Dark Souls 3 was the deserved Ultimate Game of the Year winner at the 34th annual Golden Joystick awards, but it was Overwatch that picked up an astonishing five gongs for 2016.
The Golden Joysticks, hosted by TechRadar’s publisher Future, are a huge industry event, with votes from the public selecting the best of the best for 2016.
Dan Dawkins, Editor-In-Chief of GamesRadar+, said of the Ultimate Game of the Year winner: “Dark Souls 3 is the very deserving winner.”
Dawkins continues, “On the surface, the series is most well-known for its difficulty, but it’s the impeccable combat, ingenious design and subtly-integrated, dense, lore that binds the game to our affections.
“Dark Souls 3 is unashamed in the demands it makes of the player, yet rigidly fair: weaving a dense, rewarding story, uniquely crafted for the medium.”
Overwatch, the multiplayer shooter from World of Warcraft creators Blizzard, picked up Best Original Game in association with The Sun, Best Multiplayer Game, PC Game of the Year Competitive Game of the Year and Best Gaming Moment in association with Absolute Radio.
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine, picked up three awards for Best Storytelling, Best Visual Design and Doug Cockle, the voice Geralt of Rivia, the game’s lead character, won Best Gaming Performance. CD Projekt Red, the production company behind the game, won Studio of the Year.
Pokémon GO grabbed Innovation of the Year and Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year in association with Digital Spy ,and the Lifetime Achievement Award was this year bestowed to Eiji Aonuma, the man behind the Zelda series.
“I am glad, honoured and really humbled to be awarded the Golden Joysticks 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Aonuma.
Best Original Game in association with The Sun – Overwatch Best Storytelling – The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Best Visual Design – The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Best Audio in association with DTS – Fallout 4 Best Indie Game in association with Kotaku UK – Firewatch Gaming Personality of the Year in association with Guiness World Records – Sean Plott (Day (9)) Best Multiplayer Game in association with PC Gamer Weekender – Overwatch Competitive Play of the Year in association with PC Gamer Pro – Coldzera’s jumping AWP quad kill at MLG Columbus Best Gaming Moment in association with Absolute Radio – Play of the Game in Overwatch YouTube – Upcoming Personality of the Year – Jesse Cox Studio of the Year in association with Edge – CD Projekt Red Innovation of the Year – Pokémon GO Lifetime Achievement Award – Eiji Aonuma Best Gaming Platform – Steam Best Gaming Performance – Doug Cockle Competitive Game of the Year in association with PC Gamer Pro – Overwatch Nintendo Game of the Year in association with Gamesmaster – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Playstation Game of the Year in association with OPM – Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Xbox Game of the Year in association with OXM – Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Game of the Year in association with PC Gamer – Overwatch Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year in association with Digital Spy – Pokémon GO Breakthrough Award – Eric Barone – Stardew Valley Hall of Fame – Lara Croft Critics Choice Award – Titanfall 2 Most Wanted Game in association with Green Man Gaming – Mass Effect Andromeda Ultimate Game of the Year in association with GamesRadar+ – Dark Souls 3