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Game Critics Awards Best of E3 2017 Nominations Announced

by Jose Belmonte

E3-2017

The Game Critics Awards have announced their Best of E3 2017 nominations, based on the votes of 38 publications of the videogame industry. Three games seem to have impressed the most to critics, with Mario + Rabbids Battle Kingdom, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus being up for four awards each. Other titles like Assassin’s Creed: Origins, Destiny 2, and Super Mario Odyssey follow them with three nominations.

There is one publisher this year that has made the strongest impression, and it is Ubisoft, which leads the publishers rank with a stunning 14 nominations, up 11 from last year. Sony Interactive Entertainment follows with 7 nominations, with Bethesda being up for 6 awards.

PC and PS4 lead the platform rank with 49 nominations each, followed by Xbox One with 44, and Nintendo Switch with 17.

If you are missing some of your favourite games from the lists, be aware that the Game Critics Awards only nominate titles that were available to be played for at least 5 minutes. This rule caused some notable absences, like Anthem, God of War, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Metro Exodus, Monster Hunter World, NBA Live 18, Ori and the Will of Wisps, Marvel’s Spider-Man, The Evil Within 2, or Uncharted: Lost Legacy.

Check out the full list of nominations below:

Best of Show

  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris/Ubisoft Milan/Ubisoft)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Monolith/Warner Bros Interactive Ent.)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Machine Games/Bethesda)

Best Original Game

  • Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ (Arc System Works/Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris/Ubisoft Milan/Ubisoft)
  • Sea of Thieves (Rare/Microsoft)
  • Skull & Bones (Ubisoft Singapore/Ubisoft)

Best Console Game

  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris/Ubisoft Milan/Ubisoft)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Monolith/Warner Bros Interactive Ent.)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Machine Games/Bethesda)

Best PC Game

  • Destiny 2 (Bungie/Activision)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Monolith/Warner Bros. Interactive Ent)
  • Mount & Blade II: Bannerlords (TaleWorlds Entertainment)
  • Total War: Warhammer II (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Machine Games/Bethesda)

Best VR Game

  • Doom VFR (id Software/Bethesda)
  • Fallout 4 VR (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Lone Echo (Ready at Dawn/Oculus Studio)
  • Moss (Polyarc)
  • Transference (SpectreVision/Ubisoft)

Best Mobile/Handheld

  • Durango (What Studio/Nexon)
  • Metroid: Samus Returns (MercurySteam/Nintendo)
  • Hidden Agenda (Supermassive Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • King’s Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon (Square Enix)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux (Atlus)

Best Hardware

  • Astro A10 Gaming Headset (Astro)
  • DisplayLink XR (DisplayLink)
  • Razer Thresher Ultimate (Razer)
  • Logitech PowerPlay Mat (Logitech)
  • Xbox One X (Microsoft)

Best Action Game

  • Call of Duty: WWII (Sledgehammer Games/Activision)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie/Activision)
  • Far Cry 5 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Star Wars Battlefront II (EA DICE/Motive/Criterion/Electronic Arts)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Machine Games/Bethesda)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Days Gone (SIE Bend Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Monolith/Warner Bros. Interactive Ent).
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)

Best RPG

  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar (Airship Syndicate/THQ Nordic)
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance (Warhorse Studios/Deep Silver)
  • Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlords (TaleWorlds Entertainment)
  • Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Level 5/Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Ubisoft SF/South Park Digital Studios/Ubisoft)
  • Vampyr (Dotnod Entertainment/Focus Home Interactive)

Best Fighting Game

  • ARMS (Nintendo)
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ (Arc System Works/Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite (Capcom)
  • Pokken Tournament DX (Bandai Namco Studios/The Pokemon Co.)

Best Racing Game

  • Forza Motorsport 7 (Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios)
  • Gran Turismo Sport (Polyphony Digital/Sony Interactive Ent)
  • Need for Speed Payback (Ghost Games/Electronic Arts)
  • Project CARS 2 (Slighty Mad Studios/Bandai Namco Entertainment)
  • The Crew 2 (Ivory Tower/Ubisoft Reflections/Ubisoft)

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA 18 (EA Canada/Electronic Arts)
  • Madden NFL 18 (EA Tiburon/Electronic Arts)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PES Productions/Konami)

Best Strategy Game

  • Battletech (Harebrained Schemes/Paradox Interactive)
  • Frostpunk (11 bit Studios)
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft)
  • Total War: Arena (Creative Assembly/Sega/Wargaming)
  • Total War: Warhammer II (Creative Assembly/Sega)

Best Family/Social Game

  • DropMix (Harmonix/Hasbro)
  • Just Dance 2018 (Ubisoft)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (TT Games/Warner Bros Interactive Ent.)
  • Hidden Agenda (Supermassive Games/Sony Interactive Ent.)
  • That’s You (Wish Studios/Sony Interactive Ent.)

Best Online Multiplayer

  • Call of Duty: WWII (Sledgehammer Games/Activision)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie/Activision)
  • Star Wars Battlefront II (EA DICE/Motive/Criterion/Electronic Arts)
  • Sea of Thieves (Rare/Microsoft)
  • Skull & Bones (Ubisoft Singapore/Ubisoft)

Best Independent Game

  • Ashen (Aurora 44/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Inti Creates/505 Games)
  • Donut County (Ben Esposito/Annapurna Interactive)
  • Laser League (Roll7/505 Games)
  • The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti (Beethoven & Dinosaur/Annapurna Interactive)

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