Golden Joysticks shift into Gears

Epic's shooter wins top honors at 25th annual UK gaming awards ceremony; Nintendo named publisher of the year.


Earlier this week, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts honored the gaming industry's standout titles of late 2006 through the end of 2007. Today, UK publishing giant Future offered its take on how 2007 shaped up with the 25th annual Golden Joysticks, which occurred at the Park Lane Hilton hotel in London.

No stranger to the winner's podium, Epic Games' Gears of War walked away from the show with top honors: Ultimate Game of the Year. Epic's sci-fi shooter also picked up wins in the Xbox Game of the Year, Nuts All-Nighter, and Editor's Choice categories. Gears has nabbed top honors at a number of other awards shows this year, including the Game Developer's Choice Awards and the D.I.C.E. Awards.

Whereas Nintendo's minigame compilation Wii Sports received the lion's share of awards at the BAFTAs, it walked away with just one accolade at the Golden Joysticks: Family Game of the Year. However, Nintendo did pick up a number of other wins, such as victories in the Innovation of the Year category with the Wii, as well as Publisher of the Year.

A full list of nominees is as follows, with winners appearing in bold.

Ultimate Game of the Year
Gears of War
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
God of War II
Final Fantasy XII
Resistance: Fall of Man
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Guitar Hero II
Wii Sports
Guild Wars Nightfall
Test Drive Unlimited

Family Game of the Year
Wii Sports
Guitar Hero II
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
Viva Piñata
Virtua Tennis 3
Mario Party 8
Sims 2 Pets
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Rayman Raving Rabbids
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Girls' Choice Award
Guitar Hero II
Viva Piñata
Cooking Mama
Virtua Tennis 3
Sims 2 Pets
SingStar Pop Hits
Buzz! The Mega Quiz
Rayman Raving Rabbids

BBC 1Xtra Soundtrack of the Year
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Guitar Hero II
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Need for Speed Carbon
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
God of War II
Gears of War
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy

Nuts All-Nighter Award
Gears of War
World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade
Wii Sports
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Pro Evolution Soccer 6
Resistance Fall of Man
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar
Battlefield 2142
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas
Company of Heroes

Handheld Game of the Year
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl
Final Fantasy III
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
Killzone: Liberation
Pro Evolution Soccer 6
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All
Tekken: Dark Resurrection
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Chili Con Carnage

Innovation Award
Nintendo Wii
PlayStation 3
DirectX 10
Wii Sports
Halo 3 Beta
Xbox Box Live Arcade
The PlayStation Network
Wii Play

Mobile Game of the Year
Final Fantasy
Lemmings Return
Sims 2 Pets
3D Space Invaders
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
UEFA Champions League 2006-2007
Before Crisis - Final Fantasy VII
World Series of Poker Texas Hold' em
Orcs & Elves

Nintendo Game of the Year
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Wii Sports
Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl
Call of Duty 3
Final Fantasy III
Mario Strikers: Charged Football
LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
Red Steel

Ones to Watch Award
Grand Theft Auto IV
Assassin's Creed
Halo 3
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Metal Gear Solid 4
Super Mario Galaxy
Fallout 3
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

Online Game of the Year
EVE Online: The Path to Kali
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
Gears of War
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar
Resistance: Fall of Man
Mario Strikers Charged Football
Guild Wars: Nightfall
Battlefield 2142
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas

PC Game of the Year
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl
Company of Heroes
Football Manager 2007
Guild Wars Nightfall
Battlefield 2142
Test Drive Unlimited
The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles
Medieval II: Total War
Supreme Commander
Gothic 3
Neverwinter Nights 2

PlayStation Game of the Year
God of War II
Final Fantasy XII
Resistance: Fall of Man
Guitar Hero II
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Call of Duty 3
Pro Evolution Soccer 6
Killzone: Liberation
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
Canis Canem Edit

Xbox Game of the Year
Gears of War
Guitar Hero II
Forza Motorsport 2
The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles
Call of Duty 3
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas
Viva Piñata
Test Drive Unlimited
Saints Row
The Darkness
Virtua Tennis 3
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
Pro Evolution Soccer 6

Publisher of the Year
Rockstar Games
Electronic Arts
Microsoft Game Studios
Square Enix
Take Two Interactive/2K Games

Retailer of the Year
EB Games
Virgin Megastores

UK Developer of the Year
Rockstar North
Team 17
Free Radical
Sony London
Bizarre Creations
Traveller's Tales
Evolution Studios
Realtime Worlds
Sports Interactive
FireFly Studios

Editor's Choice
Gears of War
No other nominees announced.

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Mediocre, as usually.

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assassin's creed got game to watch just cant wait any more damn it :( only a few more days

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gears of war is a short fine game so rent it and if youre good at the multyplayer matches..... BUY THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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gears is one of the reasons why i even bought a 360

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gears is sick i aint even got a xbox i jus usta go me m8s to play it was that gd

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GATTTA LUV GEARZ............................

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gears of war wasn't even all that, 06 games weren't even that good

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the game of the year thing depends on where you are located i believe, because if you ask in Asia, FFXII would take the honors, regardless i like both FFXII and God of War II, not a fan of Gears though, still since most games were actually from the end of '06 not much can be said, i think Halo should have taken game of the year but is wasn't even nominated.

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all these games are 2006 WTF

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Gears of War? What a F#$KING JOKE! What is going on around here? Is this the MTV awards of games? I guess all you need is a cool concept and art to win these days. Competent programming, not so important. Retarded.

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God of War 2 was better than Gears of War...very different games but GoW is distinctive whereas GeoW has competition and similar games...

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didin't gears come out nov 06?

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Both of those are amazing games that are worth playing through over and over again.

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lots of good games to play, congrats to the winners!! and yep, Gears and God are a hard call!

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"i love gears of war but ultimate game of the year for me was god of war 2" Yup, that's a hard call. Both were fantastic. I think if you include online Gears wins due to replay value, but the single player Gears vs. God is pretty close to a tie.

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i love gears of war but ultimate game of the year for me was god of war 2. and there were great games this year........gears of war, zelda TP, Resi 4 wii edition to name the best. oh well, congrats gears. it definitely deserves it. lol, did i see Xbox box live arcade, that kinda sounds odd. wats the second box for?

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Waaait, so WoW is the "online game of the year" but LOTR Online is the overall "PC game of the year"? How does that work?

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Naming LOTR pc game of the year makes all this a joke

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W00t! Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar won PC game of the year.....Should have also won online game of the year but we know how it is......ALL RIGGED is what i say bout that one!

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@ AncientDozer thankyou! I hate GOW Bashers who are jealous of its popularity and its greatness and revolutionary gameplay to the 3PS genre. Take note Nintendo/Sony fanboys, GOW is a true gamers game.

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Gears of war is ok, Im not crazy about it, im not really much into shooters like that, im waiting for mass effect. But Considering 360s are always failing, ive been unsure about getting it, i wouldnt wanna pay full price for something that messes up within a month. But right here, at this site, u can get one for completely an offer. My friend got one and all u gotta do is one of the offers, the stamp offer is the best one, juss cancel it within 4 weeks. Its only like $15 so just think of it as $15 for an Xbox360, and to top it off, its the 360 elite, so more bang for that $15. << LINK REMOVED >>

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how the hell did wii play get on this page??? it SUCKS!!!!!

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lol GTA:Vice City Stories beat out all those DS games? ..............

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Gears of War is so completely overrated, it make vomit rise in my throat everytime i hear someone gushing about how much they love it. But whatever, people can like whichever game they want, no matter how flawed. Still, the credability of the awards are dashed by awarding Wii sports an award.

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Gears of War is the Rule, glad that it has been shown unanimously yet again. Though Some of this other information I find rather startling!

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Christ, why the hell did GAME get retailer of the year award. They employ the most dumbest morons. GAMESTATION or PLAY should have got it.

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If you are blood thirsty and you like tactical shooters, then you will enjoy GEARS. I completed it single player on 'hardcore', then 2 player co-op on 'insane' difficulty. Now I am working my way getting the achievements in online ranked matches.

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am really sick on Gears getting all these rewards .. I bet CliffyB is already sick of it already .. I mean come on .. guys need to move on, this is not giving a good impression of the gaming industry

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I would've chosen Microsoft, Sony or 2K. Not f*****g nintendo!

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gears ftw!!!!!

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EA nominated for publisher of the year? :P

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To all Bashers alike: Gears is obviously a good game, no matter what you say. Look at what it's winning. Its not just the hype; People actually enjoy it. Its unfair to really compare a 3PS and a FPS, too. Halo and Gears are two really great game. Dun get me wrong. But think about it... Gears - November (06) Halo - September (07) I dont think Halo has a fair chance of even getting enough votes in. Gears has had the time to develop and actually get gamers into its multiplayer (through the thicks and REALLY REALLY thins), unlike Halo, which still needs some more getting use to before people are actually into it. When things start rolling. Bioshock? Where is Bioshock?! That deserves a spot there! God Of War winning the Playstation award means nothing. Its just, THAT good. Cant we all just get along? I bet if there werent any kind of bashing on any games and stuff, our lives would be so much more better. Like me; Who doesnt own a PS3 but a 360, yet. I never bash on Sony because, not everything they do is wrong. Just, alot right now, is. Nintendo is owning everything right now. They made me get a DS. MGS: PO deserved something. Assasins Creed better not suck, or I'll be pissed. Gears owned the competition. =D Make PEACE. Not war [or bashing.]

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see, halo 3 is not anywhere near GOW's leauge. it was a great game. And it still getting praise is good. the ps3 did well in innovation. then again MS did not do much innovating, how was the beta of halo 3 on that list? I think most of the choices there are good. and Rockstar did pretty good.

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Halo 3 beta an innovation?!?! Halo never invented anything.

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Probably worth noting as well that the majority of awards in the Golden Joysticks are voted for by the public, not a board. So all the more credit to Gears ;-p

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only gears of war . this game can be the best game of 2007 too. just a joke

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Yeah, Gears is good but let some other games that deserve praise get awards. Gears has been in the limelight too long.

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Glad to see the Wii getting some respect. Nintendo is doing great, as well as Microsoft.

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go gears go gears ur the best

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Hashashin's CREED FTW !!!

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where the fuk is bioshock?

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Gears is a good game.....though..half the game is in "Black and White" uh? Can't see half way through it. Doesn't deserve best game although great game give it a 9.

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Interesting list, though I do have a couple that I disagree with.

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Aquageneral...hmm your right about Gears being great its an awesome game and I think it earned a win. I don't know if it was my fav game but it was among them. And people can say halo 3 is a bad game and justify it...anybody who expected a good single player and then was sorely disapointed when they beat it with in a day or 2...if it was a 40 dollar game i would call it good but for 60 + it was nothing more than an expansion pack....the single player is close to being good only cuz of COOP but the only way to play coop is on legendary and even then the game becomes a bit to easy well 2 players on legendary is a good challenging level but 3 and 4 its a cakewalk. so yes i am calling halo 3 a badd game cuz it relyed on its merits that even in the past didn't manage to keep the game off of end of the year most over rated lists on major critic sites such as IGN and GI who by all accounts contain many xbox fanboys for writers more GI than IGN in that i mean unless it was just bought for its MP campaign i can easily seeing it falling someone between avg and badd though i rated it as good to great cuz it has a great MP though i know of several MP that i actually enjoy more. sooo i wouldn't be so bold in that statement the halo 3 did get a 10 in advertising though i mean this game had close to 20 scores of 9.5 before it was released to the media which failed to mention the short story line in everyone of them and the initially poor UI in the MP, a still crappy story, NOOOO boss battles cept early theirs kinda one. terrible human and flood AI like some of the worst in any game around litterally, crap loads of back tracking in a game that is not expansive at all...i mean abundance of areas that looke like arenas seperating arenas with a vacant hall way.................should i go on i know i will prolly lose a point for ranting on halo cuz i am sure this will be viewed as flaming by some halo fanboys but its only the truth and its easy to see if you play the game with an open mind....I am a major x360 fan myself Gears great job, can't wait for Mass Effect but i do know of the major shortcomings of halo 3

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Tybolt i have to say that nooo your wrong. first of all a lot of xbox 360 shooters and what not are coop...maybe the shaky cam but its been done in other games so i don't know they are the innovators of that just the ones that did it the best, and the grenade deal has been done in similiar fashions in the past once again they did it really well but they didn't like create it. do they deserve to win it year i think so i think deserves it cuz it is fun involving lengthy replayable and challenging which awesome massive baddies with a very friendly interface funnnn game.

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what a crummy list.

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Nice outcome, Go GoW, i mean a groundbreaking game should win right. now that many other developers are copying it in theyr own, way Example of what has been taken from Gears o war... ----The runn Shaky cam can be found in EA's Fifa 08 --The grenade throw positioning thing is in Army of two And Developers are making more co-Op games, in my opinion thanks to the success of GOW So Gears of war so deserved all those awards.

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Whoever hates Gears does not know what a good game is. Its like saying Halo is bad (though Halo 3 is too much of the same).