Golden Joystick Awards 2012: Best Downloadable category – who are you voting for?

As voting for the Golden Joystick Awards 2012 enters its final weeks, we take a look at each of the individual categories. Today is the turn of Best Downloadable category.

Best Downloadable shortlist:

Who are we voting for?

Matt Cundy (UK Editor): Not choosing Fez is tough. I love Fez. The world and everything in it (especially Gomez) made me happy. But it’s got to be Journey, which touched me in new exciting ways that made me tingle with joy. An amazingly cohesive, touching, emotive, beautiful, human experience summed up perfectly by its title.

David Houghton (UK Associate Editor): It's Journey, Journey and nothing but Journey. In fact the only thing wrong with choosing Journey is that I only have a few words to write about it with here. Emotionally, mechanically, narratively, communicatively and metaphorically it's an utterly perfect, understated and devastating powerful work. Play it, sob uncontrollably while grinning like an idiot, play it again. 

Justin Towell (UK Content Editor): Renegade Ops turned out to be incredibly enjoyable, so it has to win my vote. With gameplay harking back to the glory days of 16-Bit EA titles like Desert Strike, but turned up to 11 with current-gen style, this is an absolute blast.

Those are the downloadable games getting our votes, but what about you – who are you voting for? Tell us in the comments.

Head to Golden Joystick Awards to vote. Voting closes 22 October. The Golden Joystick Awards 2012 take place 26 October.


  • LEGOMatrix - October 17, 2012 8:15 p.m.

    I love Fez and Journey and Trials Evolution, but Fez was horribly broken... Trials was not innovative enough, and Journey was very short. I think if Fez had not been bugged I'd give it the win instantly, it is the better concept imo, but Journey was so tight in every way... Pullblox is great, but outclassed by the three I just mentioned for me. Shame Tokyo Jungle never made the cut, I'd be tempted to pick that, but then, it was a disc release originally. Ooh, my logical mind wants to go with Journey, because it was beautiful and finely constructed, but partly because Phil Fish was a **** about the Fez patch, but my emotional centre wants Fez regardless. Fez kept me in the same sense of wonderment Journey did, but sustained it far longer. My vote is for Fez. It is genius. As amazing as it is, I can't describe Journey as genius. He's still an arrogant **** though.
  • MartinGlow - October 16, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    Lone Survivor was a really awesome game and experience. Best game for me.
  • ben-gates - October 16, 2012 11:23 a.m.

    Journey for me was hands down an experience I'll never forget. The first playthrough was something i'll cherish forever. Though, the Walking Dead scripts have been on par with the show and comic and far exceed my expectations. Overall, Journey eeks out a victory.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - October 16, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    Oooh, this is a tough choice. Fez, Journey, and The Walking Dead were all amazing. However, the latter two edge out Fez for me a little bit. And between those two, I have to give it to Journey. The Walking Dead showcases some truly fantastic writing, which goes a long way to make me care about the decisions I make. At the end of the day, though, the game's mechanics are kind of clunky, and the supposed impact you have on the story is often a lot of smoke and mirrors. That said, the final chapter could change really affect my final opinion on the series. Journey on the other hand is just sublime. A short experience, to be sure, but one that is simultaneously simple, complex, beautiful, emotional, and utterly memorable. It will also always be the game that lifted my spirits after Mass Effect 3's ending left me feeling really disappointed.
  • larkan - October 16, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    I still don't understand why Journey is so popular, I guess I just enjoy not spending $15 on 3 hours of gameplay. Trine 2 is good though.
  • BaraChat - October 16, 2012 9:18 a.m.

    It depends how you value a game. If a 15$ game is extremely enjoyable and memorable, then I won't give a damn if it's 3 hours long. That's my opinion. If you value length over quality or experience, then obviously 3 hours for 15$ isn't quite worth it.
  • dcobs123 - October 16, 2012 2:40 p.m.

    Journey was a very emotional game that made coop interaction with random users feel meaningful.
  • wittynickname - October 16, 2012 6:18 a.m.

    The Walking Dead's final episode won't even be out when voting closes, which complicates things a bit. But only in that I'm logjammed between that and Fez. I can't break the tie until I see how The Walking Dead ends in December. I know, I know, you can't imagine how you'll make it until then to hear my take. It'll be okay. Just breathe.

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