Game publishers covet any nods they can get from the prestigious Game Critics Awards for the best games of the Electronic Entertainment Expo industry tradeshow. I participated again this year and voted for my favorites at the show.

This year, the big winners included Electronic Arts’ Star Wars: Battlefront, with five nominations. That was followed by four nominations each for Guerrilla Games’ Horizon: Zero Dawn and Bethesda Softworks’ Fallout 4.

Here’s the nominees below. My own votes matched up pretty well with the winners. I’ll be voting in the final tally as well. (Note: I didn’t vote in categories where I couldn’t come up with three nominees).

GAME CRITICS AWARDS: BEST OF E3 2015 NOMINEES

Best of Show

  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/SCE)
  • Oculus Touch (Oculus VR)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (DICE/EA)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SCE)

Best Original Game

  • Abzu (Giant Squid/505 Games)
  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/SCE)
  • The Last Guardian (GenDesign/SCE Japan/SCE)
  • Unravel (Coldwood Interactive/EA)

Best Console Game

  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/SCE)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (DICE/EA)
  • Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SCE)

Best Handheld Game

  • Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (AlphaDream/Nintendo)
  • Persona 4 Dancing All Night (Atlus)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (Nintendo)

Best PC Game

  • Doom (id Software/Bethesda)
  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Just Cause 3 (Avalanche Studios/Square-Enix)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (DICE/EA)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Hardware

  • Microsoft HoloLens (Microsoft)
  • Oculus Rift (Oculus VR)
  • Oculus Touch (Oculus VR)
  • Project Morpheus (Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller (Microsoft)

Best Action Game

  • Doom (id Software/Bethesda)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (343/Microsoft Studios)
  • Just Cause 3 (Avalanche Studios/Square-Enix)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (DICE/EA)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/SCE)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions/Konami)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Microsoft Studios)
  • The Last Guardian (GenDesign/SCE Japan/SCE)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SCE)

Best RPG

  • Dark Souls 3 (From Software/Bandai-Namco Games)
  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (AlphaDream/Nintendo)
  • Sword Coast Legends (N-Space/Digital Extremes/Wizards of the Coast)

Best Racing Game

  • Forza Motorsport 6 (Turn 10/Microsoft Studios)
  • Need for Speed (Ghost Games/EA)
  • Trackmania Turbo (Nadeo/Ubisoft)

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA 16 (EA Canada/EA)
  • NHL 16 (EA Canada/EA)
  • Madden NFL 16 (EA Tiburon/EA)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (Konami)
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (EA Tiburon/EA)

Best Family/Social Game

  • Disney Infinity 3.0 (Avalanche Software/Disney Interactive)
  • Guitar Hero Live (FreeStyleGames/Activision)
  • Lego Dimensions (TT Games/WBIE)
  • Rock Band 4 (Harmonix)
  • Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)

Best Online Multiplayer

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III (TreyArch/Activision)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (343/Microsoft Studios)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (DICE/EA)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division (Massive/Ubisoft)

Best Independent Game

  • Abzu (Giant Squid/505)
  • Below (Capy Games)
  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games/SCE)
  • Wattam (Funomena)

And here’s my own votes below:

Best of Show:

  1. Abzu
  2. Uncharted 4
  3. Doom
  4. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  5. Fallout 4

Best Original Game:

  1. Abzu
  2. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  3. Wattam
  4. Until Dawn
  5. Unravel

Best Game, Console:

  1. Abzu
  2. Uncharted 4
  3. Doom
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  5. Star Wars: Battlefront

Best Game, Mobile/Handheld:

  1. Fallout Shelter
  2. Mighty No. 9
  3. Hitman: Sniper
  4. Lara Croft: Relic Run
  5. Minions Paradise

Best Game, PC

  1. Doom
  2. Esper for Oculus Rift
  3. Beyond Eyes
  4. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
  5. Gigantic

Best Hardware/Peripheral:

  1. Oculus Rift/Oculus Touch
  2. Sony Morpheus
  3. Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller

Best Action Game:

  1. Doom
  2. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  3. Star Wars: Battlefront
  4. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  5. Just Cause III

Best Action/Adventure Game:

  1. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  2. Adr1ft
  3. Mad Max
  4. ReCore
  5. No Man’s Sky

Best RPG:

  1. Fallout 4
  2. Dark Souls III
  3. King’s Quest

Best Fighting Game:

N/A

Best Racing Game:

N/A

Best Sports Game:

  1. FIFA 16
  2. VR Sports Challenge for Oculus Rift (Sanzaru)
  3. EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA
  4. PES 2016
  5. Madden NFL 16

Best Strategy Game:

  1. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void
  2. Master of Orion
  3. Total War: Warhammer

Best Family/Social Game:

  1. Lego Dimensions
  2. Skylanders: SuperChargers
  3. Unravel
  4. Esper for Oculus Rift
  5. Guitar Hero Live

Best Online Multiplayer:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  2. Star Wars: Battlefront
  3. Rainbow Six: Siege
  4. Halo 5: Guardians
  5. The Division

Best Independent Game:

  1. Abzu
  2. Wattam
  3. Hellblade
  4. The Flame in the Flood
  5. Ashen

Special Commendation for Graphics (Non-Playable Games Eligible in this category)

  • Eve: Valkyrie
  • Until Dawn
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Special Commendation for Sound (Nonplayable Games Eligible in this category):

  1. Guitar Hero Live
  2. Rock Band 4
  3. Abzu

Special Commendation for Innovation (Nonplayable Games Eligible in this category):

  1. Oculus Touch
  2. Microsoft Xbox 360 backward compatibility
  3. No Man’s Sky
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