In spite of a polarizing release a few months ago, The Last of Us Part 2 has won the prestigious Game of the Year at this year’s Golden Joystick Awards which is chosen by players. The Naughty Dog exclusive also walked away with a few other awards later that night, so it’s certain that the people have spoken.
After a few developmental push backs, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2 finally released last June, and immediately divided player feedback. While the game got critically acclaimed from a lot of people, it was also roasted by others for various reasons and was even a target of a massive review bombing. Despite the mixed reviews, The Last of Us Part 2 won five of the six nominations it received at the Golden Joystick Awards 2020 award show.
Last but definitely not least, the award for the Ultimate Game of the Year as chosen by you: The Last of Us Part 2! Once more, let's give a round of applause to the teams at @Naughty_Dog and @PlayStation for their massive wins at this year's #goldenjoysticks pic.twitter.com/g0B0tXSA3v
— Golden Joysticks (@GoldenJoysticks) November 24, 2020
The 38th Golden Joystick Awards, presented by GamesRadar, witnessed The Last of Us Part 2 nominated for six awards. By the night’s end, the game walked away with five awards including the Ultimate Game of the Year, PlayStation Game of the Year, Best Audio, Best Visual Design, and Best Storytelling. Naughty Dog also took home the Studio of the Year award for its amazing work which means The Last of Us Part 2’s big night marked a record-breaking show for the Golden Joysticks.
The only nomination that the game didn’t win that night was the Most Wanted Game, which went to God of War Ragnarok. The Last of Us Part 2 is also nominated for another 10 awards at the upcoming 2020 Game Awards, the most of any title ever.
As expected, the feedback to the news was still mixed, with fans lauding the title’s record-setting achievement, and critics posting screenshots of various negative reviews. It appears that no amount of awards will change the discourse around the game, as everyone doubles down on their opinions from the summer.
With this said, if The Last of Us Part 2 will be having another night just like this at The Game Awards, then Naughty Dog will surely be proving its haters wrong.