2012 Golden Joystick Awards – Skyrim wins Ultimate Game of the Year

Friday, 26th October 2012 15:33 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Winners of the 2012 Golden Joystick Awards have been announced, and Skyrim walked away with three: Ultimate Game of the Year, Best Gaming Moment, and Best RPG.

The winners are listed below in bold:

Best Action-Adventure

  • Asura’s Wrath
  • Sonic Generations – Sega
  • Prototype 2
  • Saints Row the Third
  • Dead Island
  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Darksiders II
  • Sleeping Dogs

Best use of DLC

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Dawnguard)
  • Asura’s Wrath (Ryu)
  • Hitman: Absolution (Sniper Challenge)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution (The Missing Link)
  • Rock Band 3 (Gold Star My Heart)
  • The Gunstringer (Wavy Tube Man Chronicles)
  • Gears of War 3 (RAAM’s Shadow)
  • SSX ((Mount Eddie & Classic Characters))
  • FIFA 12 (Euro 2012)
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Enhanced Edition)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Creation Kit)
  • Portal 2 (Perpetual Testing Initiative)
  • Sniper Elite V2 (Kill Hitler)
  • Batman: Arkham City (Harley Quinn’s Revenge)

Best Download Game

  • Pullblox
  • Sine Mora
  • Renegade Ops
  • Trine 2
  • Skullgirls
  • NFL Blitz
  • I Am Alive
  • Lone Survivor
  • Closure
  • Legend of Grimrock
  • Botanicula
  • Dear Esther
  • The Walking Dead: Episode 1 – A New Day
  • Minecraft (360)
  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  • Trials Evolution
  • Fez
  • Journey
  • Deadlight
  • Superbros

Best Fighter

  • Mortal Kombat Komplete
  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm – Generations
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
  • Soul Calibur V
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • UFC Undisputed 3

Best Handheld Game

  • Gravity Rush
  • Super Mario Land 3DS
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
  • Mario Kart 7
  • Wipeout 2048
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Best MMO Shortlist

  • The Secret World
  • Eve Online
  • Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard
  • TERA
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Rift
  • Runescape
  • League of Legends
  • World of Tanks

Best Mobile or Tablet Game

  • Waking Mars
  • SpellTower
  • LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias
  • Fireball SE
  • Whale Trail
  • CodeRunner
  • Assassin’s Creed: Recollection
  • Temple Run
  • Shadowgun
  • Chaos Rings II
  • Beat Sneak Bandit
  • Hero Academy
  • Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation
  • Gridrunner
  • Mass Effect: Infiltrator
  • Shark Dash
  • Angry Birds Space
  • Fibble – Flick ‘n’ Roll
  • Infinity Blade II
  • Pocket Planes

Best Racing Game

  • Twisted Metal
  • Need for Speed: The Run
  • F1 2011
  • Forza 4
  • Driver: San Francisco
  • TrackMania 2 Canyon
  • Dirt Showdown
  • Ridge Racer Unbounded

Best RPG

  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Dragon’s Dogma
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  • Diablo III
  • Dark Souls
  • Mass Effect 3
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • The Witcher 2: AoK Enhanced Edition (360)

Best Shooter

  • Binary Domain
  • Halo: Anniversary
  • Syndicate
  • Starhawk
  • Spec Ops: The Line
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • The Darkness 2
  • Rage
  • Resistance 3
  • Max Payne 3
  • Gears of War 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Battlefield 3
  • Tribes Ascend

Best Browser Game

  • Ghost Recon Commander
  • Sim City Social
  • Marvel Avengers Alliance
  • Hello Adventure
  • Raze 2
  • Kingdom Rush
  • New Star Soccer 5
  • Triple Town
  • Reprisal
  • Galaxy Life
  • Castleville
  • Car Town
  • Draw Something
  • Slender

Best Sports Game

  • Madden NFL 12
  • Tiger Woods PGA 13
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
  • NBA 2K12
  • SSX
  • NHL 12
  • Football Manager 2012
  • FIFA 12

Best Strategy Game

  • Unity of Command
  • Wargame: European Escalation
  • Crusader Kings 2
  • Might and Magic: Heroes VI
  • Civilization V: Gods and Kings
  • Tropico 4: Modern Times
  • Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai
  • ANNO 2070
  • Age of Empires Online

The One to Watch Award

  • Star Wars 1313
  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • Pikmin 3
  • ZombiU
  • Watch Dogs
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Tomb Raider
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Last of Us
  • Bioshock: Infinite
  • GTA V
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Crysis 3
  • Total War: Rome 2
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Halo 4
  • Dead Space 3

Top Gaming Moment

  • Mass Effect 3 – Tuchanka Choice
  • Resident Evil: Revelations – Two Ships!
  • Sonic Generations – City Escape
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – ‘Turbulence’
  • Gears of War 3 – ‘Score a Point for the Cougars’
  • Journey – The Ending
  • Asura’s Wrath – Asura vs. Wyzen
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – Sand Sea
  • Batman: Arkham City – The Ending
  • Uncharted 3 – ‘Sink or Swim’
  • Max Payne 3 – Hoboken Graveyard Shootout
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Throat of the World
  • The Darkness 2 – Alternate Ending
  • Battlefield 3 – ‘Going Hunting’
  • Dark Souls – Beating Ornstein & Smough
  • The Witcher 2: AoK – Bathhouse Bonk
  • Dragon’s Dogma – Griffon Battle
  • Sniper Elite V2 – Assassinating Hitler
  • Spec Ops: The Line – White Phosphorus

The Golden Joystick Ultimate Game Award

  • Diablo III
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Max Payne 3
  • Gears of War 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Battlefield 3
  • Trials Evolution
  • Journey
  • FIFA 12
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Dark Souls
  • Mass Effect 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Forza 4

YouTube Gamer of the Year went to Yogscast, and EA won the award for Outstanding Contribution for its FIFA series.

The 30th annual Golden Joysticks Awards took place at the Westminster Park Plaza.



  1. Wychodzew

    I hope Dark Souls is becoming best RPG this time. It needs to get an award as best RPG for gods sake.

    EDIT: NO! Skyrim again?


    #1 2 years ago
  2. ManuOtaku

    Like i said in a previous related thread, the RPG award it will be the most difficult one to make a call, all great games all around, having played all the consoles games, except diablo 3, i can say it is really fustrating to pick one, i myself cannot do it, if i have to pick it will be a tie between xenoblade and the witcher 2, therefore i dont want to be un the judges position right there, just for that award alone.

    Edit: for me skyrim, while a good game on itself, shouldnt be awarded in this category, i even consider dragon dogma and Amalaur better games IMHO, but what did happened with the ps3 version should not be forgotten, and should be taken into consideration for giving awards, an awarded game should be competent in all is iterations, and this was not the case with Skyrim, while the other games were at least playable in all their iterations

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    Skyrim has some great features, but lacks critical elements to be a more complete package for me. Don’t think it deserved any of those awards.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DSB

    Bullshit categories, bullshit awards.

    “One to watch”. Yeah, thats not in there just to shamelessly plug upcoming games.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Deacon


    Agree with you there on Skyrim. I was just saying to my bro that it shouldn’t even be eligible considering the clusterfuck of issues and ongoing non-support for PS3. Ultimate Game Award? Pah!.. no fucking way.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. ManuOtaku

    #5 i agreeDeacon, if they just nominated an specific iteration for the awards, for instance like Skyrim PC or 360, well in that case i wouldnt had so much qualms about it, but they clearly put skyrim, which means in all its iterations including PS3, therefore i dont go so far to say it shouldnt be consider at all to the award,i think it should be included nontheless, but it clearly shouldnt had won it, for the above mentioned things/issues.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    #4 dont complain too much DSB, they might hear you and proceed to include next year the “One not to watch for” award, remember it can be always worse…way worse… ;)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dragon246

    Really, no matter how good a game is, if half of the people cant play it properly, then it just cant be a ultimate game, most awards go to the most hyped game of the year.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. silkvg247

    Skyrim was the buggiest, clunkiest thing I played on the PC for a long time. Enjoyed it once I found mods to eliminate some of the fundamental flaws, but “Ultimate game of the year” couldn’t be further from the truth. Surely money has changed hands here.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Da Man

    Outrageous. There’re not enough Sony winners. Disagree that Sony games are good? You can’t play them properly.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. OrbitMonkey

    Best gaming moment was climbing up a big fucking hill!!? Let me guess… Cuz of the view right… Of more big fucking hills :-/

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ManuOtaku

    #10 well Da Man they won more than Nintendo and Microsoft, at least they had it on the handheld award for what that is worth for, therefore i think they did better than the competition, and for what is worth i will be playing the weekend on my recently bought vita this game (uncharted), with escape plan and dokuro as well, i hope the PSN gives me back 20$ part of the promotion of this month, i did spend more than 100$ this moth, with the siren collection, machinarium,joe danger the movie, and the above mentioned games, so i can buy sound shapes or deathspank, i have not decide it yet.

    #11 Orbit dont forget one more dragon, and its not you fellow commenter ;).

    #12 2 years ago
  13. roadkill

    Hmm, I also agree with Manu and Deacon. Skyrim might be good but it’s not that good.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Da Man

    ManuO – What are you talking about? They didn’t win anything aside from the overhyped shitty Uncharted.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. ManuOtaku

    #14 yep that one, i didnt see nintendo winning or microsoft… wait well microsoft too counting minecraft, sorry i didnt count it for microsoft´s side that game, therefore the only one without any awards was ninty ..sniff.. ;_; ..sniff…, sony and microsoft are in a tie.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Dragon246

    He is not trying to make a statement, he is just following every article I go to and post some anti-sony thing in hopes of getting a response from me.

    Edit- It really is fun :)

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Da Man

    Best Racing Game

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Da Man

    #16 Why don’t you shut the trap instead, paranoid fanboy riding Sony dick in every news story?

    I comment on the article.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. ManuOtaku

    #17 oh yes my mistake Da Man i didn´t count Forza neither, my bad, well then microsft had the more awards, followed by sony and in last …sniff… ;_; sniff, nintendo with no awards…., i demand a recount of votes * while shakes fist* :)

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Dragon246

    I hope you will share your experience about Dokoro. The game looks awesome but it isnt available in eu.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Da Man

    How on earth something as insipid as Asura’s Wraith even got there.

    You better add more smileyes to that post, grunt246. I eagerly await yet another passionate wall of ignorant bs such as PSX being the first console feat 3d graphics or thoughts on teh mighty cell.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. ManuOtaku

    next year due skyrim influence, they will bebute a new category the “broken game of the year” :)

    #20 ok dragon will do, i dont post on weekends, basecally i spend my free time playing games on weekends, therefore i will post, probably on monday God Willing.

    #21 Da Man, how dare you say Asuras was insipid?, it did had more traditional gameplay than Heavy rain and a story to boot IMHO, and nobody has say this thing about heavy rain, man i will never forgave you ;), but maybe iam biased here it was a sort of anime, therefore chances are i will love it not matter what, therefore no biggy man :)

    #22 2 years ago
  23. silkvg247

    On the ultimate nominee list I see games that raise a huge question mark being there in the first place, like Kid Icarus, Fifa 2012.

    We’ve had *much better* games out this year which downright poop on most of those short listed. e.g. Sleeping Dogs. Saints Row 3.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Nuggetface

    Best RPG?! For real? It is a good game, but not a fucking good RPG. And how the hell did it beat The Witcher 2, KOA:R and Dragon’s Dogma?

    #24 2 years ago

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