Baldur’s Gate 3 takes the GOTY crown at Golden Joystick Awards

The Golden Joystick Awards 2023 saw many PS5 games receiving their due rewards, but none came close to matching Baldur's Gate 3's success.

Baldur’s Gate 3 takes the GOTY crown at Golden Joystick Awards
Sean Lawson

Sean Lawson


If you still need a reason to start earning those Baldur's Gate 3 trophies, will the fact it has won Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards 2023 entice you? Baldur's Gate 3 also took home a bevy of other awards at the prestigious gaming event, as did some other well-known titles. It would seem, just like we anticipated in our Baldur's Gate 3 first impressions, that the game is an absolute beast.

Baldur's Gate 3, Final Fantasy 16, and more lead Golden Joystick Awards

Baldur's Gate 3 took home the title of 'Ultimate Game of the Year' proving it is a force to be reckoned with. However, Baldur's Gate 3 / Larian Studios took home a total of seven awards for the likes of 'Best Visual Design,' 'Best Storytelling,' and 'Studio of the Year.' Actor Neil Newbon also received an award for 'Best Supporting Performer' thanks to his role as Astarion. I think Newborn deserved this award hands down as his performance in the game is enchanting and one of my favorite aspects of Baldur's Gate 3.
While Baldur's Gate 3 might be dominating the spotlight, there were a lot of other successes for PlayStation. The PS VR2 won the award for 'Best Gaming Hardware' and Horizon Call of the Mountain won the award for 'Best VR Game.' The likes of Final Fantasy 16 also received a number of awards in various categories, something that Staff Writer Lee will be happy about after writing a positive Final Fantasy XVI review. Resident Evil 4 took the award for 'Best PlayStation Game' which I think a lot of people will agree with.

You can check out the full list of winners below. Most of the results come from the public vote which makes this extra exciting to see.

All the winners from the Golden Joystick Awards 2023

  • Best Storytelling — Baldur's Gate 3
  • Still Playing Award — No Man's Sky
  • Best Visual Design — Baldur's Gate 3
  • Studio of the Year — Larian Studios
  • Best Game Expansion — Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty
  • Best Indie Game — Sea of Stars
  • Best VR Game — Horizon Call of the Mountain
  • Best Multiplayer Game — Mortal Kombat 1
  • Best Audio — Final Fantasy 16
  • Best Game Trailer — Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty
  • Best Streaming Game — Valorant
  • Best Game Community — Baldur's Gate 3
  • Best Gaming Hardware — PSVR 2
  • Breakthrough Award — Cocoon / Geometric Interactive
  • Critics' Choice Award — Alan Wake II
  • Best Lead Performer — Ben Starr (Final Fantasy 16)
  • Best Supporting Performer — Neil Newbon (Astarion, Baldur's Gate 3)
  • Nintendo Game of the Year — The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom
  • PC Game of the Year — Baldur's Gate 3
  • Xbox Game of the Year — Starfield
  • PlayStation Game of the Year — Resident Evil 4
  • Most Wanted Game — Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth
  • UGOTY — Baldur's Gate 3
While you may be surprised by the lack of awards for Marvel's Spider-Man 2, the game was only viable for three of the awards (UGOTY, Best Lead Performer, and Best Supporting Performer). However, seeing as the game has been dominating our PlayStation Chart for the past few weeks and has an astounding rating of 4.91 out of 5 stars on the PS Store from over 60K PlayStation users, you'd still think it would take at least one of these awards. Alas, this was not to be the case.

What do you make of the winners? Are you happy to see Baldur's Gate 3 shining so brightly? Are there any games you think deserved to win an award that didn't? Let us know your thoughts on the best PS5 games of the year and what you would vote to be the 'Ultimate Game of the Year' in the comments below!
Written by Sean Lawson
Sean is a Staff Writer who focuses on the geekiest Sony news. He specializes in PlayStation trophies, the best PS Plus games, RPGs, and fighting games. Sean is using this experience to cover Dragon Age The Veilguard, Monster Hunter Wilds, Funko Fusion, and Silent Hill 2 for PS5, all while he still dives into favorite games like Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, and Persona.
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