Call of Duty 4 sweeps Golden Joystick Awards

Activision's shooter takes home three Game of the Year awards at UK ceremony.

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With no BAFTA Video Game Awards due to take place in the UK until early 2009, Future's Golden Joystick Awards are a chance for publishers and developers to get their hands on a gong or two. Last year saw Gears of War rewarded as Ultimate Game of the Year, with Assassin's Creed highlighted as the "One to Watch."

The 2008 awards took place today in London, with awards based on more than 850,000 public votes. It seems to be the year of the sequel: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare won Activision four awards in total, with Metal Gear Solid 4 picking up PlayStation Game of the Year and Grand Theft Auto IV winning Xbox Game of the Year. Fallout 3 is this year's Most Wanted, and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock won the Family Game of the Year, to continue the trend of franchises rather than original IP winning the big awards.

A full list of the winners is below.

All-Nighter Award
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Family Game of the Year
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Handheld Game of the Year
Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Mobile Game of the Year
Bejeweled 2

Mobile Game Pitch 2008
Tobias Rowe with Finders Keeper

Nintendo Game of the Year
Super Smash Bros.

PC Game of the Year
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Retailer of the Year
Play.com

High Definition PlayStation Game of the Year
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Soundtrack of the Year
Grand Theft Auto IV

Xbox Game of the Year
Grand Theft Auto IV

Most Wanted Award
Fallout 3

Online Game of the Year
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

UK Developer of the Year
Rockstar North

Grand Master Flash Award
Stickman Madness

One to Watch
Call of Duty: World at War

Publisher of the Year
Activision Blizzard

Ultimate Game of the Year
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Discussion

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mjstokes85
mjstokes85

"All-Nighter Award Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" Haha i can vouch for that one!

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division_9
division_9

Metal Gear Solid 4 should have "Most Epic game ending of the year" since when snake crawls its so damn exhilirating since your jumping on your couch screaming "You can do it snake!" and mashing the controller as hard as you can. That was good while it lasted.

Vote_For_McCain
Vote_For_McCain

COD4 is the best multiplayer game I have ever played. It's just so smooth and fun. - I would also like to point out that I have played the COD 5 beta for about 22 hours now and it is not even close to as good as COD 4 is. - Looks like we will have to wait untill COD 6 for another great COD game. Notice I said great as COD 5 is good just not great like COD 4 is.

josef8
josef8

Powerwalk Posted Nov 4, 2008 7:22 am GMT mgs4 should of got soundtrack of the year award Yeah GtAIV soundtrack isnt that good

veggie530
veggie530

GTAIV soundtrack of the year is a bit of a stretch...I thought this was actually one of the downfalls of the game. MGS4 had a fantastic soundtrack, however.

Powerwalk
Powerwalk

mgs4 should of got soundtrack of the year award

crimped
crimped

good call on all counts.

Rakuho
Rakuho

cod4 hands down the best online experience, no matter what anyone else says. It was FUN, and that's what's imortant. many shooters don't give me that feeling of satisfaction. and isn't gta4 multiplat, why is the xbox game of the year. it should be an exclusive just like for the ps3, but even after saying that, it's just not how joystick makes the list it, it seems. tuff break for halo 3 :roll:

weaslerz
weaslerz

wtf? why CoD 4 gets all these rewards? it's a great game, but still definitely doesn't deserves about 3 rewards. GTA IV and MGS 4 are way better.

sabitrulz
sabitrulz

I just can't understand how come cod4 got the goty award instead of MGS4,MGS4 IMO is the best console game since the original Halo,in both da cases no othr console games can't keep up,in terms of gfx n gameplay. Man those awards r just garbage materials.

farigor
farigor

COD series are always BEST. they are some pieces of 'Modern Art' nowadays.

migelpsp
migelpsp

thanks for posted that list.

NoseWeed619
NoseWeed619

Wow. So Call of Duty 4 got game of the year...

DJFMBEN
DJFMBEN

all of 08's games werent realised yet they shouldnt count games to be games of the ear yet =( what bout cod5 far cry2 Little big planet resisitance 2 mirrors edgege gears 2 ... all of these games r great to .. uh.. i dont think cod4 is yhe " ultimate" game its preatty good but only for online id give the game of the year to MGS4 i enjoyed it the most

Shlomiki
Shlomiki

Metal Gear Solid 4 is hell better then COD4; I can't understand how those awards were given!? Everyone should agree with MGS4's superiority.

Gruff-182
Gruff-182

Nice list, though I'd probably have put Mirrors Edge as the "one to watch" as apposed to COD:WaW, considering it's a unique FPS concept and not just another WWII shooter. I've pumped many hours into COD4 mulitplayer, but I'd still give Ultimate Game of the Year to MGS4, hands down. Both excellent tho.

Cbordi
Cbordi

i think MGS4 should win more awards than this. its the best game ever, and the online part is hella good! this should be the ultimate game of the year, hell, MGS4 should win all awards ^^

Goku87
Goku87

these losers need to let us vote on what game gets what awards

Tuco_Ramires
Tuco_Ramires

Since when CoD4 is better than MGS4 ? Seriously.

LoneNecromancer
LoneNecromancer

It really says something when the best game on Xbox was multi-plat, and when the best game on PS3 was exclusive. One more thing. MGS4>COD4.

Lord_Kantor
Lord_Kantor

How the hell is COD4 better than MGS4?

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

@ Un4givingAsault: Firstly, your name is spelt offensively bad and there is no Halo 4. But secondly, on topic, even though they are old games, there hasn't been anything worthy of beating them until just now and those games (FarCry 2, Fable 2, Fallout 3, etc. etc. will all be in next year's awards). Thirdly, as for your assessment of those games. I think millions of people worldwide would disagree with you on how good CoD4 and GTAIV are. CoD4 had a short but awesome SP and the best multiplayer I've ever experienced. GTAIV had an amazing SP world, even if its multiplayer struggles. And at any rate, clearly the 850,000 people who voted in these awards disagree with you.

Un4givingAsault
Un4givingAsault

GTA IV, wtf, that game isnt even that good, just cause its apart of the series it gets one. bunch of douches. COD4, not that specail either, still way behind Halo 4's matchmaking, party, and ranking system. And why are these old games?

skate_n_game
skate_n_game

Why are they giving awards to one year old games? This is 2008....

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Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

Hell yeah, MGS4 puts warfare into perspective way better then CoD4, or any other game ever for that matter. MGS4>CoD4

gunswordfist
gunswordfist

Those awards are pretty much dead on except for the fact that MGS4 should have won all of CoD4's.

gimmysumcowbel
gimmysumcowbel

"GTA4??????? Eh???? What????? Lol sorry but disappointment of the year certainly NOT Xbox game of the year " it was for sure the most fun i had playing games this year. and yes i have MGS4 COD4 and all the other games up there

havocmerc
havocmerc

No surprise with GTA IV here. I expected nothing less.

Rainbow_Lion
Rainbow_Lion

GTA4??????? Eh???? What????? Lol sorry but disappointment of the year certainly NOT Xbox game of the year :( CoD4 was 2007 anyway and GTA has gone backwards since Vice City, I've not played MGS4 so Can't Comment, I bought an Xbox360 Elite specifically for GTA4 so maybe that's why I feel so disappointed by it, the cars handle badly, the characters suck, you can't buy businesses the wanted system is a joke, no planes, no jetpack, no parachute, unoriginal missions, awful soundtrack (how it won that is anybody's guess!?!?) terrible plot etc etc I could go on about GTA's flaws as there are many more bad points about this game than good ones. And as for Multiplayer, that was done on the PC years ago with the MTA mod so it's hardly groundbreaking. The missions are a chore and I do not enjoy driving round a bland city for 10 minutes just to shoot another ethnic minority in the face "fun"

XXL2
XXL2

Lol i'm still playing cod4 now!

okassar
okassar

COD4 is amazing online,it's my Friday game:) (yes,this is really sad,I have a schedule for my gaming),honestly there were too many good games this year,I would give any one of them an award. COD4 definitely deserves all the awards though,take another play through the campaign and you'll remember how good it was,I was just starting to forget that until I took another run through it:)It was designed with the help of movie makers for God's sake.And as I said before,fantastic online,very innovative--like many of the people on this thread,I'm going to play it right now lol.Can't wait for Gears of War 2,btw,it probably will be the game of the year,actually I almost have no doubt,unless something really goes wrong.

SkinnyGodfather
SkinnyGodfather

Even with game of the year by this awards ceremony, doesnt mean Shiet! CoD MP was waaaaaaay to small, and assests like artillary,uav, and others are not needed. CoD WaW is just another example. I mean come on, exactly how many WW2 titles can we continue to play??? No one can come out with a whole new way to play a FPS. After reading a article on another site, more than likely the next title in the CoD series, will be much more like WoW. Since they are now the same company, shouldn't be to hard.

Hell-Fire21
Hell-Fire21

Makes me want to revisit COD4, haven't played it in months after MONTHS of playing it :lol:

Pete5506
Pete5506

CoD 4 was a good game, I could see why it did so good