''The Last of Us'' beats global phenomenon ''Grand Theft Auto V'' and handheld hit ''Tearaway'' to claim the Best Game in 2014 at the BAFTA Games Awards. Rollo Ross reports.
Since 2003, the BAFTA Games Awards have celebrated the world of video games. But it's not just the big console games that this ceremony applauds but also smaller games on mobile phones as well, according to BAFTA's Harvey Elliot. INTERVIEW Chair of BAFTA Games Committee, Harvey Elliott, saying (English): "There is a lot of change coming in the industry and you know mobiles in the last four years the performance has just doubled every year or faster. Screen resolution's gone up. Processing speed's gone up. Storage space has gone up. So the games have grown in size. And then look at the consoles they've taken a huge step change in the last few months with PS4 and XBox One. But what I realise is you can have these huge blockbuster hits, these huge market dominating games on these massive consoles, but also there's plenty of room for smaller independent titles to come through even on those consoles but also on the mobile and tablet games." At the 10th edition of the awards on March 12th, "Tearaway" was the big handheld winner, taking home The Artistic Achievement, Family, and Mobile and Handset awards. "Grand Theft Auto V" not only won Game Design, Online Multiplayer, and British Game award but also its developer Rockstar Games picked up an Academy Fellowship. SOUNDBITE (English) ROCKSTAR GAMES CO-FOUNDER, DAN HOUSER, SAYING: "Rockstar was founded with a mission statement that video games were the next mass-market entertainment medium. That they were uniquely interesting and powerful and that we as a company would serve two masters to prove this fact. Combining the production values of movies with an obsession with gameplay above all else." But the big winner of the night was "The Last of Us", which picked up Best Game as well as four other awards. The game follows a character called Joel who has to escort a young girl through zombie-filled landscapes in the hope she can become the remedy for the disease ravaging the world. SOUNDBITE (English) Chair of BAFTA Games Committee, Harvey Elliott, saying (English): "I think it's a win just for a really great game. The title has captured so many people's imagination and got them really engaged and given them a different experience than perhaps they've seen before and that relationship between those two main characters is something that really just captures people and engages with them." And it seems that we haven't seen the last of "The Last of Us." Its creator Neil Druckmann has confirmed more downloadable content, an upcoming movie and hasn't ruled out doing a sequel.