2012 BAFTA Video Game Award nominations list

And the awards could go to...

BAFTA has announced its shortlist for the 2012 British Academy Video Games Awards and Batman: Arkham City and L.A. Noire lead the pack with eight nominations each.

Other blockbusters in line for prizes include Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and LittleBigPlanet 2, both with six nominations, while Portal 2 and Skyrim each have five award nods.

Brilliant Xbox Live Arcade game Bastion has two nominations - for Debut Game and Game Innovation - although no acknowledgement for its music or voice performance.

Fellow downloadable delight From Dust also claimed nods in the Innovation and Strategy categories.

Stephen Merchant is nominated for his portrayal of demented robot sidekick Wheatley in Portal 2, as is Luke "Mark Hamill" Skywalker for Batman: Arkham City's Joker and Mad Men star Aaron Stanton for shouting at innocent witnesses in L.A. Noire.

Will Nolan North attend to claim the prizes for every game? Will Brendan McNamara give a funny acceptance speech? Can anything stop Skyrim from winning the public vote?

BAFTA will roll out the red carpet and announce this year's winners on Friday 16th March. Vote here.

Action

  • Assassin's Creed Revelations
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Portal 2
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Artistic Achievement

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • L.A. Noire
  • LitteBigPlanet 2
  • Rayman: Origins
  • The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Audio Achievement

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Battlefield 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Dead Space 2
  • The Nightjar
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Best Game

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • FIFA 2012
  • L.A. Noire
  • Portal 2
  • The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Debut Game

  • Bastion
  • Eufloria
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet
  • L.A. Noire
  • Monstermind
  • RIFT

Design

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • L.A. Noire
  • LittleBigPlanet 2
  • Portal 2
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim

Family

  • Dance Central 2
  • Kinect Sports 2
  • LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean
  • LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
  • LittleBigPlanet 2
  • Mario Kart 7

Game Innovation

  • Bastion
  • Child of Eden
  • From Dust
  • L.A. Noire
  • LittleBigPlanet 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Mobile & Handheld

  • Dead Space iOS
  • Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint
  • Peggle
  • Quarrel
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • The Nightjar

Online - Browser

  • Gardens of Time
  • I Am Playr
  • Monstermind
  • Resistance 3
  • Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
  • The Sims Social

Online - Multiplayer

  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations
  • Battlefield 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Dark Souls
  • Gears of War 3
  • LittleBigPlanet 2

Original Music

  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • L.A. Noire
  • The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Performer

  • Aaron Stanton (Cole Phelps) - L.A. Noire
  • Mark Hamill (The Joker) - Batman: Arkham City
  • Nolan North (Nathan Drake) - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
  • Stephen Fry (Narrator) - LittleBigPlanet 2
  • Stephen Merchant (Wheatley) - Portal 2
  • Togo Igawa (Dipolomat, Advisor and Military General) - Total War: SHOGUN 2

Sports/Fitness

  • Dance Central 2
  • DiRT 3
  • Fl 2011
  • FIFA 2012
  • Kinect Sports 2
  • Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012

Story

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • L.A. Noire
  • Portal 2
  • The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Strategy

  • Dark Souls
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Football Manager 2012
  • From Dust
  • Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
  • Total War: SHOGUN 2

BAFTA Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital

  • Dreamweaver
  • Joust!
  • Tick Tock Toys

GAME Award of 2011 (voted for by the public)

  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Battlefield 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • FIFA 2012
  • L.A Noire
  • Minecraft
  • Portal 2
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

L.A. Noire.

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