BAFTA Video Game Awards nominations announced

Nominations for the BAFTA Video Game Awards have been announced, and see Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare leading the way with seven nods, including one for Best Game.

The popular war-based FPS also received nominations in Action & Adventure, Story & Character, Artistic Achievement, Gameplay, Multiplayer and Use of Audio.

GTA IV shared a number of these categories, including the nod for Best Game alongside the likes of Fable II and Fallout 3, racking up six nominations in total.

Next up were Fable II and LittleBigPlanet, which both received five nominations, sharing categories including Original Score and Technical Achievement. LittleBigPlanet also got recognised in categories for Artistic Achievement and Casual games.

Closing in with four awards were games such as Assassin's Creed, Dead Space and Fallout 3, while Gears of War 2, Rock Band and Super Mario Galaxy all came in with three.

Stephen Spielberg's first game Boom Blox got recognition in the Casual category, while it has been confirmed that Pong creator and Atari found Nolan Bushnell will receive this year's Fellowship for his many years of work in the gaming industry.

There were a total of 39 games nominated, over 14 categories, and include Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, FIFA 09, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Mario Kart Wii and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

Alongside the list of awards voted for by the panel, there will also be a publicly voted for award - the GAME Award of 2008.

Its shortlist was compiled by a panel of games journalists and gaming enthusiasts, but the winner will be chosen by the public. It comprises of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Fallout 3, Gears of War 2, GTA IV, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Left 4 Dead, LittleBigPlanet, Professor Layton and the Curious Village, Wii Fit and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

You can vote for you favourite at the BAFTA Video Game Awards website, where you'll also find a full list of categories and nominees.

The ceremony takes place on 10 March and we'll be bringing you the list of winners here on Pocket-Lint.co.uk, so remember to check back.