Voting opens for 33rd Golden Joystick Awards

The 33rd Golden joystick Awards take place on October 30th, and voting has now opened on this year’s nominees.

This year’s event takes place at the indig02 at London’s O2 Arena and will be hosted by TV presenter Danny Wallace. There are 24 categories in total, 21 of which are open to the public vote.

This year’s most nominated game is Sony’s PS4 exclusive Bloodborne, while the second most nominated will be a surprise to some, although possibly not to those who played it – Sam Barlow’s Her Story. Batman: Arkham Knight claims seven nominations, while Splatoon, Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Witcher 3 claim six.

"This year’s nominations really show the scale and diversity of modern gaming, with a daring, smaller-scale, interactive movie like Her Story competing side-by-side with a mega-budget triple-A blockbuster like Batman Arkham Knight,” Future’s gaming editor-in-chief Dan Dawkins said.

Danny Wallace’s credentials need little introduction, and I’m delighted he’s hosting this year’s awards. In fact, when I started in the industry in 2000 on PSM2 magazine, Danny used to write our ‘Last Laugh’ page, setting up a real-life dating profile for Tekken’s Yoshimitsu."

You can vote here. Here are the public categories in full:

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)

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

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) 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)

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