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My Golden Joystick Picks! What are yours? (Win an iPad)

Posted by Emilia Clarke, 10 September 2014 · 1,817 views

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I just wanted to go through my picks for this years Golden Joystick because it's fun! I've been pretty bad about playing games this year so my picks are far from definitive.

Best Original Game

My Pick: Child of Light
Runners Up: Broken Age, Shovel Knight

So many great games in this category, but sadly I've only played a few. However I went with Child of Light mainly because I'm playing it now and absolutely loving it. I considered Broken Age and Shovel Knight but having played neither I couldn't put my pick on them.

Most Wanted

My Pick: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Runners Up: Rise of the Tomb Raider, Uncharted 4, Bloodborne

SUCH A HARD CATEGORY. Ultimately I picked Metal Gear V because it's probably my favourite franchise of all time, preceded only by Resident Evil. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Uncharted fall in the same boat of being action adventure games that I love, it'll be interesting to see which one comes out on top since Tomb Raider 2012 was better than Uncharted 3. Bloodborne is something I've been following with increased interest... but really, most of the games on here I'm looking forward to anyway.

Best Indie

My Pick: Broken Age
Runners Up: Republique

I was able to give Broken Age some love here, because I really think it deserves a win. Had Republique not gone the iOS route I'd have likely played and picked that.

Best Visual Design

My Pick: Transistor
Runners Up: Child of Light, Valiant Hearts

Child of Light is love to my eyes but despite not having played it I really dig Transistors style, and the art I've seen for it is just beautiful... I had to pick it. Valiant Hearts has a great art direction as well but sadly not enough to put it over the top for me.

Best Multiplayer

My Pick: Mario Kart 8
Runners Up: None...

Since CSGO wasn't on the list I had to pick the game that I had the second best multiplayer experience this year, Mario Kart!

Best Audio

My Pick: Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
Runners Up: Legend of Zelda ALBW, Transistor

I feel like this is a bit of a surprise for me but in terms of sheer audio quality it has to be Black Flag, not only because of the soundtrack which is full of shanties and upbeat pirate tunes but the environmental sounds as well, the crashing of waves, the creaking of your ship.... fantastic! My runners up were briefly considered because they both have wonderful soundtracks.

Best Gaming Moment

My Pick: The Last of Us Left Behind - The Kiss
Runners Up: Titanfall - Calling in a Titan, Ground Zeroes - Rescuing Kojima

Bit of a spoiler filled category eh? But mine has to easily be the Last of Us Left Behind, that DLC was amazing and that single moment just convey more emotion than most games do in their entirety. Titanfall was neat in the beta because the Mechs were pretty cool and rescuing Kojima was just plain awesome.

Best Story Telling

My Pick: The Last of Us Left Behind
Runners Up: Child of Light, Wolf Among Us

Last of Us again for obvious reasons, I shouldn't have to explain. Child of Light has really drawn me in and Wolf Among Us had a pretty cool story going on (Though admittedly I haven't finished it).

Best Online Game

My Pick: Realm Reborn

Moving on.

Best Handheld Game

My Pick: Link Between Worlds
Runners Up: Pokemon X & Y, Bravely Default

Zelda is just so pure and fun, and is pretty much perfect in every way. Pokemon is fine, though I grew bored of it and didn't finish it and Bravely well.... I spent more time in the demo than the actual game but it really is quite good!

Best Mobile Game

My Pick: N/A

I skipped because I don't play mobile games. I might've given it to Republique had they included it on this list.

Gaming Platform of the Year

My Pick: PS4
Runner Up: Vita, 3DS

The PS4 has just had an EXPLOSIVE launch and the months thereafter. It's provided tons and tons of free games via PS Plus and is just about everything you would want from "next gen". the Handhelds have both really shone as well this past year having tons of really good exclusive games.

Studio of the Year

My Pick: Nintendo
Runners Up: Media Molecule

Nintendo has been KILLING it this year with first party games, no other studio can top them! Media Molecule gets an honourable mention though for having the highest average metacritic score for any studio.

Innovation of the Year

My Pick: Dualshock 4

Not really an innovation (all the choices suck) but I really do like the DS4, probably one of the best controllers ever (right up there with the 360 controller).

Personality of the Year

Let's see.... #girlwood, #gamergate, Some British guy, Dude that abandoned Day Z, Occulus Guy, Luftrausers Guy, YOSHIDA SAN, No, and....some other British guy?

Yeah, YOSHIDA SAN wins this for me.

My Pick: Shuhei Yoshida

Game of the Year

While MGSV Proper will probably get GOTY when it comes out, Ground Zeroes wasn't enough to warrant it being GOTY. So this title goes to Zelda for me!

My Pick: Legend of Zelda Link Between Worlds

 

So now it's your turn! Go out and put in your votes (and enter to win an iPad Air!) and then report back here. Post away! :D




While I would normally be one of the first to make a list as epic as this, I sadly have not played nearly enough to even consider some of the topics. Although, we probably would have had a few of the same by that standard, like FF14 and such. Maybe down the line I can do something like this, but as it stands, I'd be neglecting far too much.

My picks:

 

Transistor, Zelda Wii U, Device 6, Transistor, Mario Kart, Transistor, Mario Kart, Valiant Hearts, Realm Reborn, Zelda, Device 6, 3DS, Nintendo, DS4, Anita Sarkeesian, Zelda

My picks:

 

Transistor, Zelda Wii U, Device 6, Transistor, Mario Kart, Transistor, Mario Kart, Valiant Hearts, Realm Reborn, Zelda, Device 6, 3DS, Nintendo, DS4, Anita Sarkeesian, Zelda

 

Device 6..... really that good? o_o

Device 6..... really that good? o_o

 

It was on my GOTY List last year.

Most wanted is ridiculously hard to choose.

 

The Order didn't make the cut, which is hard to believe.  I ended up picking Zelda Wii U despite *really* wanting to choose 8 other games too, like  SSB, DA:I and Unity, Uncharted 4.

Tearaway, Zelda Wii-U (I thought about Witcher 3, but...Zelda has more room to surprise me), Shovel Knight, Transistor, Nidhogg, The Banner Saga, Tearaway, The Wolf Among Us, FFXIV, ALBW, Broken Age, Steam, Nintendo, Oculus, Rami, Dark Souls II.

 

Some of the games I didn't pick simply because the category said "of the year"...and I can't mentally register stuff like Tearaway and ALBW as 2014, because they aren't. Also, I didn't love some of the choices for some categories....(I didn't know like any of the "personalities")

Tearaway, Zelda Wii-U (I thought about Witcher 3, but...Zelda has more room to surprise me), Shovel Knight, Transistor, Nidhogg, The Banner Saga, Tearaway, The Wolf Among Us, FFXIV, ALBW, Broken Age, Steam, Nintendo, Oculus, Rami, Dark Souls II.

 

Some of the games I didn't pick simply because the category said "of the year"...and I can't mentally register stuff like Tearaway and ALBW as 2014, because they aren't. Also, I didn't love some of the choices for some categories....(I didn't know like any of the "personalities")

 

Yeah the Golden joysticks are always weird in that they're like, the second half of the previous included....never quite understood it but whatever.

End of the year awards? But it's only September.

End of the year awards? But it's only September.

DESTINY CAME OUT, ALL OTHER GAMES ARE NOTHING. TIME TO WRAP UP GOTY LISTS. I'M WORKING ON MINE ALREADY.

I've only played 2 games on that list Hearthstone and Broken Age.Still haven't played Monument Valley and I bought it.My game of the year is Hearthstone.

My picks: e6531b2cd86ea5123ea8a1c24958bb79_zps133a

My picks:

 

Spoiler

 

Award for actually posting their picks goes to.....

End of the year awards? But it's only September.

 

Seeing as Link Between Worlds is on the list for this year, and it came out late last year, I guess it's just their thing to have their rotation a little early.

 

I'll vote a little later and post my picks then.  :3

I have not played most of these games so I can't really make any votes :(

Looking through these is making me realize how little gaming I've done lately :(


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