Today s the day the Golden Joystick Awards will take place. Millions of votes were recorded before votes closed on Thursday 25 October and the winners will be revealed at 3 pm GMT live on Twitch. The action starts with a pre-show, presented by GamesRadar’s James Jarvis, Zoe Delahunty-Light and Brandon Saltalamacchia. The pre-show will focus on the nominations and feature an exclusive interview with Pete Hines about Fallout 76. Additionally, viewers will be treated to a walkthrough of Pokémon Let’s Go and Hitman 2.
The pre-show will last for an hour, with the award action starting a 4 pm GMT. The 36 Golden Joystick Awards presented with AMD will be hosted by Danny Wallace. Votes have been collected over the past seven weeks, with record numbers of votes being placed. The categories include:
- Ultimate Game of the Year
- Most Wanted Game
- PlayStation Game of the Year
- Xbox Game of the Year
- PC Game of the Year
- Nintendo Game of the Year
The leaders in many categories have changed hands many times, there are no guarantees, it really is anyone’s night! There are 18 categories that are chosen by public vote. Five additional categories are the critic’s choice awards that include Lifetime Achievement, Critics Choice Award, and Outstanding Contribution.
Video reveals will break up the awards and speeches. Exclusive reveals include The Dark Pictures – Man of Medan, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown and several other titles from Warner Bros. Atlus, Kock Media, Bigben Interactive and Developer Digital.
Dan Dawkins, Global Editor-In-Chief, GamesRadar+ said: “This year’s Golden Joystick Awards live show will be bigger and better than ever, with more exclusive interviews and video reveals, plus the chance to find out which games the public has chosen as their favourites of the year. 2018 has been an incredible year for gaming, so join us on Friday to watch all the action unfold live on stage.”
I’ll be watching, but in all honesty, I’m not sure who I’ll be backing to win. After The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild blowing me away in 2017, this year has been a little underwhelming. I expect Marvel’s Spider-Man to do well along with Monster Hunter: World and more likely than not, Fortnight.