We love to celebrate the big games, developers and characters who dominate the games industry – but what about those moments, however fleeting, that transform an experience into something unforgettable? We need your help to choose the Best Gaming Moment at the world's biggest public-voted gaming awards, the Golden Joystick Awards 2016 (opens in new tab) – and you've only got a few days left to vote, so act quick or forever hold your peace.
Last year, millions of gamers voted to award The Bloody Baron quest in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as 2015's finest gaming moment. In 2016, we’ve strapped into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars Battlefront, moved the payload in Overwatch to score a Play of the Game, and barrelled through the streets of Madagascar in a wild Uncharted 4 car chase, to name just a few of our most treasured moments.
The nine nominees below all stand out as some of the best experiences in gaming this year, but only one can walk away with the Golden Joystick for Best Gaming Moment of 2016.
Be warned, though. There are spoilers galore that follow. Proceed at your own risk.
The world's biggest gamer-voted awards show is upon us, with the Golden Joystick Awards taking place on November 18th at the Indigo at The 02 in London. Act fast before voting closes on October 31st.
How do I vote for my favorite gaming moment?
- You can see the full shortlist for Best Gaming Moment below, and cast your vote here at the . Tune in on Friday, November 18, to find out who takes home the honors.
OK, here we go. Spoilers begin... NOW.
Climbing the tallest building in Mirror's Edge Catalyst
The City of Glass is a pristine playground built for risky climbs and daredevil jumps. But the best way to take it all in is from the top of the world.
The skyscrapers peak out above the clouds below. The air, likely thin, isn’t going to keep Faith from prying loose Gabriel Kruger’s stranglehold on the city. From up here, you can see the City of Glass for the bright beacon it should be and not the corrupted facade masking the Conglomerate’s control.
Click to vote for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst at the Golden Joystick Awards 2016.
Flying the Falcon in Star Wars Battlefront
She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts. In this case, what she’s got is immense firepower. Sure, X-Wings are more maneuverable, but if you want to quickly swat annoying TIE fighters like gnats, the Millennium Falcon is where it’s at.
You can’t fly Han Solo’s modified YT-1300 Corellian Light Freighter in most modes, so if you’re itching to strap into that famous cockpit head on over to Fighter Squadron mode. Don’t fret if you land on the Imperial side of the fight. Boba Fett’s Slave-1 is yours to command… if you get to the Hero pickup before your teammates.
Click to vote for Star Wars Battlefront at the Golden Joystick Awards 2016.
Play of the Game in Overwatch
Overwatch isn’t the first game to reward players with post-match highlights, but Blizzard has ramped up presentation to make it a gleeful experience. Mercy players know that scoring a Play of the Game is a rare treat. Torbjorn mains expect their turrets to get all the glory. And as for Bastion scoring Play of the Game? What’s the emoji for “please stop”?
Click to vote for Overwatch at the Golden Joystick Awards 2016.
Returning to Anor Londo in Dark Souls 3
Dark Souls 3 isn’t sentimental. Things you love about the first game are frozen and decayed, buried beneath layers of frost. But you can’t help but feel some distant sense of melancholy when you stumble back across Anor Londo. It’s like reading a lost diary or walking around your old school - a swirl of memories, coupled with the knowledge that the moments that made them are lost forever. For a game about looking forward and surviving your next encounter, it’s a brilliant, introspective pause for breath. Nothing in Dark Souls 3 makes you stop and wonder about where you came from and where you’re going quite like the return to Anor Londo.
The Brotherhood Of Steel arriving in Fallout 4
The Commonwealth isn’t a terribly hospitable place (where in Fallout’s wasteland is, really?). And while Bethesda’s latest epic RPG is full of memorable moments, few stand out like The Brotherhood of Steel arriving on the scene. An enormous dirigible pierces the night sky, as a booming voice heralds the arrival of the series' most iconic faction. These post-nuclear knights mean business, which is why you’ve been crafting that power armor all game, right? Time to meet the fam.
Click to vote for Fallout 4 at the Golden Joystick Awards 2016.
The Car Chase in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Wherever Nathan Drake goes, mayhem is sure to follow. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End dials that up with a lengthy car chase that starts high atop a Madagascar hill, barrels through the city, and ends up dragging our hero through the mud. Naughty Dog not only nails this enormous set-piece moment, but reminds us why we’ve been tagging along with Nate all these years. Why does it have to end? Sniff.
The ending of Inside
Inside keeps you maddeningly in the dark about its nightmare world from the very start. As you guide the red shirted child through their flight to freedom, the question pops up again and again: where is this all going? Nothing prepares you for the unfathomable answer when you infiltrate a bizarre experimental facility and merge with an impossible creature straight out of H.R. Giger's sketchbook of drawings rejected for being too unsettling. What starts as a gleeful rampage against your oppressors culminates in an image of despondent peace as disconcerting as it is beautiful. Playdead made a masterpiece.
Unleashing the BFG 9000 in Doom
Most of the time, we’d be the first to tell you that size doesn’t matter. This is the Big F****** Gun, though, and it is everything its name promises. Grabbing it during Doom’s campaign is a perilous process filled with laser traps and explosions. It’s worth it though. Let that puppy rip and you’ll tear down a demon horde in a heartbeat. Yours, not theirs. They don’t have heartbeats anymore, because giblets aren’t alive.
Click to vote for Doom at the Golden Joystick Awards 2016.
Unlocking the secret of Psalm 46 in The Witness
The Witness is full of secrets, but there's none more challenging or rewarding than unlocking The Secret of Psalm 46. To do so, you have to solve one of the most difficult gauntlets in the entire game: a randomly generated series of puzzles testing every single skill you've learned thus far. Oh, and you have to finish it all in under seven or so minutes, all while the quickening tempo of In the Hall of the Mountain King tries to harsh on your Zen.
You try, and you fail, but you continue, stubbornly, over and over, assuring yourself that this time will be the one, until suddenly - it's over. You've solved it. The door unlocks, the Trophy pops, and hours of effort culminate with the code for a fascinating hour-long lecture about the nature of secrets and Easter eggs, not only in video games, but throughout human history. Well, that's it, you've found the final secret of The Wit-wait, is that another line there?
Click to vote for The Witness at the Golden Joystick Awards 2016. (opens in new tab)
Be sure to vote in the Golden Joystick Awards 2016 by October 31. Find out which of these great PlayStation games comes away with the coveted award on Friday, November 18.