NewsFuture Publishing has announced the shortlists of nominees for the 2011 Golden Joystick Awards, including new categories dedicated to downloadable, mobile and free-to-play games. Games up for the awards' top "Ultimate Game of the Year" prize include popular titles from last year's holiday season, such as Call of Duty: Black Ops and Halo: Reach, as well as more recent releases such as LA Noire, Portal 2 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. In a first for the awards, this year's nominees were chosen by a group of editors from Future's game-focused magazines, including PC Gamer, NGamer, OXM and OPM, and GamesMaster Public voting on all nominees will be open at the Golden Joystick web site through October 14, before winners are announced at an October 21 ceremony at London’s Westminster Bridge Park Plaza. Last year's awards received 1.5 million votes Now in its 29th year, the Golden Joystick Awards are being sponsored this time around by gaming PC maker Alienware. The Golden Joystick Awards nominees for 2011 are as follows: Ultimate Game of the Year * LA Noire * Portal 2 * FIFA 11 * Pokemon Black/White * Halo: Reach * Call of Duty: Black Ops * Bulletstorm * Killzone 3 * Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit * Total War: Shogun 2 * Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition * DiRT 3 * Rock Band 3 * The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings * The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D * Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood * Fallout New Vegas * Gran Turismo 5 * Civilization V * Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty One to Watch * The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim * Assassin's Creed: Revelations * Saints Row: The Third * Battlefield 3 * Modern Warfare 3 * Bioshock Infinite * Far Cry 3 * Mass Effect 3 * Aliens: Colonial Marines * Ghost Recon: Future Soldier * Hitman: Absolution * Halo 4 * Tomb Raider * Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii) * Super Mario (3DS) * Metal Gear Solid: Rising * Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm * Guild Wars 2 * Agent * Uncharted Golden Abyss Best Shooter * FEAR 3 * Brink * Crysis 2 * Bulletstorm * Killzone 3 * Call of Duty: Black Ops * Red Faction: Armageddon * Homefront * Medal of Honor * Singularity * Vanquish * GoldenEve 007 * Dead Space 2 Best Action/Adventure * InFamous2 * Shadow of the Damned * LA Noire * Yakuza 4 * Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood * Amnesia: The Dark Descent * Lego Star Wars II: The Clone Wars * Castlevania: Lords of Shadow * Dead Rising2 * Enslaved: Odyssey to the West * Deadly Premonition * Crackdown II * Mafia II * MGS Peace Walker * Epic Mickey * Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective * Okamiden * Portal2 * LBP2 * Donkey Kong Returns Best RPG [Role-Playing Game] * The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D * The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings * Dragon Age II * Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation * Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together * Golden Sun: Dark Dawn * Dungeon Siege III * Fallout New Vegas * Pokemon Black/White * Fable 3 * Magicka Best MMO [Massively Multiplayer Online game] * Rift * World of Warcraft (Cataclysm (Dec 2010)) * Eve Online Incarna (Jun 2011) * Aion AION: Assault on Balaurea (Sept 2010) * Age Of Conan Updated May 2010 * DC Universe Online (Jan 2011) Best Fighting Game * Dead or Alive Dimensions * Mortal Kombat (2011) * Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition * Fight Night Champion * Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds * Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition * BlazBlue: Continuum Shift * Arcana Heart 3 * EA Sports MMA * WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 Best Racing Game * DiRT 3 * Motorstorm: Apocalypse * SHIFT 2 Unleashed * Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit * Gran Turismo 5 * nail'd * MotoGP 10/11 72/68 * Test Drive Unlimited 2 * F1 2010 * Ridge Racer 3D Best Sports Game * Top Spin 4 * Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D * MLB 11 The Show * Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters * Virtua Tennis 4 * NBA Jam * FIFA 11 * NBA 2K11 * NHL 11 * Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 * Kinect Sports Best Strategy Game * The Sims Medieval * Total War: Shogun 2 * R.U.S.E. * Pride of Nations * Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War 2: Retribution * Civilization V * Starcraft 2 * Ghost Recon Shadow Wars * Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Best Music-based Game * Child of Eden * Dance Central * DJ Hero 2 * Rock Band 3 * Def Jam Rapstar * Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock * Just Dance 2 * Michael Jackson: The Experience * Singstar Dance Best Free-to-play Game * Allods Online * RuneScape * Runes of Magic * Mythos * League of Legends * Dragonica * Black Prophecy * Bloodline Champions * Forsaken World * Zuma Blitz * Empires and Allies * Bejewelled 3 * World of Tanks * EA Sports FIFA Superstars * Champions Online * CityVille Best Mobile Game * Inifnity Blade * Game Dev Story * Backbreaker 2: Vengeance * Dead Space * Tiny Wings * The Heist * Hunters: Episode 1 * Monster Hunter: Dynamic Hunting * Real Racing 2 * Street Fighter IV: Volt * To-Fu: The Trials of Chi * Order and Chaos * Fruit Ninja * Cut The Rope * Feed Me Oil * NBA Jam by EA Sports * Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit * N.O.V.A 2 - Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance * Sonic & Sega All Stars Racing * Angy Birds Rio Best Downloadable Game * Dead Nation * Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light * Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 * SEGA Rally Online Arcade * Auditorium HD * Outland * The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile * Pac-Man Championship Edition DX * Joe Danger * Frozen Synapse * Minecraft * Trenched * Gods Vs Humans * Hydroventure * DeathSpank * Bit.Trip Fate * Glow Artisan * Limbo * Stacking * Might and Magic: Clash Of Heroes
Nominees Announced For 2011 Golden Joystick Awards
Future Publishing has announced the shortlists of nominees for the 2011 Golden Joystick Awards, including new categories dedicated to downloadable, mobile and free-to-play games.