Portal 2 takes Game of the Year at Golden Joysticks

Valve's puzzler takes Ultimate Game of the Year at Golden Joystick Awards, Sonic awarded Outstanding Contribution.

Portal 2 took the big prize at the 29th Golden Joysticks Awards, taking the Ultimate Game of the Year prize at the London award ceremony, with winners decided entirely by public vote. This year's awards, for which more than 2 million votes were cast, also saw FIFA pick up the Sports Game of the Year accolade for the second year running.

Portal 2 wins big.

The Call of Duty franchise bagged yet another award in the Best Shooter category for Black Ops, and there was also an award for Mojang's blocky sandbox build-'em-up Minecraft, which was named Downloadable Game of the Year. Awards were also handed to the Nintendo 3DS for Innovation and to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in the One to Watch category.

Sega's spiky blue mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, received this year's award for Outstanding Contribution to the industry, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the series and the release of Sonic Generations.


The full list of this year's winners:

Action/Adventure Game of the Year: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Mobile Game of the Year: Angry Birds Rio

Roleplay Game of the Year: Fallout New Vegas

Massively Multiplayer Online Game of the Year: World of Warcraft

Fighting Game of the Year: Mortal Kombat

Racing Game of the Year: Gran Turismo 5

Sports Game of the Year: FIFA 11

Strategy Game of the Year: Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

Music Game of the Year: Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock

Free-to-Play Game of the Year: League of Legends

Downloadable Game of the Year: Minecraft

Shooter Game of the Year: Call of Duty: Black Ops

One to Watch: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Innovation of the Year: Nintendo 3DS

Outstanding Contribution: Sonic the Hedgehog

Ultimate Game of the Year: Portal 2

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71 comments
-Vulpix-
-Vulpix-

This list is sucks. Gran Turismo 5? could of sworn I bought that game last Winter. I'm pretty sure Black-ops isn't the best shooter of the year to whatever this is based on there are plenty of others that were better I'm sure.

Ka-BaMf
Ka-BaMf

Yes, the year isn't over yet we all know. The games that haven't come out yet will probably count for next year.

jollybest1
jollybest1

Roleplay Game of the Year: Fallout New Vegas...huh wtf, they missed TW2 or what???

Stoner2099
Stoner2099

the year isnt even over yet shouldnt they have this in december....what bout skyrim and uncharted 3 i think those two alone should blow most of those games out of the water

JusADude11
JusADude11

Its was a "public vote" which is why its not exactly the best of lists. Portal 2 was a fine game, but it didnt have much replayablity to me, the real game of the year will be skyrim in my opinion. One play through should be a good 40+ hours, and i bet it will take a couple play throughs to get every nook and cranny out of it. Im replaying oblivion and still finding things i didnt see before.

zidan4000
zidan4000

but wait, wasn't new vegas released at 2010?

zidan4000
zidan4000

there is still two full months left out of 2011, the competetion is invalid before 2012.

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

New Vegas beating out The Witcher 2? Dream on!

Melas300
Melas300

@PlatinumPaladin Thank you very much. I had the same question as well. That explains everything :)

Super-Poke-Bros
Super-Poke-Bros

Well there are plenty of other choices but Portal 2 really is a great game :)

pelvist
pelvist

Fallout New Vegas, RPG of the year? ...rofl! The Witcher 2 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Fallout NV

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@Feroz06 & Reuwsaat The games coming out in the next couple of months will be entered into next years Golden Joysticks. 'The Year' doesn't mean January to December. It's like how the financial year runs from April to March. Most of the winners are certainly deserving. Well done to Valve. I do think some of the winners won simply because it was a quiet year for that genre.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

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Jamemba
Jamemba

@starduke : I was talking about the 'One To Watch' Award.

Feroz06
Feroz06

this is dumb, they're giving GOTY awards and all the great games are coming at the end of the year. cant they wait till the year ends?

Rovelius
Rovelius

@Twilighten Colors and Generations would like to have a word with you.

Twilighten
Twilighten

Sonic got 'Outstanding Contribution to the Industry'!? Thanks to Team Sonic, He's SHAMED the industry will all his crap games!

yasinizawesome
yasinizawesome

Most of the games that got an award came out in 2011 or haven't come out at all. But I'm glad that Fallout:New Vegas got RPG of the year.

JuggaloZero
JuggaloZero

Erm... aren't most of the major games of 2011 currently unreleased?... Damn, and Euro's claim Americans are stupid. At least we know when years actually end.... j/k Europeans, it's really just the people running "Golden Joystick" who have no idea what a calendar is (in other words, the ones who are really And inexplicably stupid)

Grovilis
Grovilis

It really annoys me how New Vegas got RPG of the year when Skyrim could've easily gotten that if they waited just a LITTLE longer.

shalashaska88
shalashaska88

What a joke. Uncharted 3, BF3, Skyrim hasnt even come out yet.

lfebaggins
lfebaggins

All hail Portal and all hail Valve.

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

Portal 2 being the Golden Joystick's GOTY is well deserved out of all the games released so far this year, but I think everyone is fair to say the best competition it would of had, hasn't been released yet. But there are still more award shows happening later this year, so we'll see who comes out on top then. Skyrim should do well.

zzamaro
zzamaro

wow, too much hate on Portal 2 i remember it had too much praise after it was released and now everyone hates? don't get me wrong, i loved the game but did I miss something?

Jamesp2005
Jamesp2005

Everyone should just relax. The games still to come out this year will just be in next years awards. Besides, as many awards as there are anymore every single game that comes out will be able to call itself the best of the year.

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

All of the best games of this year have not even come out yet! I'm sure Skyrim and Battlefield 3 among others would and SHOULD have received an award, had they just waited to December (like any normal person would)

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

I don't get it.... we just started the 4th Quarter of this year and they announced the winners? CoD best shooter? ohhh my gawd what has this world come down to.. It feels so wrong when it says "of the year" leaving out the best part of the year.

ChiefReaver
ChiefReaver

GT5, Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock, Starcrat II,CoD Blops, FIFA 11, AC:BroBro, and Fallout New Vegas all came out LAST YEAR. And this year isn't over yet. Are they stupid or do they run on another time frame that I don't know about?

tyfun5
tyfun5

Portal 2 was declared the Ultimate Game of the Year, but it didn't won any other title....How is that possible???

SloganYams
SloganYams

So...What timeframe do these awards go on? Why is it so hard for people to go from January 1st to December 31st?

Marsh87
Marsh87

some of these games came out last year and what about little big planet 2

Daian
Daian

New Vegas beat The Witcher 2? That bugfest beat The Witcher 2? Who voted , 12 old Xbox gamers? Judging by the Shooter of the Year, probably yes.

jaifrecap
jaifrecap

The year is not even over yet! wtf!

CheeseB0y
CheeseB0y

im totaly happy that portal 2 won goty it so desrved it. as for black ops? not at all

starduke
starduke

@Jamemba You do realize that Skyrim isn't even out yet? However, it does have a chance to win for next year's Golden Joysticks.

starduke
starduke

I'm looking forward to Portal 2 GOTY Edition. That is, if Valve actually does one.

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

For the end sequence alone, Portal 2 deserved the award. Great game with a great ending much like it's prequel too. Well done.

mtait01
mtait01

that and God of War 3 is absent - that should have beaten assassins creed

mtait01
mtait01

The only things there I wouldn't agree with is... 1. Black Ops - BFBC2 was by far the better game... and 2. New Vegas, it is a great game but my God, how many bugs????? Even after plenty of updates it still runs like a cripple

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

So they take stuff from 2010 and 2011? This list doesn't make any sense.

LAnoirFAN
LAnoirFAN

Shooter Game of the Year: Call of Duty: Black Ops??!!! WHAT HAPPENS TO THE WORLD

Okplay
Okplay

So far...mine personal game of the year.

QuartrGuy
QuartrGuy

This was a triumph. I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.

ADDADAC
ADDADAC

its taking GOTY and it is including games from last year beause it is considering games that have come out after the last Golden Joysticks. The Emmy's are held in mid september and The Academy Awards are held in Febuary, both do the same thing but with tv shows and movies. Most award ceremonies aren't held at the end of the year. With that being said, some people take GOTY too seriously, with mutiple groups and websites having their own GOTY awards, a website saying this gae is GOTY is almost like a kid saying 'this is my favorite game.'