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BioShock Infinite Maintains Its Streak of Winning Every E3 Award by Winning More E3 Awards

Irrational's latest takes home a gaggle of Game Critic Award trophies, and some other games win stuff too.

Though the nominees were announced less than a week ago, the clandestine cabal of award-bestowing Game Critics have narrowed the field and announced the Best of E3 winners. Those dudes work pretty fast, apparently.

Just pretend he's holding some kind of Best of E3 award trophy. I'm lousy with Photoshop.

To the surprise of essentially no one, BioShock Infinite took home all four awards it was nominated for, including Best PC Game, Best Action/Adventure Game, Best Original Game, and the most-covered Game of the Show award.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Battlefield 3, and Sound Shapes were the other multi-award-winners, with two apiece.

Elsewhere, the PlayStation Vita took home the award for Best Hardware, edging out the Wii U (which, to be fair, wasn't really showing any actual games), Sony's own proprietary 3D display monitor (we think they're okay with this loss), Ubisoft's guitar game RockSmith, and some Nyko-produced Kinect thing.

Among the few big games shut out entirely, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Batman: Arkham City, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 all went home empty-handed.

If you're really into seeing the words "BioShock" and "Infinite" repeated over and over again in a list-based format, you can check out the full roster of winners below.

== TEASER ==

Best of Show

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

Best Original Game

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

Best Console Game

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

Best Handheld Game

Sound Shapes
(Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita
)

Best PC Game

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

Best Hardware

PlayStation Vita
(Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Action Game

Battlefield 3
(
DICE/EA Games for PC)

Best Action/Adventure Game

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

Best Role Playing Game

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

Best Fighting Game

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

Best Racing Game

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

Best Sports Game

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

Best Strategy Game

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

Best Social/Casual Game

Sound Shapes
(Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita
)

Best Motion Simulation Game

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

Best Online Multiplayer

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

Best Downloadable Game

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

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Posted by Alex

Though the nominees were announced less than a week ago, the clandestine cabal of award-bestowing Game Critics have narrowed the field and announced the Best of E3 winners. Those dudes work pretty fast, apparently.

Just pretend he's holding some kind of Best of E3 award trophy. I'm lousy with Photoshop.

To the surprise of essentially no one, BioShock Infinite took home all four awards it was nominated for, including Best PC Game, Best Action/Adventure Game, Best Original Game, and the most-covered Game of the Show award.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Battlefield 3, and Sound Shapes were the other multi-award-winners, with two apiece.

Elsewhere, the PlayStation Vita took home the award for Best Hardware, edging out the Wii U (which, to be fair, wasn't really showing any actual games), Sony's own proprietary 3D display monitor (we think they're okay with this loss), Ubisoft's guitar game RockSmith, and some Nyko-produced Kinect thing.

Among the few big games shut out entirely, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Batman: Arkham City, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 all went home empty-handed.

If you're really into seeing the words "BioShock" and "Infinite" repeated over and over again in a list-based format, you can check out the full roster of winners below.

== TEASER ==

Best of Show

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

Best Original Game

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

Best Console Game

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

Best Handheld Game

Sound Shapes
(Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita
)

Best PC Game

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

Best Hardware

PlayStation Vita
(Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Action Game

Battlefield 3
(
DICE/EA Games for PC)

Best Action/Adventure Game

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

Best Role Playing Game

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

Best Fighting Game

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

Best Racing Game

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

Best Sports Game

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

Best Strategy Game

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

Best Social/Casual Game

Sound Shapes
(Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita
)

Best Motion Simulation Game

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

Best Online Multiplayer

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

Best Downloadable Game

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

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Edited by Govannan

Awesome, from the looks of things it totally deserves it.

Posted by cheapandtacky

Come on 2012

Posted by Getz

I dunno Alex, this is kind of a non-story

Posted by BionicMonster

i think you missed a category under Best Handheld Game

Posted by AngryRedPlumber

Wait, Bioshock Infinite was nominated for best handheld game? Is it coming to the Vita or something?

Posted by WarMachineV2

Yeesh, honestly, I can understand why it would get the awards it did. It is an amazing game as so any of us are going to say, in all three aspects of gameplay, story, and graphics. To add to it, the game isn't even finished and already it looks as if they could launch the game now, and it would do damn fine. I can only imagine what else they will add!
Posted by yannln

With the last few developer diaries, it's quickly becoming my 2012-most-anticipated-game.  Here's hoping t's worth all the fuss everyone's making.

Posted by phish09

Bastion got best downloadable game?  Hopefully it's as good as the hypetrain would have us believe.

Posted by RockinKemosabe

No awards for Unearthed Trail of Ibn Battuta? Shits rigged!

Posted by mastrbiggy
I'm really happy with the winners.
Posted by TheSpartanDon

Wish they'd just release the 15 minute E3 demo of Infinite already!

Posted by HeadNodShy

What we're the requirements for Best Original Game? The setting I guess? Not necessarily the IP

Posted by Death_Unicorn

Yay, Bastion!

Posted by rmanthorp

Bioshock and Bastion aww yeah!

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Posted by MolluskLingers

Glad Rocksmith is getting awards over Harmonix who have been creatively (and monetarily) bankrupt for years.

Posted by Chris2KLee

Not sure about getting best original game, but everything else I agree with. I've been hyped for this game since the word go, and the recent videos have only fueled that fire.

Posted by kpaadet

@Guibone said:

What we're the requirements for Best Original Game? The setting I guess? Not necessarily the IP

I was thinking the same thing, they didn't put a number in the title so apparently its considered a new IP?

Posted by HellBrendy

As friend of a PS 3 fanboy deluxe I'm glad to see nothing went to Uncharted 3. Maybe that sucker can shut his piehole. 

Posted by MeatSim

Best Original Game is a established IP. Shouldn't that category be new IP's only?

Posted by zyn

Fuck yeah, BioShock Infinite!

Posted by dr_mantas

Yup, raised expectations ALWAYS make games so much better.

I just hope the game will play like we all think it will play, live up to the promise.

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Edited by Scrumdidlyumptious

I'm really looking forward to playing Sound Shapes and Gravity on Vita. More excited about those than Uncharted, but I'll probably still get that as well.

And fuck yeah Bastion!!!

Posted by natetodamax

So good to see Skryim, Bioshock Infinite, and Bastion getting the recognition that they deserve.

Posted by jorbear

Fuck Yeah Bastion!

Posted by Raikoh

Levine power!!

Posted by Hero_Swe

Jesus, hardly any gameplay shown at all from "From Dust" and it wins best strategy games? Three words 
 
Fuck 
That 
Shit 
 
Sword of the Stars 2 won that title this E3.
Posted by Crono

Best PC game is also Bioshock? What a joke.

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Posted by Ghost407

Sweet for Bastion!!!

Infinite needs to get pushed up please!

Posted by Jeffk38uk

Looks like a good list of winners there so woo is all I shall say.

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Posted by Hairydutchman

The first Bioshock looked amazing but ended up being boring. I don't see how Infinite is that much of a change aside from the setting.

Edited by murse2008
@kpaadet: I think it should be considered to be a new title, because honestly it seems to have little or nothing to do with the original game in terms of theme, although some game-play concepts overlap. I think the publisher just wants the word "Bioshock" in there for brand recognition, which at this stage is the only thing that could dim my expectations of what promises to be a stellar game.
Posted by AlisterCat

@Hero_Swe said:

Jesus, hardly any gameplay shown at all from "From Dust" and it wins best strategy games? Three words Fuck That Shit Sword of the Stars 2 won that title this E3.

It isn't 'Best Game A Non Attendee Thought Looked Good' just accept that the judges who participated saw enough for them to make their judgement.

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Posted by Pop

Oh man I hope Irrational will release that E3 demo they showed to the press, I wanna see it so bad it sounded so crazy out of Jeff's mouth.

Online
Posted by bybeach

Right on Bastion. Kasavin finally is involved with a winner. Shut up Charlie.

Posted by avidwriter

@Meatsim Not really no. It has Bioshock in the title but it's not a squel and has very little to do with the first one. So I guess that's why it got nominated. Also the fact it takes place in a city that floats in the sky.... that's pretty original.

Posted by Arath

I find it strange how much coverage this game is getting, for something slated for a vague 2012, though look at how good it looks, maybe it is closer than we realize. 
 
Someone suggested it may be Q1 of 2012 as that was the same launch window for the original Bioshock, though that may not have anything to do with anything. Still Fall 2012 would kill me!

Posted by Winternet

Yay Bastion!

Posted by Luck3ySe7en

No love for Prey 2 :(

Posted by RYNO9881

Awesome for Bastion. Congrats

Posted by armaan8014

yay skyrim!

Posted by Subjugation
and the most-covered Game of the Show award.

Most "coveted" or covered? Also, am I the only one taking some smug satisfaction that Modern Warfare 3 didn't get any awards?

Posted by Capum15

I'm a big fan of the title of this article.

Posted by YukoAsho
@mantasradzas said:

Yup, raised expectations ALWAYS make games so much better.

I just hope the game will play like we all think it will play, live up to the promise.

This is what I was thinking.  I remember getting sucked into the hype for Bioshock 1 and being thoroughly disappointed at how unsatisfying the actual game part of the game was.  I'm definitely going to be giving Infinite a more than a few second thoughts before putting money down.
Posted by MisterMouse

awesome that bastion got an award!

Edited by ProfessorEss

"2011's Best Demos of 2012"  
 
Maybe it just me but I find the whole idea of tradeshow awards dumb. And frankly it's just getting more and more meaningless as the relationship between developers and the press continue to deepen. 

Posted by buzz_killington

I don't know... What I've seen of Bioshock Infinite hasn't really blown me away. It looks great, but certainly not deserving of all these E3 awards. 
Again, the final game might be the greatest thing ever, but from the things they have shown so far, all this praise doesn't make sense to me.

Posted by WilliamHenry

@Hairydutchman said:

The first Bioshock looked amazing but ended up being boring. I don't see how Infinite is that much of a change aside from the setting.

Pretty quick to judge it when the public has seen what, 5 minutes of gameplay? Not saying you're wrong, but to make that judgement this early makes no sense to me.

Posted by Agent47
@weeman105: You're not the only one friend I had a smug grin on my face when I heard that.
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