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BAFTA announces the best games of 2023

14 December 2023
Event: EE British Academy Film AwardsDate: Sun 12th February 2017Venue: Royal Opera HouseHost: Stephen Fry-Area: Auditorium Arrivals BAFTA/Sarah M. Lee
  • 60 games have made the BAFTA ‘longlist’, as voted by BAFTA games members, representing the best games of the year
  • All 60 games progress to the next round of voting for the 2024 BAFTA Games Awards
  • Nominations are announced on 7 March 2024
  • BAFTA Games Awards takes place on 11 April 2024

View BAFTA's Best Games of 2023 list

BAFTA today releases its list of the 60 best games of 2023, selected by over 1,200 BAFTA members, experienced games professionals from across the global industry. The list is the ‘longlist’ for the 2024 BAFTA Games Awards, the industry’s most prestigious awards that celebrate the best games of the year and the people who make them. 

Jane Millichip, BAFTA CEO, said: “For 20 years, BAFTA has celebrated great talent in the games industry with the annual BAFTA Games Awards. This year, we hope to amplify that celebration by publishing our Best Games of 2023 list - the longlist for next year's Awards, as voted for by games industry professionals - just in time to inspire some festive gameplay."

257 games were entered for consideration by BAFTA members this year, which were all released between 10 December 2022 and 24 November 2023. 60 games are now the running for at least one BAFTA nomination across 17 competitive categories. BAFTA members will begin voting to decide the nominations in the Best Game and British Game categories in January 2024. BAFTA juries will decide the nominations in the other 15 categories. The nominations will be announced on Thursday 7 March 2024. Following the nominations, BAFTA’s games members will vote for the winners in Best Game and British Game, and juries will vote for the winners in the other categories. 

The winners will be announced at the 2024 BAFTA Games Awards on Thursday 11 April. BAFTA’s annual Awards is one of the biggest events in the international games calendar, attended by the industry and reaching an audience of millions online.

The 60 best games of the year (longlist), in order of no. of times longlisted

Baldur’s Gate 3 (15)
Alan Wake 2 (14)
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 (10)
Hogwarts Legacy (9)
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (8)
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (7)
Hi-Fi RUSH (6)
Super Mario Bros. Wonder (6)
Viewfinder (6)
Diablo IV (4)
Assassin’s Creed Mirage (3)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (3)
Disney Illusion Island (3)
Starfield (3)
Chants of Sennaar (2)
Cyberpunk 2077 (2)
Jusant (2)
LEGO 2K Drive (2)
Venba (2)
Atomic Heart (1)
Battlefield 2042 (1)
Bluey: The Videogame (1)
Cassette Beasts (1)
Dead Island 2 (1)
Deliver Us Mars (1)
EA Sports WRC (1)
En Garde! (1)
F1 23 (1)
Final Fantasy XIV: Online (1)
Football Manager 2024 (1)
Fortnite (1)
Forza Horizon 5 (1)
Forza Motorsport (1)
Genshin Impact (1)
Goodbye Volcano High (1)
Horizon Call of the Mountain (1)
Lies of P (1)
Lords of the Fallen (1)
The Making of Katateka (1)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (1)
Mortal Kombat 1 (1)
No Man’s Sky (1)
Party Animals (1)
Planet of Lana (1)
Sea of Stars (1)
Sea of Thieves (1)
Sonic Superstars (1)
Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical (1)
Tchia (1)
Terra Nil (1)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1)
Thirsty Suitors (1)
Tron: Identity (1)
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin (1)

Top 10s in four awards categories (in alphabetical order)

Top 10 in ‘Best Game’ category
Alan Wake 2
Baldur's Gate 3
Hogwarts Legacy
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Top 10 in ‘British Game’ category
Cassette Beasts
Dead Island 2
Disney Illusion Island
EA Sports WRC
F1 23
Football Manager 2024
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Tron: Identity
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Realms of Ruin

Top 10 in ‘Performer in a Leading Role’ category
Amelia Tyler as Narrator in Baldur's Gate 3
Ben Starr as Clive Rosfield in FINAL FANTASY XVI
Cameron Monaghan as Cal Kestis in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Ilkka Villi as Alan Wake (Live Action + Mocap) in Alan Wake 2
Matthew Porretta as Alan Wake (Voice) in Alan Wake 2
Melanie Liburd as Saga Anderson in Alan Wake 2
Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales in Marvel's Spider-Man 2
Neil Newbon as Astarion in Baldur's Gate 3
Samantha Béart as Karlach in Baldur's Gate 3
Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker in Marvel's Spider-Man 2

Top 10 in ‘Performer in a Supporting Role’ category
Andrew Wincott as Raphael in Baldur's Gate 3
Dave Jones as Halsin in Baldur's Gate 3
Debra Wilson as Cere Junda in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Idris Elba as Solomon Reed in Cyberpunk 2077
James McCaffrey as Alex Casey (Voice) in Alan Wake 2
Martti Suosalo as Ahti in Alan Wake 2
Ralph Ineson as Cidolfus "Cid" Telamon in FINAL FANTAXY XVI
Sam Lake as Alex Casey (Live Action + Mocap) in Alan Wake 2
Tony Todd as Venom in Marvel's Spider-Man 2
Tracy Wiles as Jaheira in Baldur's Gate 3

Notes to Editors 

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Augustin Wecxsteen, PR & Communications Officer at BAFTA
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