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