Game Critics Announces Best of E3 2012 Award Nominees

Game Critics Announces Best of E3 2012 Award Nominees

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Dishonored, Halo 4 and The Last Of Us lead the pack of nominees for the Game Critics Awards Best of E3 2012.

E3 is over, and you know what that means: That's right, it's time for more E3! Specifically, the announcement of the Game Critics Awards Best of E3 2012 nominees, a collection of titles across numerous categories that made a big splash at the big show. Most of them aren't going to shock anyone with their presence, but I think it's fair to say that there are a few surprises here and there. So, without further ado, the noms:

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 Conundrum (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)

So, what's interesting? It's great to see Dishonored up for Best of Show and Best Original Game, although I don't really get why it's not up for Best PC Game as well; those that are are PC exclusives, but most of the titles up for Best Console game are cross-platform, with PC versions as well. Not that it really matters, I suppose, and it's nice to see games like XCom: Enemy Unknown and Hawken getting some (hopefully) well-deserved attention. That's not to suggest that games like Assassin's Creed and Halo don't deserve their nominations too, but the presence of hugely popular triple-A franchises on a "Best of E3" list is hardly unexpected.

It's also interesting to note that the PlayStation 3 is the most-nominated platform in 2012, surpassing the Xbox 360 for the first time in this console generation, and to see an iOS game up for consideration in the Best Handheld/Mobile category. The times, they are a-changin'.

The Best of E3 2012 winners will be announced on June 26. To find out more about the nominees and the judges, among whom is our very own El Comandante Steve Butts, go to gamecriticsawards.com.

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Where the fuck is Watch_Dogs?

Not a single mention, not a single award for a game that saved Ubisofts otherwise awkward but functional press conference? That game looked like the manifestation of coolness mixed in with a near future setting and interesting and inventive gameplay mechanics and enormous potential! Not a mention, really? Not a bloody mention?

Fine, The Last of Us looked cool. I hope it is as cool as it looks and isn't scripted to hell, because a fair bit of it looked scripted but Naughty Dog says it isn't.

Calumon: Nintendoland was a game? I thought it was about a man pausing a video to describe what's going on in some room with big words.

Wow, so Halo 4 gets a 'best in show' nomination for being basically Halo 3 with Metroid Prime's Space Pirates in the jungle from Crysis, but Watch Dogs - the one game reveal that was an actual, genuine surprise - gets snubbed in every single category is could possibly get nominated in?

How can they possibly overlook what was possibly the best game debut from the best conference of the week?

Jack and Calumon:
Where the fuck is Watch_Dogs?

Kmadden2004:
How can they possibly overlook what was possibly the best game debut from the best conference of the week?

I say the voting was fixed.

I find your lack of Watch Dogs disturbing.

I am not the one to bring the accusation of bias so easily. So i am gonna assume they were drunk.

Jack and Calumon:
Where the fuck is Watch_Dogs?

Not a single mention, not a single award for a game that saved Ubisofts otherwise awkward but functional press conference? That game looked like the manifestation of coolness mixed in with a near future setting and interesting and inventive gameplay mechanics and enormous potential! Not a mention, really? Not a bloody mention?

I second this. I second this so hard.

No Watch_Dogs anywhere is a damn shame.

No mention of "Watch Dogs" whatsoever? Doth mine eyes deceive me!?!?

Gonna join in on the Watch Dogs WTFery here. Don't get me wrong, a bunch of the games shown at E3 looked really kick ass and all, but Watch Dogs is the one that blew me and my friends away. Hell, we're still talking about that demo, so I'm really surprised that it got left out.

Irridium:

Jack and Calumon:
Where the fuck is Watch_Dogs?

Not a single mention, not a single award for a game that saved Ubisofts otherwise awkward but functional press conference? That game looked like the manifestation of coolness mixed in with a near future setting and interesting and inventive gameplay mechanics and enormous potential! Not a mention, really? Not a bloody mention?

I second this. I second this so hard.

No Watch_Dogs anywhere is a damn shame.

Yeah, the one of these games that showed us serious game play and it gets nothing?

Total fucking disgrace.

Add me to the ever-growing list of people saying "No Watch_Dogs, what the hell?". I'm going to assume there is some sort of reason for it besides idiocy, but I have no idea what it would be.

Andy Chalk:
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)

Gonna have to add my voice to the choir here....

WHERE THE HELL IS WATCH_DOGS?

Halo 4 for Best of Show? Are you kidding? Watch_Dogs's gameplay demo was far more interesting!

Best Original Game
- Beyond: Two Souls (Quantic Dream/SCEE for PlayStation 3)
- Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
- Quantum Conundrum (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)

....Beyond? The Last of Us? What the hell is Unfinished Swan? WHERE IS WATCH_DOGS?

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)

....what?

- Wonderbook (Sony Computer Entertainment Europe)

WHAT.

RAGE....BUILDING....

Yeah let's just make every comment a "Where's Watch Dogs?" comment because that's really the only thing worth saying. Deserves at least a nomination for Best of Show and an easy win for Best Original.

It look like I'm not the only one who notice WatchDogs was listed in any category at all. Well I'm glad at least that other game The Last Of Us had got a couple of awards as it's the only game I cared from those game listings.

Well Im guessing Watch Dogs didnt get any award because it didnt have a hands on demo otherwise it would have won a lot of them hands down , but I'm allright with the games that won I guess.

And it appears this bandwagon is just gonna keep growing, because I have no clue why Watch Dogs was snubbed. May there's some kind of exclusionary rule for games with more than a year of development left?

I was going to come here and complain about the lack of Watch Dogs but thankfully EVERYONE has beat me to it.

Jack and Calumon:
Where the fuck is Watch_Dogs?

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Damnit! We always end up running out! Why do we never stock extra for these E3's?!

Edit: At least a single fuck wasn't wasted on Dead Space 3.

Why Watch Dogs was snubbed: In order to compete, a game be shown in hands-on playable format. Unfortunately the demos setup on the floor were not hands-on playable.

Sad to see also that The Escapist is not listed as one of the judges.

No watch dogs? At first I thought that the escapist had edited them out of the list, but the official website says the same thing. When will the escapist get back to proper journalism and at LEAST give us ONE article about this game to at least bring it onto par with the MINIMUM level of coverage of EVERY OTHER GAME at E3?

And no; I do not give a crap if you want to suspend me for calling you out on your "journalism" failing to cover all games equally. In fact: I just reported this post so you don't have to

Tsk, tsk, ignore the only game that was anyway original or interesting. What kind of modus operandi are these fellows operating by?

No Watch Dogs or Far Cry 3? This vote was fucking rigged!

Where is Watch Dogs? One of the few trailers to show ACTUAL GAMEPLAY, and like, ten minutes of it, and it actually looked cool and wasn't really done to that degree before, and it was somewhat theatrical and portrayed npcs like real people....

somebody hand me a table

Jack and Calumon:
Where the fuck is Watch_Dogs?

Not a single mention, not a single award for a game that saved Ubisofts otherwise awkward but functional press conference? That game looked like the manifestation of coolness mixed in with a near future setting and interesting and inventive gameplay mechanics and enormous potential! Not a mention, really? Not a bloody mention?

Fine, The Last of Us looked cool. I hope it is as cool as it looks and isn't scripted to hell, because a fair bit of it looked scripted but Naughty Dog says it isn't.

Calumon: Nintendoland was a game? I thought it was about a man pausing a video to describe what's going on in some room with big words.

My Thoughts exactly. Watch Dogs was the coolest shit.

Holy shit, who fuck cares about Watch_Dogs. Everyone is bitching and complaining about that while missing the main screwed up thing about this list. None of the games listed were a surprise at all. It's a damn sad day when we get to an electronics show and there isn't a single surprise to be had about it. The footage is so lame and the list of things coming out of E3 is the among the saddest things I have ever seen.

They should really just stop having these.

well yeah we know the list is messed up, it's just that watch dogs not show up anywhere on that list is the most messed up to begin with

like, even if they aren't into "artsy" things specifically (and that's a stretch for this game) it still had cool explosions and good graphics and a badass being a jerk to the general public

come onnnnn

Watch Dogs isn't there because we barely know anything about it. 10 minutes of gameplay isn't enough to give an award over. Yeah, it was some damn awesome gameplay but we don't even know what genre it is.

Well...as much Watch Underscore Dogs is awesome, I kinda have to agree with it not qualifying to be nominated.
Should I waste valuable minutes of my life casting my votes knowing that they're rather irrelevant to anyone but me?
I believe so.

Best of Show
- The Last of Us (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3): I thought the gameplay was awesome, the graphics were great and different from the gloomy, brown palette we always see, the story looks interesting and its using the "save the princess" formula differently.

Best Original Game
- Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks for PC, PS3, Xbox 360): I was torn between all nominees. Unfinished Swan is good but we're looking for the best. The Last of Us is awesome but its not entirely original. Beyond looks a lot like Heavy Rain. So I'll give it to Dishonored. Of course, I haven't played any of those games so it's hard to judge...

Best Console Game
- The Last of Us (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3): I dunno. It's just probably the best choice out of the others.

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
- Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (Next Level Games/Nintendo for 3DS): AC is good but god, enough of it! Epic Mickey and Mario are good but its more of the same we saw less than 5 years ago. Luigi's Mansion was good and it had an original formula. It's about time it gets a sequel.

Best PC Game
- PlanetSide 2 (Sony Online Entertainment/Sony Online Entertainment for PC): Not my area of expertise to I'll give it to the one I know the most of. Biased, I know.

Best Hardware/Perip-- Yeah, I'm not even gonna go there.

Best Action Game
- Borderlands 2 (Gearbox/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360): Again, I was torn between MGR and Borderlands. But Borderlands 2 is shaping out to be a big blur of explosions and guns and, above all, fun. Whether it's good or bad, this one looks more action packed.

Best Action/Adventure Game
- The Last of Us (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3): It just seems like they handle that better!

Best Role Playing Game
- I can't decide. I truly can't. They're all good and they all have their own cool feature(s). So, undecided.

Best Fighting Game
- PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale (SuperBot/SCEA for PlayStation 3, PSVita): I'll give it to this one if only because I;m really curious about this title as opposed to the other ones that are sequels.

Best Racing Game
- Need for Speed Most Wanted (Criterion Games/EA for PC, PS3, Xbox 360): now, it might be remake...like the last 3 they've released, but you gotta admit it still looks fun.

Best Sports Game
- All of them. Because they're all the same. All the time. Every year.

Best Strategy Game
- Pikmin 3 (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo for Wii U): I always thought Pikmin was very original and fun. And we only have two of them. So about time!

Best Social/Casual Game
- Dance Central 3 (Harmonix/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360): Can't get any more casual than dancing for fun.

Best Motion Simulation Game
- Just Dance 4 (Ubisoft/Ubisoft for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and Wii U): It's slightly better than Dance Central.

Best Online Multiplayer Game
- Borderlands 2 (Gearbox/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360): I still enjoy playing Borderlands 1 better than Halo or Blops. It's more original, crazy and fun.

Best Downloadable Game
- Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow/SCEA for PlayStation 3): It looks promising.

I'm seeing the last of us winning a whole load of shiny baubbles!

And now to add my voice to the "where the fucks the watch dogs!?!"

 

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