These Are Kotaku’s Favourites For Best Of E3

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These Are Kotaku’s Favourites For Best Of E3

This is a first for Kotaku.

While we’ve been judges for oodles of other people’s best of E3 awards, we’ve never actually done our own. And there’s a reason for that: They’re really hard work. Just ask Geoff Keighley.

But we figured that it was probably a good idea for us to start. Take a moment, if you’d like, to check out our list of nominees for best of E3 this year and let us know what you think. We’ll be declaring the winners next week.

Also, we’d love to hear your take on our categories. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to those of you who are regular readers that we didn’t include a break down by genre.

Enjoy, debate, suggest.

Best New Game (Not a sequel)

Hamonix’s Dance Central for the Xbox 360
Junction Point’s Epic Mickey for the Wii
SCE’s Sorcery for the PS3
Epic’s Bulletstorm for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Ubisoft’s Shaun White Skateboarding for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii
THQ’s Homefront for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Uber Entertainment’s Monday Night Combat for the Xbox 360
Id’s Rage for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac
Hudson’s Lost In Shadow for the Wii
Playdead’s Limbo for the Xbox 360
Klei Entertainment’s Shank for the PS3, Xbox 360

Best Character Design

Good Feel’s Kirby’s Epic Yarn for the Wii
Id’s Rage for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac
Splash Damage’s Brink for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Fatshark’s Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 for the PS3, Xbox 360
Valve’s Portal 2 for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac
Capcom’s Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 for the PS3, Xbox 360
Ignition’s El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron for the PS3, Xbox 360

Best Gameplay Mechanic

Day 1’s FEAR 3 for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC : Fettel and Pointman dichotomy.
Lionhead’s Fable III for the Xbox 360, PC: Weapon morphing.
Ubisoft Reflections’ Driver San Francisco for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC: Disembodied car swapping.
Yager’s Spec Ops The Line for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC: Use of sand.
Ninja Theory’s Enslaved: Odyssey to the West for the PS3, Xbox 360: Trip and Monkey’s relationship.
Splash Damage’s Brink for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC: Button-free traversing.
Hudson’s Lost in Shadow for the Wii: Use of shadows.
Epic’s Bulletstorm for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC: Reverse bullet-time.
SCE’s Slam Bolt Scrappers for the PS3: Mix of building and brawling.
Tiburon’s EA Sports MMA for the PS3, Xbox 360: Submission holds.

Best Motion game

Harmonix’s Dance Central for the Xbox 360
SCE’s Sorcery for the PS3
Ubisoft’s Your Shape: Fitness Evolved for the Xbox 360
Good Science’s Kinect Adventures! for the Xbox 360
SCE’s EyePet for the PS3, PSP
Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii
Q Entertainment’s Child of Eden for the PS3, Xbox 360

Best Trailer

Ubisoft’s Your Shape: Fitness Evolved for the Xbox 360
Nintendo’s 3DS Iwata & Miyamoto & Reggie 3DS Trailer
Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC
Vigil’s Warhammer 40K MMO for the PC
Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Valve’s Portal 2 for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac
Relic’s Warhammer 40k Space Marine for the PS3, Xbox 360
Firaxis’s Civilization V for the PC

Boldest Move (Biggest gamble for a developer)

Harmonix’s Rock Band 3 for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii
Sony’s PlayStation Plus
Seven45’s Power Gig for the PS3, Xbox 360
Sony’s PlayStation 3 3D Gaming
Ubisoft’s Battle Tag

Best Setting


Yager’s Spec Ops: The Line for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC
Crytek’s Crysis 2 for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Id’s Rage for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac
Junction Point’s Epic Mickey for the Wii
Good Feel’s Kirby’s Epic Yarn for the Wii
2K’s XCOM for the Xbox 360, PC
Valve’s Portal 2 for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac
Epic’s Bulletstorm for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Ace Team’s Rock of Ages for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC

Best PC Game

Valve’s Portal 2 for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac
Id’s Rage for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac
Bioware’s Star Wars: The Old Republic for the PC
Vigil’s Warhammer 40K MMO for the PC
Firaxis’s Civilization V for the PC
CD Projekt’s The Witcher 2 for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC

Best DS Game

Capcom’s Okamiden for the DS
Capcom’s Ghost Trick for the DS
Camelot’s Golden Sun: Dark Something for the DS
5th Cell’s Super Scribblenauts for the DS

Best PS3 Game

Eat Sleep Play’s Twisted Metal for the PS3
Epic’s Bulletstorm for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Valve’s Portal 2 for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac
Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC
Crystal Dynamic’s Lara Croft & The Guardian of Light for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Id’s Rage for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac
Sucker Punch’s Infamous 2 for the PS3
Q-game’s Pixeljunk Shooter 2 for the PS3
Media Molecule’s LittleBigPlanet 2 for the PS3

Best PSP game

Novarama’s Invizimals for the PSP
Ready at Dawn’s God of War: Ghost of Sparta for the PSP
Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep for the PSP
Sega’s Valkyria Chronicles 2 for the PSP
Pyramid’s Patapon 3 for the PSP

Best Wii game

Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii
Good Feel’s Kirby’s Epic Yarn for the Wii
Junction Point’s Epic Mickey for the Wii
EA’s NBA Jam for the Wii
Hudson’s Lost In Shadow for the Wii

Best Xbox 360 game

Bungie’s Halo: Reach for the Xbox 360
Epic’s Bulletstorm for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Valve’s Portal 2 for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac
Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC
Playdead’s Limbo for the Xbox 360
Harmonix’s Dance Central for the Xbox 360
Crystal Dynamic’s Lara Croft & The Guardian of Light for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC
Id’s Rage for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac
Epic’s Gears of War 3 for the Xbox 360
Lionhead’s Fable III for the Xbox 360, PC

Comments

  • Best Gameplay Mechanic: Bulletstorm’s reverse bullet time, not because it’s particularly original or creative, but for the fact I don’t care for the rest which seem more ‘gimmicky’.

    Best 360 Game: Halo Reach for sure. Played the beta and it seemed solid and the gameplay footage of the campaign looks encouraging.

    Best Trailer: I have to go with something not on the lists and pick Child Of Eden, just a beautiful melding of music and gameplay, hopefully the kinect synergy gets better as it looked a bit ‘jarring’ in footage so far,

    Best PC Game: Rage. No recycled textures, all ‘hand’ drawn, engaging gunplay. Sure it might seem like the child of borderlands and doom/fallout but having loved those games it doesn’t bother me.

    Boldest Move: PSN Plus. Danger will robinson danger..

  • How come the Force Unleashed or Old Republic trailers didn’t make it. These things looked better than the movies they were based on.

  • I’m not really that excited about any games from this year’s E3. All the games I was looking forward to got only a tiny showing at E3, so I’ll have to wait till later to read and see more on them. The show did get me excited about Brink and Homefront.

    Anyone else think Homefront looks a whole lot like Metro 2033? THQ must have seriously decided the look and feel of both games by pulling a torn piece of paper out of a hat.

  • I haven’t read all the comments yet but here’s my version of the list

    Best New Game: Epic Mickey
    Special Mention for Rage

    Best Character Design: Kirby’s Epic Yarn
    Special Mention for Rage and MvC3

    Best Gameplay Mechanic: N/A
    Unsure until I’ve played with em.

    Best Motion Game: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
    It’s the one I know is actually a game and not posing.

    Best Trailer: N/A
    Only seen Nintendo and Assassins Creed, can’t be bothered watching the rest.

    Boldest Move: Sony’s Playstation Plus
    Nobody I know of, or seen on a forum seem to want to pay for the service. MS force you to pay for Online multiplayer, Sony are asking and offering some things but most people are passing.

    Best Setting: Epic Mickey
    Special Mention for Kirby and X-Com

    Best PC Game: Civ 5
    Lot of good stuff there but it’s a Civ game.

    Best DS Game: Golden Sun
    Special Mention for Super Scribblenauts and Okamiden

    Best PS3 Game: Twisted Metal
    Special Mention for LBP2, everything else is kind of available elsewhere and no mention of Killzone 3?

    Best PSP Game: Kingdom Hearts
    I admit don’t know much about the rest.

    Best Wii Game: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
    Special Mention for Kirby’s Epic Yarn, Epic Mickey and Lost in Shadow, I will eventually buy them all.

    Best XBox 360 Game: Halo: Reach
    Special Mention to both Fable III and Gears 3, I’ll probaly get Rage on 360 too. My PC is getting on in years.

  • Lack of Goldeneye 😛 lamed…
    and WTF is with the lack of the Star Wars: The Old Republic trailer… not only was it the best trailer of E3 2010…but the best game cinematic EVER!

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