Golden Joystick 2014 Awards Nominee’s Revealed

Golden Joystick 2014 Awards Nominee's Revealed

Bringing another bout of gaming swagger to the masses, the Golden Joystick Awards are celebrating their 32nd year as the world’s biggest public-voted gaming awards ceremony.

Voting for Golden Joysticks 2014 has already begun and some big games are all in the running for 16 publicly voted awards, which includes Best New Game, Most Wanted and the covenant Lifetime Achievement award. As always the Golden Joystick nominees are chosen by big editorial names such as Edge, PC Gamer and many more.

Last year saw in excess of 10 million votes cast  and this year should be no different, with Media Molecule’s “Tearaway” leading the pack with seven nominations. If you want to get in on the action and cast your own vote then just head to goldenjoystick.com and follow the instructions.

The shortlist of nominees for the Golden Joystick 2014 awards can be viewed below.

Best Original Game

  • Broken Age (Double Fine)
  • Child of Light (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • DayZ (Bohemia Interactive)
  • Device 6 (Simogo)
  • Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
  • Monument Valley (ustwo)
  • Nidhogg (Messhof)
  • OlliOlli (Roll7)
  • Resogun (Sony / Housemarque)
  • Shovel Knight (Yacht Club)
  • The Stanley Parable (Galactic Café)
  • Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)
  • Titanfall (EA / Respawn)
  • Towerfall Ascension (Matt Thorson)
  • Transistor (Supergiant)
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft Montpellier)
  • Watch_Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • The Wolf Among Us (TellTale)

Most Wanted

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner / Rocksteady)
  • Bloodborne (Sony / From Software)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision / Sledgehammer)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA / BioWare)
  • Elite Dangerous (Frontier)
  • Evolve (2K Games / Turtle Rock)
  • Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (Microsoft / 343 Industries)
  • Homefront: The Revolution (Koch / Crytek)
  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U (Nintendo)
  • Mirror’s Edge 2 (EA / DICE)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami / Kojima Productions)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo)
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS (Nintendo)
  • Sunset Overdrive (Microsoft / Insomniac)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division (Ubisoft Massive)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Namco Bandai / CD Projekt Red)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Sony / Naughty Dog)

Best Indie Game

  • Broken Age (Double Fine)
  • DayZ (Bohemia Interactive)
  • Device 6 (Simogo)
  • Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
  • Jazzpunk (Necrophone)
  • Luftrausers (Vlambeer)
  • Nidhogg (Messhof)
  • OlliOlli (Roll7)
  • Outlast (Red Barrels)
  • Republique (Camouflaj)
  • Resogun (Housemarque)
  • Super Time Force (Capybara)
  • Shovel Knight (Yacht Club)
  • The Stanley Parable (Galactic Café)
  • Towerfall Ascension (Matt Thorson)

Best Visual Design

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Child of Light (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Contrast (Focus / Compulsion)
  • Device 6 (Simogo)
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo / Retro Studios)
  • Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)
  • Hitman GO (Square Enix)
  • Infamous Second Son (Sony / Sucker Punch)
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall (Sony / Guerrilla Games)
  • Kinect Sports Rivals (Microsoft / Rare)
  • Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami / Kojima Productions)
  • Monument Valley (Ustwo)
  • Resogun (Sony / Housemarque)
  • Ryse: Son of Rome (Microsoft / Crytek)
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth (Ubisoft / Obsidian)
  • Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)
  • Thief (Square Enix / Eidos Montreal)
  • Transistor (Supergiant)
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft Montpellier)

Best Multiplayer

  • Battlefield 4 (EA / DICE)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision / Infinity Ward)
  • Killer Instinct (Microsoft)
  • Kinect Sports Rivals (Microsoft / Rare)
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD)
  • Nidhogg (Messhof)
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (EA / Popcap)
  • Sportsfriends (Die Gute Fabrik)
  • Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo EAD Tokyo)
  • Titanfall (EA / Respawn)
  • Trials Fusion (Ubisoft / Redlynx)
  • Towerfall Ascension (Matt Thorson)
  • Ultra Street Fighter IV (Capcom)
  • Watch_Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal)

Studio of the Year

  • Blizzard
  • Bohemia Interactive
  • Frontier Developments
  • Housemarque
  • Media Molecule
  • Nintendo EAD
  • Respawn
  • Telltale Games
  • Turn 10
  • Ubisoft Montreal
  • Vlambeer

Innovation of the Year

  • DualShock 4 (Sony)
  • Kinect 2.0 (Microsoft)
  • Oculus Rift DK2 (Oculus VR)
  • Project Morpheus (Sony)
  • Twitch (Twitch)
  • Game DVR (Microsoft)
  • Remote Play (Sony)

Best Audio

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • The Banner Saga (Stoic)
  • Battlefield 4 (EA / DICE)
  • Broken Age (Double Fine)
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo / Retro Studios)
  • Forza Motorsport 5 (Microsoft / Turn 10)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD)
  • Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami / Kojima Productions)
  • Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo EAD Tokyo)
  • Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)
  • Thief (Square Enix / Eidos Montreal)
  • Transistor (Supergiant)
  • The Wolf Among Us (TellTale)

Best Gaming Moment

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Sea shanties (Ubisoft)
  • Battlefield 4: Levolution (EA)
  • Dark Souls 2 – Return of the Dragon Slayer (Namco Bandai)
  • The Last Of Us: Left Behind – The kiss (Sony)
  • Mario Kart 8 – Luigi death stare (Nintendo)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – Rescuing Kojima (Konami)
  • Monument Valley – Totem Friends Forever (Ustwo)
  • Rayman Legends – The music levels (Ubisoft)
  • Tearaway – Creating a crown for the Squirrel King (Sony)
  • Titanfall – Calling in a Titan (EA)
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order – The timeline choice (Bethesda)
  • Watch_Dogs: Being invaded (Ubisoft)

Best Storytelling

  • Broken Age (Double Fine)
  • Child of Light (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Device 6 (Simogo)
  • The Last of Us: Left Behind (Sony / Naughty Dog)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami / Kojima Productions)
  • Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Capcom / Level 5)
  • The Stanley Parable (Galactic Café)
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth (Ubisoft / Obsidian)
  • Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft Montpellier)
  • The Wolf Among Us (TellTale)
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (Bethesda / Machine Games)

Best Online Game

  • DayZ (Bohemia Interactive)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethesda / Zenimax Online)
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square Enix)
  • Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar Games)
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)
  • War Thunder (Gaijin Entertainment)
  • WildStar (NCSoft / Carbine)
  • World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition (Wargaming.net)
  • World of Warplanes (Wargaming.net)

Best Handheld Game

  • Bravely Default (Square Enix / Nintendo)
  • Football Manager Classic 2014 (Sega / Sports Interactive)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD)
  • OlliOlli (Roll7)
  • Pokemon X & Y (Nintendo / Game Freak)
  • Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Capcom / Level 5)
  • Shovel Knight (Yacht Club)
  • Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)
  • TxK (Llamasoft)

Best Mobile Game

  • Boom Beach (Supercell)
  • Broken Age (Double Fine)
  • Device 6 (Simogo)
  • Football Manager Handheld 2014 (Sega / Sports Interactive)
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)
  • Hitman GO (Square Enix)
  • Monument Valley (Ustwo)
  • Threes! (Sirvo)
  • World of Tanks Blitz (Wargaming.net)
  • Wayard Souls (Rocketcat Games)

Gaming Platform of the Year

  • Google Play (Google)
  • iOS App Store (Apple)
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • PS Vita
  • Steam
  • Xbox 360
  • Xbox One
  • Wii U

Gaming Personality of the Year

  • Aisha Tyler (Presenter)
  • Anita Sarkeesian (Campaigner)
  • Charlie Brooker (Channel 4)
  • Dean Hall (DayZ)
  • Ian Livingstone CBE
  • Palmer Luckey (Oculus VR)
  • PewDiePie (YouTuber)
  • Rami Ismail (Vlambeer)
  • Shuhei Yoshida (Sony)

Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • Battlefield 4 (EA / DICE)
  • Dark Souls II (Namco Bandai / From Software)
  • Device 6
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD)
  • Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami / Kojima Productions)
  • Resogun (Sony / Housemarque)
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth (Ubisoft / Obsidian)
  • Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo EAD Tokyo)
  • Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)
  • Titanfall (EA / Respawn)
  • Towerfall Ascension (Matt Thorson)
  • Watch_Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal)
  • The Wolf Among Us (TellTale)
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (Bethesda / Machine Games)

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