Golden Joystick 2021 Winners Announced

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The winners for the 39th Golden Joystick Awards have been announced.

Hosted by Emily Rose and Nolan North, the awards celebrate gaming achievement and are voted for by fans. This year, two additional categories were added to celebrate 50 Years of Gaming – Ultimate Game of All Time and Best Gaming Hardware of All Time.

The show opened with a specially crafted medley of music spanning 50 years of video games performed by the Golden Joystick Awards Collective. Featuring more than 20 musicians and singers, the medley includes iconic music from the likes of Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Pac-Man, Halo, and The Last of Us.

Taking the coveted Ultimate Game of the Year award was Resident Evil Village, which also won Best Audio, PlayStation Game of the Year and Best Performer for Lady Dimitrescu actress Maggie Robertson. Other winners of the night included Elden Ring winning Most Wanted Game and Death’s Door being named Best Indie Game, while Capcom was named Studio of the Year.

See the full list of winners below:

Best Storytelling

  • Life is Strange: True Colors

Best Multiplayer Game

  • It Takes Two

Best Visual Design

  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Best Indie Game

  • Death’s Door

Studio of the Year

  • Capcom

Best Game Expansion

  • Ghost of Tsushima: Iki Island

Mobile Game of the Year

  • League of Legends: Wild Rift

Best Audio

  • Resident Evil Village

Best Performer

  • Maggie Robertson – Lady Alcina Dimitrescu, Resident Evil Village

Best Game Community

  • Final Fantasy XIV

PC Game of the Year

  • Hitman 3

PlayStation Game of the Year

  • Resident Evil: Village

Nintendo Game of the Year

  • Metroid Dread

Xbox Game of the Year

  • Psychonauts 2

Best Gaming Hardware

  • PlayStation 5

Still Playing Award

  • Final Fantasy XIV

Most Wanted Game

  • Elden Ring

Ultimate Game of the Year

  • Resident Evil Village

Breakthrough Award

  • Housemarque (Returnal)

Critic’s Choice Award

  • Deathloop

Ultimate Game of All Time

  • Dark Souls

Best Gaming Hardware of All Time

  • Personal Computer (PC)

Watch the ceremony in full below.

Words by Megan Roxburgh

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