Elden Ring wins Game of the Year at the 2022 Golden Joystick Awards

by Bandai Namco Elder Ring And Lamb worship topping the list of winners at The Golden Joystick Awards 2022, the world’s longest-running video game awards event, hosted by multimedia game publisher Future. The award is a People’s Choice awards ceremony, meaning it determines category winners entirely by public vote.

While Elder Ring made the biggest impact, winning four different awards, the category winners were otherwise quite varied. Lamb worship was awarded best indie game, Metal: Hellsinger brought out the best audio, Vampire survivors won the Breakthrough Award, and newcomer Manon Gage won the Best Performer Award, for her portrayal of Marissa Marcel in Immortality – a well deserved win, if you ask us.

As for the platform-specific award winners, Pokémon Legends Arceus won the Nintendo Game of the Year Award, feline adventure Stray won the PlayStation Award, Obisdian’s multiplayer survival game To the ground won the Xbox award and Return to Monkey Island won the PC award.

The full list of finalists and winners follows below, courtesy of GamesRadar.


Golden Joystick Awards 2022: Complete list of winners and finalists

Last game of the year

Critics Award

Revolutionary Award

  • Vampire survivors [WINNER]

Best audio

  • We are OFK
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3
  • Metal: Hellsinger [WINNER]
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
  • Granturismo 7
  • OlliOlli World

Best storytelling

  • IMMORTALITY
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • Forbidden Horizon West [WINNER]
  • NORCO
  • I was a teenage exocolonist
  • Rebel wire

Best gaming community

  • Dreams
  • Final Fantasy XIII [WINNER]
  • Legends GRID
  • No man’s sky
  • Splatoon 3
  • War frame

Best expansion of the game

  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalkers
  • Destiny 2: The Witch Queen
  • Cuphead – the delicious last dish [WINNER]
  • GTA Online: The Contract
  • Guild Wars 2: Dragons’ End
  • Total War: Warhammer III – Immortal Empires

The best gaming hardware

  • Game date
  • Steam bridge [WINNER]
  • Pocket analog
  • Backbone One: PlayStation Edition
  • Roccat Kone XP
  • WD_Black SN850 NVMe SSD for PS5

Best Indie Game

  • Lamb worship [WINNER]
  • Tunic
  • Rollerdrome
  • Dorfromantik
  • Neon white
  • Tear down

Best multiplayer game

  • Elder Ring [WINNER]
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Entrances
  • MultiVersus
  • Splatoon 3
  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Best visual design

  • Elder Ring [WINNER]
  • Forbidden Horizon West
  • Lamb worship
  • Ghost thread: Tokyo
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Lost in game

The most wanted game

  • The Legend of Zelda: Kingdom Tears [WINNER]
  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Mirage from Assassin’s Creed
  • Dead Island 2
  • The prophesied
  • street fighter 6
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dark Tide
  • Honkai: Star Rail
  • Starfield
  • Exoprimal
  • Redfall
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • The day before
  • Mass effect
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Final Fantasy VII Reborn
  • Hollow Knight: Song of the Silk
  • Kerbal 2 space program
  • Dead space

Nintendo Game of the Year

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus [WINNER]
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  • Live live
  • Splatoon 3
  • Nintendo Switch Sports

PC Game of the Year

  • Neon white
  • Return to Monkey Island [WINNER]
  • Hardspace: Ship Destroyer
  • Tear down
  • Total War: Warhammer 3
  • Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Demon Hunters

PlayStation Game of the Year

  • Granturismo 7
  • Forbidden Horizon West
  • Stray [WINNER]
  • Elder Ring
  • The last of us part I
  • It was

Xbox Game of the Year:

  • Infinite halo
  • Contempt
  • To the ground [WINNER]
  • As dusk falls
  • Sniper Elite 5
  • Dying Light 2: Stay human

Still playing

  • Genshin Impact [WINNER]
  • The Sims 4
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Minecraft
  • Fortnite
  • Pokémon GO
  • Apex Legends
  • Lost Ark
  • The Elder Scrolls Online

Workshop of the year

  • roll7
  • Terrible toy box
  • Half mermaid
  • From Software Inc. [WINNER]
  • Indoor / Night
  • Tribute Games

Best Early Access Launch:

  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • Slime Rancher 2 [WINNER]
  • Dune: Spice Wars
  • Core Keeper
  • Vampire survivors
  • Darkwood

Best Game Trailer

  • The Callisto Protocol The truth of the Black Iron trailer
  • Goat Simulator 3 announcement trailer [WINNER]
  • skate. Still working on it Trailer
  • Bloody Hell Hotel Intro Trailer
  • “Time Flies” Announcement Trailer.
  • Alan Wake 2 presentation trailer

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