A total of 19 of the past year's biggest releases have been nominated - including Batman: Arkham City, Skyrim and Modern Warfare 3 - across 16 awards.
> Cast your vote in the 30th Golden Joystick Awards
Returning categories include 'Best Handheld Game', 'One to Watch' and 'Ultimate Game of the Year'.
Meanwhile, this year's 'Best Action Adventure Game' is being sponsored by Digital Spy.
Voting runs until October 22, and the results will be announced on October 26 at an awards ceremony in London hosted by comedian Ed Byrne, an event that will also offer exclusive reveals of new titles.
> Read the full list of Golden Joystick Awards 2012 nominees here