Golden Joystick Awards 2021 Winners

The Golden Joystick Awards 2021 winners were announced in a ceremony held on November 23.

BEST STORYTELLING

  • Life is Strange: True Colors

BEST MULTIPLAYER GAME

  • It Takes Two

BEST AUDIO

  • Resident Evil: Village

BEST VISUAL DESIGN

  • Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart

BEST GAME EXPANSION

  • Ghost of Tsushima: Iki Island Expansion

MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR

  • League of Legends: Wild Rift

BEST GAMING HARDWARE

  • PS5

BEST INDIE GAME

  • Death’s Door

STUDIO OF THE YEAR

  • Capcom

BEST PERFORMER

  • Maggie Robertson (Lady Dimitrescu)

BREAKTHROUGH AWARD

  • Housemarque

BEST GAME COMMUNITY

  • Final Fantasy 14

STILL PLAYING AWARD

  • Final Fantasy 14

PC GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Hitman 3

NINTENDO GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Metroid Dread

XBOX GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Psychonauts 2

PLAYSTATION GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Resident Evil Village

MOST WANTED GAME

  • Elden Ring

CRITICS CHOICE AWARD

  • Deathloop

ULTIMATE GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Resident Evil Village

ULTIMATE HARDWARE OF ALL TIME

  • PC

ULTIMATE GAME OF ALL TIME

  • Dark Souls

MORE ABOUT THE ULTIMATE GAME OF ALL TIME. The shortlist for GamesRadar+’s Ultimate Game of All Time category began by deciding how to narrow the 1.1 million or so games released in the last 50 years into a voting shortlist of 20 titles. A longlist of several hundred titles was compiled from existing best of all time lists produced for Edge Magazine and Retro Gamer magazine, plus the addition of every Ultimate Game of the Year winner from the Golden Joystick Awards (established 1983). The longlist was then sifted by a panel of industry judges who created the shortlist of 20 that was put up for public voting.  

The shortlisted games were: 

  • Dark Souls (Winner)
  • Doom (1993)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Half-Life 2
  • Minecraft
  • Street Fighter II
  • Tetris
  • The Last of Us
  • Super Mario 64
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Halo: Combat Evolved
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Portal
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Pac Man
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Space Invaders
  • Sim City (1989)
  • Pokémon GO

Golden Joystick Awards 2021 Nominees

The Golden Joystick Awards 2021 nominations are in and gamers can now vote for their favorite games of 2021. Click here to cast your ballot. Voting will be open until Friday November 5, and the winners will be revealed in the online broadcast November 23.

Wildermyth and Psychonauts 2 lead the shortlist with four nominations each.

However, the ballot is not necessarily locked in. GamesRadar+ says to be eligible for nomination, a game must have been released between Nov 20, 2020 (when last year’s Ultimate Game of the Year vote closed) and October 19, but “in exceptional cases, upcoming games that are due be released during the Golden Joystick Awards’ voting window, from Tuesday October 19 to Friday November 5, will be considered by our judges for addition to the voting shortlists after they have been released, reviewed and debated.” Games released after public voting closes on November 5, but before the show is broadcast on November 23, will be eligible for their Critics’ Choice award, selected by a panel of judges.

Best Storytelling

  • Life is Strange: True Colours
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Wildermyth
  • 12 Minutes
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
  • Tales of Arise

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Deathloop
  • It Takes Two
  • Chivalry 2
  • Back 4 Blood
  • Valheim
  • NARAKA: BLADEPOINT

Best Visual Design

  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Psychonauts 2
  • The Artful Escape
  • Little Nightmares 2
  • Hitman 3
  • Genesis Noir

Best Indie Game

  • Death’s Door
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale
  • Old World
  • Wildermyth
  • Bonfire Peaks
  • Sable

Studio of the Year

  • Io Interactive
  • Arkane
  • Housemarque
  • Double Fine
  • Capcom
  • Draknek & Friends

Best Game Expansion

  • Ghost of Tsushima: Iki Island
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Episode Intermission
  • The Outer Worlds: Murder on Eridanos
  • Sims 4: Cottage Living
  • Super Mario: Bowser’s Fury
  • DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods Part 2

Mobile Game of the Year

  • Clap Hanz Golf
  • Fantasian
  • Overboard!
  • Alba: A Wildlife Adventure
  • Cozy Grove
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift

Best Audio

  • Returnal
  • Jett: The Far Shore
  • Sable
  • Little Nightmares 2
  • Resident Evil Village
  • The Artful Escape

Best Performer

  • Jason Kelley – Colt Vahn, Deathloop
  • Erika Mori – Alex Chen, LiS: True Colors
  • Maggie Robertson, Lady Dimitrescu, Resident Evil Village
  • Ozioma Akagha – Julianna Blake, Deathloop
  • Jennifer Hale – Rivet, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
  • Elijah Wood – Gristol/Nick the Post Guy, Pschonauts 2

Best Game Community

  • Final Fantasy 14
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Dreams
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Destiny 2
  • Magic: The Gathering Arena

PC Game of the Year

  • Wildermyth
  • Chivalry 2
  • Old World
  • Hitman 3
  • Pathfinder
  • The Forgotten City

PlayStation Game of the Year

  • Returnal
  • Deathloop
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil: Village
  • Death Stranding Director’s Cut
  • Kena: Bridge Of Spirits

Nintendo Game of the Year

  • New Pokemon Snap
  • Neo: The World Ends with You
  • Monster Hunter Rise
  • Bravely Default 2
  • WarioWare: Get It Together
  • Metroid Dread

Xbox Game of the Year

  • Lost Judgment
  • The Ascent
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • The Artful Escape
  • 12 Minutes

Best Gaming Hardware

  • PS5
  • Xbox Series X
  • Xbox Series S
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • Nintendo Switch OLED
  • WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD

Still Playing Award

  • Apex Legends
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Final Fantasy 14
  • Destiny 2
  • GTA Online
  • Genshin Impact
  • Fortnite
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Rocket League
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Most Wanted Game

  • God of War: Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Halo Infinite
  • Marvel’s Midnight Suns
  • GTA V: Enhanced Edition
  • Skate 4
  • Elden Ring
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2
  • Pokemon Legends: Arceus
  • Starfield
  • Gotham Knights

Ultimate Game of the Year

  • Deathloop
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Wildermyth
  • Hitman 3
  • The Forgotten City
  • It Takes Two
  • Metroid Dread
  • Mass Effect Legendary Edition

This year’s nominees were decided by a judging panel from Future gaming brands including GamesRadar+, PC Gamer, Edge Magazine, Retro Gamer, Play Magazine, and the Future Games Show.

Golden Joystick Awards 2020

The Golden Joystick Awards 2020 winners were announced in an online video ceremony on November 24.

Given since 1983 for the very best computer and video games of the year, the awards are significant because they’re mainly voted for by the public.

Best Audio

  • The Last of Us: Part II

Best Game Community

  • Minecraft

Best Family Game

  • Fall Guys

Best Game Expansion

  • No Man’s Sky: Origins

Best Gaming Hardware

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080

Best Indie Game

  • Hades

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Fall Guys

Best Storytelling

  • The Last of Us Part II

Best Visual Design

  • The Last of Us Part II

Esports Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Mobile Game of the Year

  • Lego Builder’s Journey

Nintendo Game of the Year

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons

PC Game of the Year

  • Death Stranding

PlayStation Game of the Year

  • The Last of Us Part II

Xbox Game of the Year

  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Still Playing

  • Minecraft

Studio of the Year

  • Naughty Dog

Most Wanted

  • God of War: Ragnarok

Ultimate Game of the Year [chosen by public vote]

  • The Last of Us: Part II

Critics Choice

  • Hades

Hall of Fame

  • Team 17 / Worms

Breakthrough Award

  • Among Us

Best Performer

  • Sandra Saad

Best New Streamer / Broadcaster

  • IAMBRANDON

Golden Joystick Awards
2020 Nominations

The Golden Joystick Awards 2020 nominations are in and GamesRadar+  has opened online voting. Cast a vote here.

Given since 1983 for the very best computer and video games of the year, are significant because they’re mainly voted for by the public. Last year more than 3.5 million votes wee counted in.

Best Audio

  • The Last of Us: Part II
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Paradise Killer
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Streets Of Rage 4
  • Resident Evil 3

Best Game Community **NEW FOR 2020**

  • Fall Guys
  • Minecraft
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Dreams
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Warframe
  • Fortnite
  • Final Fantasy XIV

Best Family Game **NEW FOR 2020**

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Fall Guys
  • Pokemon Sword & Shield
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King
  • Moving Out
  • Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics
  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Best Game Expansion

  • Control: AWE
  • No Man’s Sky: Origins
  • Total War: WARHAMMER 2 – The Warden and the Paunch
  • Pokemon Sword & Shield – Expansion Pass
  • Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.3 – Reflections in Crystal
  • The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu
  • Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath
  • The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon

Best Gaming Hardware

  • PC Engine Mini
  • Oculus Quest 2
  • Razer Kishi mobile pad for xCloud
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • TCA Sidestick Airbus Edition
  • Vulcan 120 Aimo Keyboard
  • Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2

Best Indie Game

  • Kentucky Route Zero
  • Factorio
  • Spelunky 2
  • Paradise Killer
  • Creaks
  • Hades
  • Lair of the Clockwork God
  • Necrobarista

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Fall Guys
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
  • The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope
  • Moving Out
  • Valorant

Best Storytelling

  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition
  • Necrobarista
  • Paradise Killer
  • Hades
  • Signs of the Sojourner
  • If Found…

Best Visual Design

  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Hades
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Spiritfarer
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake

Esports Game of the Year

  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • League Of Legends
  • Valorant
  • Fortnite
  • NTT IndyCar Series iRacing
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • FIFA 20
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Mobile Game of the Year

  • Game of Thrones: Tale of Crows
  • Lego Builder’s Journey
  • Little Orpheus
  • Next Stop Nowhere
  • Roundguard
  • Bird Alone
  • A Monster’s Expedition
  • If Found…

Nintendo Game of the Year

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Pokemon Sword & Shield
  • Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training for Nintendo Switch
  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King
  • Super Mario Bros. 35
  • Ninjala
  • Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics

PC Game of the Year

  • Paradise Killer
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator
  • Hades
  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
  • Crusader Kings III
  • Valorant
  • Half-Life: Alyx
  • Death Stranding

PlayStation Game of the Year

  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Nioh 2
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Marvel’s Iron Man VR
  • Spelunky 2
  • Dreams
  • Fall Guys

Xbox Game of the Year

  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Wasteland 3
  • Yakuza 0
  • Tell Me Why

Still Playing

  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Fortnite
  • Apex Legends
  • Pokemon Go
  • Grand Theft Auto Online
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Minecraft

Studio of the Year

  • Mediatonic
  • Naughty Dog
  • Respawn
  • Paradox Development Studio
  • Sucker Punch
  • Infinity Ward
  • Media Molecule
  • Supergiant Games

Most Wanted

  • Hitman 3
  • Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart
  • Halo Infinite
  • Resident Evil 8: Village
  • Deathloop
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Kerbal Space Program 2
  • Elden Ring
  • Gotham Knights
  • God of War: Ragnarok
  • Starfield
  • The Medium

In addition to the categories above, the awards administrators will put Ultimate Game of the Year to a public vote in the last two weeks of voting. They will also be adding the Best New Streamer / Broadcaster later.

Awards will also be given for several “critically-chosen” categories, including Lifetime Achievement (last year’s winner was Sega’s Yu Suzuki), Best Performance, Breakthrough Award, and Outstanding Achievement.

Golden Joystick Awards 2019

The 37th Golden Joystick Awards were presented at a ceremony in London on November 15.

The awards, given since 1983 for the very best computer and video games of the year, are significant because they’re mainly voted for by the public. More than 3.5 million votes came in for 19 of the 24 categories.

Best Storytelling

  • Days Gone

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Apex Legends

Still Playing Award

  • Minecraft

Best Visual Design

  • Devil May Cry 5

Best Indie Game

  • Outer Wilds

Esports Game of the Year

  • Fortnite

Best Audio

  • Resident Evil 2

Best Game Expansion

  • GTA Online – Diamond Casino Update

Best VR/AR Game

  • Beat Saber

Best Gaming Hardware

  • Nvidia 20-series Super graphics cards

Best Performer

  • Logan Marshall-Green

Studio of the Year

  • Epic Games

Best New Streamer/Broadcaster

  • Ewok

Breakthrough Award

  • House House

Mobile Game of the Year

  • BTS World

Outstanding Contribution

  • Life is Strange

PC Game of the Year

  • World of Warcraft Classic

PlayStation Game of the Year

  • Days Gone

Xbox Game of the Year

  • Gears 5

Nintendo Game of the Year

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Most Wanted Game

  • Cyberpunk 2077

Critics Choice Award

  • Control

Lifetime Achievement

  • Yu Suzuki

Ultimate Game of the Year

  • Resident Evil 2

[Thanks to Mike Kennedy for the story.]