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33rd Golden Joystick Awards Recap

October 30, 2015 / 2:46 PM

By: Matthew Gibson

The gaming industry is growing with each passing second, and can stand with other forms of entertainment that have been here much longer, namely films and music. It should come as no surprise that there are a ton of award ceremonies. The Golden Joystick Awards is one of them, based in the UK, and has the public vote on which games should receive certain awards. For its 33rd year, the public had a choice of 21 categories, ranging from best Indie title, to best gaming Personality, to the penultimate prize of Ultimate Game of the Year.

Being a Nintendo fan, I was naturally quite sad to see that the company only picked up two prizes (Family and Nintendo game), both for Splatoon. They were nominated for 7 awards (other than their own category), and Chandra Nair, who used to be the Editor in Chief at the start and towards the end of Official Nintendo Magazine, gave some amusing speeches when he did come up. But every award if fair game when it is up to the public.

Onto the big games, The Witcher 3 and Grand Theft Auto 5/GTA Online were big winners tonight, grabbing 5 and 3 Golden Joysticks respectively. Bloodborne and Ori and the Blind Forest both snabbed two awards, whilst Life is Strange and Her Story got the awards for Best Performance and the Breakthrough award respectively. Steam was dubbed the best gaming platform, and PewDiePie (unsurprisingly) was the gaming personality of the year. You can read through every award, with nominees and the winner highlighted in bold.

Best Original Game
Bloodborne
Kerbal Space Programme
Life is Strange
This War of Mine
Ori and the Blind Forest
Splatoon
Invisible Inc
Sunset Overdrive
Talos Principle
Her Story

Best Storytelling
Pillars of Eternity
Sunless Sea
Life is Strange
Her Story
Far Cry 4
Game of Thrones
Dragon Age: Inquisition
The Talos Principle
Bloodborne
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Batman Arkham Knight

Best Visual Design
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Vanishing of Ethan Carter
Ori and the Blind Forest
Bloodborne
The Order: 1886
Sunset Overdrive
Assassin’s Creed Unity
Splatoon
Batman Arkham Knight
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Alien Isolation
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

Best Audio
Elite Dangerous
Ori and the Blind Forest
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Batman Arkham Knight
Battlefield Hardline
Bloodborne
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Titan Souls
Dying Light
Life is Strange
Alien Isolation

Best Multiplayer Game
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
GTA Online
Destiny: House of Wolves
Splatoon
Mortal Kombat X
Kalimba
Bloodborne
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
PES 2015
FIFA 2015
Heroes of the Storm

Best Indie Game
Axiom Verge
Affordable Space Adventures
Volume
Everyone’s Gone to the Rapture
Kerbal Space Programme
Crypt of the Necrodancer
Her Story
Invisible, Inc
Chaos Reborn
OlliOlli 2

Family Game
Splatoon
Yoshi’s Woolly World
Lego Jurassic World
Lego Dimensions
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse
Disney Infinity 3.0
Minecraft
Kingdom Hearts 2.5
Skylanders Trap Team
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

Best Gaming Moment
Dying Light: Making it across the bridge
Final Fantasy XV: The summon
Bloodborne: Amygdala and the Nightmare Frontier
Dragon Age: Inquisition: Meeting yourself from a previous game
Far Cry 4: Riding an elephant to war
Elite Dangerous: Hyperspace
Batman Arkham Knight: The ‘return’ of the Joker
Tales from the Borderlands: The death derby
Life is Strange: Saving Kate
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: The Bloody Baron quest

Gaming Personality of the Year
Shaun Plott
Austin Creed (Up, Up, Down, Down)
PewDiePie
MasterOV and MasterChar
StampyLongHead
NerdCubed
Spencer FC
The Miller Report
Ashley Mariee Gaming
Greg Miller

eSports Icon
Dota 2: Syed ‘SumaiL’ Sumail Hassan
Smite: Brett ‘MlcSt3alth’ Felley
Hearthstone: Sebastien ‘Forsen’ Fors
Hearthstone: Andrey ‘Reynad’ Yanuk
CounterStrike GO: Anders Blume

Studio of the Year
Bungie
The Creative Assembly
From Software
Rocksteady
Housemarque
Klei
CD Projekt RED
Frontier
Blizzard
Kojima Productions

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

Gaming Platform of the Year
PlayStation4
Xbox One
Wii U
New Nintendo 3DS
Steam
iOS
Android

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

PlayStation Game of the Year
Bloodborne
LittleBigPlanet 3
DriveClub
Tearaway Unfolded
Until Dawn
God Of War 3: Remastered
The Order: 1886
Helldivers
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Xbox Game of the Year
Kalimba
Sunset Overdrive
State of Decay: Year One Survival
Ori and the Blind Forest
Forza Horizon 2
#IDARB
Halo: Master Chief Collection
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Rare Replay

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

PC Game of the Year
Cities: Skylines
Elite Dangerous
Pillars of Eternity
Kerbal Space Programme
Endless Legend
GTA 5
The Talos Principle
Heroes Of The Storm
Invisible Inc.
Her Story
Alien Isolation

Breakthrough of the Year (Non-Public)
Sam Barlow for Her Story

Critic’s Choice (Non-Public)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Most Wanted Game in association with The Sun
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Ghost Recon Wildlands
Total War Warhammer
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Final Fantasy XV
Halo 5: Guardians
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Street Fighter V
Uncharted 4
New Zelda
Star Wars Battlefront
Mass Effect Andromeda
Fallout 4
The Last Guardian
Dark Souls 3

Ultimate Game of the Year
Batman: Arkham Knight
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Destiny
Bloodborne
Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate
Life Is Strange
Ori and the Blind Forest
Kerbal Space Programme
PES 2016
Her Story
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Whilst it was sadly not during the show, the late Satoru Iwata was given the Lifetime Achievement award, and anybody who’s anybody should know why. Even though he started out as a simple programmer for HAL back in the 80s, he would go on to work on and help with some of the biggest names in gaming, including Kirby and Super Smash Bros.. After becoming President in 2002, Mr. Iwata pushed forward the Nintendo DS and the Wii, both of which would go on to sell hundreds of millions, in addition to changing the industry by bringing in a lot of people into the hobby that we all cherish so much. And personally, I believe that this was the most deserving award, if that makes sense.

Regardless, let us see what you thought of the awards in the comments! What did you think deserved it? Was there any game undeserving? Tell us your thoughts!

About the author /


Like many other game writers, Matthew was brought into the gaming world from a young age. He aspires to be a games journalist in the future. Oh, and he's from the UK, so there's that. He also does Nintendo Podcast System, just in case there isn't enough Nintendo on this site.

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