'God of War' Wins Big at BAFTA Games Awards
'Red Dead Redemption 2' came away empty-handed while Megan Ellison got a shout-out following the win for 'Florence.'
God of War continued its winning streak on Thursday, landing the highest number of awards, including the top prize, at the BAFTA Games Awards in London.
Sony Santa Monica's mythical action-adventure title won honors for best game, music, narrative, audio achievement and performer (for Jeremy Dent), taking home five awards out of its 10 nominations.
The game, which was released in April 2018, previously won the top prizes at the Game Awards, WGA Awards and D.I.C.E. Awards.
Rockstar's record-breaking Western epic Red Dead Redemption 2 didn't fare nearly as well, however, losing in all six categories in which it was nominated.
Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker, whose most recent episode "Bandersnatch" was set in the world of 1980s video games, was on hand to present the best game award.
Elsewhere, Nintendo’s DIY craft-based game kit Labo landed two wins, for best family game and game innovation.
Microsoft Studios’ Forza Horizon 4 was named best British game, an award that sparked one of host Dara O Briain’s many Brexit gags (he joked that the category allowed the celebration of “one of the only growth industries”).
The ceremony, held on London's South Bank in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, also saw some major love for smaller, indie titles.
Lucas Pope's monochromatic puzzler Return of the Obra Dinn won for artistic achievement and game design, while turn-based strategy game Into the Breach was named best original property. In a win for Annapurna, the interactive drama Florence was tapped as best mobile game, with the studio's founder Megan Ellison getting a shout-out on the stage.
On the same day that Prince Harry accused Fortnite of being dangerously addictive, it was given BAFTA’s evolving game award, while in a new addition to the ceremony, Old School Runescape won the inaugural mobile game of the year, the only category voted on by the public.