Game Critics Awards Best of E3 2016 Nominations Led by Battlefield 1, Horizon Zero Dawn

June 29, 2016 Written by Jason Dunning

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With the winners being announced on July 5, the Game Critics Awards Best of E3 2016 nominations have been revealed.

Battlefield 1 leads the way with five nominations, including Best of Show. It’s followed by Dishonored 2 and Horizon Zero Dawn, each with four nominations, including Best of Show as well. Absolver, Titanfall 2, Sea of Thieves, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are all tied with three nominations.

EA leads the way for publishers with 10 nominations, followed by Sony Interactive Entertainment with nine and Microsoft Studios with seven. By platform, PC saw 50 nominations, followed by 47 on PlayStation 4 and 43 on Xbox One.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Best of Show

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane/Bethesda)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla/Sony Interactive Ent.)
  • Sea of Thieves (Rare/Microsoft Studios)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)

Best Original Game

  • Abzu (Giant Squid/505 Games)
  • Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream/Sony Interactive Ent.)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla/Sony Interactive Ent.)
  • Sea of Thieves (Rare/Microsoft Studios)
  • We Happy Few (Compulsion Games)

Best Console Game

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane/Bethesda)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla/Sony Interactive Ent.)
  • The Last Guardian (genDESIGN/Sony Interactive Ent.)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

Best PC Game

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Civilization VI (Firaxis/2K)
  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane/Bethesda)
  • Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (CD Projekt Red)
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (Relic/Sega)

Best VR Game

  • Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady/WBIE)
  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard (Capcom)
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Red Storm/Ubisoft)
  • The Unspoken (Insomniac/Oculus Studio)
  • Wilson’s Heart (Twisted Pixel/Oculus Studio)

Best Hardware

  • Oculus Touch (Oculus VR)
  • PlayStation VR (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Xbox One S (Microsoft)

Best Action Game

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
  • Lawbreakers (Boss Key/Nexon)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane/Bethesda)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla/Sony Interactive Ent)
  • Mafia III (Hangar 13/2K)
  • The Last Guardian (GenDesign/Sony Interactive Ent.)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

Best RPG

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Eidos Montreal/Square Enix)
  • Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix)
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Ubisoft SF/Ubisoft)
  • Tyrrany (Obsidian/Paradox)
  • Persona 5 (Atlus)

Best Fighting Game

  • Absolver (Sloclap/Devolver)
  • Injustice 2 (NetherRealm/WBIE)
  • Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco)
  • The King of Fighters XIV (SNK/Atlus)

Best Racing Game

  • Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games/Microsoft Studios)
  • F1 2016 (Codemasters)
  • Gran Turismo Sport (Polyphony Digital/Sony Interactive Ent.)

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA 17 (EA Canada/EA)
  • Madden NFL 17 (Tiburon/EA)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (Konami)
  • Steep (Ubisoft Annecy/Ubisoft)

Best Strategy Game

  • Civilization VI (Firaxis/2K)
  • Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (CD Projekt Red)
  • Halo Wars 2 (Creative Assembly/343/Microsoft Studios)
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (Relic/Sega)

Best Family Game

  • LEGO Dimensions (TT Games/WBIE)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TT Games/WBIE)
  • Skylanders: Imaginators (Toys for Bob/Activision)

Best Online Multiplayer

  • Absolver (Sloclap/Devolver)
  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
  • Lawbreakers (Boss Key/Nexon)
  • Sea of Thieves (RARE/Microsoft Studios)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)

Best Independent Game

  • Absolver (Sloclap/Devoler)
  • Abzu (Giant Squid/505)
  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • We Happy Few (Compulsion Games)

Since Death Stranding, Destiny: Rise of Iron, God of War, Mass Effect Andromeda, Prey, and Spider-Man PS4 weren’t playable for judges at E3, they were disqualified from main award consideration.

Over 40 different publications from around the world will decide the winners.

The Best of Show last year was Fallout 4.

[Source: Game Critics Awards (1), (2), (3)]