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Golden Joystick Voting Open

Posted by GG Goblin On September - 15 - 2016

It’s that time of year again, voting for the 34th Golden Joystick Awards is now open, and for the first time, a limited number of tickets for the event will be available to the gaming community. Vote now 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, Pokémon 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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