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Dark Souls 3 is your Golden Joystick Awards' Ultimate Game of the Year

We asked, you voted, and now it's official: Dark Souls 3 (opens in new tab) is the Ultimate Game of the Year for the 2016 Golden Joystick Awards. That marks two Game of the Year victories in a row for FromSoftware's dark fantasy series, with Dark Souls 2 (opens in new tab) claiming the same honor in the 2014 awards. Portal 2 won Game of the Year in 2011 when the original Dark Souls was released, but if anything's going to mess up your sweep, it might as well be GlaDOS.

Dark Souls 3 overcame rivals including Fallout 4 (opens in new tab) (which came out too late for the 2015 awards), Overwatch (opens in new tab), and Pokemon Go (opens in new tab) for the Ultimate Game of the Year category. Our official review (opens in new tab) from April agreed with the popular sentiment, calling Dark Souls 3 "oblique, punishing and gratifying in a way mainstream console blockbusters seldom dare to be" and assigning it 4 1/2 stars out of five.

It's still not quite clear if or how FromSoftware will continue the series, but this recognition from Golden Joystick voters around the world would be a fine way to say farewell to Lordran.

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Connor Sheridan
Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.