Game Critics Announce Best of E3 Awards – Official Edition

Best in show

Its been about a month since E3 happened, and we all had our own opinions of what we thought was the best showings at this year’s conference.  The Game Critics Award Council officially gives an award in 15 categories, and they are made up of 29 of the leading North American media outlets that cover the video game industry.  Publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Kotaku, Nintendo Power, Game Informer to name a few all give their votes for the 15 different categories and are grouped together to create a winner for each category.  Below are the winners for this year, and along with that I have added my own opinion in there to see how close I was to their critics choice.  I have listed the Game Critics Award Council as “GCAC” and for my own winner I have listed it as “Mine”  I should also mention that their votes go for games that were playable on the show floor.  Since I did not play any of these I am going off of what I saw as a loyal follower of the events, so opinions may differ.  Obviously.

Best Original Game
GCAC – Scribblenauts
Mine – Scribblenauts

Best Console Game
GCAC – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Mine – Metroid: Other M

Best PC Game
GCAC – Star Wars: the Old Republic
Mine – Starcraft 2

Best Handheld Game
GCAC – Scribblenauts
Mine – Mario & Luigi 3: Bowsers Inside Story

Best Hardware/Peripheral
GCAC – Project Natal
Mine – Project Natal

Best Action Game
GCAC – Modern Warfare 2
Mine – Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Best Action/Adventure Game
GCAC – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Mine – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Best Role Playing Game
GCAC – Mass Effect 2
Mine – Final Fantasy XIV and Final Fantasy XIII ( Only cause they showed no game play in FFXIV, but I really love FFXI so I was excited )

Best Racing Game
GCAC – Split Second
Mine – Split Second

Best Sports Game
GCAC – Fight Night Round 4
Mine – NBA 2K10

Best Fighting Game
GCAC – Tatsunoko vs Capcom
Mine – Tatsunoko vs Capcom

Best Strategy Game
GCAC – Supreme Commander 2
Mine – Star Craft 2

Best Social/Casual/Puzzle Game
GCAC – DJ Hero
Mine – Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

Best Online Multiplayer
GCAC – Left 4 Dead 2
Mine – Modern Warfare 2

Best in Show
GCAC – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Mine – Metroid: Other M

Now that we have that out of the way I want to add a few more categories to the mix that I came up with.

Biggest Surprise
Winner – Metroid: Other M
Runner Up – Super Mario Galaxy 2
Second Runner Up – Scribblenauts
Third Runner Up – Left 4 Dead 2

Biggest Letdown
Winner – PSP GO
Runner Up – Sony’s Conference
Second Runner Up – Milo
Third Runner Up – Project Natal actually being played
Fourth Runner Up – No Beyond Good and Evil 2 Announcement

Coolest Technology
Winner – Project Natal
Runner Up – Wii Motion Plus

The “I saw that one coming” Award
Winner – PSP GO
Runner Up – Halo Reach
Second Runner Up – Metal Gear for XB360 (just weren’t sure which one was coming)

The “I’m excited, but I can totally wait” Award
Winner – God of War 3
Runner Up – Metal Gear Rising
Second Runner Up – Split Second

The “Never coming out though we swear it is” Award
Winner – Gran Turismo 5 PS3
Runner Up – Sony’s Motion Wand Controller
Second Runner Up – Project Natal (Yeah it probably will but those tech demo’s were rough man!)
Third Runner Up – Anything other than World of Warcraft from Blizzard

And that’s it!  I would think that most of what was awarded will be up for debate, and I would love to hear what you guys think you thought was best around.  Don’t feel you need to write every category down but if you think something was overlooked let me know.  Here is the link to the Game Critics Awards Site, which lists all the categories and the nominees.  Feel free to check it out and see what kind of competition the winners were up against.

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3 responses to “Game Critics Announce Best of E3 Awards – Official Edition

  1. haha, your own categories raised a few chuckles here, particulary the biggest let down one.

    Also nice to see another FF11 fan, although I’ve long since quit (and have no plans to take up FF14 or indeed any other MMO) FF14 looks gorgeous!

    • I hear ya on FF11. I played for 6 years and was completely obsessed with it, but I have since stopped for months now and don’t have plans to pick it up again.

      FF14 makes me excited cause it would be nice if Square-Enix made an MMO not centered entirely on grinding for level progression. I don’t have the time to find a party and kill birds for 6 hours anymore. Times have changed.

  2. Nice. The “Swear its Coming Out Though it Never Is” award made me LOL.

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