Elden Ring Wins Ultimate Game of the Year at Golden Joystick Awards 2022

The winners of the 40th annual Golden Joystick Awards were announced. Elden Ring dominated the ceremony winning four awards including the Ultimate Game of the Year.

During yesterday's live stream hosted by actors Laura Bailey and Troy Baker, known for voicing Joel and Abby in The Last of Us Part II, GamesRadar announced the winners of its 40th annual Golden Joystick Awards. The vote took place among the GamesRadar community who have picked 2022's best games, studios, and gaming hardware. 

FromSoftware's hit action RPG Elden Ring dominated the ceremony winning four awards including Best Visual Design, Best Multiplayer Game, and Critics’ Choice Award as well as Ultimate Game of the Year. In addition, the developer of the game also received the Studio of the Year award.

The Nintendo Game of the Year was the action-RPG Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Terrible Toybox's Return to Monkey Island was named the best PC game of the year. Xbox Game of the Year became Obsidian's survival game Grounded, and the best PlayStation game was a cyberpunk adventure game Stray, on behalf of which a cat "accepted" the award.

The rogue-lite action Cult of the Lamb won the Best Indie Game category, while Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course received the Best Game Expansion award.

Actress  Mahon Gage, who played Marissa Marcel in IMMORTALITY, was named the Best Performer of the year, beating Christopher Judge, who played Kratos in God of War Ragnarök, among others.

Steam Deck was chosen as the best hardware of 2022. Valve's portable PC scored 65% of the vote, for which the company's president Gabe Newell personally thanked device users.

Here's the full list of this year's winners:

Ultimate Game of the Year

  • Elden Ring [WINNER]

Critic’s Choice Award

  • Elden Ring [WINNER]

Breakthrough Award

  • Vampire Survivors [WINNER]

Best Audio

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

Best Storytelling

  • Return to Monkey Island
  • Horizon Forbidden West [WINNER]
  • I Was A Teenage Exocolonist
  • Wayward Strand

Best Game Community

  • Dreams
  • Final Fantasy XIV [WINNER]
  • GRID Legends
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Splatoon 3
  • Warframe

Best Game Expansion

  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
  • Destiny 2: The Witch Queen
  • Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course [WINNER]
  • GTA Online: The Contract
  • Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons
  • Total War: Warhammer III – Immortal Empires

Best Gaming Hardware

  • Playdate
  • Steam Deck [WINNER]
  • Analogue Pocket
  • Backbone One: PlayStation Edition
  • Roccat Kone XP
  • WD_Black SN850 NVMe SSD for PS5

Best Indie Game

  • Cult of the Lamb [WINNER]
  • Tunic
  • Rollerdrome
  • Dorfromantik
  • Neon White
  • Teardown

Best Multiplayer Game

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

Best Visual Design

  • Elden Ring [WINNER]
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo
  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Lost in Play

Most Wanted Game

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom [WINNER]
  • Final Fantasy XVI
  • Assassin’s Creed Mirage
  • Dead Island 2
  • Forspoken
  • Street Fighter 6
  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
  • Honkai: Star Rail
  • Starfield
  • Exoprimal
  • Redfall
  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • The Day Before
  • Mass Effect
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
  • Hollow Knight: Silksong
  • Kerbal Space Program 2
  • Dead Space

Nintendo Game of the Year

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

PC Game of the Year

  • Neon White
  • Return to Monkey Island [WINNER]
  • Hardspace: Shipbreaker
  • Teardown
  • Total War: Warhammer 3
  • Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters

PlayStation Game of the Year

  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Stray [WINNER]
  • Elden Ring
  • The Last Of Us Part I
  • Sifu

Xbox Game of the Year

  • Halo Infinite
  • Scorn
  • Grounded [WINNER]
  • As Dusk Falls
  • Sniper Elite 5
  • Dying Light 2: Stay Human

Still Playing

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

Studio of the Year

  • Roll7
  • Terrible Toybox
  • Half Mermaid
  • FromSoftware Inc. [WINNER]
  • Interior / Night
  • Tribute Games

Best Early Access Launch

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

Best Game Trailer

  • The Callisto Protocol The Truth of Black Iron Trailer
  • Goat Simulator 3 Announcement Trailer [WINNER]
  • skate. Still Working On It Trailer
  • Bloody Hell Hotel Reveal Trailer
  • Time Flies Announcement Trailer
  • Alan Wake 2 Reveal Trailer

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