Golden Joystick Awards 2010: the full list of winners

EDIT: We had the winner and runners-up in the Shooter of the Year category completely wrong. We have now corrected the error. Apologies for any confusion this eff-up may have caused.

After all the voting, and the big talk and the walking the walk, this is where it gets real. Where hopes and dreams crash and burn like a faulty zeppelin, or come alive like rainbow-shitting baby unicorns in a happy fairytale.

If you're not following what we're saying here, let's lay it out for you: this year's blindingly glamorous Golden Joystick Awards ceremony has just finished. That means that the winners have been announced. And if yours was one of the 1,543,308 votes cast this year, then you'll probably be keen to know who those winners are.


Action/Adventure Game of the Year, in association with Nut

Winner: Assassin's Creed II
First runner-up: Batman: Arkham Asylum
Second runner-up: Red Dead Redemption

We say: Stabbing people. Always popular. This category was swollen with great games - outside of the top three were such dazzlers as Uncharted 2, God Of War III, Heavy Rain and Bayonetta. But, according to the votes, it was Assassin's that kicked their asses in. That wasn't very good. Sorry.

Fighting Game of the Year, in association with Official Nintendo Magazine

Winner: Super Street Fighter IV
First runner-up: Tekken 6
Second runner-up: Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny

We say: Hopefully this award was collected by a man in a E. Honda suit who executed a devastating Hundred Hand Slap on the runners-up as he passed them on the way to the stage. It would have been like a more violent, more game-related version of Bruno dive-bombing Eminem's groinal region at the MTV awards. Also, special props to Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny - PSP is still a console that can!

Download Game of the Year, in association with Green Man Gaming

Winner: Plants vs. Zombies
First runner-up: Battlefield 1943
Second runner-up: Call of Duty: World at War: ZOMBIES

We say: A big year for downloadable zombies. Maybe next year there should be a dedicated zombie category.

Music Game of the Year, in association with Total Film

Winner: Guitar Hero 5
First runner-up: DJ Hero
Second runner-up: The Beatles: Rock Band

We say: With seven different 'Hero' games up for this award, it's no surprise that Activision nabbed first and second place here. We expect Emperor Bobby Kotick will be feeling pretty smug tonight as he carries out the evening inspection of his fully operational Death Star.

Portable Game of the Year, in association with Habbo

Winner: Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver
First runner-up: Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines
Second runner-up: Plants vs. Zombies

We say: Nearly a decade and a half since Pokemon Red and Blue were released and gamers are still lapping up anything that squirts out of the pocket monster gun like hungry kittens at a bowl of mouse-flavoured cream. Although instead of a gun, it's more like one of those enormous rockets that the Russians used to drive through Red Square in an attempt to convince everyone that communists knew how to party. Yeah. One of those. Filled with pocket monsters.

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  • skeletalbutton - November 2, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    So glad that mass effect won, but I'm surprised to see that red dead redemption didn't win anything
  • JayLin22 - November 1, 2010 10:55 a.m.

    Best soundtrack FF XIII? Why? Because those who voted for it had to listen to it's generic-bore-a-thon "music" for 400 million hours, and didn't get a chance to play/listen to any other games. This is, of course, my opinion and any FFanboy messages won't be read because I don't care...
  • Zepaw - October 31, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    I voted for Jagex this year and last year, the mention of it on their front page was the only reason I knew about the Golden Joysticks. I do not even play it any more but still like voting for them. Glad Left 4 Dead 2 and ME2 won some top honors.
  • JayBeat - October 31, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    I'm digging the love for ME2 and PVZ.
  • g4m3rk1dd - October 30, 2010 4:07 p.m.

    alot of these decisions really surprised me... nuff said...although i am glad that FF13 got best soundtrack
  • philipshaw - October 30, 2010 11:43 a.m.

    How did Uncharted 2 not win any awards? It's still the best game of this generation
  • Thuperman - October 30, 2010 11:34 a.m.

    red dead should have one some awards and how rocksteady not wn? I know i ted for tem
  • AGENTJORRRG - October 30, 2010 8:07 a.m.

    BRINK should've won one to watch
  • ThatGamerDude - October 30, 2010 4:43 a.m.

    I don't really agree with some of these winners but overall its good.
  • Engage183 - October 30, 2010 3:58 a.m.

    Glad to see ME2 win Ultimate Game of the Year. Shame Brutal legend didn't win Best soundtrack. Never played any of the FF games, so can't say if it deserves it or not. Wouldn't mind to see ME2 win best soundtrack either. But ME2 did already win 2 awards. Hopefully ME2 is still gonna be a candidate for many game sites for GOTY. Was the first and IMO still the best of the year.
  • Life - October 30, 2010 2:40 a.m.

    I find it hard to believe that Uncharted 2 didn't win action/adventure game of the year. I mean cleary Assassin's Creed 2 was good, but still... review scores. And You couldn't have picked on older, crappier screenshot for RuneScape hahaha. That looks to be about 4 years old. The game has changed a lot since then,
  • Mode - October 30, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    What?! Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was first runner-up for Ultimate Game of the Year?! Bullshite.
  • lovinmyps3 - October 30, 2010 1:44 a.m.

    Wow, I can't believe MW2 got the runner up for ultimate game of the year. Even that is more than it deserves for that broken as shit multiplayer. Mass Effect 2 deserved it, definitely.
  • Manguy17 - October 30, 2010 12:39 a.m.

    4 of the things i voted for won, i am pleased.
  • gamingfreak - October 29, 2010 11:45 p.m.

    Who the hell is Jagex? Where's Rocksteady? Boooooooooo! I'm happy FF XIII won the music award.
  • Camoxide - October 29, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    Why use an ancient picture of Runescape?
  • elmaropwnz - October 29, 2010 11:19 p.m.

    mass effect 2? good. but c'mon, there were sooo many good games...
  • Dredgon - October 29, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    Mass Effect 2 definitely deserves both awards, one of the best games ever and I cannot wait until 3!!!!!
  • Jamahl - October 29, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    AC was the best sandbox game I've ever played (I still play, more than 100 hours of game time)
  • RebornKusabi - October 29, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    Glad to see the game I voted for in Best RPG and Ultimate Game of the Year won... although I nominated it for Soundtrack and ****-ass FF13 won... Oh well, weeaboos can have that one I guess...