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WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 20TH – 26TH OCTOBER

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Dark Souls II walked away with the prestigious title of ‘Game Of The Year’ at the Golden Joystick Awards on Friday, as the ceremony entered its 32nd year.

As the second longest running gaming award ceremony in the world and one of few that allows gamer’s to vote for the winners, any success naturally demands some attention and FromSoftware’s RPG sequel follows a long line of winners that most recently has included Grand Theft Auto V, Skyrim, Portal 2 and Mass Effect 2.

The notoriously difficult Souls games have earned a somewhat favourable niche over the years, becoming one of the highlights of the last generation
The notoriously difficult ‘Souls’ games have earned a somewhat favorable niche over the years, becoming one of the highlights of the last generation

The other big winners from the ceremony held at the O2 Arena included DayZ, Hearthstone and Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag, which each won two awards apiece. Ubisoft Montreal was (perhaps controversially) awarded Studio Of The Year, Oculus Rift was named Innovation Of The Year for the second time in a row, and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima was given a much deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt was once again hailed as the one to watch for the future with a new cinematic trailer, and the ‘love him or despise him’ YouTuber PewDiePie was named ‘Gaming Personality’. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 20TH – 26TH OCTOBER

WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 21st – 27th OCTOBER 2013

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Grand Theft Auto V claimed the prestigious title of ‘Game Of The Year’ at the 31st Golden Joystick Awards yesterday in London, beating Bioshock Infinite and The Last Of Us for the accolade.

The long running Golden Joystick Awards are one of the more credible indications of quality in videogames
The long running Golden Joystick Awards are one of the more credible indications of quality in video games

Naughty Dog didn’t go away empty handed however as The Last Of Us picked up the awards for ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Storytelling’, while the developers themselves were named ‘Studio Of The Year’. Ken Levine (founder of Irrational Games) was given a Lifetime Achievement Award, while the biggest surprise was The Witcher 3 being given the nod for ‘Most Wanted’. Hotline Miami, despite picking up six nominations, walked away with nothing.

Given its mammoth success in sales it is perhaps inevitable that GTA V would get the vote for Game Of The Year, but I personally think that maybe The Last Of Us deserves it more for being bold enough to do something new and pulling it off with such aplomb just as this generation of consoles comes to an end; I’ve yet to finish the game myself (playing through a friend’s copy on visits) but my eagerness to get to the end grows by the day.

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