Every year, critics from a variety of Web sites and print publications gather to debate what they thought was the best game at E3. For this year’s awards, there was one clear winner among the pack of nominees.
The Games Critics Awards published a list of winners today with EA and Respawn’s Titanfall taking Best of Show and a bunch of other words. In fact, it was the only game to win more than one award, for a total of six. Here are the winners:
Best of Show – Titanfall
Best Original Game – Titanfall
Best Console Game – Titanfall
Best Handheld/Mobile Game – Tearaway
Best PC Game – Titanfall
Best Hardware/Peripheral – Oculus Rift
Best Action Game – Titanfall
Best Action/Adventure Game – Watch Dogs
Best Role Playing Game – The Elder Scrolls Online
Best Racing Game – Need for Speed: Rivals
Best Sports Game – NHL 14
Best Strategy Game – Total War: Rome II
Best Social/Casual Game – Fantasia: Music Evolved
Best Online Multiplayer – Titanfall
Best Downloadable Game – Transistor
The awards make it pretty obvious that people really liked Titanfall. The online multiplayer-only game from Respawn and EA pits players against each other in a sci-fi world full of guns and mechs. It certainly looks fun, but it’s still surprising to see that the judges were so enamored with the title.
Interestingly enough, some promising games including The Witcher III, The Division and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain were disqualified as the judges were not allowed to get their hands on playable builds. If they were, some of these awards might have looked very different.