Every Golden Joystick winner right here

The Golden Joystick Awards 2009 have just finished. Missed the live blog? Well, even though we should break out the discipline stick of pain, we’ll forgive you. Anyhoo, if you were one of the record-breaking 1,223,646 gamers that voted, you'll want to know who walked away with the shiny trinkets.


Family Game of the Year

Winner: LittleBigPlanet
First runner-up: Guitar Hero World Tour
Second runner-up: Rock Band 2

We say: It might not have sold quite as well as it deserved to, but Sackboy finally has solace in the form of Joystick-branded justice. Bam! Seriously, the family that dresses up little material men together, and then systematically tries to sabotage each other’s attempts to reach checkpoints, is the family that stays together. Probably.

Bliss Handheld Game of the Year

Winner: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
First runner-up: Pokémon Platinum
Second runner-up: Call of Duty: World At War

We say: The DS has been strong like a bear this year, so it’s nice to see GTA’s murderous mayhem cleaning up in this category. Remember kids, your DS isn’t just designed to improve your motor neuron skills through brain-scratching puzzlers; it’s custom built for you to shoot drug dealers in the face.

Retailer of the Year

Winner: GAME
First runner-up: Amazon
Second runner-up: GameStop

We say: Proving that the traditional shop hasn’t quite been replaced by that new fangled DLC thing – yet. Well done, GAME. Our local outfit in Bath has always been a shining beacon of courtesy to us in the past. Thus we decree they deserve this gong.

Mobile Game of the Year

Winner: Metal Gear Solid Touch
First runner-up: Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles
Second runner-up: Worms World Party

We say: The solid one strikes a blow for OAPs everywhere by winning this award, thanks to his surprisingly addictive touchscreen shooter. It might not have 90 minute cut-scenes, but murdering Metal Gears with a flick of your finger is just about the best thing you could do with your mobile this year.

Nintendo Game of the Year

Winner: Call of Duty: World At War
First runner-up: Pokémon Platinum
Second runner-up: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

We say: Ah, The Wii version of World At War. It really is that rarest of things: a conversion for the little white box that doesn’t totally blow a donkey’s nether regions. Kudos Treyarch, kudos.

MSN Multiplayer Game of the Year

Winner: Call of Duty: World At War
First runner-up: Left 4 Dead
Second runner-up: Killzone 2

We say: Nazis and zombies go together like obesity and bacon double cheese burgers. The single-player might have been no match for the mighty Modern Warfare, but Treyarch’s awesome co-op mode shows the goose-stepping undead are capable of catapulting any game to sparkly honours.

The Rampage Soundtrack of the Year

Winner: Guitar Hero World Tour
First runner-up: Fallout 3
Second runner-up: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

We say: Hmmmm, we kinda feel a game built on playing licensed music winning this award borders on an unfair advantage, but we’ll doff our journalistic caps to Guitar Hero all the same. Still, the Gear’s latest score is amazing. Seriously, we’re getting teary just thinking about Big Boss and Snake sharing a fag over that beautiful little cue at the end <sniff>.


  • fionnoh - November 2, 2009 4:48 p.m.

    COD: WaW was the best nintendo game?? ok, even if we just take it as the best wii game thats bullshit, there were so many better games than that.
  • UndyingReaver - November 2, 2009 12:20 p.m.

    Kudo's to Fallout 3, agreed with everyone about CoD WAAAAAAW's blandness. ...still waiting for Bomberman: Act Zero to win something...anything ;P
  • gangrenous - November 1, 2009 5 p.m.

    I honestly thought Fable 2 might get a run in the xbox catagory
  • Mirako - October 31, 2009 9:30 p.m.

    Bah I disagree with most of these... I'm tired of Fallout being game of the year I just couldn't see the charm in it. And it's horrendous that Valkyria Chronicles didn't win anything! I loved it's soundtrack.
  • JackSkellingtonsSkin - October 31, 2009 8:07 p.m.

    Activision is the most evil company in the universe. The only reason they won is because golden joysticks were so heavily promoted this year that idiots who played nothing but cod voted. Gamers would never have voted for a company that exploits their brands; is trying to raise the price of games and tried to sue Double Fine. The GJs have a record number of voters this year but at the cost of actual gamers. Their popularity will continue to rise and we'll care less and less every year.
  • DeHHagen - October 31, 2009 6:12 p.m.

    This is RUBBISH! But good for FallOut:3 (Finally someone different from COD;)!
  • CombatCat120 - October 31, 2009 5:35 p.m.

    i wanna kill all the dumbasses who nominated COD: WaW for ANYTHING. It's nothing but an exploitation of a tragic part of history AND THESE DUMBASSES ARE BUYING INTO IT. I also don't give a rat's ass about MW2 OR Activision
  • oscarpiggy - October 31, 2009 2:08 p.m.

    I say well done to Fallout 3!! And go Uncharted 2 next year!!
  • AyJay - October 30, 2009 11:46 p.m.

    Chrono Trigger didn't win ANYTHING?! HOW CAN THIS BE!?
  • Felixthecat - October 30, 2009 11:23 p.m.

    I think the only winner i agree with is Game as retailer of the year. CoD: WaW as Nintendo game of the year? Wtf, last time i checked, Infinity Ward isn't part of Nintendo, and that WaW on the Wii is actually crap.
  • CAPST3R - October 30, 2009 10:38 p.m.

    killzone 2? awwwww. that game tried to beat halo, and even though i only own a ps3, i still think halo's better. i mean, it tried, but it was so dull. and liquidgfx, it got it for nazi zombies. i'd go on at you for putting up such a dramatic rant, but i can't really say anything about it after what i posted GR's GOTY last year. anyway, what's with CoD_22 being against MW2? given your name, you should be all for it, even though MW2's not a proper COD (they tried to remove the name, but lost around 5 million potential sales). and uncharted 2's not that good in my opinion. i've only played the beta, and the story's great, but the multiplayer half looks like an attempt to copy COD's systems (e.g perks).
  • liquidgfx - October 30, 2009 9:23 p.m.

    WHAT A CROCK! All Cod:WAW is is Modern Warfare in the pacific with WW2 as a backdrop! They didnt even update the game/graphics engine the lazy gits! And KZ2 as best PS game!? I love my PS3 but thats one dull ass game! Should have been Resistance 2 there instead! And dont get me started on the 360! Ive only just recovered from trying to figure my way round the patronisingly hard menues with a patronising Mii version of myself looking back at me! Halloween it is!
  • TheDude - October 30, 2009 9:11 p.m.

    Agreed CreeplyTuna, agreed.
  • CreeplyTuna - October 30, 2009 6:57 p.m.

    world at war is really not that great people come on.
  • JohnnyMaverik - October 30, 2009 5:22 p.m.

    Meh, I disgree with most of the winners -_-
  • CoD_22 - October 30, 2009 4:46 p.m.

    Could anyone shed light on how lbp AND fallout 3 have goty editions? they cant both be, surely? but uncharted 2 WILL win ultimate goty next year and if it doesnt then all the cod nuts will have turned the world into one massive dictatorship. mw2 will be great, but uc2 is epic, awesome and flabbergastingly supercalifragilisticexpialidocious all rolled into one and then launched out of an m32 hammer at you!

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