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PS4 Nominated Best of Show in E3 2013 Game Critics Awards

Posted by Sammy Barker

But misses out to Titanfall

Sony may be eager to not get too excited about its E3 2013 performance, but the PlayStation 4 has already scooped one major victory over the Xbox One. The console has been nominated ‘Best of Show’ in the E3 2013 Game Critics Awards, alongside the Oculus Rift, Destiny, and Watch Dogs. Microsoft’s machine failed to make the grade, but at least exclusive title Titanfall put in an appearance.

In fact, the latter scooped a whopping six nominations, making its absence from PlayStation platforms all the more pronounced. Still, it wasn’t all bad news, with Sony published titles netting ten nominations in total, just a few less than leader Electronic Arts. A total of 33 PS4 releases made the shortlist, with a similarly impressive 32 PlayStation 3 games making an appearance.

Notable nods include Japan Studio’s bleak adventure Rain in the ‘Best Original Game’ category, both Beyond: Two Souls and inFAMOUS: Second Son in the ‘Best Console Game’ shortlist, and Tearaway in the ‘Best Handheld Game’ section. We’ve included the full list of favourites below. Let us know which titles you think deserve a gong in the comments section.

Update: The winners have now been announced. Titanfall netted most of the awards, but notable PlayStation victories included Tearaway and Transistor. You can peruse the victors through here. We've kept all of the original nominees below.

Best of Show

  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Oculus Rift HD (Oculus VR)
  • PlayStation 4(Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)

Best Original Game

  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix/Disney Interactive)
  • Rain (Japan Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)

Best Console Game

  • Batman: Arkham Origins (WBIE Montreal/WBIE)
  • Beyond: Two Souls (Quantic Dream/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Infamous: Second Son (Sucker Punch/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)

Best Handheld Game

  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (Armature Studio/WBIE)
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies (Capcom/Capcom)
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Popcap/EA)
  • Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Two Worlds (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)

Best Hardware

  • Oculus Rift (Oculus VR)
  • PlayStation 4 (Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Blade (Razr)
  • Shield (Nvidia)
  • Xbox One (Microsoft)

Best Action Game

  • Battlefield 4 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • Call of Duty Ghosts (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall (Guerilla Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins (WBIE Montreal/WBIE)
  • Bayonetta 2 (Platinum Games/Nintendo)
  • Infamous: Second Son (Sucker Punch/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best RPG

  • Dark Souls II (FromSoftware/Namco-Bandai)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax Online/Bethesda)
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (AlphaDream/Nintendo)
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV (Atlus/Atlus)
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth (Obsidian/Ubisoft)

Best Racing Game

  • Forza 5 (Turn 10 Studio/Microsoft Studios)
  • Gran Turismo 6 (Polyphony Digital/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
  • Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games/Electronic Arts)
  • The Crew ( Ivory Tower/Ubisoft)

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA 14 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
  • NHL 14 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
  • Madden NFL 25 (Tiburon/EA Sports)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (PES Productions/Konami)

Best Social/Casual

  • Disney Infinity (Avalanche/Disney Interactive)
  • Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix/Disney Interactive)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games/WBIE)
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time (Popcap/EA)
  • Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions/Activision)
  • Project Spark (Team Daokta/Microsoft Studios)

Best Online Multiplayer

  • Battlefield 4 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax Online/Bethesda)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Downloadable

  • Contrast (Compulsion Games)
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Young Horses Inc)
  • Outlast (Red Barrels)
  • Rain (Japan Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Transistor (Supergiant Games)

[via gamecriticsawards.com, vg247.com]

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User Comments (11)

MadchesterManc

#5

MadchesterManc said:

The mainstream gaming press just seems too full of the dude-bro culture :( I really dont see the appeal with Titanfall. Its Call of Duty with mechs, but WAIT!, its running on a modified version of the Source engine instead of IDTech3! at least the graphics engine is a bit more up to date then lol Maybe Im just not that interested in shooters anymore but saying that, Destiny and Killzone Shadow Fall looked far more impressive shooters than Titanfall

BornOfEvil

#6

BornOfEvil said:

@ajay708 Sony has stated that Gamescom will be a "Vita show". So hopefully we get more game announcements and some info or gameplay of Freedom Wars.

@MadchesterManc Yeah, I've actually been calling it Call of Duty: Mechs. So of course the "casuals" will eat it up, but I'm still waiting for a reason as to why I should be envious that it's Xbox exclusive.

Itachi

#7

Itachi said:

That's what i'm afraid of. I feel like Sony would have a lot more success with their consoles if they weren't using up resources to make their handhelds successful. Not saying the Vita is bad or doesn't have potential, it's just not as important. Handheld gaming is a dying market. Sony themselves said the Vita has a great fan base but it's just not big enough and it's hard to see it growing much even with the announcement of some killer games and even a price drop. All I'm saying is if they hadn't wasted resources on the PSP and now the Vita, the PS3 would have had more attention and been even better overall. I hate to say this but the Vita is Sony's biggest weakness in the next gen.

Gamer83

#8

Gamer83 said:

When it was announced Titanfall had no singleplayer I immediately lost interest.

Swiket

#9

Swiket said:

Yeah, Titanfall looks just like Call of Duty!

Except for the mechs, the fast movement, high jumps, wall jumps and wall runs. In other words, it hardly has anything similar to Call of Duty.

hydeks

#10

hydeks said:

that list is ok, but I only agree with some of there picks, a lot of them I don't.

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