The best upcoming games, as chosen by critics

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A week or so back we told you about the nominees in the Game Critics Awards; the best games from E3 as chosen by North America’s premier video game critics. Today, we tell you who won, and which games have ultimately been selected to partake in the great big annual PR circle jerk. They’re also the game you probably want most over the next year.

Turtle Rock’s evolved multiplayer shooter Evolve won a Best in Show along with three other Game Critics Awards. E3 darling No Man’s Sky won 3, making them the two big winners of the night.

Darryn’s beloved Arkham Knight – which was tied with Zoe’s choice of Evolve in our own E3 awards – won best Action game, so he’s not a complete numpty. Here’s the list of winners. Nothing particularly surprising or interesting. I have to believe that The Crew won best racing by default, as it seems like the most boring thing in the history of videogames, but that would be my own anti-racing bias talking.

Here’s the list of winners, with Evolve’s numerous wins boldened for posterity. We’ve played the game a few times now, and had a blast every single time.

  • Best of Show: Evolve
  • Best Original Game: No Man’s Sky
  • Best Console Game: Evolve
  • Best Handheld/Mobile Game: Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
  • Best PC Game: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  • Best Hardware/Peripheral: Oculus Rift
  • Best Action Game: Evolve
  • Best Action/Adventure Game: Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Best Role Playing Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Best Fighting Game: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
  • Best Racing Game: The Crew
  • Best Sports Game: NHL 15
  • Best Strategy Game: Civilization: Beyond Earth
  • Best Social/Casual/Family Game: Mario Maker
  • Best Online Multiplayer: Evolve
  • Best Independent Game: No Man’s Sky
  • Special Commendation for Innovation: No Man’s Sky

The Division; Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain; and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt were not made available for the judges to play, and were thus not considered for an award.

What do you think? Deserving winners?

Last Updated: July 2, 2014

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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