Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2018 Winners Announced

Find out which games did it for Shacknews at E3 2018.


E3 2018 is almost a distant memory as most gamers dig into their backlogs or add to them with the Steam Summer Sale 2018. Geoff Keighley and his band of game critics have cast all of their votes and we are happy to share the Best of E3 2018 winners with you today. Thanks again to to the Game Critics Awards for inviting Shacknews to become an official judge this year. 

Before you get all hot and bothered over Cyberpunk 2077 not being given all of the awards, please understand that there are rules

To be eligible for nomination, games must be "hands-on playable" to voting publications for at least 5 minutes of gameplay during E3 2018. 

Due to this rule, the following games were disqualified: Battletoads (Xbox); Beyond Good and Evil 2 (Ubisoft); Control (505 Games); Crackdown 3 (Microsoft); Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt Red); Daemon x Machina (Nintendo); Death Stranding (PlayStation); Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom); DOOM Eternal (Bethesda); Dying Light 2 (Techland); Fallout 76 (Bethesda); Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Nintendo); Gears 5 (Xbox); Gears POP! (Xbox); Gears Tactics (Xbox); Ghost of Tsushima (PlayStation); Halo Infinite (Xbox); Just Cause 4 (Square Enix); Madden NFL 19 (EA); NBA Live 19 (EA); Nioh 2 (PlayStation); Super Mario Party (Nintendo); Stormland (Insomniac Games); The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit (Square Enix); The Last of Us Part II (PlayStation); Wolfenstein: Youngblood (Bethesda).

These games are still eligible for Special Commendations. Without further ado, here are the winners of the Game Critics Awards Best of E3 2018.

Best of Show

Resident Evil 2

(Capcom for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best Original Game


(Media Molecule/SIE for PlayStation 4)

Best Console Game

Marvel’s Spider-Man

(Insomniac Games/SIE for PlayStation 4)

Best VR/AR Game

Tetris Effect

(Resonair/Enhance Inc for PSVR)

Best PC Game


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

Best Hardware/Peripheral

Xbox Adaptive Controller


Best Action Game


(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


(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


(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)

In case you are wondering who these judges are, here is a list of the outlets who have come together in true Voltron form to become the Game Critics.


The following global media and influencer outlets submitted ballots for The Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2018.


  • ArsTechnica
  • CGMagazine
  • Easy Allies
  • Electric Playground
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Forbes
  • Game Informer
  • GameSpot
  • Gannett
  • Giant Bomb
  • Hollywood Reporter
  • IGN
  • Kinda Funny
  • LA Times
  • Mashable
  • Newsweek
  • PC Gamer
  • Polygon
  • Shacknews
  • The Verge
  • US Gamer
  • Variety
  • VentureBeat
  • Waypoint


  • Atomix (Mexico)
  • AusGamers  (Australia)
  • Cultura Geek (Argentina)
  • EDGE (UK)
  • EuroGamer (UK)
  • (Italy) 
  • Famitsu (Japan)
  • GamePro (Germany)
  • GameReactor  (Nordic)
  • Gamesky (China)
  • GamesRadar (UK)
  • GameStar (Germany)
  • Hobbyconsolas (Spain)
  • Igromania (Russia)
  • Jeux Video Magazine (France)
  • Level Up (Mexico)
  • Malditos Nerds (Argentina)
  • Meristation (Spain)
  • Multiplayer.It (Italy)
  • PC Games N (UK)
  • Press Start (Australia)
  • Saudi Gamer (Middle East)
  • Stevivor (Australia)
  • Tec.Com.Pe (Peru)
  • The Enemy (Brazil)
  • True Gaming (Middle East)
  • (Spain)
  • Voxel (Brazil)

Congratulations to all the winners and be sure to catch up on all of our E3 2018 coverage that you may have missed.


Asif Khan is the CEO, EIC, and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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