumbling about the games that weren’t featured. So what should have been included?

Bastion

The wonderful indie game from developer SuperGiant won critical acclaim and some award nominations when it was released last year.

Easily one of the most beautiful games of the year, Bastion’s world (or lack thereof) is a visual masterpiece using a hand-painted art style. Surely worth a Game of the Year nod, but we may see it in the best art category.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

This very impressive action RPG is as visually stunning as it is fun. Perhaps not quite as good as the original Deus Ex, this game has more than enough to keep you entertained.

With plenty to explore, plus loads of entertaining side-missions, Deus Ex: Human Revolution should have got a nomination.

Dark Souls

Dubbed one of the hardest games of all time, Dark Souls has become something of a cult hit amongst hardcore gamers.

But the fact that there are few checkpoints, you are given no lives, and can be killed instantly by the many monsters that you encounter along the way, it’s easy to why this game didn’t make the shortlist.


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