Returnal wins Best Game at the 2022 Bafta Awards

Third-person roguelike shooter Returnal takes home the Best Game award at this year’s BAFTAs, along with several other big wins at the ceremony.


2020 saw Hades Earn Game of the Year nominations and accolades from top gaming awards shows. In 2021, gaming celebration shows like The Game Awards have had roguelikes return and death loop compete to see which game best takes the premise that the player lives, dies, and repeats this process until finally finding a way to break the cycle.

At last night’s 2022 BAFTAs, the sci-fi shooter shone return was the big winner as the game took the Best Game award during the ceremony. A third person shooter with some psychological horror elements, return sees players take on the role of Selene Vassos, who defies ASTRA Corporation’s orders to follow an oddly familiar signal known as the “White Shadow”. The game was positively received, with reviewers praising how returnees The gameplay was complementary to its story and world.

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In addition to being nominated for Best Game, return competed for awards for Audio Achievement, Music, Technical Achievement, Original Ownership, Actor in a Leading Role, Narrative, Artistic Achievement, and Game Design. From these nominations return took home four BAFTAs. For many, however, the Best Game award is considered the most prestigious of these awards, as it marks return as BAFTA’s Game to Play of 2021. The game also competed against some of the most popular titles of 2021 such as; It takes two and death loopthe former also taking home several awards.

return was dealing with some smaller titles alongside the bigger games of 2021. It lost the Narrative Award to the indie game unpacking, a title that focuses on a player moving into an empty room and unpacking boxes and slowly learning more about the story and the character he is playing. Some thought so unpacking was snubbed at the 2021 Game Awards, although fans of the title will be happy to see it recognized at the BAFTAs this year.

Despite impressive reviews and awards, it seems so return Developer Housemarque is far from finished with the game. A recent update released in late March brought Koop up return, which might make the horror elements a little less scary when playing the game with friends. The “Ascension” update also brought a new game mode that brings endless challenges, as well as new story elements, weapons and a sixth boss.

return is now available on PS5.

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