What's your favourite RPG - is it... Pokémon?

If you're a gamer, the GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards need no introduction. Which is great for us because it means we can skip the bit about them being the only gaming awards that matter because they're the only gaming awards that are voted for by gamers.

Voting for this year's awards has already begun. If you haven't voted, you can do that right now by visiting the GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards voting page.

In the meantime, to get everyone feeling sexy and in the mood for the awards, we'll be highlighting each of the categories in turn. Today, we're looking with almost uncontainable excitement at the RPG, Mobile and Downloadable nominations.

Category: RPG

Who are we voting for?

Cundy: "Pokémon Black/White. The first Pokémon title I've completed since the happy days of Red and Blue. Absolutely loved it. I loved Fire Punching with my Darmanitan. I loved dressing up my Muna to perform at the Music Hall. Real men love Pokémon."

Dave: "The Witcher 2. Because adult storytelling, freedom and brutality win over Technicolor anime genero-heroes every time." 

Nathan: "Fallout New Vegas. The sheer scope and size of New Vegas made it a worthy sequel to the excellent Fallout III."

Justin: "Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. I never finished the N64 original, despite trying to get into it on three separate occasions. However, it fits 3DS absolutely perfectly and it’s so refreshing to play a game that doesn’t hold your hand in a vice grip. You actually have to use your brain! And it’s utterly charming, from winning Epona through to following that classic melody through the forest. Utterly magical."

Category: Mobile

Who are we voting for?

Cundy: "Isn't this the Games for Girls category? Even though I'm a man, I'll vote for To-Fu: The Trials of Chi. Because as well as being a man, I'm also a vegetarian."

Dave: "It's between Cut the Rope and Tiny Wings for me, but I'm going with the former. It's constantly imaginative and endlessly creative with only a few core game mechanics, and it's as cleverly fiendish as a box full of slightly evil Einsteins."

Nathan: "Game Dev Story. I honestly never thought micro-managaing your own game studio could be so addictive. The way you roll straight into another development plan without blinking must be what it’s like to work on Call of Duty. Ooooo, controversial."

Justin: "It’s got to be Infinity Blade. Not only are the graphics worthy of an Xbox 360 title, the gameplay is compelling and I was absolutely hooked. Also, I love the premise for the game, which somehow makes replaying the same sections of castle feel logical and fresh. More like this, please."

Category: Downloadable

Who are we voting for?

Cundy: "Limbo. Beautiful, dark, chilling, atmospheric fairytale. Without doubt one of the most memorable gaming experiences of last year. SPIDER!" 

Dave: "Limbo. It's the most affecting, cohesive, most perfectly complete work of the year, and it's a 2D platformer without any dialogue. Art > production values every time." 

Nathan: "Clash of Heroes. Combines light RPG elements with a devilishly exciting combat system. So good I completed it twice."

Justin: "Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. It’s a superb co-op game and it captures everything that’s great about not only the core Tomb Raider ethos (tombs and traps), but also why videogames are fun. Detonating a landmine on your mate, or promising you’ll catch them before letting them go at the last minute is priceless – not to mention racing each other for the gems. Love it."

So that's whose getting our RPG, Mobile and Downloadable votes. How about you lovely people? Feel free to share your choices in the comments. And join us again on Friday when we'll be looking at the One To Watch and Ultimate Game of the Year categories.

Sept 14, 2011


  • oz103 - September 14, 2011 5:02 p.m.

    For Mobile RPG it has to be the Quest, it is a old school type rpg, all open world and can take 100s of hours to complete. Also try the expansions (which are just as brilliant) like Mithril Horde.
  • Felixthecat - September 14, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    Played every Pokemon game in the series, massive fanboy, love it, haters are dumb. Yes Pokemon is the best.
  • EnigmaSpirit - September 14, 2011 5:24 p.m.

    I have gotten all the pokemon games, but I have to say I didn't care for the last one as much as the others. The new pokemon were just... odd for the most part, though there were some good ones. Also the variety in the series is harshly lacking. Leave town with friends, see bad group for first time, fight gyms, defeat bad group, get mascot pokemon, beat final gym, victory road, rival battle, E4, end, go through filler towns that have little to do after the game is over, catch secret-ish pokemon that will be the mascot in the enhanced version. I'm not hating, I'm just saying it's getting old. I think it is need of a total revolution. Anyway there seems to be slim picking this time. I wish Disgaea 4 could have been in the running for this, but since it isn't I'd have to say OoT 3D. I never played the original, and it feels kind of aged by today's standards (I'm meaning story wise too), but I still enjoyed it. If not that then a tie between pkmn and Golden Sun.
  • Estacado - September 14, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    lol pokemon??? ahaha what a joke!!! I go for Fable 3, Dragon Age 2 and The Witcher.
  • Splork - September 14, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    Meh. I've got three fav rpgs. 1. Fable 3, I know it sucked but I love it. 2. The Witcher 2, twas happiness. 3. Dragon age 2, I know this one also sucked (compared to dragon age: origins according to most people) but I love it. I like the characters and the story a lot.
  • GameManiac - September 14, 2011 9:48 a.m.

    It was either Pokemon BW or Ocarina of Time 3D. I voted for Pokemon BW because I've played it more. It's a shame you can't vote for two games in the same genre.
  • Personamanxx - September 14, 2011 8:19 a.m.

    Maybe it's just because I've been on a Pokemon binge lately but yeah, gotta give it to BW.
  • megaklok - September 14, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    I love Fallout but I love Pokemon a lot more so pokemon B/W gets my vote no matter what.
  • codystovall - September 14, 2011 6:49 a.m.

    Pokemon, nuff said.
  • jackthemenace - September 14, 2011 6:17 a.m.

    It's weird for Towell to go for a nintendo game and not sega... Still, it HAD to be Zelda for him, didn't it? I agree with Nathan. As great as Pokemon is, New Vegas just felt more... RPG. Pokemon still feels like it did when I was a kid, whereas New Vegas has all the deep stat stuff and exciting moral choices -Not to mention game-killing bugs (!)- that a true RPG needs.
  • shawksta - September 14, 2011 5:26 a.m.

    As much I love Fallout and Witcher, Pokemon is STILL the only RPG whose Multiplayer lets you fight each other in a Turn-Based battle and B/W not only brought new battle modes and increased variety and strategy options to what was alreay huge, but made the series new and fresh since R/B
  • taokaka - September 14, 2011 5:25 a.m.

    Cannot agree more with that description of lara croft it's so fun blowing up friends and dropping friends into spike pits. I loved that game so much it easily won my download vote, plus limbo is too short.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - September 14, 2011 4:15 a.m.

    The Witcher 2, baby.
  • FrozenImplosion - September 14, 2011 4:04 a.m.

    Yay Limbo! Good choices guys

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