Vote for the Golden Joystick Awards 2015!

Closing at midnight on 16 October, you can vote at, and each voter will receive a copy of BioShock Infinite for PC from Green Man Gaming (GMG)*.

With 21 categories to vote in, the past 12 months has produced an incredible array of games, meaning the voting of this year’s Golden Joystick Awards will almost certainly come down to the last hours of voting. We have analysed just a few of the categories, with our insider tips below.

The Ultimate Game of the Year includes 13 outstanding releases from the past 12 months. Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Batman: Arkham Knight and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain to name just three. Voting in this category is exceptionally close.

Insider tip – It looks as though votes in this category are being widely split.

Ultimate Game of the Year

  1. Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner)
  2. Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA)
  3. Destiny (Activision)
  4. Bloodborne (Sony)
  5. Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Namco Bandai)
  6. Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate (Capcom)
  7. Life Is Strange (Square)
  8. Ori and the Blind Forest (Microsoft)
  9. Kerbal Space Program (Squad / Steam)
  10. PES 2016 (Konami)
  11. Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  12. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision)
  13. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami)

The Most Wanted Game category is all about those games not yet released. A 15 game category, it has some of the biggest gaming franchises of all time, as well as Star Wars Battlefront, which will almost certainly excite the masses with the new film set to smash box office records.

Insider tip – There are four clear frontrunners

Most Wanted Game in association with The Sun

  1. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Square)
  2. Ghost Recon Wildlands (Ubisoft)
  3. Total War Warhammer (Sega)
  4. Horizon: Zero Dawn (Sony)
  5. Final Fantasy XV (Square)
  6. Halo 5: Guardians (Microsoft)
  7. Rise of the Tomb Raider (Microsoft)
  8. Street Fighter V (Capcom)
  9. Uncharted 4 (Sony)
  10. New Zelda (Nintendo)
  11. Star Wars Battlefront (EA)
  12. Mass Effect Andromeda (EA)
  13. Fallout 4 (Bethesda)
  14. The Last Guardian (Sony)
  15. Dark Souls 3 (Namco Bandai)

The Best Indie Game category has got stronger and stronger since it’s inception at the Golden Joystick Awards. These incredible and innovative games have made this one of the overall most competitive categories.

Insider tip – From the ten nominated games, at least seven could still take the gong

Best Indie Game

  1. Axiom Verge
  2. Affordable Space Adventures
  3. Volume
  4. Everyone’s Gone to the Rapture
  5. Kerbal Space Program
  6. Crypt Of The Necrodancer
  7. Her Story
  8. Invisible, Inc
  9. Chaos Reborn
  10. OlliOlli 2

Taking place on the afternoon of Friday 30 October 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 2014 an incredible nine million people cast their votes.

The 21 public voted categories are:

Best Original Game
1) Bloodborne (Sony)
2) Kerbal Space Program (Squad / Steam)
3) Life is Strange (Square)
4) This War of Mine (11 bit Studios)
5) Ori and the Blind Forest (Microsoft)
6) Splatoon (Nintendo)
7) Invisible Inc (Klei Entertainment)
8) Sunset Overdrive (Microsoft)
9) Talos Principle (Devolver Digital)
10) Her Story (Sam Barlow)

Best Storytelling
1) Pillars of Eternity (Obsidian / Paradox)
2) Sunless Sea (Failbetter Games)
3) Life Is Strange (Square)
4) Her Story (Sam Barlow)
5) Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft)
6) Game of Thrones (Telltale)
7) Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA)
8) The Talos Principle (Devolver Digital)
9) Bloodborne (Sony)
10) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Namco Bandai)
11) Batman Arkham Knight (Warner)

Best Visual Design
1) Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA)
2) Vanishing of Ethan Carter (People Can Fly)
3) Ori and the Blind Forest (Microsoft)
4) Bloodborne (Sony)
5) The Order: 1886 (Sony)
6) Sunset Overdrive (Microsoft)
7) Assassin’s Creed Unity (Ubisoft)
8) Splatoon (Nintendo)
9) Batman Arkham Knight (Warner)
10) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Namco Bandai)
11) Alien Isolation (Sega)
12) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami)

Best Audio in association with DTS
1) Elite Dangerous (Frontier)
2) Ori and the Blind Forest (Microsoft)
3) Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (Devolver Digital)
4) Batman Arkham Knight (Warner)
5) Battlefield Hardline (EA)
6) Bloodborne (Sony)
7) Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA)
8) Titan Souls (Devolver Digital)
9) Dying Light (Warner)
10) Life is Strange (Square)
11) Alien Isolation (Sega)

Best Multiplayer Game
1) Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom)
2) GTA Online (Rockstar)
3) Destiny: House of Wolves (Activision)
4) Splatoon (Nintendo)
5) Mortal Kombat X (Warner)
6) Kalimba (Press Play)
7) Bloodborne (Sony)
8) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision)
9) PES 2015 (Konami)
10) FIFA 2015 (EA)
11) Heroes of the Storm (Blizzard)

Best Indie Game
1) Axiom Verge
2) Affordable Space Adventures
3) Volume
4) Everyone’s Gone to the Rapture
5) Kerbal Space Program
6) Crypt Of The Necrodancer
7) Her Story
8) Invisible, Inc
9) Chaos Reborn
10) OlliOlli 2

Innovation of the Year
1) 3D head tracking for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo)
2) Affordable Space Adventures’ GamePad cockpit
3) First-person mode in GTA 5 (Rockstar)
4) Destiny’s companion app (Activision)
5) FFXV’s demo 2.0 fan feedback update (Square)
6) #IDARB (Microsoft)
7) Project Morpheus London Heist Demo (Sony)

Best Gaming Moment in association with Absolute Radio
1) Making it across the bridge in Dying Light (Warner)
2) The summon in Final Fantasy XV (Square)
3) Amygdala and the Nightmare Frontier in Bloodborne (Sony)
4) Meeting yourself from a previous game in Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA)
5) Riding an elephant to war in Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft)
6) Hyperspace in Elite Dangerous (Frontier)
7) The ‘return’ of the Joker in Batman Arkham Knight (Warner)
8) The death derby in Tales from the Borderlands (2K Games)
9) Saving Kate in Life is Strange (Square)
10) The bloody baron quest in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Namco Bandai)

Most Wanted Game in association with The Sun
1) Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Square)
2) Ghost Recon Wildlands (Ubisoft)
3) Total War Warhammer (Sega)
4) Horizon: Zero Dawn (Sony)
5) Final Fantasy XV (Square)
6) Halo 5: Guardians (Microsoft)
7) Rise of the Tomb Raider (Microsoft)
8) Street Fighter V (Capcom)
9) Uncharted 4 (Sony)
10) New Zelda (Nintendo)
11) Star Wars Battlefront (EA)
12) Mass Effect Andromeda (EA)
13) Fallout 4 (Bethesda)
14) The Last Guardian (Sony)
15) Dark Souls 3 (Namco Bandai)

Gaming Personality of the Year
1) Shaun Plott
2) Austin Creed (Up, Up, Down, Down)
3) PewDiePie
4) MasterOV and MasterChar
5) StampyLongHead
6) NerdCubed
7) Spencer FC
8) The Miller Report
9) Ashley Mariee Gaming
10) Greg Miller

Studio of the Year
1) Bungie
2) The Creative Assembly
3) From Software
4) Rocksteady
5) Housemarque
6) Klei
7) CD Projekt RED
8) Frontier
9) Blizzard
10) Kojima Productions

Gaming Platform of the Year in association with Digital Spy
1) PS4
2) Xbox One
3) Wii U
4) New Nintendo 3DS
5) Steam
6) iOS
7) Android

Ultimate Game of the Year
1) Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner)
2) Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA)
3) Destiny (Activision)
4) Bloodborne (Sony)
5) Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Namco Bandai)
6) Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate (Capcom)
7) Life Is Strange (Square)
8) Ori and the Blind Forest (Microsoft)
9) Kerbal Space Program (Squad / Steam)
10) PES 2016 (Konami)
11) Her Story (Sam Barlow)
12) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision)
13) Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami)

Performance of the Year
1) Ashly Burch as Chloe in Life is Strange
2) Freddie Prinze, Jr. as The Iron Bull
3) Mark Hamill as The Joker in Batman Arkham Knight
4) Molly Stone as Talia Forrester in Game of Thrones
5) Laura Bailey as Fiona in Tales from the Borderlands
6) Troy Baker as Pagan Min in Far Cry 4
7) Viva Seifert in Her Story
8) Patrick Warburton as Vasquez in Tales from the Borderlands
9) Fry and Laurie in Little Big Planet 3

PlayStation Game of the Year
1) Bloodborne
2) LittleBigPlanet 3
3) DriveClub
4) Tearaway Unfolded
5) Until Dawn
6) God Of War 3: Remastered
7) The Order: 1886
8) Helldivers
9) Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture
10) Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Nintendo Game of the Year
1) Splatoon (Nintendo)
2) Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom)
3) The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (Nintendo)
4) Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (Nintendo)
5) Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Nintendo)
6) Yoshi’s Wooly World (Nintendo)

PC Game of the Year
1) Cities: Skylines (Paradox)
2) Elite Dangerous (Frontier)
3) Pillars of Eternity (Obsidian)
4) Kerbal Space Program (Squad / Steam)
5) Endless Legend (Iceberg Interactive)
6) GTA 5 (Rockstar)
7) The Talos Principle (Devolver Digital)
8) Heroes Of The Storm (Blizzard)
9) Invisible Inc (Klei Entertainment)
10) Her Story (Sam Barlow)
11) Alien Isolation (Sega)

Xbox Game of the Year
1) Kalimba
2) Sunset Overdrive
3) State of Decay: Year One Survival
4) Ori and the Blind Forest
5) Forza Horizon 2
7) Halo: Master Chief Collection
8) Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition
9) Rare Replay

eSports Icon in association with Gfinity
1) Dota 2 – Syed ‘SumaiL’ Sumail Hassan
2) Smite – Brett ‘MlcSt3alth’ Felley
3) Hearthstone – Sebastien ‘Forsen’ Fors
4) Hearthstone – Andrey ‘Reynad’ Yanuk
5) CounterStrike GO – Anders Blume

Family Game
1) Splatoon (Nintendo)
2) Yoshi’s Woolly World (Nintendo)
3) Lego Jurassic World (Warner)
4) Lego Dimensions (Warner)
5) Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Nintendo)
6) Disney Infinity 3.0 (Disney)
7) Minecraft (Microsoft)
8) Kingdom Hearts 2.5 (Square)
9) Skylanders Trap Team (Activision)
10) Captain Toad (Nintendo)

Best Handheld / Mobile Game
1) Terra Battle (Mistwalker)
2) Final Fantasy Record Keeper (Square)
3) Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom)
4) Football Manager 2015 Classic (Sega)
5) Lifeline (3 Minute Games)
6) Framed (Loveshack Entertainment)
7) Neko Atsume (Hit-Point)
8) Fallout Shelter (Bethesda)
9) Steins; Gate (Nitroplus)
10) Twenty (Frenchguys)


*To claim BioShock Infinite on PC, you just need to follow these instructions;

  • Vote in the 33rd Golden Joystick Awards
  • Create your GMG / Playfire account through the links provided after voting
  • Link your Steam account on Playfire (if you haven’t already) to receive your exclusive voucher code for BioShock Infinite for £1/$1/€1.
  • Play BioShock Infinite and earn £1/$1/€1 GMG credit back.
  • Receive other great discounts from GMG.