Judges pick BioShock Infinite as the best game of E3

Take-Two Interactive’s BioShock Infinite has been selected as the best game of the E3 video game trade show by the Game Critics Awards.

Dozens of game critics, including me from VentureBeat, voted on the top games of E3. Since BioShock Infinite won four major awards, that’s a pretty good indicator that Take-Two has a major hit on its hands for 2012, when BioShock Infinite is expected to launch.

The game is an original title developed by Ken Levine
(pictured) and Irrational Games, a division of Take-Two’s 2K Games label. The game uses some of the same fighting style introduced in the action adventure game BioShock of 2007, but the tale takes place in a far different setting — the floating city of Columbia — and is set in an alternate American history around the turn of the century. It’s an imaginative title that captured a lot of attention from E3 attendees and game critics. It was also my vote for the best of show.

I’ve included the full list of winners below. Bethesda Softworks won two awards for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim; Electronic Arts won two awards for Battlefield 3, and Sony won two awards for Sound Shapes for the upcoming PS Vita handheld. This year’s group of critics included both mainstream press and game-specific publications, from USA Today to Kotaku.

Best of Show
BioShock Infinite
(Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Original Game
BioShock Infinite
(Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Console Game
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Handheld Game
Sound Shapes
(Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita)

Best PC Game
BioShock Infinite
(Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Hardware
PlayStation Vita
(Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Action Game
Battlefield 3
(DICE/EA Games for PC)

Best Action/Adventure Game
BioShock Infinite
(Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Role Playing Game
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
(Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Fighting Game
Street Fighter X Tekken
(Capcom/Capcom for PS3, Xbox 360, PSVita)

Best Racing Game
Forza 4
(Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

Best Sports Game
FIFA Soccer 12
(EA Canada/EA Sports for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Strategy Game
From Dust
(Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Social/Casual Game
Sound Shapes
(Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita)

Best Motion Simulation Game
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
(Nintendo EAD/Nintendo for Wii)

Best Online Multiplayer
Battlefield 3
(DICE/EA Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Downloadable Game
Bastion
(Supergiant Games/WB Games for PC, Xbox 360)