The Golden Joystick Awards is probably one of the biggest award shows that video gaming has, and this year’s were no exception. With a wide variety of amazing games having come out in 2016, it’s likely that the judges of the awards had their hands full deciding which ones were the most deserving.
Out of all of the ones that came out this year, including Uncharted 4, XCOM 2, Naruto: Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Street Fighter 5, Far Cry: Primal, Fire Emblem: Fates, Hyper Light Drifter and a wide variety of others, From Software’s Dark Souls 3 and Blizzard’s Overwatch both cleaned up the best, with Dark Souls taking home the show’s Ultimate Game of the Year award, while Overwatch took home five different Golden Joystick awards.
Dark Souls 3 came out in May and served as a worthy finale to the Souls series, which began with Demon’s Souls back in 2009 and has only recently ended (somewhat, Dark Souls 3 still has one more DLC to put out before the series is put to rest) with Dark Souls 3’s release. The series led to the resurrection of challenging games and gave rise to a brand new sub-genre: the Soulslike.
Overwatch made waves when it was announced at 2014’s BlizzCon, and only gained momentum as time went on with numerous trailers and animated shorts. When the game was finally released it got critical acclaim because of its tight gameplay, wide cast of characters, and most important of all its completely uncompromising attitude towards cheaters and rage quitters.
Overwatch would end up taking away Golden Joystick awards for Best Original Game, Best Multiplayer Game, Best Gaming Moment, and more, passing The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine (which also came out this year as the final DLC to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt), which got three awards.
Considering how good 2016 was for games, we can only hope that with games like For Honor, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Horizon: Zero Dawn, God of War 4, and Red Dead Redemption 2 coming out, that 2017 will be even better.