God of War Ragnarök won six prizes at the 2023 Bafta Games Awards, with stars Christopher Judge and Laya DeLeon Hayes winning performer in a leading role and performer in a supporting role respectively.
God of War Ragnarök, known for its hero’s battles against giant monsters, also won in the animation, audio achievement and music categories. The EE Game of the Year, the only award voted for by the public, also went to God of War Ragnarök.
However, God of War Ragnarök lost out on best game to a much smaller opponent - Vampire Survivors, which also won the game design award.
The survival game, with its retro 2D graphics and addictive gameplay, has become a big hit since its release.
Meanwhile, Vampire Survivors won two key Games Award categories: best game and game design.
Role playing game Elden Ring - a collaboration with Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin - took two awards, best multiplayer and best original property.
Rollerdrome, an action game which mixes roller-skating tricks and fighting with multiple weapons, won best British game.
Elsewhere, Tunic won two Baftas: artistic achievement and debut game. Final Fantasy XIV Online won evolving game; Kirby and the Forgotten Land won family; Endling – Extinction is Forever, a game about climate change and the survival of a family of foxes, won game beyond entertainment, the category for games with a social purpose.
Immortality won narrative; Horizon Forbidden West won technical achievement.
The Bafta Fellowship was presented to Shuhei Yoshida.
The winners were announced at in a ceremony hosted by Frankie Ward at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and livestreamed on Twitch.
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