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

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