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Game Critics Awards Best of E3 2016 Winners Include Zelda, Horizon, PlayStation VR

July 5, 2016 Written by Jason Dunning

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Winning in every category it was nominated for, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Wii U and NX took home Best of Show honors in the Game Critics Awards Best of E3 2016 awards.

Elsewhere on the winners list, Horizon Zero Dawn was voted as the Best Original Game for a second straight year. Nominated in five categories, Battlefield 1 only won the Best Action Game award. Best VR Game went to Batman: Arkham VR, PlayStation VR won Best Hardware/Peripheral, and God of War received the Special Commendation for Graphics.

Overall, Breath of the Wild had the most wins at three, with Civilization VI in 2nd with two. Sony Interactive Entertainment and Nintendo tied with three wins each for publishers, and the PlayStation 4 had the most winners by platform with 10.

Here’s the full list of winners:

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)

Special Commendation for Graphics

  • God of War (Sony Santa Monica/Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4)

Do you agree with all of the winners?

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