The nominations have been released for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) Game Awards, the Caped Crusader is leading the charge.

Batman: Arkham City is the stand-out title, having been nominated in nine different categories, including Best Game, Best Story, Best Original Music and Best Design.

Close in behind is LA Noire, the 1940s cop caper which was the first to utilise MotionScan technology for a much wider range of facial features on the characters.

It goes up against Arkham City in the Best Story, Game, Design and Game Innovation categories.

The star of LA Noire, Mad Men actor Aaron Stanton, is also nominated in the Performer category, but Arkham City features here as well with Mark Hamill up for the gong after putting on a particularly disturbed performance as The Joker.

Of course, The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim makes a few appearances across the categories, being nominated for Best Game and the Artistic Achievement award, along with a shout for Best Story.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and Portal 2 also get a liberal dusting of nominations as did LittleBigPlanet 2.

In the Online Browser field, the nominations are: Gardens of Time, I Am Playr, Monstermind, Resistance 3, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure and
The Sims Social.

Considering the title's popularity and its status as the biggest selling game of the year, it is perhaps surprising that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 does not make more of appearance, receiving nominations in the Action and Audio Achievement categories.

However, fans will get the chance to recognise the title in the GAME Award of 2011, the only one voted for by the public. To come out on top it will have to beat off competition from - you guessed it - Arkham City, LA Noire and Skyrim, among others.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801295201-ADNFCR
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