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Golden Joystick Winners: (If we picked them)

We rarely agree with the general public when it comes to what games should win awards, I don’t know whether it’s a mixture of fan boy and casual gamers that tilt the vote count, but I cannot remember when I’ve ever agreed totally with the award ceremonies. So with that in mind, I thought what better way to create an article to stimulate conversation than, create an article on who we think deserves the awards and we will give reasons why also. So without further a do, let’s get on with it.

Family game of the year: Little Big Planet
Media Molecule created a monumental game in Little Big Planet. It encouraged its audience to get creative and enjoy the world of Sackboy to its fullest. With thousands upon thousands of user generated content and a strong disc based campaign, LBP is both deeply enjoyable without becoming, boring and generic *cough* Lego series.

Below were the nominees

- Guitar Hero World Tour
- LEGO Batman: The Videogame
- LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
- Little Big Planet
- Pokémon Platinum
- Professor Layton and the Curious Village
- Rock Band 2
- Sonic Unleashed
- Wii Music
- World Of Goo

Handheld Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Surprisingly there is only a small selection for the short list of best handheld category, but we’ll run with that. There is no denying the quality of Chinatown Wars and although sales figures were not the best, it’ll be sure to sweep up and sell a few on the PSP. It was a bold move, a GTA game on the DS but it had substantial quality and gave adult DS players a game finally to savor and enjoy!

Below were the nominees

- Call Of Duty: World At War
- Chrono Trigger
- FIFA 09
- Final Fantasy IV
- Football Manager handheld 2009
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
- LocoRoco 2
- Pokémon Platinum
- Professor Layton and the Curious Village
- Resistance Retribution

Mobile Game of the Year: 1 vs 100
1vs100 blew us away on the iPhone. It was a great game that packed a good punch. Hundreds of questions were narrated, each round was fresh and the audio was superb. Presentation was crisp and it gave the 1vs100 experience that was true to the original show and perhaps more interesting. Peggle was a close runner up, but its control system made for a sluggish round of Popcap’s classic.

Below were the nominees

- 1 vs 100
- Age of Empires III
- Assassin’s Creed Altair’s Chronicles
- Bejeweled 2 (iPhone)
- Call of Duty: World at war
- FIFA 09
- Guitar Hero III Mobile
- Metal Gear Solid Touch
- Peggle
- Worms World Party

Multiplayer Game of the Year: Gears Of War 2
One word. Horde! It turned Gears Of War’s reputation for being a hardcore cliquey community, into one big rally cry to beat wave after wave of Locust enemies. The statistics speak for themselves, ask Epic. Alongside Horde were an array of multiplayer death match variants, a ranking system and a plethora of beautifully designed maps such as Day One which really spoke volumes with fans of the series. Although matchmaking still isn’t the best compared to the likes of Halo 3 it certainly has the most entertaining multiplayer experience out of those nominated. Had the awards considered ODST, we’d have picked ODST hands down though.

Below were the nominees

- Call Of Duty: World at War
- FIFA 09
- Gears of War 2
- Guitar Hero World Tour
- Killzone 2
- Left 4 Dead
- Little Big Planet
- Resident Evil 5
- Rock Band 2
- Street Fighter IV

Nintendo Game of the Year: House Of The Dead: Overkill

I get the feeling that Professor Layton may well win this one at the actual ceremony, but for me House Of The Dead: Overkill was probably one of the most engaging and entertaining on the rails shooters I’ve played for years. Its Carnevil/Grindhouse style along with potty mouth lead characters does for the Wii which Chinatown Wars did for the DS, given a real adult game to Nintendo’s 2009 line up. This was Sega’s finest hour for the House Of The Dead series, it dropped it’s arcade plastic personality and put you in the seat of characters that had real personality and it changed the game dynamics dramatically making it our GOTY for Nintendo’s console. A great Wii exclusive!

Below were the nominees

- Call Of Duty: World At War
- Chrono Trigger
- FIFA 09
- Final Fantasy IV
- Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
- Guitar Hero: On Tour
- House of The Dead: Overkill
- Madworld
- Okami
- Pokémon Platinum
- Professor Layton and the Curious Village
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- Super Mario RPG
- Wii Music
- World Of Goo

The One to Watch: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 2, although already out wins our version of ‘The one to watch’ category. Not only has it pushed the boundaries of graphics this generation, but it’s also once again pushed storyline and narrative to new heights. Naughty Dog Studios also managed to blow everyone away with the stable and thoroughly enjoyable multiplayer, a real triple AAA title for Sony.
Below were the nominees
- Assassin’s Creed 2
- Batman Arkham Asylum
- BioShock 2: Sea Of Dreams
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Diablo III
- Final Fantasy XIII
- God of War 3
- Half-Life Episode 3
- Mass Effect 2
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Online Game of the Year: FIFA 09
There was no denying EA Sports were going to win this, they created the best iteration of a football game at that time, the amount of online matches played were simply staggering and with the introduction of FIFA Clubs, EA took football simulation to new heights as gamers created their own clubs, played with their friends list and even had a massive online tournament on the PS3 version bringing together the best players in the world in a live event. EA also introduced a live season mode where real life stats were embedded into the game whilst also re-introducing the Ultimate Team mode as DLC later it it’s life cycle to keep the game fresh. Rutter & Co. bashed PES into oblivion in 2008/2009 and left it with a bloody face.

Below were the nominees

- Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box
- Call of Duty 5: World At War
- Empire: Total War
- Eve Online
- FIFA 09
- Football Manager Live
- Left 4 Dead
- Lord Of The Rings Online: Mines Of Moria
- Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath Of The Lich King

PC Game Of The Year: Dawn Of War II
A tough one to call this, our choice won’t get the mass market vote but Dawn Of War II was totally epic and has the addictive qualities that will keep you in session for hours upon end. Great strategic game play and polished visuals were just the start. For fans of the Warhammer series, this was a complete no brainer. Where do I think the real nominations may go for this game? I think it maybe Empire Total War, Spore and GTAIV battling it out for people’s votes.

Below were the nominees

- Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box
- Call of Duty: World At War
- Crysis Warhead
- Dead Space
- Empire: Total War
- Fallout 3
- Football Manager 2023-07-18
- Football Manager Live
- Grand Theft Auto 4
- Left 4 Dead
- Lord Of The Rings Online: Mines Of Moria
- Mass Effect
- Spore
- Warhammer 40.000: Dawn Of War 2
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath Of The Lich King

PlayStation Game of the Year: Killzone 2
Hardly surprising really, Killzone 2 was a real technical achievement for Sony and it’s still arguably the most beautiful game on the PS3. It’s combative AI and rustic visuals had everyone’s jaw dropping at E3 and it didn’t disappoint. Some will argue that Killzone 2 isn’t the best shooter out there, agreed but it’s the best shooter on the PS3 without a shadow of a doubt. The hype was worth it, Killzone 2 was truly epic.

Below were the nominees

- BioShock
- Call Of Duty: World At War
- Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
- Dead Space
- Fallout 3
- FIFA 09
- Guitar Hero World Tour
- Killzone 2
- Little Big Planet
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots
- Resident Evil 5
- Resistance 2
- Sonic Unleashed
- Street Fighter IV
- Valkyria Chronicles

Publisher of the Year: Sony
Argue all you want, because I know you will! But Sony has to be given the plaudits this year. I don’t know how the judging will reside over this category as surely votes will be influenced by titles released by Sony over the last few months and that’s exactly why our opinions are what they are. Sony took a console lagging behind in 2008 and threw big hitters all over the place in the latter stages of 2008 and into 2009. Games such as Resistance 2, Gran Turismo PSP, Eye Pet, Uncharted 2, the list simply goes on, Sony’s PS3 simply power housed itself from looking like a multimedia machine to a real games console contesting for the very best in digital entertainment.

Below were the nominees

- Activision Blizzard
- Bethesda
- Capcom
- Codemasters
- Electronic Arts
- Konami
- Microsoft Game Studios
- Nintendo
- Rockstar Games
- Sega
- Sony
- Square Enix
- THQ
- Ubisoft
- Valve

Retailer of the Year: ASDA
ASDA you ask? Well, yes. Our decision is based primarily on pricing. ASDA has been very committed to gamers by offering sweet deals and competitive pricing all year round. It does mean of course that ASDA doesn’t make a great deal on its wholesale price and that the saving is passed on to gamers, but who cares! ASDA also does not have a pre-owned policy, so as far as we’re concerned any game store selling pre-owned games could never win this category, for ethical reasons alone.

Below were the nominees

- Amazon.co.uk
- Asda
- Blockbuster
- EB Games
- GAME
- Gameplay
- Gameseek
- Gamestation
- Gamestop
- Gametraders
- HMV
- Love Film
- Morrisons
- Play.com
- Sainsburys
- Shop To.net
- Tesco
- Tgrav.com
- The Hut.co.uk
- Valve (Steam)
- Virgin Megastores

Soundtrack of the Year: Mirrors Edge
I challenge anyone to come up with a more memorable soundtrack than Mirrors Edge this year. Its ambient music background created atmosphere in abundance and possibly one of the most enigmatic trailers seen in 2008. Some love Mirrors Edge and some hate it, but there is no denying the soundtrack didn’t pull you in the first time you heard it! Our runner up would definitely have to go to Little Big Planet

Below were the nominees

- Bioshock
- Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box
- Fallout 3
- Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and the Dammed
- Guitar Hero: World Tour
- Left 4 Dead
- Little Big Planet
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots
- Mirrors Edge
- Rock Band 2

UK Developer of the Year: Codemasters
Perhaps a surprising choice but you need to look no further than Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising, Dirt 2, GRID, Ashes 2009 and Fuel to get a good grasp of the fantastic content that Codemasters had developed/published us over the year. On the whole Codemasters have been consistent whilst also releasing a plethora of games and that puts it above other developers that have only put out one game max. Ignore Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust and Codemasters line up is pretty much gold standard. Runner up would have to go to Criterion for there continual communal support for the Burnout Paradise game, they have worked tirelessly to keep the game fresh, whilst communicating fantastically with their fans.

Below were the nominees

- Bizarre Creations
- Codemasters
- Creative Assembly
- Criterion
- Free Radical / Crytek UK
- Jagex
- Lionhead
- Media Molecule
- Rockstar Leeds
- Rockstar North
- Sony Computer Entertainment London Studio
- Sports Interactive
- Team 17
- Traveller’s Tales

The Ultimate Game of the Year: Fable 2
It is probably the most difficult category of the lot to judge, but for us the ultimate game was really a two horse race between Fallout 3 and Fable 2. Both games offered a ridiculous amount play time, had deeply involving storylines and sucked us into an imaginary world where hours would simply fly by. Fable 2 was our winner by a narrow margin. Peter Molyneux the brain child had Lionhead put together a masterpiece in morality decisions, storytelling and game play that enticed people from all walks of gaming life. It’s because of this it wins our Ultimate Game of the Year. Roll on Fable 3

Below were the nominees

- Bioshock
- Call Of Duty: World At War
- Dead Space
- Empire: Total War
- Fable 2
- Fallout 3
- FIFA 09
- Football Manager 2009
- Football Manager Live
- Gears of War 2
- Grand Theft Auto IV
- Killzone 2
- Left 4 Dead
- LittleBigPlanet
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
- Resident Evil 5
- Sonic Unleashed
- Street fighter IV
- Valkyria Chronicles
- World Of Warcraft: Wrath Of the Lich King

Xbox Game of the Year: Fable 2
Naturally if our UGOTY was Fable 2 then it would win amongst it’s peers in its home console entry. Once again, Fable 2 was a master piece of game design, fully entertaining and well worthy of its title. It’s no Fable that Fable 2 wins our Xbox GOTY, boom boom!

Below were the nominees

- Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
- Battlefield: Bad Company
- Call Of Duty 5: World At War
- Fable 2
- Fallout 3
- FIFA 09
- Gears Of War 2
- Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost And The Dammed
- Halo Wars
- Left 4 Dead
- Resident Evil 5
- Rock Band 2
- Sonic Unleashed
- Street Fighter IV

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  • Brian

    What exactly is the year this covers? Does it go from September 2008 to September 2009? I see categories like Game of the Year and Uncharted 2 isn’t on the list but is in another category. Shouldn’t a list like this be for a whole calendar year?

  • https://?u=admin James Ireland

    Yeah, odd one this. Golden Joystick definately don’t cover from the beginning of the year, otherwise newer titles would definately made nomination. I just basically grabbed their nominee list off their website. ODST and Uncharted 2 would of definately been on these lists otherwise.

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