Golden Joystick Awards 2016
The World’s Most Popular and Credible Games Awards
Dark Souls 3 – Ultimate Game Of The Year
Overwatch Wins Five Awards
The Witcher 3:Blood and Wine Wins Three Awards
Pokémon GO Wins Two Awards
Awards Took Place On 18th November
indigO2 at The O2
18 November 2016 – Today, the 34th annual Golden Joystick Awards, powered by GamesRadar+, honoured the very best in international gaming at a lavish ceremony at the indigO2 at London’s O2 Arena, and once again demonstrated why it is the biggest award show in the world of gaming.
This is the only gaming award ceremony in the world voted for by the gamers themselves, and the winner of the coveted Ultimate Game Of The Year in association GamesRadar+ went to Dark Souls 3. Released in January 2016, it was met with critical and public acclaim with GamesRadar+ giving it a massive 4.5 out of 5.
Dan Dawkins, Editor-In-Chief of GamesRadar+, says, “Dark Souls 3 is the very deserving winner of Ultimate Game Of The Year. On the surface, the series is most well-known for its difficulty, but it’s the impeccable combat, ingenious design and subtly-integrated, dense, lore that binds the game to our affections. Dark Souls 3 is unashamed in the demands it makes of the player, yet rigidly fair: weaving a dense, rewarding story, uniquely crafted for the medium.”
Overwatch, the multi-player first person shooter from Blizzard Entertainment picked up the most awards of the evening for Best Original Game in association with The Sun, Best Multiplayer Game in association with PC Gamer Weekender, PC Game of the Year in association with PC Gamer, Competitive Game of the Year in association with PC Gamer Pro and Best Gaming Moment in association with Absolute Radio for the Play of the game.
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine, the expansion pack of 2015’s Ultimate Game of the Year, Witcher 3: WIld Hunt, picked up three awards for Best Storytelling, Best Visual Design and Doug Cockle, the voice Geralt of Rivia, the game’s lead character, won Best Gaming Performance. CD Projekt Red, the production company behind the game won Studio of the Year in association with Edge.
Global phenomenon Pokémon GO was the other multi award winner. Bringing a new dimension to mobile gaming in the summer this year, it picked up Innovation of the Year and Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year in association with Digital Spy.
Lifetime Achievement Award was this year bestowed to Eiji Aonuma, the man behind one of the world’s best loved gaming series Golden Joystick Awards On receiving the award, Eiji said – “I am glad, honoured and really humbled to be awarded the Golden Joysticks 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. I say I’m humbled because when I heard about this award, I had to ask myself… “am I qualified to be accepting this myself as an individual, when the award belongs more to The Legend of Zelda Series?” With this understanding I accept the award with pleasure on behalf of more that 1,000 creators, artists, engineers and composers who have worked on the series for more than 30 years.”
Lara Croft® was honoured with being entered into the Golden Joystick Awards Hall Of Fame. 2016 is the 20th anniversary of TOMB RAIDER, the game that catapulted Lara Croft to the iconic figure that she is today. One of the most instantly recognisable characters in gaming and film history, this honour is reserved only for the true behemoths in the world of gaming, and it is hard to argue that there is anyone bigger than Lara Croft!
Elsewhere in proceedings, 2015’s Most Wanted Game winner Fallout 4 picked up Best Audio in association with DTS, Best Indie Game in association with Kotaku UK went to first person adventure game Firewatch. Sean Plott, AKA Day(9), the eSports commentator was voted Gaming Personality of the Year in association with Guiness World Records, Competitive Play of the Year in association with PC Gamer Pro went to Coldzera’s jumping AWP quad kill at MLG Columbus, YouTube’s – Upcoming Personality of the Year was won by Jesse Cox. The Breakthrough Award went to Eric Barone’s open ended farm building RPG Stardew Valley, the Most Wanted Game in association with Green Man Gaming went to Mass Effect Andromeda, which is set for release in March 2017. A plethora of critics argued it out and selected Titanfall 2 for the Critics Choice Award and Steam was once again Best Gaming Platform.
In the individual console categories The Legend of Zelda:Twilight Princess HD won Nintendo Game of the Year in association with Gamesmaster, Playstation Game of the Year in association with OPM was picked up Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Xbox Game of the Year in association with OXM was Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Daniel Dawkins, says, “Overwatch is, arguably, 2016’s biggest breakout console hit and verges on a cultural phenomenon. Mechanically, it’s superb, but it’s the vibrant characters that have built an ultra-engaged community – and it’s this human affection that has powered Blizzard Entertainment’s game to five Golden Joystick Awards. Pokemon Go was *inarguably* a cultural phenomenon – and a deserved winner – plus it’s great to see Firewatch pick up Best Indie Game: a genuinely mature game, tackling complex human issues, but never preachy… with no guns in sight. As for Critics’ Choice winner, Titanfall 2: wow. That’s how you build a single-player campaign”.
This years awards were hosted by James Veitch.
The winners are…
Best Original Game in association with The Sun – Overwatch
Best Storytelling – The Witcher 3:Blood and Wine
Best Visual Design – The Witcher 3:Blood and Wine
Best Audio in association with DTS – Fallout 4
Best Indie Game in association with Kotaku UK – Firewatch
Gaming Personality of the Year in association with Guiness World Records – Sean Plott (Day (9))
Best Multiplayer Game in association with PC Gamer Weekender – Overwatch
Competitive Play of the Year in association with PC Gamer Pro – Coldzera’s jumping AWP quad kill at MLG Columbus
Best Gaming Moment in association with Absolute Radio – Play of the game in Overwatch
YouTube – Upcoming Personality of the Year – Jesse Cox
Studio of the Year in association with Edge – CD Projekt Red
Innovation of the Year – Pokémon GO
Lifetime Achievement Award – Eiji Aonuma
Best Gaming Platform – Steam
Best Gaming Performance – Doug Cockle
Competitive Game of the Year in association with PC Gamer Pro – Overwatch
Nintendo Game of the Year in association with Gamesmaster – The Legend of Zelda:Twilight Princess HD
Playstation Game of the Year in association with OPM – Uncharted 4:A Thief’s End
Xbox Game of the Year in association with OXM – Rise of the Tomb Raider
PC Game of the Year in association with PC Gamer – Overwatch
Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year in association with Digital Spy – Pokémon GO
Breakthrough Award – Eric Barone – Stardew Valley
Hall of Fame – Lara Croft
Critics Choice Award – Titanfall 2
Most Wanted Game in association with Green Man Gaming – Mass Effect Andromeda
Ultimate Game of the Year in association with GamesRadar+ – Dark Souls 3
The Golden Joystick Awards is proud to work in partnership with Bandai Namco, Green Man Gaming, DTS, Wargaming, Sony Playstation and Guinness World Records, and media partners The Sun, Digital Spy and Absolute Radio.