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!
Watch presenter Danny Wallace’s shortlist announcement video here.