Golden Joysticks: Vote and Receive XCOM Free on PC

This year’s Golden Joystick Awards return for a 32nd year with a total of 17 categories, whilst Green Man Gaming, the headline sponsor of awards, has revealed that they will be giving away XCOM: Enemy Unknown to voters.

Voters over the age of 18, including those who have already voted, will be eligible to claim their free copy immediately via the free game give-away site, which is now LIVE! by using the same email address they registered and voted with, users will need to sign-up to Playfire (and link to Steam) in order to receive their verification email and game code.

Voting closes on 20th October, so this will be your last chance to have your say, here are the categories.

Best Original Game

Broken Age (Double Fine)

Child of Light (Ubisoft Montreal)

DayZ (Bohemia Interactive)

Device 6 (Simogo)

Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)

Monument Valley (ustwo)

Nidhogg (Messhof)

OlliOlli (Roll7)

Resogun (Sony / Housemarque)

Shovel Knight (Yacht Club)

The Stanley Parable (Galactic Café)

Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)

Titanfall (EA / Respawn)

Towerfall Ascension (Matt Thorson)

Transistor (Supergiant)

Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft Montpellier)

Watch_Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal)

The Wolf Among Us (TellTale)

child of light

Will Child of Light get your vote?

 

Most Wanted

Assassin’s Creed Unity (Ubisoft Montreal)

Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner / Rocksteady)

Bloodborne (Sony / From Software)

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision / Sledgehammer)

Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA / BioWare)

Elite Dangerous (Frontier)

Evolve (2K Games / Turtle Rock)

Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal)

Fortnite (Epic Games)

Halo 5: Guardians (Microsoft / 343 Industries)

Homefront: The Revolution (Koch / Crytek)

The Legend of Zelda Wii U (Nintendo)

Mirror’s Edge 2 (EA / DICE)

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami / Kojima Productions)

No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)

Rise of the Tomb Raider (Square Enix)

Splatoon (Nintendo)

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS (Nintendo)

Sunset Overdrive (Microsoft / Insomniac)

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal)

Tom Clancy’s The Division (Ubisoft Massive)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Namco Bandai / CD Projekt Red)

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Sony / Naughty Dog)

far cry 4

Is Far Cry 4 your must have of 2014?

 

Best Indie Game

Broken Age (Double Fine)

DayZ (Bohemia Interactive)

Device 6 (Simogo)

Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)

Jazzpunk (Necrophone)

Luftrausers (Vlambeer)

Nidhogg (Messhof)

OlliOlli (Roll7)

Outlast (Red Barrels)

Republique (Camouflaj)

Resogun (Housemarque)

Super Time Force (Capybara)

Shovel Knight (Yacht Club)

The Stanley Parable (Galactic Café)

Towerfall Ascension (Matt Thorson)

RESOGUN

Will Resogun blast its way to Indie success?

 

Best Visual Design

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal)

Child of Light (Ubisoft Montreal)

Contrast (Focus / Compulsion)

Device 6 (Simogo)

Destiny (Activision)

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo / Retro Studios)

Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)

Hitman GO (Square Enix)

Infamous Second Son (Sony / Sucker Punch)

Killzone: Shadow Fall (Sony / Guerrilla Games)

Kinect Sports Rivals (Microsoft / Rare)

Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD)

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami / Kojima Productions)

Monument Valley (Ustwo)

Resogun (Sony / Housemarque)

Ryse: Son of Rome (Microsoft / Crytek)

South Park: The Stick of Truth (Ubisoft / Obsidian)

Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)

Thief (Square Enix / Eidos Montreal)

Transistor (Supergiant)

Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft Montpellier)

Best Multiplayer

Battlefield 4 (EA / DICE)

Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision / Infinity Ward)

Killer Instinct (Microsoft)

Kinect Sports Rivals (Microsoft / Rare)

Lego Marvel Super Heroes (Warner Bros. Interactive)

Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD)

Nidhogg (Messhof)

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (EA / Popcap)

Sportsfriends (Die Gute Fabrik)

Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo EAD Tokyo)

Titanfall (EA / Respawn)

Trials Fusion (Ubisoft / Redlynx)

Towerfall Ascension (Matt Thorson)

Ultra Street Fighter IV (Capcom)

Watch_Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal)

Studio of the Year

Blizzard

Bohemia Interactive

Frontier Developments

Housemarque

Media Molecule

Nintendo EAD

Respawn

Telltale Games

Turn 10

Ubisoft Montreal

Vlambeer

Innovation of the Year

DualShock 4 (Sony)

Kinect 2.0 (Microsoft)

Oculus Rift DK2 (Oculus VR)

Project Morpheus (Sony)

Twitch (Twitch)

Game DVR (Microsoft)

Remote Play (Sony)

Oculus Rift DK2

Does Oculus Rift still excite you?

Best Audio

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal)

The Banner Saga (Stoic)

Battlefield 4 (EA / DICE)

Broken Age (Double Fine)

Destiny (Activision)

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Nintendo / Retro Studios)

Forza Motorsport 5 (Microsoft / Turn 10)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD)

Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD)

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami / Kojima Productions)

Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo EAD Tokyo)

Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)

Thief (Square Enix / Eidos Montreal)

Transistor (Supergiant)

The Wolf Among Us (TellTale)

 

Best Gaming Moment

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Sea shanties (Ubisoft)

Battlefield 4: Levolution (EA)

Dark Souls 2 – Return of the Dragon Slayer (Namco Bandai)

The Last Of Us: Left Behind – The kiss (Sony)

Mario Kart 8 – Luigi death stare (Nintendo)

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes – Rescuing Kojima (Konami)

Monument Valley – Totem Friends Forever (Ustwo)

Rayman Legends – The music levels (Ubisoft)

Tearaway – Creating a crown for the Squirrel King (Sony)

Titanfall – Calling in a Titan (EA)

Wolfenstein: The New Order – The timeline choice (Bethesda)

Watch_Dogs: Being invaded (Ubisoft)

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Most unforgettable moment in 2014?

Best Storytelling

Broken Age (Double Fine)

Child of Light (Ubisoft Montreal)

Device 6 (Simogo)

The Last of Us: Left Behind (Sony / Naughty Dog)

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami / Kojima Productions)

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Capcom / Level 5)

The Stanley Parable (Galactic Café)

South Park: The Stick of Truth (Ubisoft / Obsidian)

Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)

Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Ubisoft Montpellier)

The Wolf Among Us (TellTale)

Wolfenstein: The New Order (Bethesda / Machine Games)

 

Best Online Game

DayZ (Bohemia Interactive)

Destiny (Activision)

The Elder Scrolls Online (Bethesda / Zenimax Online)

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square Enix)

Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar Games)

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)

War Thunder (Gaijin Entertainment)

WildStar (NCSoft / Carbine)

World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition (Wargaming.net)

World of Warplanes (Wargaming.net)

Destiny_Veil

Has Destiny done enough to become the best online game?

Best Handheld Game

Bravely Default (Square Enix / Nintendo)

Football Manager Classic 2014 (Sega / Sports Interactive)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD)

OlliOlli (Roll7)

Pokemon X & Y (Nintendo / Game Freak)

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Capcom / Level 5)

Shovel Knight (Yacht Club)

Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)

TxK (Llamasoft)

Best Mobile Game

Boom Beach (Supercell)

Broken Age (Double Fine)

Device 6 (Simogo)

Football Manager Handheld 2014 (Sega / Sports Interactive)

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)

Hitman GO (Square Enix)

Monument Valley (Ustwo)

Threes! (Sirvo)

World of Tanks Blitz (Wargaming.net)

Wayard Souls (Rocketcat Games)

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Will this debate ever end?

Gaming Platform of the Year

Google Play (Google)

iOS App Store (Apple)

Nintendo 3DS

PlayStation 3

PlayStation 4

PS Vita

Steam

Xbox 360

Xbox One

Wii U

Gaming Personality of the Year

Aisha Tyler (Presenter)

Anita Sarkeesian (Campaigner)

Charlie Brooker (Channel 4)

Dean Hall (DayZ)

Ian Livingstone CBE

Palmer Luckey (Oculus VR)

PewDiePie (YouTuber)

Rami Ismail (Vlambeer)

Shuhei Yoshida (Sony)

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Please vote carefully…

Game of the Year presented by Green Man Gaming

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal)

Battlefield 4 (EA / DICE)

Dark Souls II (Namco Bandai / From Software)

Device 6

Destiny (Activision)

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (Nintendo EAD)

Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD)

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami / Kojima Productions)

Resogun (Sony / Housemarque)

South Park: The Stick of Truth (Ubisoft / Obsidian)

Super Mario 3D World (Nintendo EAD Tokyo)

Tearaway (Sony / Media Molecule)

Titanfall (EA / Respawn)

Towerfall Ascension (Matt Thorson)

Watch_Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal)

The Wolf Among Us (TellTale)

Wolfenstein: The New Order (Bethesda / Machine Games)

Expansive will be attending the awards and will be giving you the complete low-down on the event, but until then let us know your predictions or what you think deserves to win big at this years awards.

About the author

Neil Hughes

My gaming journey began as an infant playing Pong, followed by an Atari 2600 with a beautiful wooden finish. Over the years, I progressed onto a Commodore 64, BBC B and my beloved Amiga 600 before entering the golden console years. It seems that if you write with an opinion criticising any platform you are now instantly labelled a fan-boy but this ageing gamer loves the PS4, Xbox One and Steam all for different reasons but if I see something I don't like, I might write about it...