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Mace & Crown | January 17, 2018

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Golden Joystick Awards 2017 Recap

Audra Reigle | Technology Editor

 

The 35th Golden Joystick Awards were held on Nov. 17 in London’s Bloomsbury Big Top. The show was hosted by Danny Wallace with a pre-show hosted by Keza MacDonald and Ellie Gibson. Three million votes were cast to determine this year’s winners across 25 categories.

 

Trailers for “CodeVein” and “Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom” by Bandai Namco were shown during the awards. EA also showed a trailer for “Star Wars: Battlefront II.”

 

Three new categories were introduced for this year’s awards. These categories were Best VR Game, the Still Playing award and the Outstanding Contribution to the UK Gaming Industry award.

 

Full List of Winners

Best Storytelling

3rd: “Persona 5”

2nd: “NieR: Automata”

1st: “Horizon Zero Dawn”

 

Best Visual Design

3rd: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”

2nd: “Horizon Zero Dawn”

1st: “Cuphead”

 

Best Audio

3rd: “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice”

2nd: “Persona 5”

1st: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”

 

Best Gaming Performance

3rd: Melina Juergens in “Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice”

2nd: Nathan Fillion in “Destiny 2”

1st: Ashly Burch in “Horizon Zero Dawn”

 

Best Indie Game

3rd: “Dream Daddy”

2nd: “What Remains of Edith Firch”

1st: “Friday the 13th: The Game”

 

Best Multiplayer Game

3rd: “Splatoon 2”

2nd: “Battlefront 1”

1st: “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds”

 

Studio of the Year

3rd: Guerilla Games

2nd: Platinum

1st: Nintendo EPD

 

Best VR Game

3rd: “Star Trek: Bridge Crew”

2nd: “SUPERHOT VR”

1st: “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard”

 

eSports Play of the Year

Agilities in “Overwatch”

 

eSports Team of the Year

3rd: Astralis for “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive”

2nd: Team Liquid for “Dota 2”

1st: Lunatic-Hai for “Overwatch”

 

eSports Game of the Year

3rd: “League of Legends”

2nd: “Rocket League”

1st: “Overwatch”

 

Best Streamer/Broadcaster

3rd: Hannah Rutherford

2nd: Jacksepticeye

1st: Markiplier

 

Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year

3rd: “Fire Emblem Heroes”

2nd: “Super Mario Run”

1st: “Pokemon Sun and Moon”

 

Nintendo Game of the Year

3rd: “Pokemon Sun and Moon”

2nd: “Super Mario Odyssey”

1st: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”

 

PlayStation Game of the Year

3rd: “Persona 5”

2nd: “NieR: Automata”

1st: “Horizon Zero Dawn”

 

Xbox Game of the Year

3rd: “Forza Motorsport 7”

2nd: “Gears of War 4”

1st: “Cuphead”

 

PC Game of the Year

3rd: “Total War: Warhammer II”

2nd: “Dream Daddy”

1st: “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds”

 

Critics Choice Award

“The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”

 

Breakthrough Award

3rd: Melina Juergens

2nd: Game Grumps

1st: Ashly Burch

 

Hall of Fame

Final Fantasy

 

Most Wanted

3rd: “Death Stranding”

2nd: “Red Dead Redemption 2”

1st: “The Last of Us Part II”

 

Still Playing

3rd: “Diablo III”

2nd: “Overwatch”

1st: “World of Tanks”

 

Outstanding Contribution to the UK Gaming Industry

Debbie Bestwick MBE

 

Lifetime Achievement

Sid Meier

 

Ultimate Game of the Year

3rd: “Persona 5”

2nd: “Horizon Zero Dawn”

1st: “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”