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12/02/2013 04:27 GMT | Updated 12/02/2013 04:38 GMT

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

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