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Game Critics Awards 2013: Best of E3 Nominees Revealed, Winners to be Announced July 2nd

June 26, 2013 Written by Jason Dunning

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With E3 2013 behind us, the 2013 Game Critics Awards nominees for the convention have been announced, with the winners set to be unveiled this Tuesday, July 2nd. If you don’t want to wait that long, you can always check out PSLS’ E3 awards.

Leading the pack in GCA games nominations was Titanfall on Xbox One, 360 and PC, which actually sets a new record for the most E3 nominations in the history of the Awards. Following Titanfall are Destiny and Watch Dogs with five noms each, with Battlefield 4 and The Elder Scrolls Online getting three.

As for the publisher stats, EA garners 16, Sony has 10, Ubisoft gets 8, Activision follows with 7, Nintendo manages 5, and Microsoft gets just 3. On consoles though, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One have 37 and 34, respectively, the PC 34, the PS4 and PS3 33 and 32, respectively, with the Wii U getting just 13.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Best of Show

  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Oculus Rift HD (Oculus VR)
  • PlayStation 4 (Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)

Best Original Game

  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix/Disney Interactive)
  • Rain (Japan Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)

Best Console Game

  • Batman: Arkham Origins (WBIE Montreal/WBIE)
  • Beyond: Two Souls (Quantic Dream/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Infamous: Second Son (Sucker Punch/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)

Best Handheld Game

  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (Armature Studio/WBIE)
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (Capcom/Capcom)
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Popcap/EA)
  • Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Two Worlds (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)

Best PC Game

  • Battlefield 4 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • Company of Heroes 2 (Relic/Sega)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax Online/Bethesda)
  • Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • Total War: Rome II (Creative Assembly/Sega)

Best Hardware

  • Oculus Rift (Oculus VR)
  • PlayStation 4 (Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Blade (Razr)
  • Shield (Nvidia)
  • Xbox One (Microsoft)

Best Action Game

  • Battlefield 4 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • Call of Duty Ghosts (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall (Guerilla Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins (WBIE Montreal/WBIE)
  • Bayonetta 2 (Platinum Games/Nintendo)
  • Infamous: Second Son (Sucker Punch/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best RPG

  • Dark Souls II (FromSoftware/Namco-Bandai)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax Online/Bethesda)
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (AlphaDream/Nintendo)
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV (Atlus/Atlus)
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth (Obsidian/Ubisoft)

Best Racing Game

  • Forza 5 (Turn 10 Studio/Microsoft Studios)
  • Gran Turismo 6 (Polyphony Digital/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
  • Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games/Electronic Arts)
  • The Crew (Ivory Tower/Ubisoft)

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA 14 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
  • NHL 14 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
  • Madden NFL 25 (Tiburon/EA Sports)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (PES Productions/Konami)

Best Strategy Game

  • Command and Conquer (Victory Games/Electronic Arts)
  • Company of Heroes 2 (Relic/Sega)
  • Pikmin 3 (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
  • Total War: Rome II (Creative Assembly/Sega)

Best Social/Casual

  • Disney Infinity (Avalanche/Disney Interactive)
  • Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix/Disney Interactive)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games/WBIE)
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time (Popcap/EA)
  • Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions/Activision)
  • Project Spark (Team Daokta/Microsoft Studios)

Best Online Multiplayer

  • Battlefield 4 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax Online/Bethesda)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Downloadable

  • Contrast (Compulsion Games)
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Young Horses Inc)
  • Outlast (Red Barrels)
  • Rain (Japan Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Transistor (Supergiant Games)

*The Division, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom, The Witcher 3, and Super Smash Bros Wii U were disqualified due to being unplayable to the judges, with Best Fighting Game and Best Motion Simulation Game not having enough nominees to get their own categories.

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