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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.
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.
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.
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).
Winner: World of Warcraft
Runner up: Rift
Third place: Eve Online
We say: Anyone surprised? We’re not surprised.
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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