FIFTY THREE VIDEO GAMES are competing for the votes of the British Academy and the attentions of its Games Awards 2013.
The Playstation 3 based Journey has the most nominations in the 17 categories with eight, while The Walking Dead has seven and Far Cry 3 has six.
Journey, which was released via the Playstation Network, has already picked up some game of the year gongs and now it is up for BAFTAs in Best Game, Game Design, Story, Original Music, Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Game Innovation and Online-Multiplayer.
The Walking Dead is nominated for most of these, including Best Game and Game Design, and picks up different nods, such as a gong in the Mobile and Handheld division.
Far Cry 3 is down for Action, Story, Best Game and Game Design. First person spooker Dear Esther for the PC and Mac lines up for British Game, Debut Game and Performer.
Best game is the one they all want of course, and the rest of the challenger lineup includes Forza Horizon, LEGO: The Lord of the Rings, Need for Speed Most Wanted, The Room and Super Hexagon.
Last year it was Portal 2 that romped over the competition and added to its trophy shelf with the coveted Best Game, Design and Story awards.
Batman: Arkham City, picked up two, including the Performer award for Mark Hamill's Joker. Other winners included Little Big Planet 2 and Battlefield 2.
The British Academy Games Awards presentation will take place on Tuesday, 5 March. µ
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