Awards: BAFTA Pick Amazing Family and Narrative Games Each Year

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The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.

The 2019 nominations have just been announced and include a rich array of games for a diverse range of categories.

The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family.

The Family Games award highlights games that will work really well for parents and children. These often include multiplayer features and feature a cast of family-friendly characters.

The Games Beyond Entertainment award is also of interest as this highlights more unusual games with an emphasis on storytelling that addresses topics that parents may find appealing themselves.

FAMILY GAMES

For the best game experience for a family audience, whether played as individuals or as a group. This category is only open to titles with a PEGI age rating of 12 or under.

2019

LEGO The Incredibles
Nintendo Labo
Overcooked 2
Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu/Evee
Super Mario Party
Yoku’s Island Express

2018

Super Mario Odyssey
Just Dance 2018
Lego Worlds
Mario & Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Monument Valley 2
Snipperclips

2017

Overcooked
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Playroom VR
Pokemon Go
Ratchet & Clank
Toca Hair Salon 3

2016

Rocket League
Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits
FIFA 16
Guitar Hero: Live
LEGO Dimensions
Super Mario Maker

2015

Minecraft: Console Editions
The LEGO Movie Videogame
LittleBigPlanet 3
Mario Kart 8
Skylanders Trap Team
Twelve a Dozen

ORIGINAL PROPERTY

Games that create original characters and settings. This is a great list that highlights new or less well-known games.

2019

Dead Cells
Florence
Into The Breach
Moss
Return of the Obra Dinn
Subnautica

2018

Horizon Zero Dawn
Cuphead
Gorogoa
Night in the Woods
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
What Remains of Edith Finch

2017

Inside
Firewatch
The Last Guardian
Overwatch
Unravel
The Witness

2016

Until Dawn
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Her Story
Life is Strange
Ori and the Blind Forest
Splatoon

2015

Valiant Hearts
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
Monument Valley
Sunset Overdrive
Monument Valley
Titanfall
The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter

GAMES BEYOND ENTERTAINMENT

For the best game that capitalises on the unique and maturing medium of video games to deliver a transformational experience beyond pure entertainment – whether that is to raise awareness through empathy and emotional impact, to engage with real-world problems, or to make the world a better place.

2019
11-11: Memories Retold
Celeste
Florence
Life Is Strange 2
My Child Lebensborn
Nintendo Labo

2018

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Bury Me My Love
Last Day of June
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Night in the Woods
Sea Hero Quest VR

2017

Inside
Dishonored 2
Firewatch
Mafia III
Oxenfree
Uncharted 4

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