GTA 'sticks it to UK awards show

Golden Joysticks handed out in London; San Andreas steals 5, Resident Evil takes 4. PSP and Nintendo also recognized.

The Golden Joysticks, the UK's version of Spike TV's Video Game Awards, were handed out today in London. The winners are decided by gamers, and some 200,000 participants voted. Because of the show's tight seal on eligible games, a favorite of 2004 stole the show.

To vie for a Golden Joystick, a game must have been released between October 29, 2004, and October 28, 2005, in the UK. These requirements made this year's crop start off with a bang--as the much-heralded Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was released in the UK on October 29, 2004.

Just because it was the oldest game eligible for an award doesn't mean it gave ground to the new guys. In fact, quite the opposite. San Andreas took home five awards, including Joystick d'Or for Ultimate Game of the Year, PlayStation 2 Game of the Year, and Best Game Soundtrack.

The undead were very much alive in the show as well, with Resident Evil 4 winning GameCube Game of the Year, Editor's Game of the Year, and (oddly enough) Best Film-Based Game of 2005. Resident Evil 5 took home the One to Watch for 2006, despite conventional wisdom pointing toward a 2007 release for the game.

Nintendo took home Publisher of the Year, thanks in part to Super Mario DS, the Handheld Game of the Year. Another Nintendo game, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, rode off with the One to Watch for Xmas award, despite the fact that it won't be released until April 2006 at the earliest.

Other winners include Halo 2 for Xbox Game of the Year, Half-Life 2 for PC Game of the Year, World of Warcraft for Online Game of the Year, and the PSP for Game Innovation of the Year.

And the winners are:

Ultimate Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
PlayStation 2 Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
GameCube Game of the Year: Resident Evil 4
Xbox Game of the Year: Halo 2
PC Game of the Year: Half-Life 2
The Carphone Warehouse Handheld Game of the Year: Super Mario 64 DS
Best Film-Based Game of 2005: Resident Evil 4
BBC Radio One - Colin and Edith's Best Game Soundtrack of 2005: Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
The Sun Online Online Game of the Year: World of Warcraft
Publisher of the Year: Nintendo
The In Stock Magazine Retailer of the Year: Play.com
The Game One Gaming Innovation of the Year: PSP
The MCV One to Watch for Xmas: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
The Sun's One to Watch for 2006: Resident Evil 5
Hero of 2005: CJ from Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
Villain of 2005: Officer Tenpenny from Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
The Girl's Choice for 2005: The Sims 2
Editor's Game of the Year: Resident Evil 4
Unsung Hero of the Year: Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy in the US)

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Discussion

17 comments
ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Glad RE 4 won editors game of the year. I love San Andreas but thought Resident Evil was the better game.

mario_brothers
mario_brothers

GTASA sucks you know bad graphics in the persons is so boring doing the same missions the same gameplay all time i give it 5.1 of 10

EMAN2g
EMAN2g

WTF... The Game One Gaming Innovation of the Year: PSP?? wow

3xperienced
3xperienced

Well, mission acomplished for RockStar. Grand Theft Auto was a hell of a game, and everyone thought so - and now it's been proved once again.

NinjaSpunk
NinjaSpunk

So does this mean the publishers pay for their awards in the UK show too?

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

This is still a million times better than Spike TV (that was simple one of the worst award shows in the world).

Jimbokundesu
Jimbokundesu

Well, it IS the UK's version of the Spike TV Video Game Awards......Expect some degree of idiocy...

GamerDudeB3
GamerDudeB3

Yea GTA 5 awards coooooooool, but what happpend to FPS of the year...

Thrallia
Thrallia

um....is it just me or are award show things that give out awards based solely on votes(like this one) ridiculously flawed? RE4 film based? Twilight Princess game for christmas(despite everyone knowing for months now that it won't be out till next year)? that and the fact that GTA:SA won 5 awards tells me all I need to know about THAT award show...

JG_Pliskin
JG_Pliskin

"Best Film-Based Game of 2005: Resident Evil 4" Film based? I'm missing something...