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Attack of the Fanboy Best of E3 2012 Awards

by William Schwartz on June 11, 2012

Another E3 is in the rear view mirror and getting smaller and smaller by the day. This year was our second year of attendance, and despite the obvious problems that many had with this year’s show, there were a lot of great games to see and play on the show floor. As gamers, we have alot to be excited for in a number of different areas. Nintendo’s Wii U showed alot of promise. Fans of Microsoft’s core franchises got their fill of Forza, Halo, and Gears as well as an interesting software twist that could enhance gaming on Microsoft’s platform in the coming years with Smart Glass. Sony continues to plug along with their expanding list of exclusives adding yet another title from Quantic Dream into the fold. Publishers like EA, Activision, and Ubisoft all had massive lineups that eventhough were revealed prior to the convention, still lived up to the hype.

The bottom line is that there was a ton of great gaming experiences to test and see this year. We’ve put together our final thoughts on what we played and saw at this year’s show. Our second annual awards are issued according to either play tests or live gameplay that was shown on the show floor.

Best of E3 Technology – Nintendo Wii U

Honorable Mentions: Astro A50 Headset, Microsoft Smart Glass

Best of E3 Xbox 360 – Halo 4 ( Read our Halo 4 Hands on experience here)

Honorable Mentions: Gears of War: Judgement, Hybrid

Best of E3 PlayStation 3 – The Last of Us

Honorable Mentions: Beyond: Two Souls, PlayStation All-Stars, Dust 514

Best of E3 PS Vita - Sound Shapes

Honorable Mentions: Assassin’s Creed Liberation, LittleBigPlanet, PS One Classics, PlayStation All-Stars

Best of E3 Nintendo Wii U – Pikmin 3

Honorable Mentions: New Super Mario Bros. U

Best of E3 Nintendo 3DS – Scribblenauts Unlimited

Honorable Mentions: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Paper Mario: Sticker Star

 

Best of E3 PC – SimCity

Honorable Mentions: Hawken, Arma 3, Counter Strike:GO

Best of E3 Action - Dishonored (read our hands on experience with Dishonored here)

Honorable Mentions: The Last of Us, Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed III, Resident Evil 6, Hitman: Absolution, Metal Gear Rising

Best of E3 Fighting - Dead or Alive 5 (Read pro-tips for Dead or Alive 5 here)

Honorable Mentions: Street Fighter X Tekken PS Vita

Best of E3 Driving – Need For Speed: Most Wanted

Honorable Mentions: Forza Horizon

Best of E3 RPG – South Park: The Stick of Truth

Honorable Mentions: Ragnarok Odyssey, Ni No Kuni

Best MMO - The Elder Scrolls Online (Read our preview of TESO here)

Honorable Mentions: Neverwinter

Best of E3 Shooter – Borderlands 2 (Read our about our hands-on time with Borderlands 2 here)

Honorable Mentions: Medal of Honor, Metro: Last Light, Halo 4

Best of E3 Biggest Reveal – Beyond: Two Souls (What is Beyond: Two Souls?  Find out here)

Honorable Mentions: Watchdogs

Best of E3 Press Conferences – Sony (Go back and have a look at our live blog of the Sony Press Conference)

Honorable Mentions: Ubisoft

Best of E3 Overall – Dishonored

Honorable Mentions: The Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls, Watch Dogs, Borderlands 2

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