The Golden Joystick Awards: my top 5

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Ultimate Game Of The Year: Journey

The two hours I spent playing Journey are some of my most fondly remembered in all the time I’ve been gaming. This is a masterclass in design, perfectly showcasing how stripping away all frills – the mechanics essentially come down to two buttons – can leave you with a raw and meaningful emotional connection to your character and the events they’re going through. It also encouraged the kind of altruistic co-op play rarely seen in a game. This is the apotheosis of indie gaming to date.

HMV Golden Joysticks Ultimate game of the year nominees