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The Game Critics 2006 E3 Awards

Posted by Thomas Bowskill

GameCriticsAwards have announced the nominees for this years best of E3 awards.

It's that time of year again, after every good E3 show comes the awards.
“The 38 publications voting for the Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2006 are proud to announce this year's nominees. The committee has recognized 54 products from 20 different publishers.”

Interestingly we see that Nintendo had the largest number of nominations for the publisher award at 13, whilst the most nominated game was Gears of War with 5 nominations.

The nomination breakdown:

Best of Show

  • Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PlayStation 3)
  • Bioshock (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC and Xbox 360)
  • Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Games Studio for Xbox 360)
  • Spore (Electronic Arts for PC)
  • Wii (Nintendo)

Best Original Game

  • Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PlayStation 3)
  • Bioshock (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC/Xbox 360)
  • Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Games Studio for Xbox 360)
  • LocoRoco (SCEJ/Sony Computer Entertainment for PSP)
  • Spore (Electronic Arts for PC)
  • Wii Sports (Nintendo for Wii)

Best Console Game

  • Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PlayStation 3)
  • Bioshock (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC and Xbox 360)
  • Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Games Studios for Xbox 360)
  • Mass Effect (BioWare/Microsoft Games Studio for Xbox 360)
  • Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo for Wii)

Best Handheld Game

  • Elite Beat Agents (Inis/Nintendo for Nintendo DS)
  • Killzone: Liberation (Guerrilla/Sony Computer Entertainment for PSP)
  • LocoRoco (SCEJ/Sony Computer Entertainment for PSP)
  • Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (Kojima Productions/Konami for PSP)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo for Nintendo DS)

Best Hardware

  • DS Lite (Nintendo)
  • Logitech G25 Racing Wheel (Logitech for PC)
  • PlayStation 3 (Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Wii (Nintendo)
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Headset (Microsoft for Xbox 360)

Best Action Game

  • Crysis (Crytek/Electronic Arts for PC)
  • Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (Splash Damage/id/Activision for PC)
  • Gears of War (Epic Games/Microsoft Games Studios for Xbox 360)
  • Lost Planet: Extreme Condition (Capcom for Xbox 360)
  • Resistance: Fall of Man (Insomniac/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin's Creed (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PlayStation 3)
  • Bioshock (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC and Xbox 360)
  • God of War 2 (Sony Santa Monica/SCEA for PlayStation 2)
  • Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo for Wii)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo for GameCube/Wii)

Best Fighting Game

  • Heavenly Sword (Ninja Theory/Sony Computer Entertainment for PS3)
  • Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (Midway Games for PlayStation 2/Xbox)
  • Tekken: Dark Resurrection (Namco Bandai Games for PSP)
  • Virtua Fighter 5 (Sega for Arcade/PlayStation 3)
  • WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 (Yuke's/THQ for 360/PS3/PS2/PSP)

Best Role Playing Game

  • Final Fantasy XII (Square Enix for PlayStation 2)
  • Hellgate: London (Flagship Studios/Namco Bandai Games for PC)
  • Mass Effect (BioWare/Microsoft Games Studio for Xbox 360)
  • Neverwinter Nights 2 (Obsidian/Atari for PC)
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (Blizzard for PC)

Best Racing Game

  • Excite Truck (Nintendo for Wii)
  • Formula One 06 (Studio Liverpool/SCEE for PlayStation 3)
  • Gran Turismo HD (Polyphony Digital/Sony Computer Entertainment for PS3)
  • MotoGP 06 (Climax/THQ for Xbox 360)
  • Test Drive Unlimited (Eden Studios/Atari for Xbox 360, PC, PS2, PSP)

Best Simulation Game

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X (Microsoft Games Studio for PC)
  • Sid Meier's Railroads! (Firaxis Games/2K Games for PC)
  • Spore (Electronic Arts for PC)
  • The Movies: Stunts and Effects (Lionhead Studios/Activision for PC)
  • Wii Music Orchestra (Nintendo for Wii)

Best Sports Game

  • Madden NFL 07 (Tiburon/EA for PS3 / Xbox 360)
  • Madden NFL 07 (Tiburon/EA for Nintendo Wii)
  • NBA 2K7 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports for Xbox 360)
  • NCAA Football 07 (EA Tiburon/Electronic Arts for X360/PS2/Xbox/PSP)
  • Wii Sports (Nintendo for Wii)

Best Strategy Game

  • Company of Heroes (Relic/THQ for PC)
  • Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II (EA for X360)
  • Medieval 2: Total War (Creative Assembly/Sega for PC)
  • Supreme Commander (Gas Powered Games/THQ for PC)
  • World in Conflict (Massive Entertainment/Sierra for PC)

Best Puzzle/Trivia/Parlor Game

  • Elite Beat Agents (Inis/Nintendo for Nintendo DS)
  • Guitar Hero 2 (Harmonix/Red Octane for PlayStation 2)
  • LocoRoco (SCEJ/Sony Computer Entertainment for PSP)
  • Lumines II (Q Entertainment/Buena Vista Games for PSP)
  • WarioWare: Smooth Moves (Nintendo for Wii)

Nintendo's multiple recommendations for this years awards, verified by them having the most nominations for publisher of the show, shows how well their new approach is being adopted.

Come the 31th of this month we will know the winners, but in our heart of hearts we know its always going to be Nintendo ;)

[via gamecriticsawards.com]

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User Comments (2)

Nanaki

#2

Nanaki said:

Come to think of it, I cant see a FPS award anywhere... weird

/me looks into this

/me finds nothing :-(

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