The 2010 Golden Joystick Awards were announced with BioWare's Mass Effect 2 taking top honors and Modern Warfare 2 grabbing Shooter of the Year.
Videogame awards season has begun. While the Golden Joysticks are one of the first announced for 2010, that's because they judge games that were released between August 2009 and August 2010. These awards are also completely judged by popular vote, with 1,543,309 votes being tabulated this year. The U.K.-based Golden Joysticks are the oldest awards presented to the videogame industry, starting in 1982 and running every year since. This year's winners were announced yesterday over Twitter but we've collected all of the winners and nominees below.
While I'm happy with Mass Effect 2 grabbing Game and RPG of the Year, my personal vote would have been Red Dead Redemption. Most of the other picks I agree with, except for PvZ grabbing Strategy Game of the Year. Sure, it's fun and there is strategy involved but I would have gone with StarCraft 2 or even Civilization. What do you think of the winners? What would you have chosen?
Action/Adventure Game Of The Year - Assassin's Creed II
Nominees: Assassin's Creed 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Bayonetta, God of War III, Heavy Rain, Just Cause 2, New Super Mario Bros Wii, Red Dead Redemption, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
Download Game Of The Year - Plants Vs Zombies
Nominees: 'splosion Man, Assassin's Creed 2: Bonfire of the Vanities, Battlefield 1943, Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies, FIFA 10, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Little Big Planet, Plants vs. Zombies, Shadow Complex and Trials HD.
Fighting Game Of The Year - Super Street Fighter IV
Nominees: BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, Dragon Ball: Raging Blast, Fight Night Round 4, Punch Out!!, Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny, Super Street Fighter IV, Tatsunoko vs Capcom Ultimate All Stars, Tekken 6, UFC 2009 Undisputed and WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010.
Music Game Of The Year - Guitar Hero 5
Nominees: Band Hero, DJ Hero, Guitar Hero 5, Guitar Hero on Tour: Modern Hits, Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits, Guitar Hero: Metallica, Guitar Hero: Van Halen, Just Dance, Lego Rock Band and The Beatles Rock Band.
One To Watch - COD: Black Ops
Nominees: Brink, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Crysis 2, Dead Space 2, F1 2010, Fable III, Fallout: New Vegas, Final Fantasy XIV, Gears of War 3, Halo: Reach, Mafia 2, Medal of Honour, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and The Legend of Zelda Wii.
Online Game Of The Year - League Of Legends
Nominees: 2029 Online, Aion: The Tower Of Eternity, Allods Online, Bejeweled Blitz, Champions Online, Dragonica, Fallen Earth, Farmville, Gangster City, Global Agenda, League of Legends, Need for Speed: World, Star Trek Online, Lord of the Rings Online: Siege of Mirkwood and Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online.
Portable Game Of The Year - Pokémon Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Nominees: Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines, Assassin's Creed: Discovery, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Mobilised, Call of Duty: World at War: ZOMBIES, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Little Big Planet, Plants vs Zombies, Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver, Professor Layton and Pandora and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.
Puzzle Game Of The Year - World Of Goo
Nominees: 3D Pictocross, Ace Attorney Inverstigations: Miles Edgeworth , Arkanoid Plus!, Brain Exercises with Dr Kawashima, Katamari Forever, LUXOR: Mah Jong, Professor Layton and Pandora's Box, Scribblenauts, Super Monkey Ball: Step and Roll and World of Goo.
RPG Of The Year - Mass Effect 2
Nominees: 3D Dot Game Heroes, Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age: Origins Awakening, Fallout 3: Game Of The Year Edition, Final Fantasy XIII, Mass Effect 2, Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver, Risen, The Legend Of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and Torchlight.
Racing Game Of The Year - Forza 3
Nominees: Colin McRae: Dirt 2, ModNation Racers, Need for Speed: Shift, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, Split/Second and Wipeout HD Fury.
Shooter Of The Year - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Nominees: Aliens vs. Predator, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Bioshock 2, Borderlands, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Halo 3: ODST, Left 4 Dead 2, Metro 2033, Metriod Prime Trilogy and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat.
Soundtrack Of The Year - Final Fantasy XIII
Nominees: Assassin's Creed 2, Brutal Legend, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Final Fantasy XIII, GTA IV: Episodes From Liberty City, Halo 3: ODST, Heavy Rain, Mass Effect 2, Metro 2033 and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
Sports Game Of The Year - FIFA10
Nominees: 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, Blood Bowl, FIFA 10, Football Manager 2010, Madden NFL 10, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, Skate 3, Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort.
Strategy Game Of The Year - Plants Vs Zombies
Nominees: Age of Empires III: Complete Collection, Anno 1404, Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising, Napoleon: Total War, Plants vs Zombies, Supreme Commander 2, The Sims 3, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising and Worms iPhone.
UK Developer Of The Year - Jagex
Nominees: Codemasters, EA Bright Light, Jagex, Lionhead, Media Molecule, Rare, Rockstar North, Rocksteady Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment London Studios, and Team 17
Ultimate Game of the Year - Mass Effect 2
Nominees: Aion: The Tower Of Eternity, Assassin's Creed 2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Dragon Age: Origins, Fallout 3: Game Of The Year Edition, Final Fantasy XIII, Football Manager 2010, God of War III, Heavy Rain, Left 4 Dead 2, Mass Effect 2, Metro 2033, New Super Mario Bros Wii, Plants vs Zombies, Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver, Red Dead Redemption, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.