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Golden Joystick 2004 Awards Unveils Shortlist; THQ Leads Charge With Most Nominations; Tables On-Sale Now

Friday 17 September 2004/... The Golden Joystick Awards 2004 organiser Future Publishing has today released the final shortlist for this year's event - with publisher THQ up for potentially nine awards at this year's bash. Last year, Nintendo swept the board, and with eight nominations it's still well in with a shout. Activision and Microsoft are up for six awards.

The Golden Joystick Awards are the industry's longest-running games honours and celebrate the very best games released in the 12 months prior to the event. This year's bash takes place on November 5th 2004, at the Park Lane Hilton.

"The world's gamers have been logging on to www.goldenjoystick.co.uk in their droves to vote, and we're delighted to unveil the fans' nominations for the best games of the year," says Emily Ford, marketing manager, Future Publishing. "These really are the people's choice - and it's interesting to see what our audience has voted for, rather than reading industry opinion."

Voting for the shortlist is now live at www.goldenjoystick.com, with the results unveiled at the November 5th bash.

PC Game of the Year:

Doom 3 (Activision)

Far Cry (Ubi Soft)

Half-Life 2 (Vivendi)

Unreal Tournament 2004 (Atari)

Wahammer 40,000: Dawn of War (THQ)

X2: The Threat (Deep Silver)

Handheld GOTY

Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga (Nintendo)

Max Payne (Rockstar)

Metroid Zero Mission (Nintendo)

Sonic Advance 3 (Sega)

Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (Ubi Soft)

Tony Hawks Underground (Activision)

Online GOTY

Battlefield Vietnam (EA)

Burnout 3: Takedown (EA)

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero (Vivendi)

Full Spectrum Warrior (THQ)

Joint Operations:Typhoon Rising (Novalogic)

Project Gotham Racing 2 (Microsoft)

Gamecube GOTY

Animal Crossing (Nintendo)

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles (Nintendo)

Mario Kart: Double Dash (Nintendo)

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (Konami)

Splinter Cell:Pandora Tomorrow (Ubi Soft)

WWE Day of Reckoning (THQ)


Fable (Microsoft)

Full Spectrum Warrior (THQ)

GTA Double Pack (Rockstar)

Ninja Gaiden (Microsoft)

Project Gotham Racing 2 (Microsoft)

Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow (Ubi Soft)


Burnout 3: Takedown (EA)

Driv3r (Atari)

Onimusha 3 (Capcom)

Pro Evolution Soccer 4 (Konami)

Spiderman 2 (Activision)

WWE Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain (THQ)

Hardware of the Year

Creative labs Gigaworks (Creative)

GBA SP - NES Classic Edition (Nintendo)

GBA Wireless Adaptor (Nintendo)

Nokia QD (Nokia)



Electronic Arts




Ubi Soft






Toys R Us

MOST WANTED AWARDS (inc. Future Publishing 'Most Wanted' votes)

Most Wanted for Xmas

Gran Turismo 4 (Sony)

GTA: San Andreas (Rockstar)

Halo 2 (Microsoft)

Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (Nintendo)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 (Activision)

WWE Smackdown vs Raw (THQ)

Most Wanted for 2005

Hitman: Blood Money (Eidos)

Metal Gear Sold 3: Snake Eater (Konami)

Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)

The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo)

The Punisher (THQ)


Ultimate GOTY

Doom 3 (Activision)

Fable (Microsoft)

Half-Life 2 (Vivendi)

Ninja Gaiden (Microsoft)

Pro Evolution Soccer 4 (Konami)

WWE Smackdown! Here comes the pain (THQ)

The Golden Joystick Awards 2004 will take place at the Park Lane Hotel on November 5th 2004. The event sells out each year, so attendees are encouraged to request booking forms by emailing goldenjoystick@futurenet.co.uk

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