Train2Game News 39th Golden Joystick Award Winners

The winners were revealed last night in the 39th Golden Joystick Awards presented by GamesRadar.

Millions of votes were cast in 20 public voted categories with the games, hardware and personalities winning unveiled at an all digital ceremony this evening on Twitch and YouTube.


This year’s awards show was hosted by Hollywood stars, Emily Rose and Nolan North, best known for working together as the lead actors on the Uncharted games series, Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher.

The show also featured game reveals from open-world survival horror Wronged Us, WWII strategy sim Men of War II, and an exclusive look at sci-fi adventure The Invincible. The Golden Joystick Awards celebrated 50 Years of Games with a special musical performance, an exclusive pre-show documentary and two new awards marking 50 years since Computer Space, the world’s first commercially available coin-op, launched in November 1971.


The 2021 Golden Joystick Awards winners are:

  • Best Storytelling: Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Best Multiplayer Game: It Takes Two
  • Best Audio: Resident Evil: Village
  • Best Visual Design: Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
  • Best Game Expansion: Ghost of Tsushima: Iki Island
  • Mobile Game of the Year: League of Legends: Wild Rift
  • Best Gaming Hardware: PlayStation 5
  • Best Indie Game: Death’s Door
  • Studio of the Year: Capcom
  • Best Performer: Maggie Robertson (Lady Dimitrescu in Resident Evil: Village)
  • Breakthrough Award: Housemarque (critically chosen)
  • Best Game Community: Final Fantasy XIV
  • Still Playing Award: Final Fantasy XIV
  • PC Game of the Year: Hitman 3
  • Nintendo Game of the Year: Metroid Dread
  • Xbox Game of the Year: Psychonauts 2
  • PlayStation Game of the Year: Resident Evil: Village
  • Most Wanted Game: Elden Ring
  • Critics’ Choice Award: Deathloop (critically chosen)
  • Ultimate Game of the Year: Resident Evil: Village
  • Best Gaming Hardware of All Time: Personal Computer (PC)
  • Ultimate Game of All Time: Dark Souls

Daniel Dawkins, Content Director, Games at GamesRadar+ said: “We’re thrilled to crown Dark Souls as the Ultimate Game of All Time after a public vote that was even more unpredictable and contentious than we expected. Ultimately, creator Hidetaka Miyazaki’s action RPG Dark Souls edged out the seminal first-person-shooter Doom by less than 50 votes.


Video games, more than any other entertainment medium, are a complex blend of attributes, with judges and voters weighing up interactivity, technical innovation, feedback loops, level design, characters, storytelling, longevity – and the elusive x-factor that all great movies, music and TV possesses – to crown their favourite. That Dark Souls – a game famed for its fiendish difficulty, immaculate design and rich lore – should claim Ultimate Game of All Time ahead of more accessible and iconic titles such as Pac Man, Space Invaders and Super Mario Kart, is testament to the deep passion that gaming inspires.


The PC claiming the title of Best Gaming Hardware of All Time – in a shortlist entirely composed of consoles – is a headline that writes itself. The Personal Computer’s ability to evolve and rewrite the boundaries of technical possibility, makes it an utterly fitting winner as the Golden Joystick Awards celebrates 50 Years of Games. A hearty congratulations to all of our winners for representing the very best that gaming has to offer, in a year when the industry has adapted to new working patterns and component shortages with admirable agility.”


You can watch the full awards show on catch up via:

Twitch – The Golden Joystick Awards

YouTube – GamesRadar

Facebook – GamesRadarPlus

The prestigious awards show is now in its 39th year and is the world’s largest public-voted gaming awards event attracting millions of votes every year.

This year’s event is supported by Develop:Brighton. For more information visit Golden Joystick Awards 2021 or follow the awards on Twitter and Facebook. #GoldenJoystickAwards #50YearsOfGames

Train2Game News Golden Joystick Awards Now Open

The Golden Joystick Awards is celebrating 50 years of video games by inviting the public to pick their favourite game and gaming hardware of all time.

The prestigious awards brand is now in its 39th year and is the world’s largest public-voted gaming awards event attracting millions of votes every year.

Voting opened yesterday at goldenjoysticks.com and closes at 3pm PST / 6pm EST / 11pm GMT on Friday, November 12.

Daniel Dawkins, Content Director, Games at event owner Future said: “We are delighted to celebrate 50 Years of Games in a landmark moment for the gaming industry. In November 1971, Computer Space* became the world’s first commercially playable arcade machine, birthing a $150bn industry from a 10-cent coin. We’re celebrating this milestone by inviting the public to vote for their Ultimate Game of All Time and Best Gaming Hardware of All Time. The results will be revealed in a truly special Golden Joystick Awards ceremony broadcast on Tuesday, November 23.

We assembled a diverse panel of industry luminaries to create a 20 game shortlist, considering factors such as critical reception, social impact, commercial success, legacy and influence, plus a measure of personal preference. We hope our shortlist represents the diversity and achievement of our 50-year-old industry, which – by definition – has been forced to exclude some truly exceptional games. You can find out more about the judging process on gamesradar.com and we can’t wait to find out which games and hardware the public will vote as their winners.”

Shortlisted games and hardware:

Ultimate Game of All Time Best Gaming Hardware of All Time
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Amiga 500
Dark Souls Atari 2600
Doom (1993) Commodore 64
Grand Theft Auto V Dreamcast
Half-Life 2 Game Boy
Halo: Combat Evolved Game Boy Advance
Metal Gear Solid GameCube
Minecraft Nintendo 64
Pac-Man Nintendo DS
Pokemon Go Nintendo Entertainment System
Portal PC
SimCity (1989) PlayStation
Street Fighter II PlayStation 2
Space Invaders PlayStation 4
Super Mario 64 Sega Mega Drive
Super Mario Bros. 3 Sega Saturn
Super Mario Kart Super Nintendo Entertainment System
The Last of Us Wii
Tetris Xbox 360
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild ZX Spectrum

The Golden Joystick Awards are presented by GamesRadar+. The winners will be revealed on Tuesday, November 23 via an online broadcast. In addition to the two special ’50 Years of Games’ awards the event will also feature 20 more awards for the best games of 2021 including ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’, ‘Studio of the Year’ and more.

For more information visit Golden Joystick Awards 2021 or follow us on Twitter and Facebook #GoldenJoystickAwards #50YearsOfGames.