The Last of Us sweeps Game Critics Awards

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Last week, we told you the nominations for the Game Critics Awards, a “best of E3” as decided by a panel made up of members of the largest, mostly North American video game publications. The results are now in – and coming as no surprise to anybody at all, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us has pretty much cleaned up.

The Last of Us not only won best of shows – but bagged Best Original Game, Best Console Game, Best Action/Adventure Game, and Best Sound as well. Halo 4 and Dance Central 3 were the Xbox 360 exclusives that garnered awards – with Halo 4 winning Best Online Multiplayer and Best Action, while Dance Central 3 won Best Social game, and Best Motion game. Predictably, Nintendo’s  Wii U nabbed best hardware. interestingly, though Ubisoft’s incredible looking Watch Dogs wasn’t playable, it did get a special commendation for Innovation – as well as for graphics, along with Star Wars 1313.

Here’s the list in full:

Best of Show

  • The Last of Us – (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

Best Original Game

  • The Last of Us – (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

Best Console Game

  • The Last of Us – (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

  • Sound Shapes – (Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita, PS3)

Best PC Game

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown – (Firaxis Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
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Best Hardware/Peripheral

  • Wii U – (Nintendo)

Best Action Game

  • Halo 4 – (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • The Last of Us – (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

Best Role Playing Game

  • South Park: The Stick of Truth – (Obsidian Entertainment/THQ for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Fighting Game

  • Injustice: Gods Among Us – (NetherRealm Studios/WBIE for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U)

Best Racing Game

  • Need for Speed Most Wanted – (Criterion Games/EA for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA Soccer 13 – (EA Canada/EA Sports for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Strategy Game

  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown – (Firaxis Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Social/Casual Game

  • Dance Central 3 – (Harmonix/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

Best Motion Simulation Game

  • Dance Central 3 – (Harmonix/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

Best Online Multiplayer

  • Halo 4 – (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

Best Downloadable Game

  • Unfinished Swan – (Giant Sparrow/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

Special Commendations for Graphics

  • Star Wars 1313 – (LucasArts for TBD Platforms)
  • Watch Dogs – (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Special Commendation for Sound

  • The Last of Us – (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

Special Commendation for Innovation

  • Watch Dogs – (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Last Updated: June 27, 2012

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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