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Innovative science-fiction shooter Returnal and creative co-operative platform game It Takes Two lead the nominations for Bafta's 2022 Games Awards, with eight nominations each in categories from best animation to best game. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, a flagship PlayStation 5 game from last summer, is in the running for seven awards, while driving-tourism racer Forza Horizon 5 and surreal psychological adventure Psychonauts 2 have six nominations each. In total, 39 games have been nominated across the awards' 16 categories, celebrating excellence in everything from sound design and animation to narrative. The "evolving game" category is for games released before 2021 that have seen significant improvements and updates during the past year; the nominees include multiplayer shooter Apex Legends and Nintendo's smash hit Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The "game beyond entertainment" award honours games that have a social, political, educational or environmental message, such as the cute conservation game Alba: A Wildlife Adventure.
If you're going to try to keep up with the best video gaming has to offer, you'll want to start thinking about getting these titles when they launch. Gamers, get your thumbs ready. If 2019's E3 is any indication, you need to rest them up for the onslaught of upcoming titles, for all gaming platforms. Attracting roughly 60,000 attendees – all of whom play a role in the multibillion-dollar interactive entertainment industry – the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles once again shone a light on the near future of video games, hardware and services. Especially if you're into action-heavy games, the following are eight highlights from this year's E3 that will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC and upcoming streaming platform Google Stadia.
The Bafta games awards took place at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on Thursday night, honouring 2021's creative achievements in video gaming. It was the first time the ceremony had been held in person since the pandemic and brought together the international video games industry to celebrate a range of titles – some with multimillion-dollar budgets, others made by teams of fewer than 10. The biggest winner of the night was the PlayStation 5 sci-fi shooter Returnal, which won accolades for audio achievement and music alongside the prestigious best game award. The lead actor in the game, Jane Perry, also won the award for performer in a leading role for her portrayal of steely space scout Selene. Performer in a supporting role was won by Kimberly Brooks, who played Hollis Forsythe in the psychedelic action game Psychonauts 2. Many of the games nominated were developed under challenging conditions during the pandemic. "This was a really hard game to finish," said a developer of Forza Horizon 5, picking up the award for best British game – one of several winners to show their emotions after a difficult period for the industry.
With a month to go until the launch of Sony's 4K gaming machine, there is now a clear picture of which titles will be available from 12 November (at least for those lucky enough to successfully pre-order a console) and what's in store over the coming year. If you've missed all the hype so far, here's everything we know about the PS5 software line-up, from day one to 2021. Insomniac's Spider-Man follow-up is a more focused (ie shorter) adventure with Morales finding his feet as a debutant webslinger while diffusing a battle between a tech company and a criminal organisation. Set to feature haptic feedback via the DualSense controller as well as support for the PS5's 3D audio engine, this will be a key draw for early adopters. Installed free on every PS5, this cute platformer is a followup to the well-received PSVR title Astro Bot Rescue Mission.