Golden Joystick 2013 voting begins, see the shortlisted games here

Thursday, 29th August 2013 12:02 GMT By Dave Cook

Voting has begun for the Golden Joystick Awards 2013, and the full list of shortlisted games and studios has gone live. You can cast your vote now.

CVG states that the voting window for nominees is August 25, 2012 to September 2013.

The shortlist categories and nominees go as follows:

Game of the Year

  • Borderlands 2 (2K Games)
  • Dishonored (Bethesda)
  • Forza Horizon (Microsoft)
  • Halo 4 (Microsoft)
  • The Last of Us (Sony)
  • Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft)
  • Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
  • BioShock Infinite (2K Games)
  • The Walking Dead (TellTale)
  • Pikmin 3 (Nintendo)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision)
  • Guild Wars 2 (NCsoft)
  • Fire Emblem Awakening (Nintendo)
  • Hotline Miami (Devolver Digital)
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Namco Bandai)
  • Saints Row IV (Deep Silver)
  • Splinter Cell Blacklist (Ubisoft)

Most Wanted

  • Xbox One (Microsoft)
  • PlayStation 4 (Sony)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethesda)
  • Thief (Square Enix)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami)
  • Destiny (Activision)
  • Battlefield 4 (EA)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U (Nintendo)
  • Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Namco Bandai)
  • The Division (Ubisoft)
  • Titanfall (EA)
  • Dark Souls II (Namco Bandai)
  • Need for Speed: Rivals (EA)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins (Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc)

Best Indie Game

  • Hotline Miami (Devolver Digital)
  • Gunpoint (Suspicious Developments)
  • Mark of the Ninja (Klei)
  • State of Decay (Undead Labs)
  • Guacamelee! (Drinkbox Studios)
  • The Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow)
  • Ridiculous Fishing (Vlambeer)
  • FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)
  • Super Hexagon (Terry Cavanagh)

Best Newcomer

  • The Last of Us (Sony)
  • The Walking Dead (TellTale)
  • Dishonored (Bethesda)
  • Hotline Miami (Devolver Digital)
  • DUST 514 (CCP)
  • Forza Horizon (Microsoft)
  • ZombiU (Ubisoft)
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Namco Bandai)
  • Remember Me (Capcom)
  • State of Decay (Microsoft)
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us (Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc)
  • DayZ (Dean ‘Rocket’ Hall/Bohemia Interactive)

Best Handheld Game

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo)
  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Nintendo)
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Capcom)
  • LittleBigPlanet PSVita (Sony)
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening (Nintendo)
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (Nintendo)
  • Assassin’s Creed III Liberation (Ubisoft)
  • Soul Sacrifice (Sony)
  • Persona 4 Golden (Square Enix)
  • Hotline Miami (Devolver Digital)

Best Gaming Platform in association with Digital Spy

  • Steam (Valve)
  • Wii U (Nintendo)
  • Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo)
  • Xbox 360 (Microsoft)
  • PlayStation 3 (Sony)
  • PS Vita (Sony)
  • (CD Projekt RED)
  • Google Play (Google)
  • iOS App Store (Apple)

Best Storytelling

  • The Last of Us (Sony)
  • BioShock Infinite (2K Games)
  • Metro: Last Light (Deep Silver)
  • The Walking Dead (TellTale)
  • Halo 4 (Microsoft)
  • Dishonored (Bethesda)
  • LEGO City: Undercover (Nintendo)
  • Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (Ubisoft)
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (505)
  • COD: Black Ops II (Activision)
  • Virtue’s Last Reward (Rising Star Games)

Best Mobile/Tablet Game of the Year

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2K Games)
  • Ridiculous Fishing (Vlambeer)
  • Super Hexagon (Terry Cavanagh)
  • Deus Ex: The Fall (Square Enix)
  • Rayman Jungle Run (Ubisoft)
  • Total War Battles: Shogun (Sega)
  • Joe Danger Touch (Hello Games)
  • Year Walk (Simogo)
  • Punch Quest (Rocketcat)

Best Online Game

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (Blizzard)
  • ShootMania Storm (Ubisoft)
  • Firefall (Red 5)
  • PlanetSide 2 (Sony Online Entertainment)
  • SimCity (EA)
  • DayZ (Dean ‘Rocket’ Hall/Bohemia Interactive)
  • Curiosity – What’s Inside the Cube? (22Cans)
  • Defiance (Trion Worlds)
  • World of Tanks (
  • League of Legends (Riot Games)
  • Dota 2 (Valve)
  • Eve Online – Odyssey (CCP)
  • Guild Wars 2 (NCsoft)
  • Runescape 3 (Jagex)
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square Enix)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (EA)
  • Disney Infinity (Disney Interactive)
  • The Secret World (EA/Funcom)
  • Rift (Trion Worlds)
  • Aion (Gameforge)

Best Multiplayer

  • FIFA 13 (EA)
  • PES 2013 (Konami)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision)
  • Nintendo Land (Nintendo)
  • Halo 4 (Microsoft)
  • Borderlands 2 (2K Games)
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (Sega)
  • StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (Blizzard)
  • Company of Heroes 2 (Sega)
  • F1 2012 (Codemasters)
  • Battlefield 3 End Game Expansion (EA)
  • Payday 2 (505 Games)

Innovation of the Year in association with T3

  • Ouya
  • Nintendo Direct (Nintendo)
  • Miiverse (Nintendo)
  • Wonderbook (Sony)
  • SmartGlass (Microsoft)
  • Oculus Rift (Oculus)
  • Defiance (Trion Worlds)
  • Curiosity – What’s Inside the Cube? (22Cans)
  • Earforce XP510 headset (Turtle Beach)

Studio of the Year

  • TellTale Games
  • Ubisoft Montreal
  • Naughty Dog
  • 343 Industries
  • EA Canada
  • Irrational Games
  • Nintendo Intelligent Systems
  • Ninja Theory
  • Playground Games
  • Riot Games
  • DICE
  • Arkane Studios
  • The Creative Assembly
  • Sports Interactive

Best Visual Design

  • BioShock Infinite (2K Games)
  • Dishonored (Bethesda)
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (Namco Bandai)
  • Hotline Miami (Devolver Digital)
  • The Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow)
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (Ubisoft)
  • Borderlands 2 (2K Games)
  • Pikmin 3 (Nintendo)
  • DMC (Capcom)
  • The Last of Us (Sony
  • Metro: Last Light (Deep Silver)
  • Halo 4 (Microsoft)
  • God of War: Ascension (Sony)

Best Gaming Moment in association with Absolute Radio

  • Trying Oculus Rift for the first time. (Oculus)
  • MGS Revengeance – Senator boss fight (Capcom)
  • Bioshock Infinite – Hallelujah (2K)
  • Mass Effect 3 – Citadel DLC party (EA)
  • DMC – Bob Barbas boss fight (Capcom)
  • Dishonored – Lady Boyle’s Last Party (Bethesda)
  • Far Cry 3 – The Definition of Insanity (Ubisoft)
  • Hotline Miami – Chapter 8 (disco) (Devolver Digital)
  • The Walking Dead – The boy in the attic (Telltale)
  • Assassin’s Creed III – The Templar Twist (Ubisoft)
  • The Unfinished Swan – The King’s Dream (Giant Sparrow)
  • The Last of Us – Joel’s loss (Sony)
  • Tomb Raider – Radio Tower climb (Square Enix)
  • Dead Space 3 – A surprising death (EA)
  • Halo 4 – Cortana’s fate (Microsoft)

The YouTube Gamer Award

  • Yogscast
  • Ali A
  • Smooth McGroove
  • Francis
  • Fitzthislewitz
  • Tam McGleish (Gamewank)
  • Bitsocket

Where will your vote be placed? Let us know below.



  1. VibraniumSpork

    For me, Game of the Year (from that list) would predictably have to be The Last Of Us, but I wouldn’t put Hotline Miami too far behind; played the hell out of that game and loved the story, art direction, soundtrack etc.

    Best Indie Game’s a tough one though; difficult to choose between (again) Hotline Miami, Gunpoint, Mark of the Ninja, State of Decay and Guacamelee! Great games all.

    Best Gaming Moment had to be TLOU’s opener – had me on the verge of tears.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. CycloneFox

    I’m pretty disappointed, that Tales of Xillia is not nominated for anything at all, while Ni no Kuni is.

    No doubt, that Ni no Kuni is a good game, but Tales of Xillia may be the best JRPG of this gen, because firstly except for Xenoblade or Darksouls, there aren’t alot of good JRPGs in this gen and secondly, Xillia finally accomplished it to transform the genre into the next gen by adopting some influences from western RPGs, while still staying true to original JRPGs and also brings the graphics that are pretty much typical for JRPGs of its kind to the next level.
    (Other examples on the other hand lacked in at least one of these criteria)

    You may disagree with me in alot of points there, but altogether Xillia should earn more credit for what it accomplishes and is the only JRPG that keeps the right direction for the genre to be ressurected, while still satisfying the hardcore fans of the genre who don’t want to move anything about it at all.

    @games mentioned above: The last of us and Bioshock infinite are the two games of the year for me. Tomb Raider or DMC were good as well but not in the same class to get the title of GOTY. Metal Gear Rising is in a class of its own for many reasons. It should have been nominated much more.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Majora

    I voted for BioShock Infinite as GOTY, though I voted for Hotline Miami for several other categories (including best gaming moment, stage 8).

    @2 I started playing Xillia recently (I’m about 15 hours), and frankly as far as I have played, the game is good (it’s a classic Tales of), but in my opinion not as good as Vesperia or even Graces (again, I haven’t finished it yet, so maybe I’ll change my mind).

    And about Dark Souls, if it is indeed made by a Japanese studio, it’s clearly a W-RPG in terms of gameplay.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Fin

    Last of Us should sweep.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. CycloneFox

    @3: By definition, Dark Souls is a JRPG. I think you may have misread my post, or the thing, I want to point out didn’t come over. Darksouls for example is an RPG which has some western influences and is also influenced by classic games, when it comes to the art-style or story/world/characters-orchestration, but the gameplay is completely original and, because of that, Japanese. There is no western RPG with a similar gameplay structure, which is actually one of the reasons, why JRPGs should be preotected and supported.
    @the Xillia comparision: I agree with you when it comes to Graces. Graces is at least as good as Xillia when it comes to characters, story and orchestration. But for the same reason as for Xenoblade, it can sadly not be counted as a “real” next-gen JRPG (even Graces f) because it lacks the graphics (plain and simple). I don’t know how long it is ago, that you played Vesperia, but I played it just recently and, in my opinion, apart from the graphics Vesperia is the worst Tales of game, I ever played. I even had more fun with the new characters from Tales of Symphonia Dawn of a new World. Especially because of the poor orchestration, Vesperia was extremely boring in sequences and apart from apart from graphics, Vesperia brought nothing new (I know, suddenly graphics are not important again). Graces brought the well orchestrated 3D videos, Xillia does the same and brings better gameplay.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Gheritt White

    Edited out. I’m a doofus.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. greengiant

    game of the year,bioshock infinite….most wanted,ps4….didnt play any indie games… newcomer,dishonored…didnt play any handhelds…… platform,ps3… story telling,bioshock infinite…(special mentions,metro last light and dishonored)…tablet online and multi player,no votes for me here……innovation of the year,fuck all here to……studio of the year,arkane for the wonderful dishonored…..visual design,dishonored..(mentions to bioshock infinite and metro last light)…best gaming moment,hallelujah..bioshock infinite

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Biscuitpants

    the fact that one finger death punch didnt make the shortlist shows how weak the golden joystick awards is

    #8 1 year ago
  9. xxJPRACERxx

    WTF? There’s still a lot of upcoming games to play? It’s way to soon for this shit!

    #9 1 year ago
  10. fihar

    I personally think that Runner 2 should be there in the indies category.

    #10 1 year ago

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