News: Golden Joystick Awards

So the Golden Joystick Awards took place last week, what does everyone think of gaming award shows? Let me know in the comment section below.  This is the only gaming awards ceremony voted for entirely by gamers themselves.  I love the fact that gaming has it’s own awards show and hope that it goes some way as to promoting the industry, here’s a list of the winners from this years ceremony and my thoughts on them;

  • Action/Adventure Game of the Year  — Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. For me this award would have gone to Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, I’ve found the puzzles to be genuinely challenging, the story is well written albeit a little simple and the game is jaw droppingly beautiful with solid combat.
  • Mobile Game of the Year  — Angry Birds Rio. The Heist should have won this one, several mini-games each increasing in difficulty with a real prize for completion!
  • Roleplay Game of the Year  — Fallout New Vegas. This one got my vote, simply just an excellent game.
  • Massively Multiplayer Online Game of the Year– World of Warcraft. My choice here would have been Aion, but in honesty, PC MMOs aren’t really my thing, with the exception of Guildwars.
  • Fighting Game of the Year  — Mortal Kombat. Definitely the best in the category, fast responsive controls and a great range of game modes and classic characters.
  • Racing Game of the Year — Gran Turismo 5. Tough call for me, Dirt 3 would be my winner, closely followed by Shift 2:Unleased, however I am yet to play GT5!
  • Sports Game of the Year — FIFA 12. I don’t play sports games, based on demos, my votes for Virtua Tennis 4.
  • Strategy Game of the Year  — Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. Not a strategy fan myself, but I found Ruse was very well executed and quite unique, so that would get my vote.
  • Music Game of the Year  — Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. DJ Hero 2 would have got this one, so much fun, and much cooler than guitars!
  • Free-To-Play Game of the Year — League of Legends. This should have gone to Bejewelled 3, because those games are quite possibly some of the most addictive of all time.
  • Downloadable Game of the Year  — Minecraft. Agree with everyone on this one, simple ideas are often the best.
  • Shooter Game of the Year  — Call of Duty: Black Ops. Medal of Honor was robbed here.
  •  One To Watch Award  — Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Definitely one to watch, so good call here gamers/voters.
  • Ultimate Game of the Year  — Portal 2. For me, this is Fallout New Vegas, although I haven’t played Portal 2 yet, but New Vegas is a huge game and one of the best of all time in my opinion.

So, over to you guys, what games would get your votes?


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