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Golden Joysticks 2012: The nominees for Best Downloadable Game...

Journey? Fez? Minecraft? Wake? Decisions...

The HMV sponsored GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards have arrived, and you're all invited to vote and win prizes here! Each week we'll be casting a beady eye over different categories, taking you through the prime contenders before leaving you savvy lot to duke it out in the comments section. This time around, we're talking downloadables.

Quickly becoming the de rigour category, there's arguably more value to be found in the treats on Steam, Live Arcade and the Sony Entertainment Network than on store shelves. From the retro orgasm that is Fez to a haunting narrative like Dear Esther, this cat is both eclectic and electric.

As per, our GJ editorial team has bashed brains, VO-stylee, to chat nominees. Then, it's onto the contenders themselves - rated one-by-one...

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Deadlight

The world has ended. There is no hope. No new beginning. Only the survivors. Sounds fun! An aesthetic treat that combines survival horror with old-school Prince of Persia-style leaping.
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Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP

A startling original fusion of narrative, music (Jim Guthrie FTW!) and exploration set in a retro-licious mythical realm crammed with reflexivity and intertextuality. Plus it has a nude boar dude!
Vote here!

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Pullblox

Ninty's achingly cute answer to Portal will befuddle and delight in equal measure, even if we don't even know how to begin to explain how it works in this tiny paragr... snip.
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Sine Mora

A 2.5D bullet hell shooter that fuses stunning visuals with eyeball-popping aerobatics as you desperately dodge all of the missiles ever made. Banging boss scraps elevate this to 'must' play.
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Renegade Ops

Vehicles shooters went out with Betamax... or did they? The Just Cause devs flex their action muscles with this gloriously retro, explosion-obsessed twin-stick shooter that's unashamedly macho.
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