Golden Joystick Awards: GTA 5 gets Game of The Year, The Last of Us wins three awards

Friday, 25th October 2013 16:38 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

The Golden Joystick Awards 2013 were held today, and Grand Theft Auto 5 walked off with Game of the Year while Naughty Dog won three awards for The Last of Us. Ken Levine was also handed a Lifetime Achievement award.

Naughty Dog walked away with Studio of the Year, Best Newcomer and Best Storytelling awards for The Last of Us; Oculus Rift won Innovation of the Year; The Witcher 3 win the Most Wanted award and Steam was voted Platform of the Year.

The full list of categories and winners are below courtesy of CVG:

Best Newcomer: The Last of Us

Most Wanted in association with Playfire: 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 3: 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 5

Hall of Fame: Activison: Call of Duty

Lifetime Achievement: Ken Levine



  1. Legendaryboss

    Hall of Fame is Call of Duty? Well you can’t get consistency on them all i guess.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. _LarZen_

    GTA5 is a wonderful game and achievment with it’s scope and variety. But in my book it’s not even close to a GOTY award.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. YoungZer0

    BioShock Infinite for best visual design? What a joke.

    At least PAYDAY 2 won rightfully.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. absolutezero

    This is horrible. Everything is wrong, people are awful.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. VibraniumSpork

    Great to see Payday 2 getting some love. Mark my words, Payday 3 will be a mega-budget, balls-to-wall, AAA juggernaut. Love that franchise.

    However, “Best Handheld Game: Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation” – really?!?!

    #5 1 year ago
  6. bradk825

    Shouldn’t a game that works get game of the year? LOL.

    I’d better hide after that one. They’re going to come for me.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Hirmetrium

    Holy shit, Fire Emblem didn’t win Hand Held? In fact, the best hand held was a game COMING TO CONSOLES LATER THIS YEAR?

    What a joke. It’s like nobody touched a 3DS.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. polygem

    shitty picks for lazy pricks

    @7:yeah, what a joke. seriously, no words for this. guacamellee, fire emblem, mario luigi dream team, pokemon xy and many more, awesome handheld games this year and they pick asscreed :)

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Xbone

    Umm… there is more then 2 months from this year. why do this you fukin idiots? BF4, AC2353453, COD35363, just to name a few… P2 as best multigame? Come on…

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Hirmetrium

    @9: Pay Day 2 deserves that title. Granted it isn’t Planetside 2 (which also deserves a nod) but such awesome 4 player co-op with brutal difficulty and fantastic subtle stealth elements make for a very compelling game. Shouting at your mates while you view the guards in the camera is something truly special.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Max Payne

    @3 How so ? I played it on PC and even first level looks absolutely amazing

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Xbone

    @10 Ive got 35 hours in the game. Its ok, tho im chuckled at the “subtle stealth elements”.
    BF4 is right around the corner. They gave it no chance? How could you say GOTY when the Y is not even over?
    And im not a BF fan, I wont buy the game but still…

    #12 1 year ago
  13. DSB

    Payday 2 can be devilishly good. Upgrades are dumb, serverbrowser is dumb, it’s gonna get really dumb when the “stealth cops” show up, and it needs a ton of content drops.

    But aside from that it’s really good.

    I wish it did more to teach people how to play though. There’s a world of difference between the people who have a clue and the ones who don’t. I just don’t understand why so many coop games completely neglect to teach people what’s up.

    You’d never make a singleplayer game without a cookie cutter tutorial, so why the hell not a coop game where the approach really matters?

    #13 1 year ago
  14. zinc

    Well deserved Hall of Fame award for CoD. Like it or loathe it, everyone knows it.

    Biggest series this gen.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Francis O

    This is a complete joke….Assassin’s creed 3 Liberation?

    Fire Emblem Awakening is soooo much better than Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation.

    These picks are laughable and bias.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Phoenixblight


    ANd you aren’t?

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Erthazus

    The Last Of Us was fucking overrated in every aspect except the awards they gave them which is funny.
    the story in the game was really good but beyond that every aspect of the gameplay was not done very well and it’s not because ND sucks or anything, It was not enough time to do it right. You can’t do a good game if you release ND game every year. You can’t and don’t start about 2 teams because that’s not true either. It’s just 1 team with half from another team made the game.
    1.5-2 years for such gigantic game is not enough.

    Hall of Fame: Activison: Call of Duty – L O L

    @15, I don’t know if Fire Emblem deserve the award but it was 10000000 times better then Liberation POS and it was a GOOD GAME.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Legendaryboss

    I have to agree on all points.

    Don’t be starting no shitstorm.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Francis O


    I’m not the only one saying these pics suck. Don’t single me out.


    Legendary Dancer, please STFU, you’re the bias drone here.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Phoenixblight


    There is no way that these picks will work with every single gamer out there.

    Everyone has their favorite game and I don’t agree with some of them but it is what it is.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Hcw87

    Called it. GTAV will win GotY awards from everyone who has a clue.

    Last of Us as a close second, Bioshock Infinite at third.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Joe Musashi

    Bias? In a public-voted awards event?

    Well, yes. That’s kind of how these things work. Calling out bias here merely highlights your own.


    #22 1 year ago
  23. Francis O


    That’s fine, but don’t single me out dude. Assassin’s Creed Liberation is ok, but best handheld game? We all know Fire Emblem deserves it more.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Phoenixblight

    Its public voted so maybe the problem is not enough people played it to which means not enough votes for it. THats what it comes down to. THe most popular games are right there at the top.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. Pitts

    GOTY is almost always synchronous with big names and marketing monies. Not that GTA V ain’t GOTY material… but there’s a noticeable trend there, right?

    Steam as best platform though, I totally agree. :]

    #25 1 year ago
  26. DuckOfDestiny

    I know it’s just my opinion, but Hotline Miami deserved to win best Indie game.

    #26 1 year ago

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