Golden Joystick Awards 2022 Winners Announced With Elden Ring Winning Ultimate GOTY and in Three Other Categories

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This year’s Golden Joystick Awards winners have been announced with Elden Ring winning in four categories including Ultimate Game of the Year. Its developer, FromSoftware, also won Studio of the Year. Even though Elden Ring was co-written by famed author George R.R. Martin it lost out to Horizon Forbidden West in the Best Storytelling category. The Steam Deck unsurprisingly won the Best Gaming Hardware award where it competed with the WD_Black SN850 NVMe SSD for the PS5.

In what could be considered a surprise, given that it just set a new PlayStation record, God of War Ragnarök did not win the PlayStation GOTY award – Stray did. The latest GOW game wasn’t even in that category’s nominations and didn’t actually win anything but Christopher Judge was nominated in the Best Performer category and it was also listed in the Ultimate GOTY list. Odds are, we’ll see it win something at the upcoming Game Awards.

Golden Joystick Awards 2022 winners

  • Best Storytelling – Horizon Forbidden West
  • Still Playing Award – Genshin Impact
  • Best Visual Design – Elden Ring
  • Studio of the Year – FromSoftware
  • Best Game Expansion – Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
  • Best Early Access Launch – Slime Rancher 2
  • Best Indie Game – Cult of the Lamb
  • Best Multiplayer Game(opens in new tab) – Elden Ring
  • Best Audio – Metal: Hellsinger
  • Best Game Trailer – Goat Simulator 3 Announcement Trailer
  • Best Game Community – Final Fantasy 14
  • Best Gaming Hardware – Steam Deck
  • Breakthrough Award – Vampire Survivors
  • Critics’ Choice Award – Elden Ring
  • Best Performer – Manon Gage (Marissa Marcel, Immortality)
  • Nintendo Game of the Year – Pokemon Legends Arceus
  • PC Game of the Year – Return to Monkey Island
  • PlayStation Game of the Year – Stray
  • Xbox Game of the Yea – Grounded
  • Most Wanted Game – Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  • Ultimate Game of the Year – Elden Ring

Some notable games that were nominated in multiple categories, but lost were: Gran Turismo 7, Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Splatoon 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenue, and Neon White.

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Peter Brosdahl
As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my dad, a used Atari 400, around 1982. Eventually it would end up being a lifelong passion of upgrading and modifying equipment that, of course, led into a career in IT support.

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