The British Academy Games Awards (BAFTA) nominees have been announced. The biggest surprise is that BioShock Infinite. BioShock Infinite is nominated for four awards but not Story, surprisingly. It’s up for Artistic Achievement, Music and Audio Achievement, and Courtnee Draper is up for Performer for her role as Elizabeth. Booker actor Troy Baker isn’t, although he is nominated for his performance as Joel in The Last of Us. The third game in the popular Bioshock series, BioShock Infinite breaks away from the underwater setting of the first two games to take players into a floating city held aloft by dirigibles. The game is set in 1912. You play as Booker DeWitt, a disgraced former private detective who’s picked up a new case. Your goal is to find Elizabeth, a young woman who’s gone missing and return her unharmed.
With all story missions completed and just one Strike mission to polish off, we’re now in a stronger position for a definitive Destiny verdict. Of course, with Destiny there’s no such thing; so much depends on how you play it and who you play it with, and also on what Bungie does from here on in. It’s pretty much inevitable that we’ll keep coming back to Destiny, partly because it’s too good to ignore, and partly because we need to see where Bungie takes it next. As the hours and XP levels go on, new economies appear, providing access to more power, complex facets of the already peerless gunplay, and whole new ways of perceiving and interacting with its universe. New classes of weapons and armor bring critical perks and considerations, changing the way you play and turning a great shooter into an unfathomably deep, player-shaped experience.