Golden Joystick Awards 2012: Best Fighter 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 Fighter category.

Best Fighter shortlist:

Who are we voting for?

Matt Cundy (UK Editor): I’d love to see ‘Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm – Generations’ win because the person that etches the Golden Joystick plaques with his/her little etching tools gets paid by the letter and it’d be like winning the lottery and they might invite me on a round-the-world trip on the luxury yacht they would subsequently buy. And I quite fancy a round-the-world trip on a luxury yacht. But that’s unlikely so I’m voting for Soul Calibur V.

David Houghton (UK Associate Editor): I'm going with BlazBlue. It's not the most accessible, or immediately rewarding, or the goriest, or the shiniest (though it is gorgeous), but is is the best. And 'Best Fighting Game' is what this category is called. In terms of pure, precision-engineered, deep-as-the-bowels-of-hell fighting design, there is no game on this list better than BlazBlue.

Justin Towell (UK Content Editor): Even though Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom is a stonking game, I think the pleasant surprise at how good Soulcalibur 5 turned out to be just tips it over into winning my vote. Sublime gameplay with incredible graphical detail and an entertaining/mad story mode makes this fighter a great return to form, and one whose buzz shouldn’t have died down as quickly as it did.

Those are the fighter 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.


  • wishingW3L - October 10, 2012 3:11 a.m.

    Marvel will outlast all those games. You can scream elitism all you want and say that Marvel is crap but that's the best fighting game of this generation. It has the biggest community and most hype on tournaments. Even the mighty SFIV took a backseat to MvC3 as the most popular fighting game in the Fighting Game Community right now.
  • SolidSage - October 10, 2012 10:44 p.m.

    Popularity does not equal quality.
  • pin316 - October 8, 2012 5:24 p.m.

    SCV - SCII is my favorite fighter of all time, and this almost did it justice.
  • taokaka - October 8, 2012 2:54 p.m.

    Blazblue gets my vote. Finally a category where I've played at least half the games.
  • pl4y4h - October 8, 2012 11:15 a.m.

    Skullgirls...wait, what? Though seriously I'm surprised naruto made it on the roster, seeing as it won't stand a chance.
  • jackthemenace - October 8, 2012 1:50 p.m.

    I find it odd that your profile picture suggests you're a Naruto fan, but you have so little faith in the games. Admittedly, I can see WHY you'd have no faith, the games are terrible, but still. Personally, I threw my vote in for Ultimate MvC 3. I didn't play the Ultimate version, but I did enjoy the 'standard' version rather a lot, and I assume the Ultimate version only made improvements. I'm still a little saddened by the fact I've not yet got to play a Blazblue game though.
  • pl4y4h - October 8, 2012 2:37 p.m.

    lol well given that generations is pretty broken and I figure blazblue is what most people would consider the true fighting game. My vote would probably be SCV though. Hopefully Storm 3 fixes all that but I won't hold my breath.
  • JMarsella09 - October 8, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    Persona 4: Arena. It was as pretty as Blazblue, less confusing to play. The combos are much easier, and the story actually makes sense.
  • Cyberninja - October 8, 2012 6:49 p.m.

    Persona 4 Arena isn't a choice and to be honest it is a bit barebones, and less diverse then BB. Also the Blazblue story its extremely straight forward if you pay attention, the only way its confusing is if you consider everyone's story to be canon in every variation, otherwise its majora's mask simple, something happens that keeps resetting the time line. Persona 4 Arena's story is basically the same exact thing with every character with minor differneces.
  • JMarsella09 - October 9, 2012 4:41 a.m.

    I don't know what you mean by barebones. Despite the auto combos, the inclusion of the persona system allows for some remarkably deep and intuitive play styles. Every character is more unique, with Blazblue only being more so because it has more characters, though it did start out with a similar number. As for the story not being complicated, as if the multiple timelines weren't enough, there ares so many abstract ideas and unexplained irregularities. Now this does not mean I think Blazblue is a bad game. On the contrary, I really do love it. I've put hundreds of hours into it. It's just not accessible at all.
  • Rascanuvols - October 8, 2012 7:43 a.m.

    I agree with David, but that's never going to happen. In these cases, what matters is the name.

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