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

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