While many people may consider “the” GOTY at this point to be the one to take the crown at The Game Awards, there are many other awards, and of course individual tier lists for sites or creators.

But the Golden Joysticks are pretty big, and its list of winners indicates a heavy favorite heading into the biggest GOTY season. Baldur’s Gate 3 won the series’ “Ultimate GOTY” award, along with six other categories.

Apart from this, Final Fantasy XIV, Starfield, Tears of the Kingdom, Alan Wake 2 and Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty won awards. Here’s the full list, which gives an interesting preview of the potential rewards to come:

  • Ultimate GOTY – Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Best Storytelling – Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Best Visual Design – Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Best Gaming Community – Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Best Supporting Performer – Neil Newborn as Astarion (Baldur’s Gate 3)
  • Studio of the Year – Larian Studios (Baldur’s Gate 3)
  • PC Game of the Year – Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Best Game Expansion – Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Best Game Trailer – Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Best Audio – Final Fantasy XVI
  • Best Lead Performer – Ben Starr as Clive (Final Fantasy XVI)
  • Best Multiplayer Game – Mortal Kombat 1
  • Best Indian Game – Sea of ​​Stars
  • Best VR Game – Horizon Call of the Mountain
  • Best streaming game – Valorant
  • Still Playing Prize – No Man’s Sky
  • Breakthrough Award – Cocoon
  • Best Gaming Hardware – PS VR2
  • PlayStation Game of the Year – Resident Evil 4
  • Xbox Game of the Year – Starfield
  • Nintendo Game of the Year – Tears of the Kingdom
  • Most Wanted Award – Final Fantasy VII Rebirth
  • Critics’ Choice Award – Alan Wake 2

Critics love Alan Wake 2, and despite only one win here, given that The Game Awards are heavily voted for by critics, it seems like it’s probably the main contender against Baldur’s Gate 3 for GOTY. And yet, it’s very, very hard not to see Baldur winning. I mean, look at that sweep.

How well do Golden Joysticks live up to their past choices? Draw your own conclusions. Elden Ring won GOTY 2022, Resident Evil Village won GOTY 2021, The Last of Us Part II won GOTY 2020, Resident Evil 2 won GOTY 2019, Fortnite won GOTY 2018, Breath of the Wild won won GOTY 2017 and I’ll probably stop there. I guess they really like Resident Evil, huh.

I’ll reveal my own pick in a moment here, but yes, I expect Baldur to take home the grand prize, along with a few others at least at The Game Awards, but probably many other lists as well.

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