With the Game Awards currently considered by many as the ultimate accolade, there exists a multitude of other award ceremonies and individual listings from various outlets and creators.
The prominence of the Golden Joystick and its lineup of winners indicate its substantial influence during the prestigious Game of the Year season. “Baldur’s Gate 3” emerged victorious with the “Ultimate GOTY” award along with triumphs in six other categories.
Additionally, accolades were bestowed upon Final Fantasy XIV, Starfield, Tears of the Kingdom, Alan Wake 2, and Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. A comprehensive list of winners provides an intriguing insight into potential accolades to anticipate:
- Ultimate GoT – Baldur’s Gate 3
- Best Story-Baldur’s Gate 3
- Best Visual Design – Baldur’s Gate 3
- Best Gaming Community – Baldur’s Gate 3
- Best Supporting Actor – Neil Newborn as Astarion (Baldur’s Gate 3)
- Studio of the Year – Larian Studios (Baldur’s Gate 3)
- PC Game of the Year – Baldur’s Gate 3
- Best Game Expansion – Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
- Best Game Trailer – Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
- Best Audio – Final Fantasy XVI
- Best Lead Actor – Ben Starr as Clive (Final Fantasy XVI)
- Best Multiplayer Game – Mortal Kombat 1
- Best India Game – Sea of Stars
- Best VR Game – Horizon Call of the Mountain
- Best Streaming Game – Valorant
- Still Playing Award – No Man’s Sky
- Breakthrough Award – Cocoon
- Best Gaming Hardware – PS VR2
- PlayStation Game of the Year – Resident Evil 4
- Xbox Game of the Year – Starfield
- Nintendo Game of the Year – Tears of the Kingdom
- Most Wanted Award – Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
- Critics’ Choice Award – Alan Wake 2
Alan Wake 2 has garnered significant critical acclaim, and although it only secured one victory here, considering the substantial number of critics participating in The Game Awards, it appears to be a formidable contender against Baldur’s Gate 3 for the GOTY. Nevertheless, it’s undeniably challenging to overlook Baldur’s sweeping success.
Critically, how closely do the Golden Joysticks align with their previous selections? Formulate your own conclusions. Elden Ring secured the 2022 GOTY, Resident Evil Village clinched the 2021 GOTY, The Last of Us Part II emerged victorious in 2020, Resident Evil 2 was triumphant in 2019, Fortnite seized the 2018 GOTY, and Breath of the Wild claimed the 2017 GOTY. I guess Resident Evil is certainly a frontrunner in their book.
While I won’t reveal my selections just yet, I anticipate that Baldur’s Gate 3 will claim a top prize, not only at the Game Awards but also on numerous other listings.
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