Voting Open for Golden Joystick Awards 2016 (Full List)

Voting has begun for the Golden Joystick Awards 2016. Alongside the BAFTA Game Awards, GJA are perhaps considered the most valued in the gaming community of publishing and development.

Key nominees this year are Overwatch with nine nominations, No Man’s Sky and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End follow with eight. Although only Overwatch and No Man’s Sky are in the running for Best Original Game.

Although Pokémon Go would seem an obvious choice for Best Handheld Mobile Game, it’s looking like a very quiet year for Nintendo. Not surprising given the difficulties their main platform has suffered during 2016.

Sony on the other hand look set to walk away with a handful of the biggest awards.
The 21 Public Categories and their nominees are:

Best Original Game

Abzu
Firewatch
Furi
Hyper Light Drifter
Inside
No Man’s Sky
Overwatch
Quantum Break
Soma
Tom Clancy’s The Division
The Witness

Best Story Telling

Firewatch
Oxenfree
Quantum Break
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Soma
Tales from the Borderlands
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Zero Time Dilemma

Best Visual Design

Abzu
Battleborn
Brutal
Dark Souls 3
Doom
Firewatch
Furi
Hyper Light Drifter
Inside
Mirrors Edge Catalyst
No Man’s Sky
Overwatch
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Soma
Superhot
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine
The Witness
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Audio

Amplitude
Doom
Fallout 4
Hyper Light Drifter
I Am Setsuna
Inside
No Man’s Sky
Overwatch
Star Wars Battlefront
Thumper
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Best Multiplayer Game

Broforce
Call of Duty Black Ops 3
Dark Souls 3
FIFA 17
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns
Halo 5: Guardians
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Overwatch
PES 2017
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Star Wars Battlefront
Street Fighter 5
Tom Clancy’s The Division
World of Warships
Worms W.M.D

Best Indie Game

Banner Saga 2
Firewatch
Furi
Hyper Light Drifter
Inside
No Man’s Sky
Oxenfree
Pony Island
Starbound
Stardew Valley
Superhot
The Witness
Undertale

Innovation of the Year

Guitar Hero Live
HTC Vive
No Man’s Sky
Oculus Rift
Playstation VR
Pokemon Go
Quantum Break

Best Gaming Moment in association with Absolute Radio

Climbing the tallest building in Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
Flying the Falcon in Star Wars Battlefront
Play of the game in Overwatch
Returning to Anor Londo in Dark Souls 3
The Brotherhood Of Steel arriving in Fallout 4
The Car Chase in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
The ending of Inside
Unleashing the BFG 9000 in Doom
Unlocking the secret of Psalm 46 in The Witness

Most Wanted Game in association with green man gaming

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3
Days Gone
God of War
Horizon Zero Dawn
Mass Effect Andromeda
Resident Evil 7
Scalebound
Sea of Thieves
Shenmue 3
Spider-Man
Star Citizen
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

YouTube Personality of the Year in association with Guinness World Records

CapgunTom
Jesse Cox
Amy Lee
TWOSYNC
Samgladiator
Ashley Mariee
Blitzwinger
JMX
Spencer FC
Mr Woofless
Matt HD Gamer

Studio of the Year

343 Industries
Bethesda Game Studios
Blizzard
CD Projekt RED
Creative Assembly
Firaxis
FromSoftware
Hello Games
id software
Naughty Dog
Niantic

Gaming Platform of the Year

3DS
Apple IOS
Google Play
PS4
Steam
Xbox One

Game of the Year

Dark Souls 3
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Doom
Fallout 4
Halo 5
Hitman
Inside
No Man’s Sky
Overwatch
PES 2017
Pokemon Go
Rise of the Tomb Raider
The Witness
Total War: Warhammer
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
XCOM 2

Performance of the Year

Doug Cockle
Camilla Luddington
Cissy Jones
Elias Toufexis
Nolan North
Rich Sommer
Shawn Ashmore
Victoria Atkin

Playstation Game of the Year

Abzu
Amplitude
Firewatch
Gravity Rush Remastered
I Am Setsuna
No Man’s Sky
Ratchet & Clank
Salt And Sanctuary
Severed
Street Fighter 5
The Last Guardian
The Witness
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Yakuza 5

Nintendo Game of the Year

Fire Emblem Fates
Kirby: Planet Robobot
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes
Monster Hunter Generations
Pokken Tournament
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Yo-kai Watch
The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

PC Game of the Year

Sid Meier’s Civilization 6
Doom
Master of Orion: Conquer The Stars
Overwatch
Stardew Valley
Stellaris
Total War: Warhammer
Undertale
World of Warships
XCOM 2

Xbox Game of the Year

Ark: Survival Evolved
Elite: Dangerous
Forza Horizon 3
Forza Motorsport 6
Halo 5: Guardians
Inside
Killer Instinct Season 3
Quantum Break
ReCore
Rise of the Tomb Raider

Competitive Game of the Year

Call of Duty Black Ops 3
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Dota 2
FIFA 17
Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft
Heroes of the Storm
Killer Instinct Season 3
League of Legends
Overwatch
Smite
Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void
Street Fighter 5

Competitive Play of the Year

Coldzera’s jumping AWP quad kill at MLG Columbus
s1mple’s double AWP noscope at ESL One Cologne
Huni quad kill at the 2015 World Championships
w33′s Sunstrike, Echo Stomp cancel and Tornado snipe
Suma1l’s clutch Sacred Arrow at The International 2016
Justin Wong’s comeback against Flocker at EVO 2016
LI Joe’s V Trigger dodge at EVO 2016
Daigo’s ‘magic pixel’ comeback at the Capcom Cup Final

Best Handheld Mobile Game in association with DigitalSpy

Alphabear
Clash Royale
Downwell
Fire Emblem Fates
Monster Hunter Generations
Peter Panic
Pokemon Go
Severed
The Room 3
Zero Time Dilemma

You can begin voting, here.

Graeme
@FossilArcade

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