Since the initiation of the Coronavirus-led pandemic earlier this year, game developers saw a massive rise in the number of gamers during the mandatory lockdowns in most parts of the world. Now, as we are moving towards the end of this horrific year, it is time to take a look at the games that have been most popular amongst gamers. So, here’s the list of games that won big at the 38th “Golden Joystick Awards” for video games.

The Golden Joystick Awards, if you are unaware, is an annual award ceremony that focuses on awarding the most popular games in the market. It is also known as the People’s Gaming Awards and uses a public-voting system to choose the best games of the year.

So, this year, the organizers held the 38th Golden Joystick Awards ceremony, and over 3 million people voted to determine the best games in 20 distinct categories. These include – best storytelling, mobile game of the year, best indie game, PC game of the year, Nintendo game of the year, the ultimate game of the year, and a few more.

Special Mentions

Now, before going to the entire list, let me mention the games that stood out amongst others. Nintendo’s uber-popular open-world title, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of them. After bagging the “Game of the Year” award at the Tokyo Games Show, the massively popular title seized the “Nintendo Game of the Year” category.

Another significant title that bagged numerous awards for best storytelling, best audio, best visual design, PlayStation game of the year, and the ultimate game of the year was “The Last of Us Part II”. This game received the most number of awards.

Other popular games like Fall Guys acquired the titles of the best multiplayer game and the best family game of the year. Anpther popular title, Among Us, bagged the “Breakthrough Award” and Death Stranding was the PC game of the year.

Check out the entire list of games that received the “Golden Joystick Award” right below.

  • Best Storytelling – The Last of Us Part II
  • Best Multiplayer Game – Fall Guys
  • Best Visual Design – The Last of Us Part II
  • Best Game Expansion – No Man’s Sky: Origins
  • Mobile Game of the Year – Lego Builder’s Journey
  • Best Audio – The Last of Us Part II
  • Best Indie Game – Hades
  • Still Playing – Minecraft
  • Studio of the Year – Naughty Dog
  • Esports Game of the Year – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Best New Streamer / Broadcaster – iamBrandon
  • Best Family Game – Fall Guys
  • Best Gaming Community – Minecraft
  • Best Performer – Sandra Saad (Critics Choice)
  • Breakthrough Award – Among Us (Critics Choice)
  • Hall of Fame – Team17 / Worms (Critics Choice)
  • PC Game of the Year – Death Stranding
  • Best Gaming Hardware – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
  • PlayStation Game of the Year – The Last of Us Part II
  • Xbox Game of the Year – Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Nintendo Game of the Year – Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Most Wanted Game – The next God of War game
  • Critics Choice Award – Hades (Critics Choice)
  • Ultimate Game of the Year – The Last of Us Part II