The 2011 GAME British Academy Video Games awards took place this week, with two of the three nominated racing games claiming the top prizes.
In the ‘Sport’ category, F1 201 was victorious, beating stiff competition from FIFA 11, Football Manager 2011, Pro Evo Soccer 2011, International Cricket 2010 and Gran Turismo 5. An added twist is that the holders of the official F1 licence before Codemasters was, in fact, Sony! It’s a well-deserved win following the patches which fixed initial bugs in the game.
And although Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit lost out to Call of Duty: Black Ops in the GAME Award of 2010, it did claim the Bafta for ‘Multiplayer’. Strangely, in achieving this, it beat Black Ops, which has multiplayer as the main attraction of the game, but the discrepancy is explained by the GAME Award being the one chosen by the public (Who we think were wrong, given that Limbo, Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption were also up for voting).
Either way, 2 top racing games of the past year were both rewarded, and well-deserved congratulations to Codemasters and Criterion.