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GTA V is the best game this year according to gamers

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The Golden Joystick Awards – the second oldest in all of videogaming – were held this weekend. what makes them interesting is that they’re essentially “peoples choice” awards, as all the category voting is done by the public – and a record breaking 10 million people voted in this year’s awards.

Because it’s a public vote, the overall winner comes as a surprise to absolutely nobody – yep, multiplatform murder simulator GTA V was game of the year.Runner up? PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last Of Us, which didn’t go about empty handed either.

The post-apocalyptic survival horror action….thing was named as best newcomer and winning the award for best storytelling. Developer Naughty Dog was also named studio of the year.

the biggest surprise, I suppose was the “most wanted” winner – which wasn’t Titanfall, or Destiny, or even the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 themselves. Nope, the most wanted future gaming thing is Cd Projekt’s The Witcher 3, a sentiment I agree with wholeheartedly.  Also to nobody’s surprise, the Oculus Rift was the winner of the “innovation” category.

Just two categories came down to a panel vote, the “hall of fame award,” which was picked up by the Call Of Duty franchise as a whole, and the “lifetime achievement award,” which was won by Bioshock boss Ken Levine.

Here are the winners in full:

  • Best Newcomer
    The Last Of Us
  • Most Wanted in association with Playfire
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Best Indie Game
    Mark Of The Ninja
  • Best Visual Design
    BioShock Infinite
  • Best Multiplayer
    Payday 2
  • Best Gaming Moment in association with Absolute Radio
    Far Cry 3 – The Definition of Insanity
  • Studio of the Year in association with MPG Universal
    Naughty Dog
  • Innovation of the Year in association with T3
    Oculus Rift
  • Best Storytelling
    The Last Of Us
  • Best Online Game
    World Of Tanks
  • Best Handheld Game
    Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation
  • YouTube Gamer Award in association with YouTube
    Yogscast
  • Best Gaming Platform in association with Digital Spy
    Steam
  • Best Mobile/Tablet Game of the Year
    XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Game of the Year
    Grand Theft Auto V
  • Hall of Fame
    Activision: Call Of Duty
  • Lifetime Achievement
    Ken Levine

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Is the general gamer, represented here, an idiot? Let us know.

Last Updated: October 28, 2013

108 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief Ninja

    October 28, 2013 at 13:31

    MARK OF THE NINJAAAAAAAAAAAA

    Reply

    • ToshZA

      October 28, 2013 at 13:43

      I should really install that shouldn’t I? Its been in my Steam since the summer sale. Lol.

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 28, 2013 at 13:44

        Same, I also got it during the summer sale… :/ Just haven’t had the time to play it.

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          October 28, 2013 at 13:46

          Dammit Jim, I’m a Ninja not a miracle worker!

          Reply

      • Admiral Chief Ninja

        October 28, 2013 at 13:47

        Dude, do it, really awesome little game.

        That, and I’ve out-ninja’d both Zoe and Alien Emperor Trev!

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          October 28, 2013 at 13:48

          …I let you win *cough*

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 28, 2013 at 13:49

            I R TEH NINJAAAAAAAA OF TEH NIIIIIIGHT

      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 28, 2013 at 14:03

        See how Steam ruins lives!!

        Reply

  2. Admiral Chief Ninja

    October 28, 2013 at 13:31

    STEAM!!!

    Reply

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      October 28, 2013 at 13:40

      WOOOOOT!

      Reply

  3. Admiral Chief Ninja

    October 28, 2013 at 13:31

    XCOOOOOOOOOOOOM

    Reply

  4. Admiral Chief Ninja

    October 28, 2013 at 13:32

    Super excited about Witcher 3!!!

    Reply

    • ToshZA

      October 28, 2013 at 13:44

      That makes 2 of us.

      Also, stop falsely boosting your comment count, nab. 😛

      Unless you have ADHD, which I do too, so LOOK A STRINGY!

      Reply

      • Rincethis

        October 28, 2013 at 13:46

        Agreed 🙂

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          October 28, 2013 at 13:48

          Agreed on the ADHD or the stringy?

          Reply

          • Rincethis

            October 28, 2013 at 13:50

            ALL!

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 28, 2013 at 13:52

            So you have string based ADHD?

          • ToshZA

            October 28, 2013 at 13:54

            A logical deduction. Wait, is this what String theory is all about? O_O

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 28, 2013 at 13:55

            It used to be about…..good grief there goes a flying tortoise!

          • ToshZA

            October 28, 2013 at 13:57

            That was Dumbo. He got old & wrinkly. And bought a mobile home.

      • Admiral Chief Ninja

        October 28, 2013 at 13:48

        Each one different train of thought, that way the comments are grouped once I need to follow up on them. STRUCTURE DAMMIT!

        Reply

  5. SaintsRowNigri

    October 28, 2013 at 13:36

    Meh… GTA V is good, but not sure I would give it game of the year award though. That being said, no one game released this year stands out as outstanding (heh, see what I did there?)

    Reply

    • NecroRince

      October 28, 2013 at 13:41

      You are a difficult gamer to please 🙂

      Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 28, 2013 at 13:58

        That’s putting it nicely…

        Reply

        • SaintsRowNigri

          October 28, 2013 at 14:21

          How long have you been playing games now? Serious question, I am not trying to pick a fight.

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 14:23

            Since 5…

          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 28, 2013 at 14:24

            Okay, how old are you today?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 14:26

            will be 26 on sunday…

          • ToshZA

            October 28, 2013 at 14:26

            Its like extracting water from a rock. I’m going on 20 years now.

          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 28, 2013 at 14:32

            If I take my start in gaming as the day my dad took me to play space invaders, then I have been gaming for 30 years now… Does that sound about right?

          • ToshZA

            October 28, 2013 at 14:38

            Ja oom. Sounds about right.

            That’s a long time.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 14:43

            sooo oom doesn’t like the new games… likes things simple like The Sims. Sounds about right!

      • SaintsRowNigri

        October 28, 2013 at 14:14

        It’s just that I have been gaming so long in one way or another that I am honestly not that impressed with all the “great new stuff” being thrown at me really. Because there is none. Innovation is dead. Every game that I play is a rehash of something before it. Even the mighty GTA V at best feels like GTA IV only tweaked a bit and minus the annoying Roman plus a few likable characters.

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        • ToshZA

          October 28, 2013 at 14:16

          I feel ya there man. I miss the days of Giant: Citizen Kabuto, Sacrifice, etc. That era really tried new things. Still, Indies are really trying to do something different. Well, some are. You should probably look into those.

          Reply

          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 28, 2013 at 14:20

            Maybe I should. I missed Giants: Citizen Kabuto, but I heard good things about it…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 14:23

            was a great game!!

    • Purple_Dragon

      October 28, 2013 at 14:52

      I have to agree with you, GTA V is good but not THAT good.

      I’m really surprised Bioshock Infinite is not getting any love these days. Seems it’s been forgotten already.

      Reply

      • Purple_Dragon

        October 28, 2013 at 14:54

        Okay, I need to learn how to read, I see Bioshock been mentioned under Best Visuals.

        But not many people seem to mention it these days.

        I think Far Cry 3 is my GOTY for the sheer amount of fun combined with the pretty visuals.

        Reply

  6. Sageville

    October 28, 2013 at 13:37

    Payday 2 baby!

    Reply

  7. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    October 28, 2013 at 13:40

    Steam!

    Reply

  8. NecroRince

    October 28, 2013 at 13:41

    GATV baby!

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 28, 2013 at 13:59

      Gatv??

      Reply

      • Sageville

        October 28, 2013 at 14:00

        Gatvol?

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 28, 2013 at 14:01

          maybe… who am I kidding I have no idea how Rinces brain works.

          Reply

          • ToshZA

            October 28, 2013 at 14:02

            Wait, it works? Tanya, what are you saying here?

          • Rincethis

            October 28, 2013 at 14:08

            You shut up you! Zzzzzzz

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            October 28, 2013 at 14:18

            Zzzzzzzzz? It’s worse than we thought, he’s not infected with cockroaches, it’s cicadas!

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 28, 2013 at 14:21

            HAHAHA

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 14:08

            Think little cockroaches are in there each with a little bottle of wine..

          • ToshZA

            October 28, 2013 at 14:12

            They’re attracted to heat. Since it probably overheats in there a lot, that makes sense.

  9. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 28, 2013 at 13:43

    That’s a good list.

    Reply

  10. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    October 28, 2013 at 13:44

    Game of the Year? GTA 5? Dear god no, for me that honour goes to Last of Us. I really need to download Mark of the Ninja. I have it on Steam but I’ve never actually played it. SIgh!

    Reply

    • ToshZA

      October 28, 2013 at 13:45

      Same boat man. Mark of the Ninja, just sitting there, neglected. I have 30 other games to finish though (no exaggeration here, 30 games on the go atm)

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 28, 2013 at 13:47

        My backlog is so bad… it’s actually stressing me out. :/ I’m trying to multitask games but that just leads to more stress! OOHHHH GAAWWDDD I need more time for my games!

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          October 28, 2013 at 13:56

          I feel ya dude, I feel ya. We should start a support group

          Reply

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 13:57

            Id join in a heart beat lol

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 28, 2013 at 14:00

          Rather start an old one… Play with intent to enjoy it… If you rush will ruin the game for you!

          Reply

        • Sageville

          October 28, 2013 at 14:05

          I always end up finishing a game just before the sequel is released.

          Like now, I just finished Batman AC, picked up Batman AO, never noticed a difference.

          Reply

        • SaintsRowNigri

          October 28, 2013 at 14:22

          Don’t sweat it. Someday that backlog is going to be a blessing for you.

          Reply

    • Admiral Chief Ninja

      October 28, 2013 at 13:50

      Do it, and see if you can out-ninja me!!!

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 28, 2013 at 13:51

        I can out-ninja you every day of the week! I WAS BORN WITH A KATANA IN MY HAND!

        Reply

        • ToshZA

          October 28, 2013 at 13:52

          Ssssssh, there are kids here man. Keep this PG. *runs*

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 28, 2013 at 13:52

            Katana? More like butter knife!

          • ToshZA

            October 28, 2013 at 13:53

            Hey, when you’re born a butter knife IS a katana. Give the poor nana a break.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 13:54

            If it takes two hands it’s a zweihander!!! 😛

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 28, 2013 at 13:55

            …but zweihander is ridiculous with those small hands of yours nana

            😛

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 14:31

            SHUTUP! I’m not THAT SMALL!

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 28, 2013 at 14:38

            😉

            I keeeeeed becawz I care mos X

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 13:52

            THINK OF THE CHILDREN AND OVG 😀

          • oVg

            October 28, 2013 at 14:06

            So… Baraka was your dad and your mom was a banana?

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 28, 2013 at 14:15

            LOOOOOOOL

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 14:31

            No, my mom was Baraka and my mom a bowl of banana-flavoured custard!

          • SaintsRowNigri

            October 28, 2013 at 14:33

            So you have two moms? No dad? Poor nana. And I am sure Baraka does not like to be called a girl….

          • ToshZA

            October 28, 2013 at 14:42

            Wow. BWAHAHAHAHA!

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 15:25

            YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!!! 😛

          • oVg

            October 28, 2013 at 15:06

            I thought so…

        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          October 28, 2013 at 13:53

          Money, mouth, put those together BANANA

          Reply

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 13:54

            It’s ON! I WILL NOT DISHONOUR MY FAMILY! TO WAR!!

          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 28, 2013 at 13:54

            Hehehe, looking forward to seeing your scores!

    • ALKi1234

      October 28, 2013 at 13:55

      I couldn’t agree more. Last of us has my vote. U still playing factions?me and a buddy looking for more local guys to play with.

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 28, 2013 at 14:44

        If you’re keen I’m keen.

        Reply

        • ALKi1234

          October 28, 2013 at 15:01

          Sweat! my PSN id is ALKi1234,so give me an invite when your up for it,you’ll find me online anytime from 7pm. I’m at level 11, just started playing but let me tell you i’m HOOKED!

          Reply

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 15:24

            Will do just that!

    • Sageville

      October 28, 2013 at 13:57

      Agreed, I think they would have taken it if it wasn’t an exclusive.

      Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 28, 2013 at 13:58

      I haven’t played last of us but Gta 5 is amazing! unless Last of us is super duber amazing!

      Reply

    • Umar heartless

      October 28, 2013 at 14:06

      Same here bro

      Reply

  11. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    October 28, 2013 at 13:46

    I’m just glad there’s no Call of Duty sullying the list. Whether or not GTA 5 deserves it over Last of Us is a matter of opinion, but a wild Call of Duty Black Ops 2 in that list would have made a mockery of their polls.

    Reply

    • ToshZA

      October 28, 2013 at 13:46

      Hall of Fame
      Activision: Call Of Duty

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 28, 2013 at 13:47

        DAMNIT! Is that rot everywhere?

        Reply

        • ToshZA

          October 28, 2013 at 13:50

          Unfortunately, yes.

          There’s a movie you need to see, “Idiocracy”. It’s like looking through a crystal ball at our future. At least, the evidence points to that. With CoD and all.

          Reply

        • Admiral Chief Ninja

          October 28, 2013 at 13:50

          hmmmm, CoD, RoT, sounds right

          Reply

      • Sageville

        October 28, 2013 at 13:56

        Soon to come:

        And the Best COD game award goes to….

        Reply

        • ToshZA

          October 28, 2013 at 14:00

          They wouldn’t inflict more than one of those in a year on us would they?

          Would they?

          Reply

          • Sageville

            October 28, 2013 at 14:07

            I think they just might, they scaly like that.

  12. Umar heartless

    October 28, 2013 at 14:06

    Only game I disagree with is the Handheld award and GOTY lol … TLOU should be GTOY

    Reply

  13. Sentient_Slug

    October 28, 2013 at 14:08

    i just think that COD Black Opps should be getting Game of the year, Best visual design, Best online game and definitely Best story telling if the single player campaign is anything to go by. i hinestly believe that the average gamer is in fact an idiot if this is the result.

    Reply

  14. Sageville

    October 28, 2013 at 14:09

    Best Mobile/Tablet Game of the Year
    XCOM: Enemy Unknown
    Never even knew it was on tablet, it’s not on Android, hence it doesn’t exist to me.

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief Ninja

      October 28, 2013 at 14:31

      I say thats a blessing, else I’d NEVER DO ANYTHING PRODUCTIVE, as in EVER!

      Reply

  15. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    October 28, 2013 at 14:30

    Am I the only person who thinks that Ken Levine is seriously overrated? I mean I’m happy for the guy that he’s gotten a lifetime achievement award, but that’s like (in 20 years) Michael Bay getting a lifetime Golden Globe or Oscar.

    Reply

    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 28, 2013 at 14:31

      What movies he do?

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 28, 2013 at 14:34

        Every movie where there are more explosions than dialogue.

        Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        October 28, 2013 at 14:34

        Michael Bay or Ken Levine? Well Ken’s claim to fame is a certain cinematic experience called Bioshock Infinite which essentially paled in comparison to his previous Bioshock game. The latest title while loved by some (even by this Banana) is actually indistinguishable from Call of Duty.

        Pew pew.. pew pew… pew pew.. corridor shooter (Oh, we have a chick throwing us ammo and money.. SWEEET)

        Reply

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 28, 2013 at 14:36

          everyone know Bay! explosion man is what he should be called! SO bioshock Infinite not that good?? I have yet to get it…

          Reply

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 14:41

            Let me put it this way, gameplay-wise it’s not any different to any other corridor shooter. In fact, it actually has less features. It’s more pew-pew than cover, dodge, lean and shoot.

            The story and the setting are where it shines. It’s what makes Bioshock Infinite an amazing experience. The world that they’ve created is interesting and so are the characters, but to be honest, I found Borderlands 2 to be a superior game in all aspects.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 28, 2013 at 14:46

            You know what is sad never played A borderlands game 1 or 2…

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 28, 2013 at 15:24

            One of the best co-op games out there – in my humble opinion! The first Borderlands can get a bit much if you’re playing it alone, but the second one is pure joy – Handsome Jack is an awesome villain!

    • SaintsRowNigri

      October 28, 2013 at 15:19

      Meh. The only thing Michael Bay is guilty of is making movies his audiences want…

      Reply

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