It’s that time of the year again when the Golden Joystick awards are given out.
And these are accolades which are particularly closely watched, because it’s the gaming public which makes the selections by voting. And over 2 million votes were cast this time round.
So, what was 2011’s ultimate game of the year? According to Joe and Jane voting public, Portal 2, Valve’s first-person puzzle-physics platformer, was the best slice of entertainment to hit consoles and computers this year.
The mammoth selling Call of Duty: Black Ops bagged best shooter, but failed to impress gamers enough to scoop the ultimate title. It was the same story with Modern Warfare 2 last year, which lost out to Mass Effect 2 for game of the year 2010.
Another big name to grab an award was the One To Watch for upcoming games, which was won by Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, top of many people’s autumn game shopping list.
The best action-adventure award went to Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, with Fallout: New Vegas taking this year’s best RPG (we thought the Witcher 2 might have sneaked that one).
Unsurprisingly, FIFA 11 netted best sports game, and the excellent Starcraft II best strategy game. Mortal Kombat dominated all opposition in the fighting game category, while Gran Turismo 5 took the racing game chequered flag ahead of the likes of F1 2010 and Dirt 3.
Music game of the year was Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock – what happened to Rock Band 3, eh, which offered far more in the way of innovation? And hasn’t been killed off, either (not yet, anyway).
Best free-to-play game was League of Legends. As a clueless newbie, we found it was the best ear-bashing we had all year, too.
Downloadable game of the year was Minecraft, and the hottest mobile game for 2011 was Angry Birds Rio.
Finally, Nintendo scooped the innovation of the year award for the 3DS handheld. We’ll also give them an honorary price cut of the year award.
James Kick, Associate Publisher of The GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards, commented: “The GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards is officially the biggest – and certainly the best – celebration of video games in the world.”
“This year the categories were even more closely contested than ever– but the gaming public have spoken, and today’s winners really are the cream of a fantastic crop.”
We wouldn’t argue with the majority of the verdicts.