Game Critics Awards

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The Game Critics Awards are a set of annual awards held after the E3 video game conference since 1998. The awards are given to products displayed at E3 with the title Best of E3 of their category. The nominees and winners of the awards are chosen by individual judges representing 35 (as of 2011) major North American media outlets.[1] The awards are given independently of the Expo's organizers.[2]

Judges[edit]

The media outlets for 2011 include:[3]

Award winners[edit]

Note on "all systems" as platform: Because games shown at E3 are still in development, the platforms for which the game is published might still be in question.

Best of Show[edit]

2014: Evolve (for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One)
2013: Titanfall (for PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One)
2012: The Last of Us (for PlayStation 3)
2011: BioShock Infinite (for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
2010: Nintendo 3DS
2009: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (for PlayStation 3)
2008: Fallout 3 (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2007: Rock Band (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2006: Wii
2005: Spore (for PC and Mac)
2004: PlayStation Portable
2003: Half-Life 2 (for PC)
2002: Doom 3 (for PC)
2001: Nintendo GameCube
2000: Black and White (for PC)
1999: Freelancer (for PC)

Best Original Game[edit]

2014: No Man's Sky (for PlayStation 4)
2013: Titanfall (for PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One)
2012: The Last of Us (for PlayStation 3)
2011: BioShock Infinite (for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
2010: Dance Central (for Xbox 360)
2009: Scribblenauts (for Nintendo DS)
2008: Mirror's Edge (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2007: LittleBigPlanet (for PlayStation 3)
2006: Spore (for PC)
2005: Spore (for PC)
2004: Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (for Nintendo GameCube)
2003: Full Spectrum Warrior (for PC and Xbox)
2002: Psychonauts (for Xbox)[4]
2001: Majestic (for PC)
2000: Black and White (for PC)
1999: Black and White (for PC)

Best Console Game[edit]

2014: Evolve (for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One)
2013: Titanfall (for Xbox 360 and Xbox One)
2012: The Last of Us (for PlayStation 3)
2011: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (for Playstation 3,Xbox 360 and PC)
2010: Rage (for PS3 and Xbox 360)
2009: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (for PlayStation 3)
2008: LittleBigPlanet (for PlayStation 3)
2007: Mass Effect (for Xbox 360)
2006: Gears of War (for Xbox 360)
2005: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (for Nintendo GameCube)
2004: Halo 2 (for Xbox)
2003: Halo 2 (for Xbox)
2002: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (for Nintendo GameCube)
2001: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (for PlayStation 2)
2000: Jet Grind Radio (for Dreamcast)
1999: Perfect Dark (for Nintendo 64)
1998: Metal Gear Solid (for PlayStation)

Best PC Game[edit]

2014: Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
2013: Titanfall
2012: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
2011: BioShock Infinite
2010: Portal 2
2009: Star Wars: The Old Republic
2008: Spore
2007: Crysis
2006: Spore
2005: Spore
2004: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
2003: Half-Life 2
2002: Doom 3
2001: Star Wars Galaxies
2000: Black and White
1999: Freelancer
1998: Half-Life

Best Handheld Game[edit]

2014: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (for Nintendo 3DS)
2013: Tearaway (for PS Vita)
2012: Sound Shapes (for PS Vita)
2011: Sound Shapes (for PS Vita)
2010: God of War: Ghost of Sparta (for PSP)
2009: Scribblenauts (for Nintendo DS)
2008: Resistance: Retribution (for PSP)
2007: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (for Nintendo DS)
2006: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (for Nintendo DS)
2005: Nintendogs (for Nintendo DS)

Best Peripheral/Hardware[edit]

2014: Oculus Rift
2013: Oculus Rift
2012: Wii U
2011: PlayStation Vita
2010: Nintendo 3DS
2009: Project Natal (for Xbox 360)
2008: Rock Band 2 Ion "Drum Rocker" Set
2007: Rock Band instruments
2006: Wii
2005: PlayStation 3
2004: PlayStation Portable
2003: EyeToy (for PlayStation 2)
2002: WaveBird Wireless Controller (for Nintendo GameCube)
2001: (PC) Nvidia GeForce 3
2001: (Console) Nintendo GameCube
2000: (PC) nVidia GeForce 2
2000: (Console) Xbox
1999: (PC) Nvidia RIVA TNT2
1999: (Console) Dreamcast
1998: Microsoft Sidewinder Freestyle Pro

Best Action Game[edit]

2014: Evolve (for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One)
2013: Titanfall (for PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One)
2012: Halo 4 (for Xbox 360)
2011: Battlefield 3 (for PC)
2010: Rage (for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)
2009: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2008: Gears of War 2 (for Xbox 360)
2007: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2006: Gears of War (for Xbox 360)
2005: F.E.A.R. (for PC)
2004: Halo 2 (for Xbox)
2003: Half-Life 2 (for PC)
2002: Doom 3 (for PC)
2001: Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (for Nintendo GameCube)
2000: Halo: Combat Evolved (for PC)
1999: Team Fortress (for PC)
1998: Half-Life (for PC)

Best Action/Adventure Game[edit]

2014: Batman: Arkham Knight (for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One)
2013: Watch Dogs (for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U)
2012: The Last of Us (for PlayStation 3)
2011: BioShock Infinite (for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
2010: Portal 2 (for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2009: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (for PlayStation 3)
2008: Dead Space (for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2007: BioShock (for Xbox 360)
2006: Assassin's Creed (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2005: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (for Nintendo GameCube)
2004: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (for PC)
2003: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (for multiple systems)
2002: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (for multiple systems)
2001: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (for PlayStation 2)
2000: Escape From Monkey Island (for PC)
1999: Oni (for PC)
1998: Grim Fandango (for PC)

Best Role Playing Game[edit]

2014: Dragon Age: Inquisition (for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One)
2013: The Elder Scrolls Online (for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One)
2012: South Park: The Stick of Truth (for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)
2011: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (for Playstation 3,Xbox 360 and PC)
2010: Star Wars: The Old Republic (for PC)
2009: Mass Effect 2 (for PC and Xbox 360)
2008: Fallout 3 (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2007: Mass Effect (for Xbox 360)
2006: Mass Effect (for Xbox 360)
2005: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (for PC and Xbox 360)
2004: Jade Empire (for Xbox)
2003: Fable (for Xbox)
2002: Neverwinter Nights (for PC)
2001: Neverwinter Nights (for PC)
2000: Neverwinter Nights (for PC)
1999: Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption (for PC)
1998: Baldur's Gate (for PC)

Best Racing Game[edit]

2014: The Crew (for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One)
2013: Need for Speed: Rivals (for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One)
2012: Need for Speed: Most Wanted (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2011: Forza 4 (for Xbox 360)
2010: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2009: Split/Second (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2008: Pure (for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2007: Burnout Paradise (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2006: Excite Truck (for Wii)
2005: Burnout Revenge (for PlayStation 2 and Xbox)
2004: Burnout 3: Takedown (for PlayStation 2 and Xbox)
2003: Gran Turismo 4 (for PlayStation 2)
2002: Auto Modellista (for PlayStation 2)
2001: Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (for PlayStation 2)
2000: Need For Speed: Motor City (for PC)
1999: Driver (for PlayStation, PC)
1998: Need for Speed 3 (for PlayStation, PC)

Best Sports Game[edit]

2014: NHL 15 (for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One)
2013: NHL 14 (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2012: FIFA Soccer 13 (for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2011: FIFA Soccer 12 (for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)
2010: NBA Jam (for Wii)
2009: Fight Night Round 4 (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2008: Madden NFL 09 (for multiple systems)
2007: Madden NFL 08 (for multiple systems)
2006: Wii Sports (for Wii)
2005: Madden NFL 2006 (for multiple systems)
2004: Madden NFL 2005 (for multiple systems)
2003: Tony Hawk's Underground (for multiple systems)
2002: NFL 2K3 (for Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox)
2001: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (for PlayStation 2)
2000: Madden NFL 2001 (for PlayStation 2)
1999: NFL 2K (for Dreamcast)
1998: Madden NFL 99 (for PC, Nintendo 64, and PlayStation)

Best Fighting Game[edit]

2014: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (for Wii U)
2012: Injustice: Gods Among Us (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U)
2011: Street Fighter X Tekken (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PlayStation Vita)
2010: Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2009: Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars (for Wii)
2008: Street Fighter IV (for Arcade)
2007: Virtua Fighter 5 (for PlayStation 3)
2006: Heavenly Sword (for PlayStation 3)
2005: Soulcalibur III (for PlayStation 2)
2004: Def Jam: Fight for New York (all console systems)
2003: Soulcalibur II (all console systems)
2002: Tekken 4 (for PlayStation 2)
2001: Super Smash Bros. Melee (for Nintendo GameCube)
2000: Ultimate Fighting Championship (for Dreamcast)
1999: Soulcalibur (for Dreamcast)
1998: Tekken 3

Best Strategy Game[edit]

(Real-Time or Turn-Based)

2014: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth (for PC)
2013: Total War: Rome II (for PC)
2012: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)
2011: From Dust (for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)
2010: Civilization V (for PC)
2009: Supreme Commander 2 (for PC and Xbox 360)
2008: Tom Clancy’s EndWar (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2007: World in Conflict (for PC)
2006: Supreme Commander (for PC)
2005: Company of Heroes (for PC)
2004: The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth (for PC)
2003: Command & Conquer: Generals (for PC)
2002: Rome: Total War (for PC)
2001: Age Of Mythology (for PC)
2000: Black and White (for PC)
1999: Homeworld (for PC)
1998: (RTS) Homeworld
1998: (turn-based) Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Best Social/Casual/Puzzle Game[edit]

2014: Mario Maker (for Wii U)
2013: Fantasia: Music Evolved (for Xbox 360 and Xbox One)
2012: Dance Central 3 (for Xbox 360)
2011: Sound Shapes (for PlayStation Vita)
2010: Rock Band 3 (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii)
2009: DJ Hero (for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii)
2008: LittleBigPlanet (for PlayStation 3)
2007: Rock Band (for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
2006: Guitar Hero II (for PlayStation 2)
2005: We Love Katamari (for PlayStation 2)
2004: Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat (for Nintendo GameCube)
2003: The EyeToy Games (for PlayStation 2)
2002: Super Monkey Ball 2 (for Nintendo GameCube)
2001: Pikmin (for Nintendo GameCube)
2000: Samba de Amigo (for Dreamcast)
1999: UmJammer Lammy (for PlayStation)
1998: Sentinel Returns

Best Motion Simulation Game[edit]

2012: Dance Central 3 (for Xbox 360)
2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (for Wii)
2010: Dance Central (for Xbox 360)

Best Online Multiplayer[edit]

2014: Evolve (for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One)
2013: Titanfall (for PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One)
2012: Halo 4 (for Xbox 360)
2011: Battlefield 3 (for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)
2010: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (for PS3 and Xbox 360)
2009: Left 4 Dead 2 (for PC and Xbox 360)
2008: Left 4 Dead (for PC and Xbox 360)
2007: Halo 3 (for Xbox 360)
2006: Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (for PC)
2005: Battlefield 2 (for PC)
2004: Halo 2 (for Xbox)
2003: City of Heroes (for PC)
2002: Star Wars Galaxies (for PC) [2]
2001: Star Wars Galaxies (for PC) [1]
2000: Neverwinter Nights (for PC)
1999: Team Fortress (for PC)
1998: EverQuest

Best Downloadable Game[edit]

2013: Transistor (for PC and PlayStation 4)
2012: The Unfinished Swan (for PlayStation 3)
2011: Bastion (for PC and Xbox 360)

Best Independent Game[edit]

2014: No Man's Sky (for PlayStation 4)

Special Commendation for Graphics, Sound or Innovation[edit]

2014: (I) No Man's Sky (for PlayStation 4)
2012: (G) Star Wars 1313 (for TBA)
2012: (G) Watch Dogs (for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)
2012: (S) The Last of Us (for PlayStation 3)
2012: (I) Watch Dogs (for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)
2010: (G) Rage (for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)
2007: (G) Killzone 2 (for PlayStation 3)
2005: (G) Killzone (for PlayStation 2)
2004: (G) Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (for PC)
2003: (G) Half-Life 2 (for PC)
2002: (S) Doom 3 (for PC)
2001: (S) Medal of Honor: Allied Assault (for PC)
2000: (G) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (for PlayStation and Nintendo GameCube)
1999: (G) Freelancer (for PC)
1999: (+S) Outcast (for PC)
1999: (+S) UmJammer Lammy (for PlayStation)

Winners of older awards[edit]

Best Simulation Game[edit]

(Combat, Flight, Non-Combat)

2008: Tom Clancy's EndWar (for PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360)
2006: Spore (for PC)
2005: Spore (for PC)
2004: The Sims 2 (for PC)
2003: Full Spectrum Warrior (for PC, and Xbox)
2002: The Sims Online (for PC)
2001: The Sims Online (for PC)
2000: MechWarrior 4: Vengeance (for PC)
1999: (|F) Jane's USAF (for PC)
1999: (|N) Freelancer (for PC)
1998: (|C) Fighter Legends (for PC)
1998: (|N) Railroad Tycoon 2 (for PC)

Best Platformer[edit]

1999: Donkey Kong 64 (for Nintendo 64)

Most Promising New Game[edit]

1998: Homeworld

Best Booth[edit]

1999: Electronic Arts [2]
1998: Electronic Arts [1]

Best Party[edit]

1998 : Babylon 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tor Thorsen (22 June 2011). "E3 2011: BioShock Infinite, Uncharted 3 lead Game Critics Awards nominations". GameSpot. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Game Critics Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Judges". Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  4. ^ 2002 winners

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