Thursday, 15 September 2016

Golden Joystick Awards 2016 - Voting Has Opened

15 September 2016 - The world’s most popular and credible games awards, the Golden Joystick Awards, today announced the shortlist for its 2016 ceremony with public voting now open at www.goldenjoystick.com.

Taking place on the afternoon of Friday 18 November at the indigO2 in the world famous O2 Arena in London, it celebrates the very best in the gaming industry. The Golden Joystick Awards, powered by GamesRadar+, is the only annual awards voted for by gamers, and in 2015 an incredible nine million people cast their votes.

Now in its 34th year, the 2016 awards have 25 categories with 21 being publicly voted, with the additional special awards being chosen by an expert panel consisting of Future plc’s editorial teams. The awards recognise and celebrate every aspect of the world of gaming from the games themselves, through to the best actors in the games and the innovators who have helped create the industry as it is today.

Overwatch, rated 4.5 out of 5 by GamesRadar+, is this year’s most nominated game with an incredible nine nominations. Inside, No Man’s Sky and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End all closely follow with eight nominations each, with Firewatch and The Witness receiving seven.

A full list of categories and nominations are listed below.

For the first time in the Golden Joystick Awards history, the gaming community will be able to attend the event, with a limited number of balcony tickets being sold to watch the full ceremony. On sale now through www.goldenjoysticktickets.eventbrite.com, the tickets will be £10 each and sold on a first come first serve basis. The ceremony takes place at the indigO2 at London’s O2 Arena on Friday 18th November from 3.30pm - 5pm.

Dan Dawkins, GamesRadar+’s Global Editor in Chief, says, “It has been another incredible year for gaming. Drawing up a shortlist for Game of the Year proved to be a more contentious debate than ever, but it only demonstrates the diversity of the market and astonishing level of quality”.

“But it’s not just AAA games, Pok√©mon Go sent the world’s media into a frenzy, West Ham United and Manchester City were just two professional football clubs signing gamers to represent them, and the thriving video community continues to innovate. With virtual reality crafting genuinely fresh experiences, there’s never been more ways to get into games.”

The Golden Joystick Awards is proud to work in partnership with Bandai Namco, green man gaming and Guinness World Records, and media partners Digital Spy and Absolute Radio.

The 21 public voted categories are:

Best Original Game
  • Abzu
  • Firewatch
  • Furi
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Inside
  • No Man's Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Quantum Break
  • Soma
  • Tom Clancy's The Division
  • The Witness

Best Story Telling
  • Firewatch
  • Oxenfree
  • Quantum Break
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Soma
  • Tales from the Borderlands
  • The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
  • Zero Time Dilemma

Best Visual Design
  • Abzu
  • Battleborn
  • Brutal
  • Dark Souls 3
  • Doom
  • Firewatch
  • Furi
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Inside
  • Mirrors Edge Catalyst
  • No Man's Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Soma
  • Superhot
  • The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine
  • The Witness
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Best Audio
  • Amplitude
  • Doom
  • Fallout 4
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • I Am Setsuna
  • Inside
  • No Man's Sky
  • Overwatch
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Thumper
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Best Multiplayer Game
  • Broforce
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 3
  • Dark Souls 3
  • FIFA 17
  • Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • Overwatch
  • PES 2017
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Street Fighter 5
  • Tom Clancy's The Division
  • World of Warships
  • Worms W.M.D
Best Indie Game
  • Banner Saga 2
  • Firewatch
  • Furi
  • Hyper Light Drifter
  • Inside
  • No Man's Sky
  • Oxenfree
  • Pony Island
  • Starbound
  • Stardew Valley
  • Superhot
  • The Witness
  • Undertale
Innovation of the Year
  • Guitar Hero Live
  • HTC Vive
  • No Man's Sky
  • Oculus Rift
  • Playstation VR
  • Pokemon Go
  • Quantum Break

Best Gaming Moment in association with Absolute Radio
  • Climbing the tallest building in Mirror's Edge Catalyst
  • Flying the Falcon in Star Wars Battlefront
  • Play of the game in Overwatch
  • Returning to Anor Londo in Dark Souls 3
  • The Brotherhood Of Steel arriving in Fallout 4
  • The Car Chase in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
  • The ending of Inside
  • Unleashing the BFG 9000 in Doom
  • Unlocking the secret of Psalm 46 in The Witness
Most Wanted Game in association with green man gaming

  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3
  • Days Gone
  • God of War
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Mass Effect Andromeda
  • Resident Evil 7
  • Scalebound
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Shenmue 3
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Citizen
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild



YouTube Personality of the Year in association with Guinness World Records

  • CapgunTom
  • Jesse Cox
  • Amy Lee
  • TWOSYNC
  • Samgladiator
  • Ashley Mariee
  • Blitzwinger
  • JMX
  • Spencer FC
  • Mr Woofless
  • Matt HD Gamer


Studio of the Year

  • 343 Industries
  • Bethesda Game Studios
  • Blizzard
  • CD Projekt RED
  • Creative Assembly
  • Firaxis
  • FromSoftware
  • Hello Games
  • id software
  • Naughty Dog
  • Niantic


Gaming Platform of the Year

  • 3DS
  • Apple IOS
  • Google Play
  • PS4
  • Steam
  • Xbox One


Game of the Year

  • Dark Souls 3
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Doom
  • Fallout 4
  • Halo 5
  • Hitman
  • Inside
  • No Man's Sky
  • Overwatch
  • PES 2017
  • Pokemon Go
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Witness
  • Total War: Warhammer
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
  • XCOM 2


Performance of the Year

  • Doug Cockle
  • Camilla Luddington
  • Cissy Jones
  • Elias Toufexis
  • Nolan North
  • Rich Sommer
  • Shawn Ashmore
  • Victoria Atkin


Playstation Game of the Year

  • Abzu
  • Amplitude
  • Firewatch
  • Gravity Rush Remastered
  • I Am Setsuna
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • Salt And Sanctuary
  • Severed
  • Street Fighter 5
  • The Last Guardian
  • The Witness
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Yakuza 5


Nintendo Game of the Year

  • Fire Emblem Fates
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
  • Monster Hunter Generations
  • Pokken Tournament
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X
  • Yo-kai Watch
  • The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD


PC Game of the Year

  • Sid Meier's Civilization 6
  • Doom
  • Master of Orion: Conquer The Stars
  • Overwatch
  • Stardew Valley
  • Stellaris
  • Total War: Warhammer
  • Undertale
  • World of Warships
  • XCOM 2


Xbox Game of the Year

  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Elite: Dangerous
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Inside
  • Killer Instinct Season 3
  • Quantum Break
  • ReCore
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider


Competitive Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty Black Ops 3
  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive
  • Dota 2
  • FIFA 17
  • Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Killer Instinct Season 3
  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch
  • Smite
  • Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void
  • Street Fighter 5


Competitive Play of the Year

  • Coldzera's jumping AWP quad kill at MLG Columbus
  • s1mple's double AWP noscope at ESL One Cologne
  • Huni quad kill at the 2015 World Championships
  • w33's Sunstrike, Echo Stomp cancel and Tornado snipe
  • Suma1l's clutch Sacred Arrow at The International 2016
  • Justin Wong's comeback against Flocker at EVO 2016
  • LI Joe's V Trigger dodge at EVO 2016
  • Daigo's 'magic pixel' comeback at the Capcom Cup Final


Best Handheld Mobile Game in association with DigitalSpy

  • Alphabear
  • Clash Royale
  • Downwell
  • Fire Emblem Fates
  • Monster Hunter Generations
  • Peter Panic
  • Pokemon Go
  • Severed
  • The Room 3
  • Zero Time Dilemma





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