The best things you’ll be playing later, according to critics

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Just about every publication (us included!) has its own “Best of E3”awards soon after gaming’s biggest annual event – but a number of them also get together afterwards to decide which gaming hardware really is the best, by way of the “Game Critics Awards.” Real gaming industry professionals like CNN, The L.A Times, Entertainment Weekly and the Hollywood Reporter get together with people who know nothing about games like Polygon, Kotaku, Joystiq and Destructoid make up these critics – and this is what impressed them most.

TitanFall, the new shooter from EA and Respawn has set a new record for the Game Critic Awards by nabbing six of the nominations. We liked TitanFall quite a bit, but feel that it’s really just another shooter – even if it has some clever multiplayer tricks.

If you’re wondering why some of our favourites – like The Witcher 3 and The Division – aren’t on the list, they had to be playable to be eligible. Here are the nominees for the Game Critics Awards 2013.

  • 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 2 (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 4: 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 2 (FromSoftware/Namco-Bandai)
    – The Elder Scrolls 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 2 (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 Entertainment/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)

The 2013 Best of E3 Winners will be announced on this page on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. do you agree with the nominations? Are there some glaring omissions, or nominees you disagree with?

Last Updated: June 27, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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