BAFTA nominations released

Wii Sports up for 7, Gears 6.

The nominations for this year's British Academy Video Games Awards have been announced, with Wii Sports bagging nominations in seven categories, including Best Game, Innovation and Sports, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

Last year's must-have Xbox 360 title Gears of War followed close behind with six nominations, while Crackdown, God of War II and Okami took 5 each.

The hotly-contested Best Game category includes BioShock, Crysis, Gears of War, Guitar Hero II, Kane & Lynch: Dead Men and Wii Sports.

The Academy Awards are all voted for by industry professionals, with the exception of the PC World Gamers Award, which is voted for by the public.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony taking place at the Battersea Evolution in London on October 23, as part of the London Games Festival.

The full list of nominations are as follows:

Action and Adventure

  • Crackdown (Xbox 360)
  • Gears of War (Xbox 360)
  • God of War 2 (PS2)
  • Orange Box (PS3)
  • Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction (PS3)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)

Artistic Achievement

  • Bioshock (Xbox 360)
  • Heavenly Sword (PS3)
  • Okami (PS2)
  • Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction (PS3)
  • Skate (PS3)
  • Viva Piñata (Xbox 360)

Best Game

  • Bioshock (Xbox 360)
  • Crysis (PC)
  • Gears of War (Xbox 360)
  • Guitar Hero II (PS2)
  • Kane & Lynch: Dead Men (Xbox 360)
  • Wii Sports (Wii)

Casual

  • Big Brain Academy for Wii (Wii)
  • Cake Mania (DS)
  • Guitar Hero II (PS2)
  • More Brain Training (DS)
  • SingStar (PS3)
  • Wii Sports (Wii)

Gameplay

  • Crackdown (Xbox 360)
  • Gears of War (Xbox 360)
  • Sega Rally (PS3)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
  • WarHawk (PS3)
  • Wii Sports (Wii)

Innovation

  • fl0w (PSN)
  • Okami (PS2)
  • Super Paper Mario (Wii)
  • The Eye of Judgement (PS3)
  • Trauma Center: Second Opinion (Wii)
  • Wii Sports (Wii)

Multiplayer

  • Battlefield 2142 (PC)
  • Crackdown (Xbox 360)
  • Guitar Hero II (PS2)
  • Wii Sports (Wii)
  • World in Conflict (PC)
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (PC)

Original Score

  • Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
  • God of War 2 (PS2)
  • Lair (PS3)
  • Okami (PS2)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
  • Viva Piñata (Xbox 360)

Sports

  • Football Manager 2008 (PC)
  • Colin McRae: DiRT (Xbox 360)
  • FIFA 08 (PS3)
  • MotorStorm (PS3)
  • Sumo Digital/SEGA
  • Wii Sports (Wii)
  • Strategy and Simulation
  • Command & Conquer: Tiberium Wars (Xbox 360)
  • Forza Motorsport 2 (Xbox 360)
  • Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms (PC)
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas (Xbox 360)
  • Wii Sports (Wii)
  • World in Conflict (PC)

Story and Character

  • Final Fantasy XII (PS2)
  • God of War 2 (PS2)
  • Heavenly Sword (PS3)
  • Okami (PS2)
  • The Darkness (Xbox 360)
  • The Simpsons Game (Xbox 360)

Technical Achievement

  • Crackdown (Xbox 360)
  • Gears of War (Xbox 360)
  • God of War 2 (PS2)
  • MotorStorm (PS3)
  • Okami (PS2)
  • Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PS3)

Use of Audio

  • Crackdown (Xbox 360)
  • Elite Beat Agents (DS)
  • Gears of War (Xbox 360)
  • God of War 2 (PS2)
  • Guitar Hero II (PS2)
  • Skate (PS3)

BAFTA One's To Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital

  • Ragnarawk
  • ClimbActic
  • Bear Go Home

The PC World Gamers Award

  • Dr Kawashima's Brain Training (DS)
  • FIFA 07 (PS2)
  • Football Manager 2007 (PC)
  • Gears of War (Xbox 360)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PSP)
  • Resistance: Fall of Man (PS3)
  • Wii Play (Wii)

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