If you feel a little uneasy when it comes to public voting, fear not, this year's Golden Joystick Awards contained no nasty surprises, just a handful of worthy winners. Dark Souls 3, Overwatch and Pokemon Go were a few of the standout titles to receive praise.
2015's Ultimate Game of the Year, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, was once again honoured as its Blood and Wine DLC took the awards for Best Storytelling and Best Visual Design. Doug Cockle won Best Gaming Performance for his work as Geralt of Rivia, and developers CD Projekt Red won Studio of the Year.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Eiji Aonuma, the man behind the much loved The Legend of Zelda series. Despite winning such a prestigious award, Aonuma left his ego at the door, stating:
“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.”
In the individual console categories, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD won Nintendo Game of the Year, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End took PlayStation Game of the Year, and Rise of the Tomb Raider was Xbox Game of the Year.
2016 marks the 20 year anniversary of Tomb Raider. Its iconic star, Lara Croft, was inducted into the Golden Joystick Awards Hall Of Fame.
The full list of winners can be found below.
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 - Pokemon 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 - Pokemon 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
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