Evolve, No Man's Sky Take Top E3 Game Critics Honors

Evolve, No Man's Sky Take Top E3 Game Critics Honors

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E3 this year had some pretty cool games, and while we had our own view of the best games, the E3 Game Critics Awards are usually the ones that draw the most attention. Our own EIC Greg Tito was part of the panel and they have finally revealed their winners.

This year, Evolve wowed everyone, so it got four awards, including Best of Show. No Man's Sky for the PlayStation 4, which drew raves during Sony's press conference, grabbed three awards, including innovation and most original.

Here is a complete list of winners:

  • Best of Show: Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
  • Best Original Game: No Man's Sky (Hello Games for PlayStation 4)
  • Best Console Game: Evolve
  • Best Handheld/Mobile Game: Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (Sora/Namco-Bandai/Nintendo for 3DS)
  • Best PC Game: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
  • Best Hardware/Peripheral: Oculus Rift (Oculus VR)
  • Best Action Game: Evolve
  • Best Action/Adventure Game: Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady/WBIE for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
  • Best Role Playing Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition (BioWare/EA for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  • Best Fighting Game: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
  • Best Racing Game: The Crew (Ivory Tower/Reflections/Ubisoft for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
  • Best Sports Game: NHL 15 (EA Canada/EA Sports for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
  • Best Strategy Game: Civilization: Beyond Earth (Firaxis/2K Games for Linux, OSX, OC)
  • Best Social/Casual/Family Game: Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo for Wii U)
  • Best Online Multiplayer: Evolve
  • Best Independent Game: No Man's Sky
  • Special Commendation for Innovation: No Man's Sky

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Does anyone else think that this whole business of giving "awards" for games that aren't even out yet (and possibly haven't even been played at all) is dumb as hell?

PCPLX:
Does anyone else think that this whole business of giving "awards" for games that aren't even out yet (and possibly haven't even been played at all) is dumb as hell?

I pretty much came in here to say as much. It's extremely dumb. It only serves as fuel for fanboys of a particular gaming system.

PCPLX:
Does anyone else think that this whole business of giving "awards" for games that aren't even out yet (and possibly haven't even been played at all) is dumb as hell?

I agree.

However it's quite amusing to see how after Battlefield, Titanfall and Ghosts cleaned up on trade show awards last year, this year the awards seemed to be getting handed out to the games that are actually interesting rather than the ones with the most expensive trailers and booths.

It's kind of like giving an award to Best Commercial or the Oscar to Best Trailer but it does codify the games most people were excited about this year.

fix-the-spade:

PCPLX:
Does anyone else think that this whole business of giving "awards" for games that aren't even out yet (and possibly haven't even been played at all) is dumb as hell?

I agree.

However it's quite amusing to see how after Battlefield, Titanfall and Ghosts cleaned up on trade show awards last year, this year the awards seemed to be getting handed out to the games that are actually interesting rather than the ones with the most expensive trailers and booths.

It's still shit. How could anyone in their right mind give Rainbow Six the best PC game award? Not only was The Witcher 3 demoed on an actual PC, Rainbow Six is made by one of the most anti-PC companies and The Witcher 3 by one of the most pro-PC companies.

Adam Jensen:

fix-the-spade:

PCPLX:
Does anyone else think that this whole business of giving "awards" for games that aren't even out yet (and possibly haven't even been played at all) is dumb as hell?

I agree.

However it's quite amusing to see how after Battlefield, Titanfall and Ghosts cleaned up on trade show awards last year, this year the awards seemed to be getting handed out to the games that are actually interesting rather than the ones with the most expensive trailers and booths.

It's still shit. How could anyone in their right mind give Rainbow Six the best PC game award? Not only was The Witcher 3 demoed on an actual PC, Rainbow Six is made by one of the most anti-PC companies and The Witcher 3 by one of the most pro-PC companies.

The Witcher 3 was one of the few games purposely disqualified for not letting journalists play it during the show. All we saw were demos and trailers - the rest of the nominees had to have at least some form of the game playable for the judges.

Now we are giving awards for the PR hype train? What the fuck is going on here... how about you wait what the damn games become before you start selling that shit.

eh, these awards are just filler crap they later slap on the box on release that zero people actually notice

I don't get why No Man's Sky is getting awards. I have failed to see anything in that game yet that resembles good gameplay. I've heard nothing about populated planets with cities or anything. It likely will end up a scenery tour through a few types of worlds and a random ship battle or two then never boot the game up again.

I was one of the lucky people to play Evolve in a private session with TakeTwo, and believe me: it's amazing.

Greg Tito:

The Witcher 3 was one of the few games purposely disqualified for not letting journalists play it during the show. All we saw were demos and trailers - the rest of the nominees had to have at least some form of the game playable for the judges.

No Man's Sky had a playable demo? That's news to me: I never saw one, even from E3.
Perhaps I didn't dig hard enough?

 

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