The Golden Joystick Awards have been announced! These awards are the second oldest video game awards (the first is Arcade Awards) and can be voted on by anyone online. The Golden Joystick Awards are also called the People’s Gaming Awards and this year marked the 35th annual. I’ve got the list for you guys.
This is perfect timing for it to come out so that you can put some of these games on your Christmas wishlist. It might also make you want to put a new gaming system on your list–*cough cough* Nintendo Switch. That’s because of which game made “Ultimate Game of the Year.” Hmm…
I’m going to offer a little bit of information about some of the winners, but some categories speak for themselves. One game you’ll notice is missing from this list is Mario Odyssey, and I think that is because it came out so close to these awards. Luckily Mario Odyssey picked up a few winning spots on the Game Critics Awards. Particularly, Best action-adventure game, best console game, and Best of Show.
Best Storytelling – Horizon Zero Dawn
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This is an action role-playing game only out for PS4. The setting is a post-apocalyptic world overrun with robots. You play as Aloy, a hunter, and archer. The storyline is intense and exciting. It’s about tribal communities, cults, and personal mysteries.
Best Visual Design – Cuphead
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The best visual design is Cuphead! Are you surprised? I guess in an age where almost life-like graphics in games are becoming commonplace, what you need to stick out is crisp nostalgia. The graphics are simple but pleasing. They follow a robust overall theme for the entire game over all aspects and pay tribute to a classic time in cartoons that is missing today.
Best Audio – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda series is known for having great soundtracks throughout every game. That is why it’s no big surprise this one took the best audio spot this year. Go ahead and take a listen to that YouTube video I linked (heh heh). It’s relaxing, it’s inspiring, it’s overall a great listen and perfect for background music that moves your emotions but isn’t too distracting.
Best Gaming Performance sponsored by The Sun AND Breakthrough Award sponsored by Badfly – Ashly Burch (Horizon Zero Dawn)
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Ashly Burch is the voice behind Aloy, the main character in Horizon Zero Dawn. It makes a lot of sense her performance would garner an award when the game is voted best narrative. Hard to win the best narrative without great voice acting! She also voiced Tiny Tina in Borderlands 2 and Sasha Braus in Attack on Titan. Another cool thing about her is she was a story writer for Adventure Time! I’m totally girl crushing right now.
Best Streamer / Broadcaster – Markiplier
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With over 7 billion views and 18 million subscribers, Markiplier is the 25th most subscribed channel on YouTube. He does Let’s Play videos with much enthusiasm and sensationalism. Apparently, a fun watch.
Outstanding Contribution to the UK Games Industry sponsored by The Telegraph – Debbie Bestwick MBE
Debbie Bestwick is in charge of the commercial and legal aspects of Team17. Team17 is a UK based video game developing company. They do games such as Worms and Alien Breed. I recently talked about one of their games in a blog about co-op games for non-gamer friends–the game Overcooked.
Best Indie Game in collaboration with Square Enix Collective – Friday the 13th: The Game
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I’m a little surprised to see this game on the list. I checked this game out when it first launched, and it was having some serious issues! However, they seemed to have fixed those issues, and the game bounced back in the reviews. This is a survival horror for PC, PS4, and XONE.
Best Multiplayer Game sponsored by GT Omega – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
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Being a game still in Early Access hasn’t held this game back in popularity. It’s one of the top games on Twitch for streamers. This is a battle royale online multiplayer game. Battle Royale is a combo of exploration, survival, and scavenging. The gameplay is a massive last man standing deathmatch.
Studio of the Year – Nintendo EPD
What more needs to be said? Nintendo has had a significant year with the Switch.
Best VR Game – Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
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This is one of the first AAA/blockbuster games that has come out for VR. It’s also a perfect game for VR considering the fright factor. There are some differences between playing VR and not. The visuals are compromised a little, but overall this is a great leap forward for VR regarding game choice.
eSports Play of the Year sponsored by Intel – Agilities
eSports Team of the Year – Seoul Dynasty (formerly Lunatic-Hai)
South Korea won the Overwatch World Championship this year.
eSports Game of the Year sponsored by OMEN by HP – Overwatch
Handheld / Mobile Game of the Year sponsored by Bespoke Arcades – Pokémon Sun and Moon
Nintendo Game of the Year – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
PlayStation Game of the Year – Horizon Zero Dawn
Xbox Game of the Year – Cuphead
PC Game of the Year – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Critics’ Choice Award – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Hall of Fame – Final Fantasy
Most Wanted Award – The Last of Us Part II
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This is an upcoming action-adventure survival game for the PlayStation 4. It is a sequel to the 2013 game The Last of Us. It’s considered one of the most anticipated games of 2018.
Still Playing Award – World of Tanks
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This is a free to play MMO. Which does mean there are in-game purchases. The game is a simple set up, where you control a single tank. You are on a team that faces off against another team. The game is won when the other team’s tanks are destroyed or by capturing their base.
Lifetime Achievement – Sid Meier
I’m pretty excited to see this since I’m a long time fan of the Civilization series.
Ultimate Game of the Year – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Legen of Zelda: Breath of Wild has beat out every other game for the Golden Joystick Awards. Makes me a little salty that it’s only available on the Switch.