Anthem and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice lead the E3 2018 Game Critic Awards

7 min read
4

Even though nobody attended the illustrious Critical Hit E3 2018 Awards show which was held live this year in my kitchen (Plenty sure I can seat 2000 people inside mom), it was still a night of glory, valour and drama when it was revealed that La La Land was the best game of the show instead of Cyberpunk 2077. Hey, accidents happen.

Anyway, if you missed the best show of the year detailing E3’s biggest winners, then fret not! You can catch up with the second-best prize giving event in the form of the E3 2018 Game Critics Award. What’s the difference between our shows? Well the primary difference here would be that the Critical Hit awards are overseen by a group of barely trained chimpanzees whereas the Game Critic Awards involves around fifty other publications pooling their best of thoughts together.

Honestly though, who do you trust more? Your local poop-flinging writers, or people who wouldn’t even stand up to party party party when Andrew WK was on stage for the Bethesda press conference this year? Check and mate, people who wouldn’t let us into their exclusive club. Which games won the biggest kudos from the No-Critical-Hit-Members-Allowed Club? Plenty!

To be valid for selection, games had to be available in a playable form this year which is why you won’t see Cyberpunk 2077 anywhere on the list due to the version that was shown off behind closed doors being a pre-Alpha build. The games which did qualify and wow audiences, were titles such as Anthem (five nominations), Spider-Man (three nominations) and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (four nominations).

Here’s the full list via GameSpot:

Best of Show Nominees

  • Anthem (BioWare/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games/SIE for PlayStation 4)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco Studios/Sorta Ltd./Nintendo for Switch)

Best Original Game Nominees

  • Anthem (BioWare/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Days Gone (SIE Bend Studio/SIE for PlayStation 4)
  • Dreams (Media Molecule/SIE for PlayStation 4)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Skull & Bones (Ubisoft Singapore/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best Console Game Nominees

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft for PS4, Xbox One)
  • Dreams (Media Molecule/SIE for PlayStation 4)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games/SIE for PlayStation 4)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom for PS4, Xbox One)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision for PS4, Xbox One)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco Studios/Sorta Ltd./Nintendo for Switch)

Best VR/AR Game Nominees

  • Astro Bot: Rescue Mission (SIE Japan Studio/SIE for PSVR)
  • Déraciné (FromSoftware/SIE Japan Studio/SIE for PSVR)
  • Echo Combat (Ready at Dawn/Oculus Studios for PC)
  • Tetris Effect (Resonair/Enhance Inc for PSVR)
  • Trover Saves the Universe (Squanch Games for PlayStation 4/PSVR)

Best PC Game Nominees

  • Anthem (BioWare/EA)
  • Battlefield V (EA DICE/EA)
  • Metro: Exodus (4A Games/Deep Silver)
  • Rage 2 (Avalanche/id/Bethesda)
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms (Creative Assembly/Sega)

Best Hardware/Peripheral Nominees

  • Neogeo Mini (SNK)
  • Poké Ball Plus (Nintendo for Switch)
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft for PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • Vantage Controller for PS4 (SCUF Gaming)
  • Xbox Adaptive Controller (Microsoft)

Best Action Game Nominees

  • Anthem (BioWare/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Battlefield V (EA DICE/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Metro: Exodus (4A Games/Deep Silver for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Rage 2 (Avalanche/id/Bethesda for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best Action/Adventure Nominees

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games/SIE for PlayStation 4)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Eidos Montreal/Square Enix for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (Massive Entetainment/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best RPG Nominees

  • Divinity: Original Sin II (Larian Studios/Bandai Namco for PS4, Xbox One)
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Square Enix for PC, PS4, Switch)
  • Kingdom Hearts III (Square Enix for PS4, Xbox One)
  • Octopath Traveler (Square Enix/Acquire/Nintendo for Switch)
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Eevee! (Game Freak/Nintendo for Switch)

Best Fighting Game Nominees

  • Dead or Alive 6 (Team Ninja/Koei Tecmo for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Jump Force (Spike Chunsoft/Bandai Namco for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Soul Calibur VI (Bandi Namco for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Bandai Namco Studios/Sorta Ltd./Nintendo for Switch)

Best Racing Game Nominees

  • F1 2018 (Codemasters for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games/Turn 10/Microsoft Studios for PC, Xbox One)
  • Team Sonic Racing (Sumo Digital/Sega for PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • The Crew 2 (Ivory Tower/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Trials Rising (Red Lynx/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)

Best Sports Game Nominees

  • FIFA 19 (EA Vancouver/EA for PS4, Xbox One)
  • Mario Tennis Aces (Camelot Software Planning/Nintendo for Switch)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 (PES Productions/Konami for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best Strategy Game Nominees

  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (The Bearded Ladies/Funcom for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms (Creative Assembly/Sega for PC)
  • Two Point Hospital (Two Point Studios/Sega for PC)
  • Wargroove (Chuckle Fish for PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)

Best Family/Social Game Nominees

  • Dreams (Media Molecule/SIE for PlayStation 4)
  • Lego DC Super-Villains (Traveler’s Tales/WBIE for PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Eevee! (Game Freak/Nintendo for Switch)
  • Overcooked 2 (Ghost Town Games/Team 17 for PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • Mario Tennis Aces (Camelot Software Planning/Nintendo for Switch)

Best Online Mulitplayer Nominees

  • Anthem (BioWare/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Battlefield V (EA DICE/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Skull & Bones (Ubisoft Singapore/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best Independent Game

  • Ori and the Will of Wisps (Moon Studios/Microsoft for PC, Xbox One)
  • Outer Wilds (Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive for PC, Xbox One)
  • Overcooked 2 (Ghost Town Games/Team 17 for PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • Sable (Shedworks/Raw Fury for PC)
  • Tunic (Andrew Shouldice/Finji for PC, Xbox One)

Best Ongoing Game Nominees

  • Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • For Honor (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • Fortnite (Epic for iOS, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp for iOS, PC, Xbox One)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

A few more games will be nominated next week for the categories of special commendation of sound, graphics and innovation, with the actual awards being handed out in a couple of weeks.

Need more E3 in your life?
Check out our E3 2018 portal powered by sleepless nights and Megarom Games

Last Updated: June 29, 2018

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

Check Also

Valve is reportedly working on their own VR headset, and might launch Half-Life with it

With HTC out of the picture, Valve might be preparing to reveal their own VR headset with …