Rockstar’s blockbuster Grand Theft Auto V has walked off with the top award at the Golden Joysticks video game awards, with Call Of Duty and the creator of BioShock also being honoured.
A record-breaking 10 million people have voted in this year’s awards, with the winners being announced today at a gala event in London.
Unlike most award shows the winners are voted on only by the public, so there’s no surprise that it was GTA 5 which was named as game of the year, beating out stiff competition from The Last Of Us.
The PlayStation 3 exclusive was still able to secure a brace of awards though, being named as best newcomer and winning the award for best storytelling. Developer Naughty Dog also picked up studio of the year.
Action role-player The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was the surprise winner in the most wanted category, beating out competition from not only fellow games such as Titanfall and Destiny but also the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles themselves.
Other notable winners included Mark Of The Ninja as best indie game, and surprising wins for Payday 2 as best multiplayer and Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation as best handheld game.
One of only two categories not voted on by the public was the hall of fame award, which went to the 160 million-selling juggernaut Call Of Duty. The other was the new lifetime achievement award, which was presented to BioShock creator Ken Levine. BioShock Infinite also won the award for best visual design.
‘In most fields, people begin their careers being inspired by others. In turn, they hopefully end up inspiring others. The great thing about the still-maturing nature of video games is you get to be inspired by the work of novices and veterans alike,’ said Levine. ‘We’re all figuring out day by day exactly what the medium is capable of’.
‘This year’s Golden Joystick Awards have seen a record-breaking 10 million votes, proving that even after 31 years they’re still the awards that best represent the voice of gamers worldwide,’ said organiser and CVG editor Andy Robinson.
‘With revamped categories to reflect the diversity of modern gaming and the addition of the inaugural lifetime achievement award, which was deservedly presented to Ken Levine, one of the most interesting creators working in games, this year’s ceremony has been the most thrilling yet’.
The full list of 2014 winners is as follows:
The Last Of Us
Most Wanted in association with Playfire
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Best Indie Game
Mark Of The Ninja
Best Visual Design
Best Gaming Moment in association with Absolute Radio
Far Cry 3 – The Definition of Insanity
Studio of the Year in association with MPG Universal
Innovation of the Year in association with T3
The Last Of Us
Best Online Game
World Of Tanks
Best Handheld Game
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation
YouTube Gamer Award in association with YouTube
Best Gaming Platform in association with Digital Spy
Best Mobile/Tablet Game of the Year
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Game of the Year
Grand Theft Auto V
Hall of Fame
Activision: Call Of Duty
source: metro UK