Contenders for 2011 Golden Joystick GOTY include Call Of Duty: Black Ops, L.A. Noire and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Voting is live now at the official site.
Voters who participate in all 14 public categories stand a chance of winning the GamesMaster Ultimate Gaming Prize – including consoles and many of the award-nominated games.
Robin Alway, Editor-in-Chief of GamesMaster says: “The combination of 1.5 million votes last year and an outstanding 12 months for games meant the pressure was really on when it came to picking the shortlist for the Golden Joysticks. But while that was difficult, voting is easier than ever and we want every gamer to have their say.
“The shortlist features huge sequels living up to the hype, new IP establishing itself, and incredible innovation and creativity wherever you look. There could be some major upsets when the winners are announced.”
2010’s event was a huge succes, with more than 1.5 million votes cast, the GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards has been enhanced by a number of changes.
New categories, including dedicated gongs for downloadable, mobile and free-to-play games, allow for a wider breadth of games than ever before, including success stories like Minecraft and Angry Birds.
The 2011 shortlist has been selected by a hand-picked panel of Future’s gaming experts, chaired by GamesMaster Editor-in-Chief Robin Alway.
Winners are announced at the awards ceremony, taking place at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza on Friday 21st October. A number of exclusives and reveals from all across the games industry will also surprise gamers.
Simon Maxwell, Group Publisher of Future’s Entertainment portfolio, says: “We’re drawing on 29 years of heritage to make this year’s Golden Joysticks the biggest and best ever. Table sales are moving at speed, so don’t delay if you want to be in the room for the gaming event of the year.
“We can’t wait to crown the very best gaming has to offer – get voting and make sure your favourite gets the recognition it deserves.”
GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards 2011 categories
- Ultimate Game of the Year
- One To Watch
- Best Shooter
- Best Action/Adventure
- Best RPG [Role-Playing Game]
- Best MMO [Massively Multiplayer Online game]
- Best Fighting Game
- Best Racing Game
- Best Sports Game
- Best Strategy Game
- Best Music-based Game
- Best Free-to-play Game
- Best Mobile Game
- Best Downloadable Game