Fortnite, Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War were among the most prominent winners at this year’s Golden Joystick Awards.
Fortnite won the coveted Ultimate Game of the Year and Best Competitive Game awards, Red Dead Redemption 2 won the Critics’ Choice Award and God of War won no fewer than five awards, including PlayStation Game of the Year and Best Storytelling.
Other notable awards at the venerable annual event (which has now taken place 36 times) included Subnautica winning PC Game of the Year – whose developer, Unknown Worlds, also won the Breakthrough Award – and Hidetaka Miyazaki, the president of From Software, scooping the Lifetime Achievement Award. Microsoft’s Xbox One Adaptive Controller won the Outstanding Contribution Award.
Daniel Dawkins, Global Editor-in-Chief of GamesRadar+ (flagship games website of Future Publishing, which operates the Golden Joysticks), said: “2018 has been an incredible year for video games. We have had year-defining blockbuster hits such as Fortnite Battle Royale, Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War, sitting alongside indie breakthrough games such as Subnautica and Dead Cells. This year’s Golden Joystick Awards received a record number of voters, casting millions of votes, and we are not surprised to see all these games being recognised for their inventive brilliance and the sheer joy they bring to so many people.”
Hidetaka Miyazaki said: “To receive such a prestigious award from the Golden Joysticks fills me with great surprise and a sense of great honour. I am tremendously grateful to everyone who has played, enjoyed and appreciated our games. Rather than myself, this award goes to the many people who have built these games with me, and shared their passion with me over the years.”