The Golden Joystick Awards Presented With OMEN By HP Shortlist Announced & Public Vote Now Live
The World’s Largest Public Voted Gaming Awards To Be Held in London On 17 Nov 2017
September 21, London, UK: The 35th Golden Joystick Awards presented with OMEN by HP today announced the full awards shortlist¹ and opened voting to the public. The shortlist and voting page can be viewed now at goldenjoysticks.com. Every person who votes will receive a free videogames e-bookazine² worth up to £15.99 after they vote.
The Golden Joystick Awards presented with OMEN by HP feature over 20 award categories voted for by the general public, as well as a selection of Critic’s Choice Awards. Over 120 different games have been shortlisted this year across categories including ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’, ‘Most Wanted’, ‘Breakthrough Award’, ‘Best Indie Game’ as well as individual categories for ‘PlayStation Game of the Year’, ‘Xbox Game of the Year’, ‘Nintendo Game of the Year’, ‘Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year’, ‘PC Game of the Year’ and more.
The 35th Golden Joystick Awards presented with OMEN by HP also introduces four new voted awards to reflect the changing nature of the industry and allow gamers’ to reward their favourite games, communities and personalities. These are ‘Best VR Game’, ‘eSports Team of the Year’, ‘Best Streamer / Broadcaster’ and the ‘Still Playing Award’, which celebrates games that have us playing all year-round, even if they were released outside the voting window. We are delighted to introduce another non-voted award, ‘Outstanding Contribution’ to the UK Games Industry, awarded to an individual by our judging panel.
Dan Dawkins, Global Editor-In-Chief, GamesRadar+ said:
“The number of different games shortlisted, over 120 in total, from over 65 different publishers and developers, reflects the fantastic variety of titles released this year across all the different platforms. Groundbreaking games bursting with originality and flair can be found in all the categories from indie games through to huge triple A franchises.”
“The ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’ category alone features indie title ‘What Remains of Edith Finch’, mobile game ‘Monument Valley 2’, Nintendo games ‘Super Mario Odyssey’ and ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’, PlayStation games ‘Horizon: Zero Dawn’ and Persona 5, VR game ‘Resident Evil 7’, multi-format blockbusters ‘Destiny 2’, ‘Assassin’s Creed Origins’ and ‘Dishonored 2’ and PC multiplayer game ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’.”
Topping the ‘most nominated’ list this year is role-playing game ‘Persona 5’ and Sony blockbuster ‘Horizon: Zero Dawn’, which both receive five nominations. Supergiant’s party-based RPG ‘Pyre’, Nintendo’s ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ and Fullbright’s ‘Tacoma’ are next up with four nominations each.
The Golden Joystick Awards presented with OMEN by HP will be hosted by comedian Danny Wallace on November 17th at London’s Bloomsbury Big Top and will be live streamed on the night. Voting closes on November 3rd so get voting for your favourites now!
Picture credits: Dark Souls III winning Game of the Year 2016 (Left), Danny Wallace at the awards in 2015 (right)
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¹Please find below three of the shortlisted categories, for the full list of shortlisted games and to vote visit goldenjoysticks.com.
Ultimate Game of the Year Shortlist
Assassin’s Creed Origins – Ubisoft
Destiny 2 – Bungie
Dishonored 2 – Arkane Studios
Horizon: Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games
Monument Valley 2 – Ustwo Games
Persona 5 – Atlus
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – Bluehole Studio Inc.
Resident Evil 7 – Capcom
Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo EPD
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo EPD
What Remains of Edith Finch – Giant Sparrow
Indie Game of the Year Shortlist
Dream Daddy – Game Grumps
Everything – David OReilly
Friday the 13th: The Game – IllFonic
Night in the Woods – Infinite Fall
Pyre – Supergiant Games
Slime Rancher – Monomi Park
Stories Untold – No Code
Tacoma – Fullbright
Thimbleweed Park – Terrible Toybox
What Remains of Edith Finch – Giant Sparrow
eSports Game of the Year Shortlist
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Infinity Ward
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – Valve
Dota 2 – Valve
FIFA 17 – Electronic Arts
League of Legends – Riot Games
Overwatch – Blizzard
Rainbow Six: Siege – Ubisoft
Rocket League – Psyonix
Smite – Hi-Rez Studios
StarCraft II – Blizzard
²Each individual voter can choose from the following Future published e-bookazines (one e-bookazine per person): Edge Special: The 100 Greatest Videogames, The PlayStation Book (2nd Edition), The Best PC Games Ever, Nintendo Switch, Ultimate Guide to Minecraft vol 20, Retro Gamer Book of Arcade Classics 2nd Edition.