Battlefield 1, Dishonored 2, Horizon Zero Dawn lead Game Critics E3 award nominees

Battlefield 1 leads the way with nominations in five categories.


Another E3 is in the books, and that means it must be time for some award nominations for what impressed the plethora of press at the event. We already presented our top games, but others want attention, too.

The Game Critics Awards are probably the most well known, and they have released their list of nominees in more than 15 categories. Top nominees included Battlefield 1 with five, and Dishonored 2 and Horizon: Zero Dawn with four each. To be nominated, the games must be playable at the show, which is why such titles as Death Stranding, Destiny: Rise of Iron, God of War, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Prey and Spider-Man PS4 aren't on the list.

Ironically, EA got 10 nominations considering it made a huge deal of NOT attending having a booth at the show, but instead having its own EA Play event while the show was going on at the Los Angeles Convention Center. However, the disclaimer on the award site is that the awards are not affiliated with E3 management, ESA or IGA in any way.

Here are the nominees. Click on the game name link to see a Shacknews preview, interview or story from the show.

Best of Show
- Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
- Dishonored 2 (Arkane/Bethesda)
- Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla/Sony Interactive Ent.)
- Sea of Thieves (Rare/Microsoft Studios)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
- Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)

Best Original Game
- Abzu (Giant Squid/505 Games)
- Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream/Sony Interactive Ent.)
- Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla/Sony Interactive Ent.)
- Sea of Thieves (Rare/Microsoft Studios)
- We Happy Few (Compulsion Games)

Best Console Game
- Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
- Dishonored 2 (Arkane/Bethesda)
- Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla/Sony Interactive Ent.)
- The Last Guardian (genDESIGN/Sony Interactive Ent.)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

Best PC Game
- Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
- Civilization VI (Firaxis/2K)
- Dishonored 2 (Arkane/Bethesda)
- GWENT: The Witcher Card Game (CD Projekt Red)
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (Relic/Sega)

Best VR Game
- Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady/WBIE)
- Resident Evil VII (Capcom)
- Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Red Storm/Ubisoft)
- The Unspoken (Insomniac/Oculus Studio)
- Wilson's Heart (Twisted Pixel/Oculus Studio)

Best Hardware
- Oculus Touch (Oculus VR)
- PlayStation VR (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
- Xbox One S (Microsoft)

Best Action Game
- Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
- Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
- Lawbreakers (Boss Key/Nexon)
- Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)

Best Action/Adventure Game
- Dishonored 2 (Arkane/Bethesda)
- Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla/Sony Interactive Ent)
- Mafia III (Hanger 13/2K)
- The Last Guardian (GenDesign/Sony Interactive Ent.)
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

Best RPG
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Eidos Montreal/Square Enix)
- Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix)
- South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Ubisoft SF/Ubisoft)
- Tyranny (Obsidian/Paradox)
- Persona 5 (Atlus)

Best Fighting Game
- Absolver (Sloclap/Devolver)
- Injustice 2 (NetherRealm/WBIE)
- Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco)
- The King of Fighters XIV (SNK/Atlus)

Best Racing Game
- Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games/Microsoft Studios)
- F1 2016 (Codemasters)
- Gran Turismo Sport (Polyphony Digital/Sony Interactive Ent.)

Best Sports Game
- FIFA 17 (EA Canada/EA)
- Madden NFL 17 (Tiburon/EA)
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (Konami)
- Steep (Ubisoft Annecy/Ubisoft)

Best Strategy Game
- Civilization VI (Firaxis/2K)
- GWENT: The Witcher Card Game (CD Projekt Red)
- Halo Wars 2 (Creative Assembly/343/Microsoft Studios)
- Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (Relic/Sega)

Best Family Game
- LEGO Dimensions (TT Games/WBIE)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TT Games/WBIE)
- Skylanders: Imaginators (Toys for Bob/Activision)

Best Online Multiplayer
- Absolver (Sloclap/Devolver)
- Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)
- Lawbreakers (Boss Key/Nexon)
- Sea of Thieves (RARE/Microsoft Studios)
- Titanfall 2 (Respawn/EA)

Best Independent Game
- Absolver (Sloclap/Devoler)
- Abzu (Giant Squid/505)
- Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
- Inside (Playdead)
- We Happy Few (Compulsion Games)

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