The 2021 Bafta Game Awards has just taken place, celebrating the best games of last year and the talent behind them.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons ended up taking out two awards on the night - best "game beyond entertainment" and best "multiplayer" title. Some of its competition across these categories included The Last of Us Part II, Dreams, Fall Guys, Ghost of Tsushima and Sackboy: A Big Adventure.
Hades was the star of the show, winning a total of five awards on the night - including Artistic Achievement, Best Game, Game Design and Narrative. Hade's performer Logan Cunningham won his first BAFTA for best performer in a supporting role.
Although the indie hit won five games, The Last of Us Part II took out the Game of the Year for 2020 award. Notably, it was the only award to be voted by the public. You can watch a full recap of the show down below:
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Good to see Hades getting some recognition. Ive been on the fence for some time but seen literally nothing but praise for it. Looks amazing but i really have never been in to the "get so far, die and do it all again learning from your mistakes" kind of games. Way too many games to play to get in to that cycle. I think i will break for Hades tho if not just to show some support.
AC.. best multiplayer? Id call it more like bare bones multiplayer of the highest level. Literally walk around someone's island and clap at their new wallpaper. FUN. I mean.. Clubhouse games offers more multiplayer action than AC does.my betting is that alot of bells crossed palms.
@ReWane i was exited to be the first post. Damn you 😜
My MAN hades OH YA.
I am saddened that so much stuff isn't possible on AC when having people over to your island. It has really restricted me and my niece's enjoyment of playing together. E.g. I give her a new item, she thanks me, tries to place it to look at it annndd...nope can't do it.
Can't give each other bugs and critters...
Can't move things
The list goes on.... Seems like a knock on of Nintendo's bare bones approach to online services again. TLDR - acnh is a great game but I'm confused as to how it can be awarded best multiplayer.
I’ve noticed this Bafta is one awards society that’s more willing to recognize Nintendo’s game making instead of issuing token recognition (family!) because they’re viewed as an institution or fixture. But I might be wrong
Yeah, going to disagree with the best multiplayer title.
Considering how limited the multiplayer is in AC I'm surprised to see it win that category.
Best multiplayer is one award you should not give ACNH.
Best multiplayer XDD i'm ***** dying hahaha
Best multiplayer?? I'm done...
It just goes to show the importance of online chat in multiplayer games.
Somewhat unrelated and isn't even about Animal Crossing but I really wish game awards would stop treating indie games as an afterthought and lumping them in with Triple-A games. Just feels like filler slots given honestly if they just going to keep doing that.
I know Hades won 5 awards but that still doesn't change how it's been a problem no one seems to notice.
I think 'best multiplayer' is deserved. ACNH brought people together in a time of need. Maybe in a limited manner but so was/is life during this pandemic. So maybe Covid helped ACNH to get this Bafta, but it's well deserved in my opinion. Just gotta look at it from the right angle. Take Fall Guys, it's a whole lot of fun but in the end it's just another hectic party game to fill the shelfs right? Just my standpoint. I celebrate ACNH!
Maybe as a communal experience, but as an actual multiplayer game its deeply flawed.
@SoapMonkey Yep. The multiplayer experience isn't that good. But it is a good way to communicate with others online in a game. And with the Covid-19 pandemic, that is something good.
@Kidfunkadelic83 Personally I'm not a huge fan of roguelikes, but Hades totally captivated me. Yes, there's still the 'die and learn from your mistakes' type of gameplay, but while you're playing and dying (a lot) you'll also progress the story. Which turned it into a totally different kind of roguelike for me. The gameplay loops in Hades are just so well thought out and they actually make dying kind of fun instead of frustrating. A typical run also won't be hours long. I can't recommend it enough!
Animal Crossing New Horizons is a great game. Having played hundreds of games over the years, I can say it deserves the sales and the accolades.
You posted this article a week too soon.
Well love it or think the updates are cr*p this game has been a lockdown life saver in some respects for myself and others. We all have an opinion on what it should or should not have, however, this news does not surprise me and I'm still enjoying this after 10 months
@VulgarProfessor well ive just ordered it so its all your fault 😜
@Kidfunkadelic83 It's highly likely you'll enjoy it. It's not so much learning from your mistakes because each run through is different, but upgrading yourself, and learning what your favourite power-ups are. I've never beaten the binding of Isaac (nor this either) and I can see why people would find it frustrating, but Hades is in a league of its own. Putting off buying it was a big mistake (by me).
Also, love Animal Crossing, and agree that whatever you think of the actual quality of the multiplayer, over lockdown it has been a revelation.
"Best Multiplayer Title"
Seriously, what was the competition, single player only games? Super Mario Galaxy has better multiplayer and I'm not even joking, at least it's simple, straightforward and easy to understand. 80% of ACNH multiplayer is people saying "Why can't I do that, what do you mean I can't do this?"
I played it over 500 hours, no regrets, my wife played with me about 2, probably never again. My teen sons, who we've both gamed with often, won't touch the controller. No wait, my older son tired once, but the game wouldn't let him b/c he hadn't started living on my island yet!!!
Yeah, there's your "Best Multiplayer Title" right there, it literally wouldn't let us play multiplayer when we tried. smdh
@ReWane I hear the BAFTAs are now in debt to Tom Nook
@brendathecat Have you tried adding your niece to your best friends list on your Nook phone? I think that opens up more what she can and can’t do on your island.
The British Game Awards awarding Best Game to What Remains of Edith Finch over Breath of the Wild in 2017 will always be a head scratcher to me… Sometimes I feel like they try to be too contrarian. Not saying Hades isn’t deserving.
Love animal crossing but its multiplayer is pretty terrible .
It isn't a great multiplayer game in my opinion.
Exactly, the social aspect and cultural impact of this game can't be underestimated, the problem with the core is they only see playing a game online for competing, which is a big part of it, but not the only thing to do while online gaming.
Without a doubt, the game has Nintendo's careful approach which is understandable considering there will be many younger gamers online, but as you say, send a Switch friend request, then visit an island and become best friends in the game, opens it up massively and you can all see when anyone is online in the game.
The Nintendo Switch mobile online app is also a must for me, both sending messages and voice chat work very well.
@Bizaster It won the public vote, performer and a technical word, which are hardly a clean sweep or just giving out awards regardless of merit. The performance by Laura Bailey was objectively excellent whether you liked the story or not, and it deserves any technical award it receives as there's no question it's well-made. As with quite a few other things in recent history, internet outcry has not proven to be reflective of how the majority feels, but honestly I was surprised it won a popular vote given how divisive it's been. Personally I enjoyed TLOU2 as much as Animal Crossing last year, just for very different reasons. Can see why some would hate it though, whether for the type of game it is, the type of story or the choices of some of the characters.
Best multiplayer? How about worst multiplayer? It seems like not a single reviewer has a family because trying to share an island with 4 people is just utter garbage. Everyone gets just a tiny portion of a tiny map and it just ends up being a crappy mishmash of random stuff. Whoever starts the day gets all the fossils. Whoever opens up the game when that art dude is in town gets the only real piece of art. The list goes on and on with how this is designed as a 1person per switch game
Well deserved. Great game.
Hades was a good game. I wouldn't say it was great, though. Just good. The repetition worked for a while but there was a limit of how long I wanted to grind the same levels with that difficulty setting. I think the problem was that the lasting upgrades weren't good enough to warrant repetitions beyond a certain point.
Hades is a national treasure and I will repeat this as often as I can.
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