CONTROVERSIAL video game Grand Theft Auto V has taken the top honour at the annual Golden Joystick Awards.
The fastest-selling title of all time, Scottish-made GTA V scooped the prestigious gong at the ceremony in central London, while there were also awards for Call Of Duty and the man behind the BioShock franchise.
A key date in the gaming industry’s calendar, the Golden Joystick Awards celebrate the best video-gaming creations of the past 12 months.
Now in its 31st year, the event was held at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel, where cult shooter game Call Of Duty picked up a Hall of Fame accolade, while Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us took home awards for Best Newcomer and Best Storytelling.
Set in the familiar fictional city of San Andreas, GTA V’s open-world freedom and mission-led gameplay have garnered rave reviews from fans worldwide, but critics claim the Rockstar-developed game glorifies violence, torture and crime.
Costing an estimated £170 million to make and market, GTA V’s release last month led to chaotic scenes across the UK as avid fans queued up to get a copy of the fifth instalment of the series.