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Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 scored a surprise and took the Best of Show award in the prestigious Game Critics Awards for the best games of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

It’s a surprise in part because Resident Evil 2 (a remake of the classic 1998 survival horror game) had three nominations from the group of game critics, while Electronic Arts’ Anthem had five nominations and From Software’s/Activision’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice had four nominations.

I was one of a few dozen judges again. Geoff Keighley (who runs one of gaming’s biggest award shows) organizes The Game Critics Awards, and they include game journalists as judges from numerous publications. My votes in order were for The Amazing Spider-Man, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield V, Rage 2, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

But clearly, I was outvoted.

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It’s always nice to see what the pack of game critics favors. And I think it was nice to see awards for smaller games such as Overcooked 2 from Team17 (best family and social game), Total War: Three Kingdoms (best strategy game), and Ori and the Will of the Wisps (best independent game). I was also glad to see Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller, made for people with limited mobility, win the award for best hardware/peripheral.

Here are the winners for 2018’s Game Critics Awards.

Above: Overcooked 2

Image Credit: Team17
Best of Show

Resident Evil 2

(Capcom for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best Original Game

Dreams

(Media Molecule/SIE for PlayStation 4)

Best Console

Marvel’s Spider-Man

(Insomniac Games/SIE for PlayStation 4)

Best VR/AR Game

Tetris Effect

(Resonair/Enhance Inc for PSVR)

Best PC Game

Anthem

(BioWare/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best Hardware/Peripheral

Xbox Adaptive Controller

(Microsoft)

Pappa Ori?

Above: Pappa Ori?

Image Credit: Microsoft

Best Action Game

Anthem

(BioWare/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best Action/Adventure

Marvel’s Spider-Man

(Insomniac Games/SIE for PlayStation 4)

Best RPG

Kingdom Hearts III

(Square Enix for PS4, Xbox One)

Best Fighting Game

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

(Bandai Namco Studios/Sorta Ltd./Nintendo for Switch)

Best Racing Game

Forza Horizon 4

(Playground Games/Turn 10/Microsoft Studios for PC, Xbox One)

Best Sports Game

FIFA 19

(EA Vancouver/EA for PS4, Xbox One)

Best Strategy Game

Total War: Three Kingdoms

(Creative Assembly/Sega for PC)

Best Family/Social Game

Overcooked 2

(Ghost Town Games/Team 17 for PS4, Switch, Xbox One)

Best Online Multiplayer

Battlefield V

(EA DICE/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best Independent Game

Ori and the Will of Wisps

(Moon Studios/Microsoft for PC, Xbox One)

Best Ongoing Game

Fortnite

(Epic for iOS, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)

Special Commendations for Graphics

Cyberpunk 2077

(CD Projekt Red for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

The Last of Us Part II

(Naughty Dog/SIE for PlayStation 4)

Ghost of Tsushima

(Sucker Punch/SIE for PlayStation 4)

Special Commendation for Sound

The Last of Us Part II

(Naughty Dog/SIE for PlayStation 4)

Special Commendation for Innovation

Cyberpunk 2077

(CD Projekt Red for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

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