Here Are The Official 'Best Of E3 2013' Nominees

The Game Critic Awards, of which some editors of this website are judges, have announced their nominees for the 2013 Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 awards.

These are the real deal; while individual sites can slap a ribbon or badge on anything they want, these nominees were settled on by representatives of 30 of the biggest and most influential video game outlets on the planet.

A quick note on which games were eligible and which weren't: a game had to be playable by judges. Which is why some games not playable on the showroom floor are on this list, and why others not playable by anyone -- like Metal Gear Solid V, Smash Bros Wii U and The Division -- were excluded.

The winners will be announced next Tuesday.

Best of Show - Destiny (Bungie/Activision) - Oculus Rift HD (Oculus VR) - PlayStation 4(Sony Computer Entertainment) - Titanfall (Respawn Games/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 Games/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 Games/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/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/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 Scrolsl 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/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)


    Really looking forward to see how Watch Dogs turns out. Like others have mentioned, I think it's going to be something quite special.

    Not enough Dark Souls II. Pretty sure it should win every category.

      Best sports game? I guess dying could be considered a sport.

        Every. Category.

        The sport would be hunting I think.

    Pleased to see Rain show up a couple of times. I keep forgetting that thing is coming out and then I see something about it and it's like finding out about it for the first time again :D

    I really dont understand any of the hype surrounding titan fall. When i saw the footage the first thing that popped into my head was how damn generic it looked. I think it comes down to if you enjoy cod and you can play the same bs every year then this looks riveting to you. I think i've just had shooter fatigue for years

      Respawn Entertainment is headed by the guys that made the first Modern Warfare game. I'm sure it will have lots of similarities but I would think they would try to diversify it from CoD.

    No witcher?? Yeah I just go to gametrailers for this stuff, they do a good job. there is also something about that guys voice, watching game reviews aren't the same with him haha.

    If division was playable 100% itd take out the awards lol

      Yeah....the division is my most wanted

      Have to agree with you. Although watch dogs foes look good

    I find a disturbing lack of FFXIV:ARR in the RPG and Online game part.

    No love for Mirror's Edge 2 makes me sad panda

    No mention of witcher 3 in best RPG?... That was best of show 4 me!!

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