Game Critics E3 2011 awards nominations announced

By Steve Watts, Jun 22, 2011 9:45am PDT

E3 2011 has come and gone, but that just means it's time to vote on which games get the proverbial hearty pat on the back for a good show. Gamasutra breaks down the nominees for the Game Critics' Best of E3 awards, and a few high-profile games are leading the pack.

BioShock Infinite and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception tied for the most nominations at four each. The two shared a nod for Best of Show and Best Action-Adventure Game. Infinite is also nominated for Best Original Game and Best PC Game, while Uncharted is up for Best Console Game and Best Online Multiplayer Game.

In the hardware category, the PlayStation Vita and Wii U are likely to duke it out for the top spot. Other nominees include Rocksmith, the Sony 3D display, and Nyko's Zoom for Kinect accessory, which allows the device to be used in smaller rooms.

Check out the full list of nominees below.

    Best of Show

    • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady/WB Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

    Best Original Game

    • Bastion (Supergiant Games/WB Games for PC, Xbox 360)

    • BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • From Dust (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Journey (Thatgamecompany/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

    • Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita)

    Best Console Game

    • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady/WB Games for PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Mass Effect 3 (Bioware/EA Games for PS3, Xbox 360)

    • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix for PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

    Best Handheld/Mobile Game

    • Contre Jour (Mokus/Chillingo/EA for iPad, iPhone)

    • Mario Kart (Nintendo/Nintendo for 3DS)

    • Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita)

    • Super Mario (Nintendo EAD Tokyo/Nintendo for 3DS)

    • Uncharted: Golden Abyss (SCE Bend Studio/Naughty Dog/SCEA for PSVita)

    Best PC Game

    • Battlefield 3 (DICE/EA Games for PC)

    • BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC)

    • End of Nations (Petroglyph Games/Trion Worlds for PC)

    • Star Wars: The Old Republic (Bioware Austin/EA Games for PC)

    • Torchlight 2 (Runic Games/Perfect World for PC)

    Best Hardware

    • PlayStation Vita (Sony Computer Entertainment)

    • Rocksmith (Ubisoft San Francisco/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Sony 3D Display (Sony Computer Entertainment)

    • Wii U (Nintendo)

    • Zoom for Kinect (Nyko)

    Best Action Game

    • Battlefield 3 (DICE/EA Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer/ATVI for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Gears of War 3 (Epic Games/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    • Prey 2 (Human Head Studios/Bethesda for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360)

    • Rage (id Software/Bethesda for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360)

    Best Action/Adventure Game

    • Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360)

    • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady/WB Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • BioShock infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

    Best Role Playing Game

    • Dark Souls (From Software/Namco Bandai Games for PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (Big Huge Games/38 Studios/EAP for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360)

    • Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/EA Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin/EA for PC)

    • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    Best Racing Game

    • Driver: San Francisco (Ubisoft Reflections/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Forza 4 (Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    • Mario Kart (Nintendo/Nintendo for 3DS)

    • Need for Speed:The Run (EA Black Box/EA Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)

    • Wipeout 2048 (Studio Liverpool/SCEE for PSVita)

    Best Fighting Game

    • Skullgirls (Reverge Labs/Autumn Games for PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition (Iron Galaxy Studios/Capcom for PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Street Fighter X Tekken (Capcom/Capcom for PS3, Xbox 360, PSVita)

    • Soul Calibur V (Namco/Namco Bandai for PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Namco Bandai Games for Arcade)

    • WWE 12 (Yuke's/THQ for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)

    Best Sports Game

    • FIFA Soccer 12 (EA Canada/EA Sports for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Madden NFL 12 (EA Tiburon/EA Sports for PS3, Xbox 360)

    • NBA 2K12 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports for PS3, Xbox 360)

    • SSX (EA Canada/EA Sports for PS3, Xbox 360)

    • UFC Undisputed 3 (Yuke's/THQ for PS3, Xbox 360)

    Best Strategy Game

    • Age of Empires Online (Gas Powered Games/Microsoft Studios for PC)

    • End of Nations (Petroglyph/Trion Worlds for PC)

    • From Dust (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Skulls of the Shogun (Haunted Temple Studios for PC, Xbox 360)

    • Trenched (Double Fine/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    Best Social/Casual Game

    • Dance Central 2 (Harmonix/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    • Disneyland Adventures (Frontier Developments/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    • Rocksmith (Ubisoft San Francisco/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Rhythm Heaven (TNX/Nintendo for Wii)

    • Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita)

    Best Motion Simulation Game

    • Dance Central 2 (Harmonix/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    • Fruit Ninja Kinect (Halfbrick/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    • Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster (Double Fine Productions/WB Games for Xbox 360)

    • The Gunstringer (Twisted Pixel Games/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo for Wii)

    Best Online Multiplayer Game

    • Battlefield 3 (DICE/EA for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward/Sledgehammer/ATVI for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Gears of War 3 (Epic Games/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare Austin/EA for PC)

    • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

    Best Downloadable Game

    • Bastion (Supergiant Games/WB Games for PC, Xbox 360)

    • From Dust (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

    • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (Fuelcell Games/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

    • Journey (Thatgamecompany/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

    • Papo & Yo (Minority/SCEA for PlayStation 3)

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