The Golden Joystick awards has been and gone for another year, leaving a list of awards and a heap of discussion in its wake. Some well deserved winners with truly groundbreaking titles, and some other questionable winners that need a further looking into.
Below are a list of the top winners of the top awards from the show.
- Best Storytelling – God of War
- Best Competitive Game – Fortnite Battle Royale
- Best Cooperative Game – Monster Hunter: World
- Best Visual Design – God of War
- Best Indie Game – Dead Cells
- Best Audio – God of War
- Still Playing Award – World of Tanks
- Best Performer – Bryan Dechart (as Connor from Detroit: Become Human)
- Esports Game of the Year – Overwatch
- Best VR Game – The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim VR
- Studio of the Year – SIE Santa Monica Studio
- Best New Streamer / Broadcaster – Bryan Dechart and Amelia Rose Blaire
- Mobile Game of the Year – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile
- PC Game of the Year – Subnautica
- PlayStation Game of the Year – God of War
- Xbox Game of the Year – Forza Horizon 4
- Nintendo Game of the Year – Octopath Traveler
- Breakthrough Award – Unknown Worlds
- Most Wanted Game – Cyberpunk 2077
- Critics Choice Award – Red Dead Redemption 2
- Lifetime Achievement – Hidetaka Miyazaki (FromSoftware)
- Outstanding Contribution – Xbox Adaptive Controller
- Ultimate Game of the Year – Fortnite Battle Royale
Personally, I believe a lot of these awards are correct, such as the Best Storytelling award and Audio going to God of War, and (as much as i’ll hate to admit it) but Fortnite winning best competitive game also seems right due to its run away popularity, but – and this is a huge but, no way should it have won Game of the Year. Let’s face it, Fortnite is an extremely basic concept that was done many years before, its popularity and the awards it gathers basically says to developers; why come up with a new IP when you can clean up an existing one – see Call of Duty attempting to jump into the bandwagon for more details.
Mobile Game of the Year is a title that was recently ported and is still pretty buggy – yeah, okay then. Personally i’d have gone with Asphalt 9 or Motorsport Manager 3 or a game that was meant to be a mobile game from the start, but what do I know?
In the end, i’d take these awards with a pinch of salt because you can ask a hundred people their opinions on their top games and no one will agree on the same thing, but with saying that, the XNVR Game of the Year Awards is coming soon, so we can have the same argument then.