PlayStation wins at the Joysticks
As 2018 ends, Kratos becomes the God Of Four
THANK YOU TO ALL THE PLAYERS – AND… THE BUS DRIVER.
09PlayStation cleaned up at the 36th Golden Joystick awards in November. There were big wins all round, but the biggest success story hails from Santa Monica. Not only did SIE Santa Monica Studio win the Studio Of The Year award, its latest release did it proud. God Of War claimed the prizes for Best Storytelling, Best Visual Design, and Best Audio before scooping up PlayStation Game Of The Year (presented by our staff writer, Jess).
The other big success story of the evening, surprising no-one, was Fortnite Battle Royale. Picking up Best Competitive Game and Ultimate Game Of The Year, in their second acceptance speech a representative from the studio said, “Thank you to all the players – and especially, thank you to the bus driver.”
In a result that shocked many, Red Dead Redemption 2 placed second in Ultimate Game Of The Year, but did still take home the Critics’ Choice Award. Among the less surprising wins of the evening, Overwatch won eSports Game Of The Year, Skyrim was dubbed Best VR Game and Cyberpunk 2077 was crowned the Most Wanted Game.
God Of War pipped Detroit: Become Human at the post for PlayStation Game Of The Year, and in the end the android-centred drama failed to pick up any big awards itself. However, Bryan Dechart was awarded Best Performer for his turn as fan favourite Connor and, alongside his co-star and now wife Amelia Rose Blaire, also won Best New Streamer.
God Of War had to fight off fierce competition this year but still walked away with a slew of awards.
GOW director Cory Barlog sent a heartfelt video on behalf of the studio.