The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is The Golden Joysticks Game of the Year

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US-focused The Game Awards is arguably the closest thing the industry has to an official video game award ceremony that’s analogous to the Oscars. If you favour your opinion in video games a little more British, then there’s the Golden Joystick Awards, which were held this weekend. A little more like the Baftas, I suppose – though most of the voting is done by the public.

At the 35th annual Golden Joystick awards, all but four of the show’s accolades are voted for by the online masses. They’ve declared The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as the Ultimate game of the year, bestowing upon it a handful of other prizes too. It also nabbed best Audio and the Nintendo Game of the Year. It also won the Critic’s Choice award.

On the PlayStation side of life, Horizon Zero Dawn was the best game on Sony’s console, with the game also winning Best Gaming Performance for Ashley Burch’s Aloy, as well as Best Storytelling.

The best Xbox game in 2017 was Studio MDHR’s Cuphead, which also walked away with Best Visual Design.

I can’t say I disagree with any of this. Here’re the rest of the winners:

  • Best Audio – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Best Gaming Performance – Ashly Burch (Horizon Zero Dawn)
  • Best Indie Game – Friday the 13th: The Game
  • Best Multiplayer Game – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Best Storytelling – Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Best Streamer/Broadcaster – Markiplier
  • Best VR Game – Resident Evil 7
  • Best Visual Design – Cuphead
  • Breakthrough Award – Ashly Burch
  • Critics’ Choice Award – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Esports Game of the Year – Overwatch
  • Esports Play of the Year – Agilities
  • Esports Team of the Year – Lunatic-Hai
  • Hall of Fame – Final Fantasy
  • Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year – Pokemon Sun and Moon
  • Lifetime Achievement – Sid Meier
  • Most Wanted Award – The Last of Us Part 2
  • Nintendo Game of the Year – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Outstanding Contribution to the UK Games Industry – Debbie Bestwick MBE (co-founder of Team17)
  • PC Game of the Year – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • PlayStation Game of the Year – Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Still Playing Award – World of Tanks
  • Studio of the Year – Nintendo EPD
  • Ultimate Game of the Year – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Xbox Game of the Year – Cuphead

Last Updated: November 20, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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