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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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!