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Writers' Guild Award video game shortlist announced

Tomb Raider, Lego City and Thomas Was Alone competing for prize

The three nominations for the Writers' Guild Award for video game writing have been announced.

The awards, which celebrate outstanding achievements in writing in TV, film, books, plays and video games, will take in London on November 2013 and three titles will be competing for the Video Game prize.


The nominees are Rhianna Pratchet for Tomb Raider, Mike Bithell for Thomas Was Alone and Graham Goring for Lego City Undercover.

When she was originally confirmed as the writer of Square Enix's Tomb Raider reboot, Rhianna Pratchett said: "I grew up playing Tomb Raider, uncovering the world's secrets and unearthing its treasures. I have lived and died as Lara Croft, but nothing comes close to the challenge of re-writing her."

In CVG's Thomas Was Alone review, we said: "What brings it all to life is a fantastic script by [Mike] Bithell and flawless narration by Danny Wallace. The plain and expressionless shapes, set in contrast to the colourful and vivid storytelling, is what makes Thomas Was Alone such a charming game even during [its] dreary tutorial levels."

The writing was also praised in CVG's Lego City Undercover review. "[Voice acting] is something most Lego games have gone without and, though we were previously concerned that voice acting might dilute the signature slapstick humour, the whole package is now much funnier.

"The jokes are hilarious, with some real hearty groaners in there, the voice acting is top quality and the multitude of film references should raise a chuckle."