The Game Critics Award is a post-E3 tradition in which an independent group of 50 global media and influencer outlets covering the video game industry vote on which games take home the gold among a variety of categories. There are over a dozen categories: Best of Show, Best Original Game, Best Console Game, Best VR/AR Game, Best PC Game, Best Hardware/Peripheral, Best Action Game, Best Action/Adventure, Best RPG, Best Fighting Game, Best Racing Game, Best Sports Game, Best Strategy Game, Best Family/Social Game, Best Online Multiplayer, Best Independent Game, Best Ongoing Game, as well as Special Commendations for Graphics, Sound, and Innovation.
While this occurs annually, I still find the concept itself fascinating because it’s based on getting just a glimpse of these games. But in general that’s what E3 is about: it’s one big hype machine. And the game that walked away with the most hype was Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 Remake, awarded Best of Show.
Which is to say video game ideas peaked in 1998, but our execution needed some work. It’s weird to think a game that came out ten years ago was the best thing at E3, but people have been raving about the presentation of this terrifying nostalgia trip so I can’t say I’m too surprised. Still, as good as this remake might be it doesn’t feel representative of where we are today for a 1998 game to be the best thing at E3 2018.
Check out the full list of winners by publisher and platform, click here. If you want to see which games we thought were the best at E3 2018, you can view PlayStation LifeStyle’s own Best of E3 awards.