Golden Joystick Awards 2011: All the winners in one place

We've deliberated. We've debated. We've had blazing hot arguments that have only just avoided UN intervention. But now, with the votes tallied and the industry assembled, this year's Golden Joystick Awards have come to a head. Did your favourites win? Did they get beaten by something you loathe with every fibre of your being? And just who or what have snagged this year's brand new Innovation of the Year and Outstanding Contribution awards? And what, pray tell, can we now officially call Ultimate Game of the Year? They answers are ahead. So click on and get' em.

Best Action Game

Winner: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Runner Up: Portal 2 

Third place: L.A. Noire

We say: Having won this category last year with Assassin’s Creed II, the AC series continues its Joystick-winning run like a professional stabber sprinting along rooftops to get to some important stabbing. No complaints here. Many might have expected Portal 2 to snag this one, but we suppose AC: B is just the more clear action game of the two.

Best Mobile Game

Winner: Angry Birds Rio

Runner up: Fruit Ninja

Third place: Infinity Blade

We say: No surprise here. Angry Birds remains a casual goliath. Nice to see Half Brick’s Fruit Ninja get a nod in second place too. They’re one of the coolest, most steadily improving iPhone studios around, as evidenced by this year’s spectacular Jetpack Joyride.

Best RPG

Winner: Fallout New Vegas

Runner up: The Witcher 2: Assassin's Of Kings

Third Place: Dragon Age II

We say: Proving that bugs can’t hold a good game back, Fallout: New Vegas sticks the award in a magic bucket and takes it right from under its rivals’ noses. Good showing for The Witcher 2, despite the game’s lack of console exposure (so far).

Best MMO (subscription)

Winner: World of Warcraft

Runner up: Rift

Third place: Eve Online

We say: Anyone surprised? We’re not surprised.

Best Fighting Game

Winner: Mortal Kombat

Runner up: Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

Third place: Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition

We say: Reports that Ed Boon yelled “Flawless victory!” and beat representatives of Capcom to death with the award upon accepting Mortal Kombat’s win cannot currently be confirmed as not entirely fictional.

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  • talleyXIV - October 22, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    Who made these up? How the hell is Portal 2 even an action game? That doesn't make any sense, it is a puzzle game. No offense to it because it is an incredible game. But it losing best action game to Brotherhood makes no sense. It is the best game of the year but not the best action game? Actually the whole action game category is the dumbest thing I have ever heard, L.A. Noire is now an action game even though you solve crimes? Isn't every game action in actuality? Doesn't every game have action in it? Guitar Hero over Rock Band 3? Yes the game that put the GH series in the grave must be positively amazing... Best downloadable game, Minecraft even though that game has been out for three years... Best shooter, Black Ops... I have played the crap out of this game and I have to say it is terrible. It got third in game of the year? PFFFT Outstanding contribution... Sonic? What did Sonic do? He didn't contribute anything, he isn't even real. These awards suck who made them up? If this is Gamesradar's picks, I might actually never come back to this site because this is one of the worst things I have ever read. Also who decided they should do last year's games awards in October? I just went on a rant sorry!
  • tomthespesh - October 24, 2011 7:36 a.m.

    The general public vote for the games, so it's essentially a popularity contest.
  • hudiscapidicus - October 24, 2011 1:34 p.m.

    ..why would you play the crap out of Black Ops if you thinks it's terrible? Is there something wrong with your brain, or are you a masochist?
  • Yeager1122 - October 22, 2011 11:49 a.m.

    Feels like these awards went for popularity over quality.
  • Sjoeki - October 22, 2011 12:05 p.m.

    Couldn't agree more
  • Jobu - October 22, 2011 1:03 a.m.

    I got as far as Guitar Hero: WoR over RB3 and had to politely decline the rest of the article.
  • tacehtselrahc - October 21, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    How anyone can take these "Awards" seriously is beyond me. Just another meaningless industry back-slapping event.
  • Jacko415 - October 21, 2011 4:12 p.m.

    I agree with all except Best RPG and Best Shooter. New Vegas was boring rehashed and storyless, and bleak. The Witcher 2 was RPG gold and was as fun as it was beautiful. Black Ops was boring, rehashed whore. Though all the shooters of this year were pretty bad so i guess they went with the most popular one...
  • sleepyMexican45 - October 21, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    Predictable :/ I wanted Castlevania for best Action!
  • angelusdlion - October 21, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    Of course it is, people vote the way millions of dollars of ad campaign money tell them too.
  • spencertucksen - October 21, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    Heroes of Newerth is better than LoL to me, but hey, that's just my opinion. Witcher 2 should have won every category it was nominated in. Warriors of Rock is by far my favorite Guitar Hero. Maybe just because I love the heavier music, but once again, maybe that's just my opinion. Black Ops wasn't even in my top three, much less first, for shooter. Skyrim is understandable, but I'm more excited for AC:R, BF3, and UC3. I loved Portal, but found it to be slightly overrated by the masses. Black Ops shouldn't even have been mentioned in game of the year and while Starcraft is great, I still think Witcher should have won it all. Lol, Such a fantastic game, that it's unfair it was screwed over like that. it's because it wasn't on consoles, sadly.
  • TheZigMan - October 21, 2011 3:14 p.m.

    I think the Witcher 2 probably should have won game of the year to be honest.
  • HamsterGutz - October 21, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    I wish DoW retribution had won best strategy game. I can't get enough of it.
  • LeSieg - October 21, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    New Vegas. Yes.
  • inconceivable - October 21, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    Why have end of the year awards when it's only October? Is this common practice for the Golden Joystick Awards? Because this is the first year I've bothered to pay attention.
  • Spybreak8 - October 21, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    Yup, nods head.
  • mikeylawson - October 21, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    Was Uncharted 3 in the One To Watch category? If not why not? And if so, why the F### didn't it win?
  • BladedFalcon - October 21, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    Because Skyrim is much, much more anticipated and popular? Hell, if anything, I'm happy skyrim won that instead of BF3 or MW3. F*cking samey shooters need to stop being so popular
  • InFeRnOg - October 21, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    StarCraft II for best RTS is a bit disappointing as it takes the genre back many years, ignoring the incredible innovations the genre has seen from the likes of Dawn of War, Company of Heroes, World in Conflict, etc. Also, I see some Portal 2 hate and while I enjoyed the game, I do think that the puzzles in both Portal games were really easy, especially when I kept reading about how "mind-bending" they were. But good games, don't get me wrong.
  • Crabhand - October 21, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    Guitar Hero should not have won Music Game of the year. But there's no point complaining, no lack of awards are going to make me love Rock Band 3 less. I am happy LoL won, free IP boost for everyone!