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BAFTA Game Awards 2013: Indie Hit 'Journey' Leads Big Budget Titles With Eight Nominations (FULL LIST)

12/02/2013 09:27 GMT | Updated 12/02/2013 09:38 GMT

The world's biggest video game studios have been put to shame in this year's BAFTA Game Awards nominations by an indie developer.

Journey, a 3D puzzle adventure game ecstatically received by critics for its beautiful visuals and emotional story, received eight nominations.

Jenova Chen's game was nominated for Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Game Innovation, Online-Multiplayer, Best Game, Game Design, Story and Original Music.

In another blow to the big-budget 'AAA' developers, TellTale's cut-price adventure game The Walking Dead received the next highest number on nominations with seven.

Island action game Far Cry 3 was the most successful big game, with six nominations including for best action game, best story and game design.

But it was another indie title - Dear Esther - which came next with five nods, including for Best British Game.

Halo 4, Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed 3 and The Room received four nominations.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, Dishonored, Forza Horizon, Mass Effect 3, The Unfinished Swan and Thomas Was Alone received three each.

Here is the full list of nominations:

Action

Borderlands 2

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Far Cry 3

Halo 4

Hitman: Absolution

Mass Effect 3

Artistic Achievement

Borderlands 2

Dear Esther

Far Cry 3

Halo 4

Journey

The Room

Audio Achievement

Assassin’s Creed III

Beat Sneak Bandit

Dear Esther

Far Cry 3

Halo 4

Journey

Best Game

Dishonoured

Far Cry 3

FIFA 13

Journey

Mass Effect 3

The Walking Dead

British Game

Dear Esther

Forza Horizon

LEGO: The Lord of the Rings

Need for Speed Most Wanted

The Room

Super Hexagon

Debut Game

Deadlight

Dear Esther

Forza Horizon

Proteus

The Room

The Unfinished Swan

Game Design

Borderlands 2

Dishonored

Far Cry 3

Journey

The Walking Dead

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Family

Clay Jam

Just Dance 4

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

LEGO the Lord of the Rings

Minecraft: XBOX 360 Edition

Skylanders Giants

Game Innovation

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Fez

Journey

Kinect Sesame Street TV

The Unfinished Swan

Wonderbook: Books of Spells

Mobile & Handheld

Incoboto

LittleBigPlanet (Vita)

New Star Soccer

The Room

Super Monsters Ate My Condo

The Walking Dead

Online – Browser

Amateur Surgeon Hospital

Dick and Dom’s HOOPLA!

Merlin: The Game

Runescape

The Settlers Online

SongPop

Online-Multiplayer

Assassin’s Creed III

Borderlands 2

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Halo 4

Journey

Need For Speed Most Wanted

Original Music

Assassin’s Creed III

Diablo III

Journey

Thomas Was Alone

The Unfinished Swan

The Walking Dead

Performer

Adrian Hough (Haytham) – Assassin’s Creed III

Danny Wallace (The Narrator) – Thomas Was Alone

Dave Fennoy (Lee Everett) – The Walking Dead

Melissa Hutchinson (Clementine) – The Walking Dead

Nigel Carrington (The Narrator) – Dear Esther

Nolan North (Nathan Drake) – Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Sports/Fitness

FIFA 13

F1 2012

Forza Horizon

New Star Soccer

Nike+ Kinect Training

Trials Evolution

Story

Dishonored

Far Cry 3

Journey

Mass Effect 3

Thomas was Alone

The Walking Dead

Development Team

Strategy

Dark Souls: Prepare To Die

Diablo III

Football Manager 2013

Great Big War Game

Total War Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

BAFTA Ones to Watch Award

Pixel Story

Project Thanatos

Starcrossed