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The Last of Us has picked up another set of 10 nominations, this time for the upcoming BAFTA Video Game Awards.

Naughty Dog’s survival-thriller, which recently won 10 awards, including Game of the Year, at the 17th annual D.I.C.E. Awards, is up for awards including Best Action & Adventure, Best Artistic Achievement, Best Audio Achievement, Best Game, Best Game Design, Best Multiplayer, Best Music and Best Story.

Troy Baker, for his performance as Joel, and Ashley Johnson, who played Ellie, are both also nominated for Best Performer. Both have previously won for their performances at the Spike TV VGX Awards back in December.

The Last of Us launched in May 2013 to worldwide critical acclaim for its emotional story and immersive environments, selling 3.4 million copies three weeks after launch.. It has gone on to win seven Game of the Year awards and is nominated for a further three.

On Friday, Naughty Dog will be releasing the first and only story DLC which is a prequel to the events of The Last of Us. Titled Left Behind, it follows original co-protagonist Ellie and her best friend Riley, a new character, as they attend a military boarding school in the Boston quarantine zone. Players follow their adventure through a series of events that changes them both forever.

It’s toughest competitor, Grand Theft Auto V, creeps up just before The Last of Us with nine nominations themselves.

Rockstar Game’s open world action-adventure game is nominated for Best Action & Adventure, Best Audio Achievement, Best Game, Best British Game, Best Game Design, Best Game Innovation, Best Multiplayer, Best Performer and Best Story.

GTA V launched in September 2013 and went on to become the biggest entertainment launch in history, earning $1 billion in sales three days following its launch. Critically acclaimed worldwide, the game also outsold its predecessor, GTA IV, beat The Last of Us as the biggest digital release on PlayStation and broke seven Guinness World Records.

Having shipped over 32.5 million copies, the game has won four Game of the Year awards and is nominated for also a further three.

Whilst GTA V and The Last of Us dominated the nominations, the popular PC title Tearaway is up for an impressive eight awards including Best Artistic Achievement, Best Game, Best British Game, Best Family, Best Game Design, Best Game Innovation, Best Mobile & Handheld and Best Music.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, BioShock Infinite, Super Mario 3D World, The Stanley Parable and Papers, Please all have received four nominations each.

Badland, Beyond: Two Souls, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Device 6 and Tomb Raider received three nominations whilst Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Battlefield 4, Forza Motorsport 5, Hone Home, Gunpoint, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and The Room 2 all received two nominations each.

Nominated for the One To Watch Award is Project Heera: Diamond Heist, Size DOES Matter and The Unknown.

A total of 43 games are nominated across 17 categories. A full list can be found below.

The BAFTA Video Game Awards takes place on March 12th from the Tobacco Dock in London and will be hosted for the sixth time by comedian Dara O’Briain.

A live stream of the event will be broadcasted on Twitch TV when the ceremony commences at 5pm. Tickets for the public can be purchased via BAFTA’s website.

Action & Adventure
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
BADLAND   
Grand Theft Auto V
The Last of Us
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Tomb Raider

Artistic Achievement
Beyond: Two Souls
BioShock Infinite
DEVICE 6
The Last of Us
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Tearaway

Audio Achievement
Battlefield 4
BioShock Infinite
DEVICE 6
Grand Theft Auto V
The Last of Us
Tomb Raider

Best Game
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
Grand Theft Auto V
The Last of Us
Papers, Please
Super Mario 3D World
Tearaway

British Game
DmC Devil May Cry
Grand Theft Auto V
Gunpoint
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
The Room Two
Tearaway

Debut Game
BADLAND
Castles in the Sky
Gone Home
Gunpoint
Remember Me
The Stanley Parable

Family
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Rayman Legends
Skylanders Swap Force
Super Mario 3D World
Tearaway
  
Game Design
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
Grand Theft Auto V
The Last of Us
Papers, Please
Tearaway
Tomb Raider

Game Innovation
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Grand Theft Auto V
Papers, Please
The Stanley Parable
Tearaway
Year Walk

Mobile & Handheld
BADLAND
DEVICE 6
Plants vs. Zombies 2
Ridiculous Fishing
The Room 2
Tearaway
  
Multiplayer
Battlefield 4
DOTA 2
Grand Theft Auto V
The Last of Us
Super Mario 3D World
World of Tanks
  
Music
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
Beyond: Two Souls
BioShock Infinite
The Last of Us
Super Mario 3D World
Tearaway

Performer
Ashley Johnson (Ellie) – The Last of Us
Courtnee Draper (Elizabeth) – BioShock Infinite
Ellen Page (Jodie) – Beyond: Two Souls
Kevan Brighting (The Narrator) – The Stanley Parable
Steven Ogg (Trevor Phillips) – Grand Theft Auto V
Troy Baker (Joel) – The Last of Us
  
Sport
F1 2013
FIFA 14
Football Manager 2014
Forza Motorsport 5
GRID 2
NBA 2K14
  
Story
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Gone Home
Grand Theft Auto V
The Last of Us
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
The Stanley Parable
  
Strategy & Simulation
Civilization V: Brave New World
Democracy 3
Forza Motorsport 5
Papers, Please
Surgeon Simulator 2013
XCOM: Enemy Within
  
BAFTA Ones to Watch Award in association with Dare to Be Digital
Project Heera: Diamond Heist 
Size DOES Matter
The Unknown

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