Naughty Dog’s PS4 exclusive has picked up six awards at this year’s Golden Joysticks, with Fall Guys and Minecraft winning two each as well.
The Game Awards is now well established as the closest thing to a video games Oscars but there is an alternative in the, much older, Golden Joystick Awards – which are voted on by fans not critics.
The 38th Golden Joystick Awards ceremony was last night and announced the winners in 20 categories, after more than 3 million public votes were cast.
The biggest winner of the night was Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us Part 2, which picked up the Game of the Year award, along with Best Storytelling, Best Visual Design, Best Audio, and PlayStation Game of the Year. Developer Naughty Dog also won Studio of the Year.
Surprise hit Fall Guys won Best Multiplayer Game and Best Family Game, while Minecraft went home with the Still Playing award and Best Community Game.
Only three awards where chosen by critics, with Sandra Saad wining Best Performer for her role as Ms. Marvel in Marvel’s Avengers and Among Us winning the Breakthrough Award, despite having been first released in 2018.
Team17’s Worms was also inducted into the Golden Joysticks Hall of Fame.
The Game Awards 2020 is due to take place on December 10, so it’ll be interesting to see how much the two award shows end up agreeing. The Last Of Us Part 2 is clearly the frontrunner for the Game of the Year award, but it may face more competition in other categories.
The 2020 Golden Joystick Award winners:
Best Storytelling: The Last Of Us Part 2
Best Multiplayer Game: Fall Guys
Best Visual Design: The Last Of Us Part 2
Best Game Expansion: No Man’s Sky: Origins
Mobile Game of the Year: Lego Builder’s Journey
Best Audio: The Last Of Us Part 2
Best Indie Game: Hades
Still Playing: Minecraft
Studio of the Year: Naughty Dog
Esports Game of the Year: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare
Best New Streamer/Broadcaster: iamBrandon
Best Family Game: Fall Guys
Best Gaming Community: Minecraft
Best Performer: Sandra Saad (Critics Choice)
Breakthrough Award: Among Us (Critics Choice)
Hall of Fame: Team17/Worms (Critics Choice)
PC Game of the Year: Death Stranding
Best Gaming Hardware: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
PlayStation Game of the Year: The Last Of Us Part 2
Xbox Game of the Year: Ori And The Will Of The Wisps
Nintendo Game of the Year: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Most Wanted Game: The next God Of War game
Critics Choice Award: Hades (Critics Choice)
Ultimate Game of the Year: The Last Of Us Part 2
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