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Golden Joystick Awards 2022 winners announced

The holidays are quickly approaching, which means that it is video gaming award show season. The Game Awards takes place in a couple weeks, but in the meantime, GamesRadar held the 2022 Golden Joystick Awards earlier today. In fact, the winners have been announced.

This is the 40th year that the Golden Joystick Awards have been held, and for Nintendo fans, it wasn’t a bad one at all. Pokemon Legends Arceus won “Nintendo Game Of The Year”, and Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom” won the award for “Most Wanted Game”. Meanwhile, the winner of “Game Of The Year” was Elden Ring. The full list of winners can be seen down below.

Best Storytelling

  • IMMORTALITY
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • Horizon Forbidden West (WINNER)
  • NORCO
  • I Was A Teenage Exocolonist
  • Wayward Strand

Still Playing Award

  • Genshin Impact (WINNER)
  • The Sims 4 
  • Destiny 2 
  • Final Fantasy XIV 
  • Minecraft 
  • Fortnite 
  • Pokémon GO 
  • Apex Legends 
  • Lost Ark 
  • The Elder Scrolls Online

Best Visual Design

  • Elden Ring (WINNER)
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Lost in Play

Studio of the Year

  • Roll7 
  • Terrible Toybox 
  • Half Mermaid 
  • FromSoftware Inc. (WINNER)
  • Interior / Night 
  • Tribute Games

Best Game Expansion

  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
  • Destiny 2: The Witch Queen
  • Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course (WINNER)
  • GTA Online: The Contract
  • Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons
  • Total War: Warhammer III – Immortal Empires 

Best Early Access Launch

  • Disney Dreamlight Valley 
  • Slime Rancher 2 (WINNER)
  • Dune: Spice Wars 
  • Core Keeper 
  • Vampire Survivors 
  • Gloomwood

Best Indie Game

  • Cult of the Lamb (WINNER)
  • Tunic
  • Rollerdrome
  • Dorfromantik
  • Neon White
  • Teardown

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Elden Ring (WINNER)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenue
  • MultiVersus
  • Splatoon 3
  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Best Audio

  • We Are OFK
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3
  • Metal: Hellsinger (Winner)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
  • Gran Turismo 7 
  • OlliOlli World

Best Game Trailer

  • The Callisto Protocol The Truth of Black Iron Trailer 
  • Goat Simulator 3 Announcement Trailer (WINNER)
  • skate. Still Working On It Trailer
  • Bloody Hell Hotel Reveal Trailer 
  • Time Flies Announcement Trailer
  • Alan Wake 2 Reveal Trailer

Best Game Community

  • Dreams
  • Final Fantasy 14 (WINNER)
  • GRID Legends
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Splatoon 3
  • Warframe

Best Gaming Hardware

  • Playdate
  • Steam Deck (WINNER)
  • Analogue Pocket
  • Backbone One: PlayStation Edition
  • Roccat Kone XP
  • WD_Black SN850 NVMe SSD for PS5

Breakthrough Award

Vampire Survivors

Critics’ Choice Award

Elden Ring

Best Performer

  • Manon Gage (Marissa Marcel, Immortality) – WINNER
  • Ted Rami (Travis, The Quarry)
  • Dominic Armato (Guybrush Threepwood, Return to Monkey Island)
  • Angela Bassett (Regalla, Horizon Forbidden West)
  • Ashly Burch (Tiny Tina, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands)
  • Christopher Judge (Kratos, God of War Ragnarok)

Nintendo Game of the Year

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus (WINNER)
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land 
  • Live A Live 
  • Splatoon 3 
  • Nintendo Switch Sports

PC Game of the Year

  • Neon White 
  • Return to Monkey Island (WINNER)
  • Hardspace: Shipbreaker 
  • Teardown 
  • Total War: Warhammer 3 
  • Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters

PlayStation Game of the Year

  • Gran Turismo 7 
  • Horizon Forbidden West 
  • Stray (WINNER)
  • Elden Ring 
  • The Last Of Us Part I 
  • Sifu

Xbox Game of the Year

  • Halo Infinite 
  • Scorn 
  • Grounded (WINNER)
  • As Dusk Falls 
  • Sniper Elite 5 
  • Dying Light 2: Stay Human

Most Wanted Game

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (WINNER)
  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Assassin’s Creed Mirage
  • Dead Island 2
  • Forspoken
  • Street Fighter 6
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
  • Honkai: Star Rail
  • Starfield
  • Exoprimal
  • Redfall
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Mass Effect
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
  • Hollow Knight: Silksong
  • Kerbal Space Program 2
  • Dead Space

Ultimate Game of the Year

  • Elden Ring (WINNER)
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Immortality
  • Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
  • God of War: Ragnarok
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • Teardown
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3
  • Bayonetta 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Neon White

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11 thoughts on “Golden Joystick Awards 2022 winners announced”

  1. I doubt it was to late for Sonic Frontiers to be a nominee, God of War Ragnarok was a nominee for GOTY and it released November 9th and Sonic Frontiers released November 8th. The new God of War is listed under Ultimate Game of The Year, it was a nominee, i doubt it was to late for Sonic Frontiers when it released the day before GoW Ragnarok.

  2. Pokemon over Xenoblade 3 and Kirby, and Bayonetta isn’t in that list but switch sports is? Though Bayonetta is in an Ultimate Game nominee? Regardless of the confusing setup there, I feel Kirby is the game that recieved the highest praise to complaint ratio for Nintendo. I heard good things about Xeno, Arceus and Bayonetta but Kirby seemed like it had unanimous praise from most. Kirby gets my best game for all skill levels award. Can be easy but also tough if you want to 100% it, and just a joy all around.

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