It blew the critics' minds
It blew the critics' minds

E3 is ancient news now, by the standards of the internet, but the LA extravaganza has one more bit of news to share. It comes in the form of the Game Critics Awards, which is brought together from the votes of 40 different media outlets.

The outcome reflects much of what we saw in social media and traditional media coverage of E3, tellingly that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild proved to be a notable success. It grabbed three gongs in the end, including the coveted 'Game of the Show' award. You can see the full list below.


Best of Show
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
(Nintendo/Nintendo for Wii U/NX)

Best Original Game
Horizon Zero Dawn
(Guerrilla Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4)

Best Console Game
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
(Nintendo/Nintendo for Wii U/NX)

Best VR Game
Batman: Arkham VR
(Rocksteady/Warner Bros. Interactive Ent for PlayStation 4)

Best PC Game
Civilization VI
(Firaxis/2K)

Best Hardware/Peripheral
PlayStation VR
(Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Action Game
Battlefield 1
(DICE/EA for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Action/Adventure Game
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
(Nintendo/Nintendo for Wii U/NX)

Best Role Playing Game
Final Fantasy XV
(Square-Enix for PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Racing Game
Forza Horizon 3
(Playground Games/Turn 10/Microsoft Studios for PC, Xbox One)

Best Fighting Game
Injustice 2
(NetherRealm/WBIE for PS4, Xbox One)

Best Sports Game
Steep
(Ubisoft Annecy/Ubisoft for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Family Game
Skylanders: Imaginators
(Toys for Bob/Activision for PC, PS3/PS4, Xbox 360/Xbox One, Wii-U)

Best Online Multiplayer
Titanfall 2
(Respawn/EA for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Best Independent Game
Inside
(Playdead for PC, Xbox One)

Special Commendation for Graphics
God of War
(Sony Santa Monica/Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation 4)


An impressive effort for the Wii U / NX title, further solidifying its status as the most notable overall success story of the show this year.

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With thanks to Benson for the heads up.

[via gamecriticsawards.com]