HMV Golden Joystick Awards 2012: And The Winner Are!

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Even if making games is a labor of love for some, it’s always nice to get a bit of recognition now and again. That’s what makes the Golden Joystick Awards so special, now in its 30th year, it shows no signs of slowing down. This year’s ceremony is no different, trophies shined, stage set and speeches ready. All that is left to do is announce the winners!

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And the Joystick goes to *drum roll*

Because we just ooze awesome here at ZoKnowsGaming, we have all the winners from this year’s event, which received over 4 million votes. We have you covered from best action game to best social game and all in between. So grab a pew my fellow gamer and check out who cleaned up!

Best Action-Adventure Game

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I liked it, did you?

Winner – Batman: Arkham City

Best Handheld Game

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Beat out Mario, not an easy task!

Winner – Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Best Shooter

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Finally toppled the great!

Winner – Battlefield 3

Best Downloadable Game

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Not to shoddy for a console version.

Winner – Minecraft XBLA

  • Pullblox
  • Sine Mora
  • Renegade Ops
  • Trine 2
  • Skullgirls
  • NFL Blitz
  • I Am Alive
  • Lone Survivor
  • Closure
  • Legend of Grimrock
  • Botanicula
  • Dear Esther
  • The Walking Dead
  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  • Trials Evolution
  • Fez
  • Journey
  • Deadlight
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP

Best Strategy Game

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Strategy at its best..

Winner – Civilization V: Gods and Kings

  • Unity of Command
  • Wargame: European Escalation
  • Crusader Kings 2
  • Might and Magic: Heroes VI
  • Tropico 4: Modern Times
  • Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai
  • ANNO 2070
  • Age of Empires Online

Best Racer

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Forza 4 wasn’t only good, it looked amazing!

Winner – Forza 4

  • Twisted Metal
  • Need for Speed: The Run
  • F1 2011
  • Driver: San Francisco
  • TrackMania 2 Canyon
  • Dirt Showdown
  • Ridge Racer Unbounded

Best Mobile/Tablet Game

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And we have a Star Wars version on the way! Good times!

Winner – Angry Birds Space

  • Waking Mars
  • SpellTower
  • LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias
  • Fireball SE
  • Whale Trail
  • CodeRunner
  • Assassin’s Creed: Recollection
  • Temple Run
  • Shadowgun
  • Chaos Rings II
  • Beat Sneak Bandit
  • Hero Academy
  • Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation
  • Gridrunner
  • Mass Effect: Infiltrator
  • Shark Dash
  • Fibble – Flick ‘n’ Roll
  • Infinity Blade II
  • Pocket Planes

Best Fighter

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A fairytale comeback!

Winner – Mortal Kombat

  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm – Generations
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
  • Soul Calibur V
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • UFC Undisputed 3

Best MMO

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Really has proved itself as a great MMO

Winner – World Of Tanks

  • The Secret World
  • Eve Online
  • Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard
  • TERA
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Rift
  • Runescape
  • League of Legends

Best Browser/Flash-based Game

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Devilishly scary!

Winner – Slender

  • Ghost Recon Commander
  • Sim City Social
  • Marvel Avengers Alliance
  • Hello Adventure
  • Raze 2
  • Kingdom Rush
  • New Star Soccer 5
  • Triple Town
  • Reprisal
  • Galaxy Life
  • Castleville
  • Car Town
  • Draw Something

Best Sports Game

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Once again FIFA trumps them all.

Winner – FIFA 12

  • Madden NFL 12
  • Tiger Woods PGA 13
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
  • NBA 2K12
  • SSX
  • NHL 12
  • Football Manager 2012
  • FIFA Street

Best Downloadable Content

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Some of the DLC was better than the original content.

Winner – Portal 2: Perpetual Testing Initiative

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Dawnguard)
  • Asura’s Wrath (Ryu)
  • Hitman: Absolution (Sniper Challenge)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution (The Missing Link)
  • Rock Band 3 (Gold Star My Heart)
  • The Gunstringer (Wavy Tube Man Chronicles)
  • Gears of War 3 (RAAM’s Shadow)
  • SSX (Mount Eddie & Classic Characters)
  • FIFA 12 (Euro 2012)
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Enhanced Edition)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Creation Kit)
  • Sniper Elite V2 (Kill Hitler)
  • Batman: Arkham City (Harley Quinn’s Revenge)

Top Gaming Moment Of The Year

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Skyrim will be hard to top!

Winner – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Throat Of The World

  • Mass Effect 3 – Tuchanka Choice
  • Resident Evil: Revelations – Two Ships!
  • Sonic Generations – City Escape
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – ‘Turbulence’
  • Gears of War 3 – ‘Score a Point for the Cougars’
  • Journey – The Ending
  • Asura’s Wrath – Asura vs. Wyzen
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – Sand Sea
  • Batman: Arkham City – The Ending
  • Uncharted 3 – ‘Sink or Swim’
  • Max Payne 3 – Hoboken Graveyard Shootout
  • The Darkness 2 – Alternate Ending
  • Battlefield 3 – ‘Going Hunting’
  • Dark Souls – Beating Ornstein & Smough
  • The Witcher 2: AoK – Bathhouse Bonk
  • Dragon’s Dogma – Griffon Battle
  • Sniper Elite V2 – Assassinating Hitler
  • Spec Ops: The Line – White Phosphorus

Best Role-Playing Game

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Another win for Bethesda!

Winner – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Dragon’s Dogma
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  • Diablo III
  • Dark Souls
  • Mass Effect 3
  • The Witcher 2: AoK Enhanced Edition (360)

HMV One To Watch Award

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Will we see GTA V next year?

Winner – Grand Theft Auto V

  • Star Wars 1313
  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • Pikmin 3
  • ZombiU
  • Watch Dogs
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Tomb Raider
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Last of Us
  • Bioshock: Infinite
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Crysis 3
  • Total War: Rome 2
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Halo 4
  • Dead Space 3

GamesMaster Ultimate Game of the Year

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The ultimate game of the year!

Winner – The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim

  • Diablo III
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Resident Evil: Revelations
  • Max Payne 3
  • Gears of War 3
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Battlefield 3
  • Trials Evolution
  • Journey
  • FIFA 12
  • Dark Souls
  • Mass Effect 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Forza 4

So a good year for The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim, makes you think how awesome next year might be. If you have any thoughts on the winners, make sure to leave them in the comment section below and check out our Facebook page for more of today’s gaming news.

James McDonald
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