The popular annual Golden Joystick awards are due to take place in London one week from today (Friday October 21st) and you can still cast your votes by visiting the official site which can be found here. This year, one of the most popular genres in modern gaming is sure to make for one of the most hotly contested awards of the night, as six of the year’s finest subscription-based MMO games go head-to-head.
And despite some sturdy competition, our vote in this category unquestionably goes to Trion Worlds’ epic fantasy adventure RIFT. Set in the sumptuous lands of Telara, the game’s biggest successes – such as the fact that it secured more than one million sales, and has an uncommonly respectable Metacritic score of 84 – speak for themselves. But not only did RIFT have a launch that was almost entirely bereft of server issues – a notable rarity – post-launch support has been utterly stellar too. RIFT’s most recent patch added the fantastic ‘Chronicle’ missions – which are there to be tackled either alone or with a friend – and they not only progressed the game’s story but were also smartly pitched in terms of difficulty, making them the ideal gateway for genre newcomers.
If you head over to the official Golden Joysticks site you can vote in all categories – best RPG, best puzzle game and ‘One to Watch’ to name just three – or simply the ones that apply to your own gaming tastes. However if you do vote in all categories, you’re automatically entered into a prize draw to win an “Ultimate Gaming Prize” which includes an M14X Alienware gaming laptop, some gaming consoles (including the upcoming Playstation Vita handheld) a few peripherals and a choice selection of software from this year’s nominee line-up.
RIFT is available now for PC.
Watch the RIFT launch trailer below below: