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‘Journey’ leads BAFTA games race

Telltale's 'Walking Dead' chases seven noms

LONDON — Adventure game “Journey” leads the noms for the BAFTA British Academy Games Awards, which were announced Tuesday.

Coming just two days after BAFTA celebrated its Film Awards the organization’s growing Games Awards noms recognize 53 games across 17 categories.

“Journey,” an adventure game developed by Thatgamecompany for PlayStation 3, scored eight noms, ahead of Telltale Games’ multi-platform role-player “The Walking Dead” with seven. Both received nods for best game, game design, story and original music. “Journey” also picked up noms in the artistic achievement, audio achievement, game innovation and online-multiplayer categories.

“The Walking Dead,” based on the Robert Kirkman comic-book series that also inspired the AMC skein of the same name, saw an additional nod in the mobile and handheld category and two noms for performers Dave Fennoy and Melissa Hutchinson. The voice actors will compete against Adrian Hough for “Assassin’s Creed III,” Danny Wallace for “Thomas Was Alone,” Nolan North for “Uncharted: Golden Abyss” and Nigel Carrington for “Dear Esther.”

“Dear Esther,” developed by thechineseroom, received five noms in total, including best debut game and British game. The inaugural British game category also features Playground Games’ “Forza Horizon,” TT Games’ “LEGO: The Lord of the Rings,” Criterion Games’ “Need for Speed: Most Wanted,” Fireproof Games’ “The Room” and Terry Cavanagh’s “Super Hexagon.”

Games receiving nods in the debut game category included Tequila Works’ “Deadlight,” Twisted Tree Games’ “Proteus” and Giant Sparrows’ “The Unfinished Swan,” alongside “Dear Esther,” “Forza Horizon” and “The Room,” which is based on the cult 2003 film of the same name.

Ubisoft’s best-selling first-person shooter “Far Cry 3” received six noms including best game, game design, story, action, artistic achievement and audio achievement. Ubisoft recently announced the game had sold 4.5 million copies.

Joining “Journey,” “Far Cry 3” and “The Walking Dead” in the best game category are Arkane Studios’ “Dishonored,” EA’s “FIFA ’13” and BioWare’s “Mass Effect 3.”

“The Room,” 343 Industries’ “Halo 4,” Gearbox Software’s “Borderlands 2” and Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed III” all received four noms apiece.

The winners will be announced at the British Academy Games Awards at the London Hilton on March 5.

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