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The Game Critics Awards nominees are in for E3 2015, with Star Wars Battlefront leading the pack with five nominations, including Best of Show. The list of winners will be revealed on Tuesday, July 7th.

Star Wars Battlefront wasn’t the only one to garner a ton of attention from the Game Critics Association, either. Fallout 4 and Horizon Zero Dawn nabbed four nominations each, and both are also in contention for Best of Show.

We’ll quickly note that some of the most highly-anticipated games of E3 aren’t included in the list, since they were not playable during the event, which is a requirement to be considered for an award. Sorry Deus Ex and Ghost Recon fans.

Here’s the full list of game nominations:

Best of Show
– Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
– Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/SCE)
– Oculus Touch (Oculus VR)
– Star Wars Battlefront (DICE/EA)
– Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SCE)

Best Original Game
– Abzu (Giant Squid/505 Games)
– Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
– Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/SCE)
– The Last Guardian (GenDesign/SCE Japan/SCE)
– Unravel (Coldwood Interactive/EA)

Best Console Game
– Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
– Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/SCE)
– Star Wars Battlefront (DICE/EA)
– Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)
– Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SCE)

Best Handheld Game
– Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
– Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (AlphaDream/Nintendo)
– Persona 4 Dancing All Night (Atlus)
– The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (Nintendo)

Best PC Game
– DOOM (id Software/Bethesda)
– Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
– Just Cause 3 (Avalanche Studios/Square-Enix)
– Star Wars Battlefront (DICE/EA)
– Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Hardware
– Microsoft HoloLens (Microsoft)
– Oculus Rift (Oculus VR)
– Oculus Touch (Oculus VR)
– Project Morpheus (Sony Computer Entertainment)
– Xbox Elite Wireless Controller (Microsoft)

Best Action Game
– DOOM (id Software/Bethesda)
– Halo 5: Guardians (343/Microsoft Studios)
– Just Cause 3 (Avalanche Studios/Square-Enix)
– Star Wars Battlefront (DICE/EA)
– Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Action/Adventure Game
– Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/SCE)
– Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions/Konami)
– Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Microsoft Studios)
– The Last Guardian (GenDesign/SCE Japan/SCE)
– Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SCE)

Best RPG
– Dark Souls 3 (From Software/Bandai-Namco Games)
– Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
– Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
– Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (AlphaDream/Nintendo)
– Sword Coast Legends (n-Space/Digital Extremes/Wizards of the Coast)

Best Racing Game
– Forza Motorsport 6 (Turn 10/Microsoft Studios)
– Need for Speed (Ghost Games/EA)
– Trackmania Turbo (Nadeo/Ubisoft)

Best Sports Game
– FIFA 16 (EA Canada/EA)
– NHL 16 (EA Canada/EA)
– Madden NFL 16 (Tiburon/EA)
– Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (Konami)
– Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (EA Tiburon/EA)

Best Family/Social Game
– Disney Infinity 3.0 (Avalanche Software/Disney Interactive)
– Guitar Hero Live (FreeStyleGames/Activision)
– LEGO Dimensions (TT Games/WBIE)
– Rock Band 4 (Harmonix)
– Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)

Best Online Multiplayer
– Call of Duty: Black Ops III (TreyArch/Activision)
– Halo 5: Guardians (343/Microsoft Studios)
– Star Wars Battlefront (DICE/EA)
– Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
– Tom Clancy’s The Division (Massive/Ubisoft)

Best Indie
– Abzu (Giant Squid/505)
– Below (Capy Games)
– Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
– No Man’s Sky (Hello Games/SCE)
– Wattam (Funomena)

Naturally, the award that will gain the most attention is Best of Show, which this year has one piece of hardware and four games vying for the crown. It will be interesting to see how well Guerrilla Games’ new IP, Horizon Zero Dawn, will do against proven franchises like Fallout, Uncharted, and Battlefront. However, the simple fact that it’s among the choices for Best of Show should give gamers a good idea of the game’s quality – at least the quality that was playable at E3.

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Interestingly, Oculus Touch, the creative new controllers for the Oculus Rift VR headset, are in contention for Best of Show. Oculus has been a standout of nearly every E3 for the past few years, so it’s no surprise to see the VR tech make an appearance yet again.

As we mentioned, the E3 2015 Game Critic Awards winners will be selected Tuesday, at which point we will post another article congratulating the lucky games and developers.

Which games were your favorite from this year’s E3? Which one do you predict will win Best of Show? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Game Critics Awards