PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds takes PC Game of the Year at the Golden Joysticks

Golden Joystick 2017

Update: The winners are here, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild taking top prize as Game of the Year, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds claiming PC Game of the Year.

The 35th annual Golden Joystick Awards have come and gone, celebrating the best of the UK games industry. 21 categories were voted on by fans, who chose PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as the PC Game of the Year. The console-only Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild took overall Game of the Year.

Here's our list of the best PC games.

Four awards - Critics’ Game of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Hall of Fame, and Outstanding Contribution to UK Industry - were decided on by a panel of critics, who sided with the fan vote on their Game of the Year pick.

Most of the awards were presented as a first prize with two runners-up. Here are the full selection of winners.

Best Storytelling

  • 1st: Horizon Zero Dawn
  • 2nd: Nier: Automata
  • 3rd: Persona 5

Best Visual Design

  • 1st: Cuphead
  • 2nd: Horizon Zero Dawn
  • 3rd: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best Audio

  • 1st: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 2nd: Persona 5
  • 3rd: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Best Gaming Performance

  • 1st: Ashly Burch - Horizon Zero Dawn
  • 2nd: Nathan Fillion - Destiny 2
  • 3rd: Melina Juergens - Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Best Indie Game

  • 1st: Friday the 13th
  • 2nd: What Remains of Edith Finch
  • 3rd: Dream Daddy

Best Multiplayer Game

  • 1st: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • 2nd: Battlefield 1
  • 3rd: Splatoon 2

Studio of the Year

  • 1st: Nintendo EPD
  • 2nd: Platinum
  • 3rd: Guerilla Games

Best VR Game

  • 1st: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • 2nd: Superhot VR
  • 3rd: Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Esports Play of the Year

  • Agilities

Esports Team of the Year

  • 1st: Seoul Dynasty (formerly Lunatic-Hai)
  • 2nd: Team Liquid
  • 3rd: Astralis

Esports Game of the Year

  • 1st: Overwatch
  • 2nd: Rocket League
  • 3rd: League of Legends

Best Streamer/Broadcaster

  • 1st: Markiplier
  • 2nd: Jacksepticeye
  • 3rd: Hannah Rutherford

Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year

  • 1st: Pokémon Sun and Moon
  • 2nd: Super Mario Run
  • 3rd: Fire Emblem Heroes

Nintendo Game of the Year

  • 1st: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 2nd: Super Mario Odyssey
  • 3rd: Pokémon Sun and Moon

PlayStation Game of the Year

  • 1st: Horizon Zero Dawn
  • 2nd: Nier: Automata
  • 3rd: Persona 5

Xbox Game of the Year

  • 1st: Cuphead
  • 2nd: Gears of War 4
  • 3rd: Forza Motorsport 7

PC Game of the Year

  • 1st: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • 2nd: Dream Daddy
  • 3rd: Total War: Warhammer 2

Critics Choice Award

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breakthrough Award

  • 1st: Ashly Burch
  • 2nd: Game Grumps
  • 3rd: Melina Juergens

Hall of Fame Award

  • Final Fantasy

Most Wanted Award

  • 1st: The Last of Us Part II
  • 2nd: Red Dead Redemption 2
  • 3rd: Death Stranding

Still Playing Award

  • 1st: World of Tanks
  • 2nd: Overwatch
  • 3rd: Diablo III

Outstanding Contribution to the UK Games Industry

  • Debbie Bestwick MBE

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Sid Meier

Game of the Year

  • 1st: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 2nd: Horizon Zero Dawn
  • 3rd: Persona 5

Original Story: The Golden Joystick Awards, a celebration of the best of the UK games industry, take place this evening. The main event, hosted by Danny Wallace, takes place this evening, but the pre-show begins at 3.15 GMT, and you can watch it through the official Twitch channel.

Pre-show guests including Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene and Friday the 13th’s Chuck Brungardt will join hosts Keza MacDonald and Ellie Gibson.

The 35th annual Golden Joysticks will hand out awards across 25 categories. 21 of those were the result of public voting, while four more (Critics’ Game of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Hall of Fame, and Outstanding Contribution to UK Industry) have been decided by a panel of critics.

Among the games up for the top prize of Ultimate Game of the Year are Assassin’s Creed Origins, Destiny 2, Dishonored 2, Resident Evil 7, and PUBG. They’re joined in the category by a handful of console-only titles, including Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey.

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From a general perspective (and I understand I may get shot for saying this on a PC website) I'd argue that GOTY is split between Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild. Nintendo really smashed the park this year, and this is from the opinion of someone who doesn't own a Switch.

Looking at the mainline consoles + PC market; AC:O is more of the same no matter how you look at it. Refreshing changes, but its still Assassin's Creed. Same goes for Dishonored 2 and RE7. PUBG is pretty much H1Z1 if it had been built correctly from the start. Still waiting for a title with higher server tick-rates, but that's still a fair decade away based off server and internet restrictions.

Then we can turn across to Nintendo's offerings. BotW reworks Zelda into a true open-world environment. It steps outside of key characteristics of the series, yet keeps its adventure heritage (almost as if they turned back to the original Zelda's freedom of choice). Interactivity between elements is stronger than any other RPG we've seen.

These strengths also carried over to the latest Mario. It's worth looking at GMTK's video on the tools Nintendo employed in the latest title even if, like me, you're not a fan of Mario. Their ability to build a consistent world with simple tools, no overloading menus or tool-wheels, but still give you so much creative freedom how you approach each task; is truly incredible.

Nothing on the mainstream market has been able to compete with the ingenuity Nintendo brought to the table this year. Depressingly I see PUBG having more of a chance to win thanks to its current popularity (although BotW did turn may heads on release, it stands a chance). Either way, I look forward to the live stream!

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