Vote for your favourite games in this year’s Golden Joystick Awards

21 awards need your help!

Voting is now open for this year’s Golden Joystick Awards.

If you do contribute a vote — and nine million of us did in 2014 — you’ll also receive a copy of the very excellent Bioshock Infinite on PC via Green Man Gaming for £1/$1/€1.

Bloodborne, Her Story, Life is Strange and Arkham Knight (presumably not nominated by PC players) all have multiple nominations. 

Here’s what you’re voting for…

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 

  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 

  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

  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 

  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 BorderlandsFry 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)
  11. Alien Isolation (Sega)

Xbox Game of the Year

  1. Kalimba
  2. Sunset Overdrive
  3. State of Decay: Year One Survival 
  4. Ori and the Blind Forest
  5. Forza Horizon 2
  6. #IDARB 
  7. Halo: Master Chief Collection
  8. Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition
  9. Rare Replay

eSports Icon

  1. Dota 2 – Syed ‘SumaiL’ Sumail Hassan
  2. Smite – Brett ‘MlcSt3alth’ Felley
  3. Hearthstone – Sebastien ‘Forsen’ Fors
  4. Hearthstone – Andrey ‘Reynad’ Yanuk
  5. CounterStrike GO – Anders Blume

Family Game

  1. Splatoon (Nintendo)
  2. Yoshi’s Woolly World (Nintendo)
  3. Lego Jurassic World (Warner)
  4. Lego Dimensions (Warner)
  5. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Nintendo)
  6. Disney Infinity 3.0 (Disney)
  7. Minecraft (Microsoft)
  8. Kingdom Hearts 2.5 (Square)
  9. Skylanders Trap Team (Activision)
  10. Captain Toad (Nintendo)

Best Handheld / Mobile Game

  1. Terra Battle (Mistwalker)
  2. Final Fantasy Record Keeper (Square)
  3. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (Capcom)
  4. Football Manager 2015 Classic (Sega)
  5. Lifeline (3 Minute Games)
  6. Framed (Loveshack Entertainment)
  7. Neko Atsume (Hit-Point)
  8. Fallout Shelter (Bethesda)
  9. Steins; Gate (Nitroplus)
  10. Twenty (Frenchguys)

The winners of three further categories — Critics Choice, Breakthrough Award and another category not specified — will be selected by a panel of Future PLC staff. 

The winners will be announced on Friday, October 30 at a special show in London hosted by Danny Wallace.  

“The Golden Joysticks is a legendary event, voted for by the gamers themselves, and as a gamer, games actor and former games journalist I’m delighted to have been asked to host,” said Wallace. “These are exciting times for video games. Sonic vs Mario. Double Dragon. Talk of ‘the Mega CD’. But who or what will walk away with an award? I’m looking forward to it all immensely.”

To have your say, click here to vote. Let me know in the comments below what you’ll be voting for!

Vikki Blake