The PlayStation 4 exclusive ‘The Last of Us 2’ was the big winner of the Golden Joystick Awards 2020, the annual award promoted by Games Radar. The game took no less than five trophies, including ‘Game of the Year’ in the 38th edition of the event, while its studio, Naughty Dog, took the best of the year.
The game, which follows the story of Ellie and Joel after the events of ‘The Last of Us’ (2013), also won in the categories’ Best Storytelling’, ‘Best Visual Design’, ‘Best audio’ and ‘Game of the Year PlayStation ‘. ‘Ori and the Will of the Wisps’ was the best Xbox game and ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ was Nintendo’s best exclusive. ‘God of War: Ragnarok’ was chosen as the ‘Most Awaited Game’.
The one chosen as ‘PC Game of the Year’ was a title originally released also for the PS4: ‘Death Stranding’, by acclaimed game designer Hideo Kojima. The best indie game was’ Hades’, which also won the critics’ choice, while ‘Lego Builder’s Journey’ was the first among smartphone games.
Death Stranding. Image: Kojima Productions / Divulgao
The gaming industry itself received a special award for “working hard to make the world a better place this difficult year”. The award cited charity actions promoted by some stadiums to help vulnerable communities and the effort to entertain people in the midst of measures of social distance.
Another game that was among the most popular in 2020, ‘Fall Guys’, won two trophies: ‘Best Multiplayer’ and ‘Best Family Game’. Innersloth, the stage responsible for another success, ‘Among Us’, won the innovation award. The best eSports title of 2020 was ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’.
And for those who think that only launches win prizes, the classic ‘Minecraft’ won as ‘Still Playing’ and ‘Best Community’. Hello Games has shown that it continues its commitment to improving ‘No Man’s Sky’, and its expansion ‘Origins’ won as ‘Best Expansion’.
Content creator Brandon “iamBrandon” Stennis won the ‘Best Streamer / Broadcaster’ award. Actress Sandra Saad was recognized for her performance as Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel in the game ‘Marvel’s Avengers’. And for those who are in doubt of what to buy on Black Friday, here’s the tip: the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 video card won as the best gaming hardware.
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