Destiny surprises at the Bafta video game awards

The post-apocalyptic first-person shooter was developed by Bungie. It was the US studio’s first release after quitting the Halo series.

The title attracted mixed reviews, and its relatively bare-bones plot continues to divide gamers.

The award surprised many in the audience at the London ceremony as it had not won any of the other categories it had been nominated for.

However, Bungie’s skill at crafting alien-slaying gunfights appears to have helped it seize the top prize.

TweetBBC Newsbeat’s Jonathan Blake tweeted the reaction to Destiny’s victory from the ceremony

Accepting the award Bungie’s president thanked Destiny’s players.

“It’s always a labour of love that we do because of the passion of the fans,” said Harold Ryan.

“They really are the ones who drive you to put the energy and time into putting the game together.”

Several other biggest-budget nominees – including Assassin’s Creed Unity, Mario Kart 8 and Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare – walked away without a prize.


Rufus Hound hosted the British Academy Games Awards for the first time

Big name losers

In fact, many of the winners managed to secure what might be seen as David-and-Goliath battles.

Ashley Johnson

OlliOlii – the low-budget skateboarding video game from London-based studio Roll7 – beat both Fifa 15 and Forza Horizon 2 for the best sport video game.

The actress Ashley Johnson defeated the Hollywood star Kevin Spacey to win the best performance award for Ellie in The Last of Us: Left Behind.

And the puzzle game Lumino City – which was created using real-world models made out of paper, card, miniature lights and motors – beat Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed Unity for artistic achievement.

Monument Valley won British game of the year. Its developers, UsTwo Games sparked a brief backlash in November after charging £1.49 for extra levels – a fee many gamers thought justified after trying them out.

The title also took the mobile and handheld category.

Alien: Isolation, by Sussex-based The Creative Assembly, only walked away with the audio achievement prize despite entering the ceremony as the favourite with six nominations.

Return winner

The awards were hosted by the comedian Rufus Hound – his first time in the role.

His opening monologue poked fun at the rising number of video games that sell expensive downloadable content in the months following the original title’s release.

However, that did not stop last year’s big winner, The Last of Us, from also scooping up the best story award for its add-on tale, Left Behind.