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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice scores big on 2018's BAFTA Game Awards

Published: 11:44, 13 April 2018
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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice racked in the most awards of all the nominees at the British Academy Video Game Awards on 12 April 2018. Other titles like What Remains of Edith Finch won Best Game awards, but Hellblade was mostly center stage.

The British Academy Video Game Awards of 2018 has concluded and what the esteemed ceremony decided is that the walking simulator What Remains of Edith Finch is considered as the finest game 2017 had to offer. Hellblade walked out with several awards including Artistic Achievement, Best Performer, and Best British Game.

The competitors for Best British Game were Hellblade, Sniper Elite 4, The Sexy Brutale and a couple others. Ninja Theory's action adventure took the award, which is no surprise seeing as it is the most controversial game out of all the nominees. 

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Actress Melina Juergens won Best Performer with her motion capture portrayal of Hellblade's titular Disney-eyed protagonist. A wonder considering What Remains of Edith Finch also had a horse in the race for the performance award.

Many games were nominated for different categories, but the walking simulator walked out with the highest award. BAFTA nominated games like Cuphead, Hollow Knight, Horizon Zero Dawn, Overwatch, but Hellblade managed to take away most of their trophies.

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Triple A titles like Blizzard's Overwatch and Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV were also nominated, both of which are 2016 games and many would dispute them having a place in the list due to their release dates. Luckily, BAFTA somehow found a way to stick them into the competition by placing them in the Evolving Game category. How about calling it "best service", or would that interfere with the obligatory games-are-art mantra?

Ninja Theory's Hellblade, while being praised, still has its issues in terms of jaggy controls and a possibly intentional disorienting level design. What brought the game such high levels of renown among the gaming community is its unique portrayal of mental illnesses and how the game's protagonist deals with her own issues. 

The indie title is a spiritual successor to Heavenly Sword, the action adventure game for the PlayStation 3 system.

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