[Update: The Game Rant Best of E3 2011 Award Winners have been announced!]

Leading up to E3, the Game Rant team put together a pair of lists of our most anticipated confirmed games E3 2011 and our most anticipated rumored games. Several of the rumored games did end up being showcased at the annual Los Angeles event, but were our hopes and anticipation justified?

After checking out nearly every single game available at the expo this year, the votes are in and Game Rant has selected the nominees for our Best of E3 2011 Awards.

Click the game title for our demo/hands-on/preview of that title from E3:

Best Shooter

  • Battlefield 3 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, Activision)
  • Gears of War 3 (Epic Games, Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (Ubisoft)
  • Prey 2 (Human Head Studios, Bethesda Softworks)

Best Action/Adventure

Best Sports/Racing

Best Motion Controls

  • Dance Central 2 (Harmonix Music Systems, Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Kinect: Disneyland Adventures (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Fable: The Journey (Lionhead Studios)
  • Kinect Sports: Season Two (Rare, BigPark, Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster (Double Fine Productions, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Best Multiplayer

Best RPG

Best MMO

Best Indie Game

Best Original Game

  • Bastion (Supergiant Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • From Dust (Ubisoft)
  • Inversion (Saber Interactive, Namco Bandai Games)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany, Sony Computer Entertainment))
  • Rocksmith (Ubisoft)

Best Handheld Game

Best Hardware

Best in Show

The nominations were decided by all 11 of the Game Rant staff in attendance for E3 and are based upon our previews, demos and hands-on experiences with all of the available titles at the event this year.

Share your thoughts on the picks and tell us what you believe deserves to win each category!

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