Game Critics’ Best of E3 Nominees Announced

Jun 20, 2012 by  

Game Critics Best of E3 Awards

While gamers anxiously await the results of Game Rant’s Best of E3 awards, a new series of Best of E3 nominations have gone out, those being the Games Critic Awards’ choices for the best games of E3. As with past years, the nominations go out about two weeks after the show floor closes, and the final awards are given out before June’s end (this year they go out on June 26th).

Included amongst the critics who vote on the awards are some of the industry’s biggest outlets, from Kotaku to Entertainment Weekly, many of who participate in the special Judge’s week demos that take place before the E3 show floor opens.

Amongst the lauded games on the list are old standards like Halo 4 and Assassin’s Creed 3, and a bevy of newcomers like Beyond: Two Souls and The Last of Us. If it caught gamers’ attention during E3, it probably made the list in some form or another. Hey, even Wonderbook got a nod for Best Hardware.

Here’s the full list:

Best of Show
- Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
- The Last of Us (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)
- Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Original Game
- Beyond: Two Souls (Quantic Dream/SCEE for PlayStation 3)
- Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Quantum Connundrum (Airtight Game/Square Enix for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- The Last of Us (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)
- Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

Best Console Game
- Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PS3, Xbox 360)
- Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks for PS3, Xbox 360)
- Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
- The Last of Us (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)
- Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square-Enix for PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
- Assassin’s Creed III Liberation (Ubisoft Sofia/Ubisoft for PSVita)
- Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (Dreamrift/Disney Interactive Studios for 3DS)
- Infinity Blade Dungeons (Epic Games/Epic Games for iOS)
- Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (Next Level Games/Nintendo for 3DS)
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo for 3DS)
- Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita)

Best PC Game
- Company of Heroes 2 (Relic/THQ for PC)
- Hawken (Adhesive Games/Meteor Entertainment for PC)
- PlanetSide 2 (Sony Online Entertainment/Sony Online Entertainment for PC)
- SimCity (Maxis/EA for PC)
- X-Com: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games/2K Games for PC)

Best Hardware/Peripheral
- Astro A50 Wireless Gaming Headset (Astro)
- Rift VR Headset (Palmer Lucky/John Carmack/id Software)
- Wii U (Nintendo)
- Wonderbook (Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)
- Skylanders: Giants Figures (Toys for Bob/Activision)

Best Action Game
- Borderlands 2 (Gearbox/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Treyarch/Activision for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Crysis 3 (Crytek/EA for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengence (Platinum Games/Kojima Pro/Konami for PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Action/Adventure Game
- Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)
- Beyond: Two Souls (Quantic Dream/SCEE for PlayStation 3)
- Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- The Last of Us (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)
- Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Role Playing Game
- Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance (Square Enix/Square Enix for 3DS)
- Ni No Kuni (Level-5/Namco Bandai for PlayStation 3)
- Persona 4 Golden (Atlus/Atlus for PSVita)
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dawnguard (BGS/Bethesda for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- South Park: The Stick of Truth (Obsidian Entertainment/THQ for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Fighting Game
- Dead or Alive 5 (Team Ninja/Tecmo Koei for PS3, Xbox 360)
- Injustice: Gods Among Us (NetherRealm Studios/WBIE for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U)
- Persona 4 Arena (Arc System Works/Atlus for PS3, Xbox 360)
- PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale (SuperBot/SCEA for PlayStation 3, PSVita)
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Namco Bandai Games/Namco Bandai Games for PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Racing Game
- F1 2012 (Codemasters/Codemasters for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Forza Horizon (Playground Games/Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
- LittleBigPlanet Karting (United Front Games/Media Molecule/SCEA for PS3)
- Need for Speed Most Wanted (Criterion Games/EA for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed (Sumo/Sega for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita, 3DS)

Best Sports Game
- FIFA Soccer 13 (EA Canada/EA Sports for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Madden NFL 13 (EA Tiburon/EA Sports for PS3, Xbox 360)
- NBA 2K13 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports for PS3, Xbox 360)
- NHL 13 (EA Canada/EA Sports for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 (PES Productions/Konami for PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, 3DS)

Best Strategy Game
- Company of Heroes 2 (Relic/THQ for PC)
- End of Nations (Petroglyph Games/Trion Worlds for PC)
- SimCity (Maxis/EA for PC)
- Pikmin 3 (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo for Wii U)
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Social/Casual Game
- Dance Central 3 (Harmonix/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
- Game & Wario (working title) (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo for Wii U)
- Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (TT/WBIE for PC, PS3, PSVita, X360, Wii, 3DS)
- Nintendoland (Nintendo/Nintendo for Wii U)
- Rock Band Blitz (Harmonix for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

Best Motion Simulation Game
- Dance Central 3 (Harmonix/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
- Fable: The Journey (Lionhead/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
- Game & Wario (working title) (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo for Wii U)
- Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft/Ubisoft for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and Wii U)
- Wii Fit U (Nintendo/Nintendo for Wii U)
- Wonderbook: Books of Spells (London Studio/SCEE for PlayStation 3)

Best Online Multiplayer Game
- Borderlands 2 (Gearbox/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Treyarch/Activision for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)
- Need for Speed Most Wanted (Criterion/EA for PC, PS3, PSVita, Xbox 360)
- PlanetSide 2 (Sony Online Entertainment/Sony Online Entertainment for PC)

Best Downloadable Game
- Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit (Arkedo Studio/Sega for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Quantum Conundrum (Airtight Games/Square Enix for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Retro City Rampage (VBlank Entertainment for PC, PS3, PSVita, Xbox 360, Wii)
- The Cave (Double Fine/Sega for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

On the whole it’s cool to see some new IPs make up the majority of the Best of Show category, something that is pretty rare in this day of sequels, prequels, and reboots. The list itself matches pretty well with our own nominations for ‘Best ofs’ at E3, but there are some notable omissions. Most of them, however, can be explained by the rules that require a game be playable at E3, whether on the show floor or behind closed doors, for it to be considered for nomination.

That specific condition for eligibility is why games like Watch Dogs and Star Wars 1313 – games that blew us away but only in what were ostensibly tech demos – are not included on the list. If Ubisoft and LucasArts, respectively, were to come back to E3 2013 with similarly impressive, but also playable, demos then they most assuredly would be coming away with more than their fair share of awards.

As it is, though, the games that are recognized are wholly deserved of the attention. Some might not end up delivering on the experiences promised by the vertical slice available to attendees, but that’s not what these awards are for. They are for the best games playable at E3 2012, and these certainly were those.

Which of the Game Critics’ choices for Best of E3 do you hope win? Do you think all E3 awards should take into account whether the game was playable?

Source: Kotaku

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  1. Man, all of these games look amazing. Very hard to pick the very best lol

  2. how can black ops 2 make it in multiplayer game when there was no multiplayer to show? that spot should have gone to God of War Ascension. TBH i cant believe it didnt get any nominations.

  3. How the hell did Watch Dogs, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, and God of War: Ascension not get any nominations? All 3 games look to be great, and I know Watch Dogs was one of the most popular E3 games.

    • Oh, whoops. Didn’t read the whole article. Now I know that a game had to be playable to be nominated. :P

  4. Black Ops 2 better not win any awards.

  5. Well, most of my top favourite games of E3 is there so it’s REALLY hard to pick. I’d go with AC3, TR9, LoU, Beyond, AC3:L winning stuff. Also I wouldn’t liked MoH to be there too, under action, but meh..

  6. Best of Show
    - Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    Best Original Game
    - Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    Best Console Game
    - Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    Best Handheld/Mobile Game
    - Assassin’s Creed III Liberation (Ubisoft Sofia/Ubisoft for PSVita)

    Best PC Game
    - X-Com: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games/2K Games for PC)

    Best Hardware/Peripheral
    - Wii U (Nintendo)

    Best Action Game
    - Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    Best Action/Adventure Game
    - Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360)

    Best Role Playing Game
    - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Dawnguard (BGS/Bethesda for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    Best Fighting Game
    - Injustice: Gods Among Us (NetherRealm Studios/WBIE for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U)

    Best Racing Game
    - Forza Horizon (Playground Games/Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    Best Sports Game
    - FIFA Soccer 13 (EA Canada/EA Sports for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    Best Strategy Game
    - XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    Best Social/Casual Game
    - Dance Central 3 (Harmonix/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    Best Motion Simulation Game
    - Fable: The Journey (Lionhead/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    Best Online Multiplayer Game
    - Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    Best Downloadable Game
    - Quantum Conundrum (Airtight Games/Square Enix for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    Wii)
    - The Cave (Double Fine/Sega for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Halo is the most overrated game ever.

      • I just like halo a ton and I don’t believe it is over rated I think it is actual nice quality.

  7. I’m just glad Spec Ops: The Line wasn’t nominated for anything. I tried the demo and man that game is TERRIBLE…

    • What do you mean?? Aside from the crappy spriting, just like in Gears and Ghost Recon, everything else was pretty slick. The desert scenery was pretty slick and vibrant on my TV and I could understand the persian talk in it too(the first encounter with the Iranians), I thought it was fun…

      • @Spider

        What?? Are you serious? It’s probably one of the lamest demo’s I’ve tried. The maps are literally corridors, whether it be walls or vehicles conveniently forming a narrow corridor where you only have one way to go and only like 12 feet from side to side to choose from. Every enemy encounter is just as predictable as in Gears of War because you’ll see some convenient waist-high blocks, walls, or whatever spread around, the video-game formula of the magic nubmer 3 is strong at play here, which I could never understand why games chose 3 as the number of people they always think will comprise a team. The smallest element in the military (besides the individual of course) is the fireteam, and even that’s made up of four people. And you can only vault over what they want you to be able to vault over, and they clearly tell you on your screen when you can or not. But some other obstacles of the same height are magically non-passable because you’re not supposed to go that way… And I swear, the next time I see someone slide across an opening on a metal cable using his hands, I’m going to drag one of these game developers out and have him give that a try… So many of the typical video game tropes and the typical hand-holding, there was nothing new or exciting about it. Just another linear 3rd person shooter with the same old cover system with 3 guys exchanging “witty” banter back and forth through the game… Some of the scenery was really the only “neat” thing about that demo, but it’s not at all enough to make me want to play it all the way through…

        Of course that’s my opinion, but I seriously don’t see anything about the game to warrant spending any money on it. I didn’t find it fun, I wasn’t captivated by the story, the dialog wasn’t especially funny or witty, the gameplay mechanics are lame, there was nothing innovative to make it stand out, really, I don’t think I would even buy this game at $5 to be honest with you. I just bought Dead Space 2 and LA Noire for $4.50 each. Think I’ll just stick with those games for now when I want to play a 3rd person game…

        • What do you consider good in the genre then Halo 4? COD? Oh god, your a BF I need a plane or tank to excel at an FPS person arn’t you?

          • @Gary

            So I take it you’re unable to tell the difference between a first-person shooter and a 3rd-person action game right??

            (Notice my use of “you’re” and not “your” just for future reference…)

        • FYI – Dead Space is completely on rails, and LA Noire, though well thought out, is boring after the 1st case with nicely empty/boring open spaces. But I have played those games all the way through – what you played was a demo. Did you expect the entire story build up to be laid out for you?

          • @Gary

            Um, actually that proves my point more… It was just a demo, yet I was already bored after the first minute of playing it. I was more bored after two minutes of their crappy banter, then when the first enemy encounter happened, not only was I bored, but I raised my eyebrow at how lame the action is and how played-out and stupid the gameplay mechanics were. Then it got worse when they come up on a steel cable stretched between two buildings, and you just grab it and slide down the cable with your hands. That was what I call a “oh really?” moment… Then the typical “you need to snipe now, so there’s a sniper rifle leaning against the wall right there” moment that just about every game has happened, I killed the bad guys, continued onto the next part, by this point, I was so bored of it already, after only a short demo, I just rushed the enemy guns blazing, got killed, and turned off the game and deleted it, lol. I HIGHLY doubt that somehow I’ll enjoy it more if it was the full game and was longer…

            But like I said, that’s just my opinion. Obviously if you enjoy those gameplay mechanics, then this game will be right up your alley. The graphics look decent, the voice acting seems pretty decent, so nothing against you liking it. Sorry if I did sound like I did have a problem with it, I apologize, it’s just a difference in taste. I’m not a fan of the “let’s have conveniently placed cover items spread around when the scripted gunfights will happen” formula that every 3rd-person action game now-a-days follow…

            And about the plot, I’ve played some demos that were able to captivate my interest and my attention within that short span of playing before, this one just really didn’t spark any interest from me what-so-ever, not even slightly curious, and I’m normally a very curious person…

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