Game Critics Awards

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Game Critics Awards
Current: 23rd Annual Game Critics Awards
Awarded forBest in video games
VenueLos Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
Hosted byElectronic Entertainment Expo
First awarded1998; 25 years ago (1998)

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]

Current categories[edit]

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

Best of Show[edit]

Best Original Game[edit]

Best Console Game[edit]

Best PC Game[edit]

Best Handheld Game[edit]

Best Peripheral/Hardware[edit]

Best Action Game[edit]

Best Action/Adventure Game[edit]

Best Role Playing Game[edit]

Best Racing Game[edit]

Best Sports Game[edit]

Best Fighting Game[edit]

Best Strategy Game[edit]

(Real-Time or Turn-Based)

Best Social/Casual/Puzzle/Family Game[edit]

Best Online Multiplayer[edit]

Best Independent Game[edit]

Best VR/AR Game[edit]

Best Ongoing Game[edit]

  • 2019: Destiny 2 (for PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and Xbox One)
  • 2018: Fortnite (for iOS, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One)

Special Commendation for Graphics, Sound or Innovation[edit]

Discontinued categories[edit]

Best Downloadable Game[edit]

Best Motion Simulation Game[edit]

Best Simulation Game[edit]

(Combat, Flight, Non-Combat)

Best Platformer[edit]

Most Promising New Game[edit]

Best Booth[edit]

Best Party[edit]


  1. ^ Tor Thorsen (22 June 2011). "E3 2011: BioShock Infinite, Uncharted 3 lead Game Critics Awards nominations". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 23 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  2. ^ "Game Critics Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  3. ^ 2002 winners