Destiny Receives ‘Best Game’ Award at 2015 BAFTAs

Destiny

Bungie took home the ‘Best Game’ award at the 2015 BAFTAs for their highly controversial 2015 space epic, Destiny.

Destiny was an extremely polarising title upon its release, and while I enjoyed it immensely it was met with a lot of derision from sections of the gaming community that felt short changed by the game’s lack of story content, repetitive mission structure, and lack of MMO mechanics.

Despite enjoying Destiny, I would have preferred to see the award go to Shadow of Mordor, an often overlooked title that introduced the ‘Nemesis System’; a mechanic that dynamically created characters, stories and social hierarchies that were unique to your playthrough. While Destiny was ambitious, it ultimately failed to deliver on its promises, while Shadow of Mordor brought us new ideas that couldn’t be achieved on previous generation hardware, and it would have been nice for Monolith Productions to receive some recognition for this.

Regardless, I’m still of the (unpopular) opinion that Destiny is a worthy winner.

The full list of winners can be found below:

  • Best Game: Destiny (Bungie)
  • Games Fellowship: David Braben
  • Artistic Achievement: Lumino City (State of Play Games)
  • Game Innovation: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts)
  • Audio Achievement: Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly)
  • Mobile & Handheld: Monument Valley (Ustwo)
  • Multiplayer: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)
  • Music: Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal – Cliff Martinez, Tony Gronick, Jerome Angelot)
  • Original IP: Valiant Hearts (Ubisoft Montpellier – Yoan Fanise, Paul Tumelaire, Simon Choquet)
  • Performer: Ashley Johnson (Ellie, The Last of Us: Left Behind)
  • Game Design: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith Productions)
  • Story: The Last of Us: Left Behind (Naughty Dog – Neil Druckmann)
  • Family: Minecraft Console Editions (Mojang)
  • Sport: OlliOlli (Roll7 – John Ribbins, Simon Bennett, Tom Hegarty)
  • Persistent Game: League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Debut Game: Never Alone (Upper One Games)
  • British Game: Monument Valley (Ustwo)
  • Ones to Watch: Chambara (Overly Kinetic)

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