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Overview

The Game Critics Awards are decided by an independent group of North American media outlets. They have selected the most promising games of each Electronic Entertainment Expo since 1998, and have thus become recognized as the most respected "Best of" awards that come out of the annual show. Games qualify for nomination by having hands-on playable versions of the game at the show. Games that are not available for play by the judges (i.e. shown only in trailers, announcements, or developer walkthroughs) do not qualify, but can still be considered for Special Commendations.

Judges

As of 2013, there are 30 media outlets considered as judges for the awards. Included among these judges are USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, GameInformer, Wired, VentureBeat, Associated Press, The Penny Arcade Report, PC Gamer, Giant Bomb, Official Xbox Magazine, Polygon, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Gamespot, Destructoid, Kotaku, Games Radar, Joystiq, Gamer, Machinima.com, IGN, Yahoo! Games, The Electric Playground, Revision3, Gannett, Ars Tecnica, The Escapist, ShackNews, SpikeTV, and EGM.

Previous judges have included AOL GameDaily, TIME, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Variety, Play Magazine, Business 2.0, Comcast Games, Giant, Playboy, Washington Post, San Jose Mercury News, Games For Windows Magazine, PSM, Game-Revolution, 1UP Network, Official PlayStation Magazine, UGO.

Winners

The Game Critics Awards co-chairmen, Geoff Keighley and Rob Smith, determine what categories will be open each year. After E3, the judges submit their top five nominees for each category and from those, official nominees are named. The judges then vote for their top pick in each category among those final nominations. In the event of a tie, the title with the most total nominations will break the tie.

For a full list of nomations for each year, see the corresponding E3 page for that year.

BEST OF SHOW

2012 Best of Show
  • 2013 - Titanfall
  • 2012 - The Last of Us
  • 2011 - BioShock Infinite
  • 2010 - Nintendo 3DS
  • 2009 - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • 2008 - Fallout 3
  • 2007 - Rock Band
  • 2006 - Wii
  • 2005 - Spore
  • 2004 - PlayStation Portable
  • 2003 - Half-Life 2
  • 2002 - Doom III
  • 2001 - Nintendo Gamecube
  • 2000 - Black & White
  • 1999 - Freelancer
  • 1998 - Homeworld (Most Promising Game)

BEST ORIGINAL GAME

2002 Best Original Game
  • 2013 - Titanfall
  • 2012 - The Last of Us
  • 2011 - BioShock Infinite
  • 2010 - Dance Central
  • 2009 - Scribblenauts
  • 2008 - Mirror's Edge
  • 2007 - LittleBigPlanet
  • 2006 - Spore
  • 2005 - Spore
  • 2004 - Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
  • 2003 - Full Spectrum Warrior
  • 2002 - Psychonauts
  • 2001 - Majestic
  • 2000 - Black & White
  • 1999 - Black & White

BEST CONSOLE GAME

1998 Best Console Game
  • 2013 - Titanfall
  • 2012 - The Last of Us
  • 2011 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • 2010 - Rage
  • 2009 - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • 2008 - LittleBigPlanet
  • 2007 - Mass Effect
  • 2006 - Gears of War
  • 2005 - The Legend of Zelda
  • 2004 - Halo 2
  • 2003 - Halo 2
  • 2002 - The Legend of Zelda
  • 2001 - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • 2000 - Jet Grind Radio
  • 1999 - Perfect Dark
  • 1998 - Metal Gear Solid

BEST PC GAME

2003 Best PC Game
  • 2013 - Titanfall
  • 2012 - XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • 2011 - BioShock Infinite
  • 2010 - Portal 2
  • 2009 - Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • 2008 - Spore
  • 2007 - Crysis
  • 2006 - Spore
  • 2005 - Spore
  • 2004 - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3
  • 2003 - Half-Life 2
  • 2002 - Doom III
  • 2001 - Star Wars Galaxies
  • 2000 - Black & White
  • 1999 - Freelancer
  • 1998 - Half-Life

BEST HANDHELD / MOBILE GAME

2005 Best Handheld Game
  • 2013 - Tearaway
  • 2012 - Sound Shapes
  • 2011 - Sound Shapes
  • 2010 - God of War: Ghost of Sparta
  • 2009 - Scribblenauts
  • 2008 - Resistance: Retribution
  • 2007 - The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  • 2006 - The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  • 2005 - Nintendogs

BEST PERIPHERAL / HARDWARE

1999 Best Hardware
  • 2013 - Oculus Rift
  • 2012 - Wii U
  • 2011 - PlayStation Vita
  • 2010 - Nintendo 3DS
  • 2009 - Project Natal
  • 2008 - Rock Band 2 Ion Drum Rocker
  • 2007 - Rock Band Instruments
  • 2006 - Wii
  • 2005 - Xbox 360
  • 2004 - PlayStation Portable
  • 2003 - EyeToy
  • 2002 - Wavebird
  • 2001 (PC) - nVidia GeForce 3
  • 2001 (Console) - Xbox
  • 2000 (PC) - nVidia GeForce 2
  • 2000 (Console) - Xbox
  • 1999 (PC) - nVIdia RIVA TNT2
  • 1999 (Console) - Dreamcast
  • 1998 - Microsoft Sidewinder Freestyle Pro

BEST ACTION GAME

2007 Best Action Game
  • 2013 - Titanfall
  • 2012 - Halo 4
  • 2011 - Battlefield 3
  • 2010 - Rage
  • 2009 - Modern Warfare 2
  • 2008 - Gears of War 2
  • 2007 - Call of Duty 4
  • 2006 - Gears of War
  • 2005 - F.E.A.R.
  • 2004 - Halo 2
  • 2003 - Half-Life 2
  • 2002 - Doom III
  • 2001 - Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II - Rogue Leader
  • 2000 - Halo
  • 1999 - Team Fortress 2
  • 1998 - Half-Life

BEST ACTION / ADVENTURE GAME

2008 Best Action/Adventure Game
  • 2013 - Watch_Dogs
  • 2012 - The Last of Us
  • 2011 - BioShock Infinite
  • 2010 - Portal 2
  • 2009 - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • 2008 - Dead Space
  • 2007 - Bioshock
  • 2006 - Assassin's Creed
  • 2005 - The Legend of Zelda
  • 2004 - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3
  • 2003 - Prince of Persia
  • 2002 - Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
  • 2001 - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • 2000 - Escape from Monkey Island
  • 1999 - Oni
  • 1998 - Grim Fandango

BEST DOWNLOADABLE GAME

2011 Best Downloadable Game
  • 2013 - Transistor
  • 2012 - The Unfinished Swan
  • 2011 - Bastion

BEST FIGHTING GAME

2000 Best Fighting Game
  • 2012 - Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • 2011 - Street Fighter X Tekken
  • 2010 - Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
  • 2009 - Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars
  • 2008 - Street Fighter IV
  • 2007 - Virtua Fighter 5
  • 2006 - Heavenly Sword
  • 2005 - Soul Calibur III
  • 2004 - Def Jam: Fight for NY
  • 2003 - Soul Calibur II
  • 2002 - Tekken 4
  • 2001 - Super Smash Bros. Melee
  • 2000 - Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • 1999 - Soul Calibur
  • 1998 - Tekken 3

BEST MOTION SIMULATION

  • 2012 - Dance Central 3
  • 2011 - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • 2010 - Dance Central

BEST ONLINE MULTIPLAYER

1998 Best Online Multiplayer
  • 2013 - Titanfall
  • 2012 - Halo 4
  • 2011 - Battlefield 3
  • 2010 - Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  • 2009 - Left 4 Dead 2
  • 2008 - Left 4 Dead
  • 2007 - Halo 3
  • 2006 - Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
  • 2005 - Battlefield 2
  • 2004 - Halo 2
  • 2003 - City of Heroes
  • 2002 - Star Wars Galaxies
  • 2001 - Star Wars Galaxies
  • 2000 - Neverwinter Nights
  • 1999 - Team Fortress 2
  • 1998 - EverQuest

BEST PLATFORMER

  • 1999 - Donkey Kong 64

BEST RACING GAME

2004 Best Racing Game
  • 2013 - Need for Speed: Rivals
  • 2012 - Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  • 2011 - Forza Motorsport 4
  • 2010 - Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
  • 2009 - Split/Second
  • 2008 - Pure
  • 2007 - Burnout Paradise
  • 2006 - Excite Truck
  • 2005 - Burnout Revenge
  • 2004 - Burnout 3
  • 2003 - Gran Turismo 4
  • 2002 - Auto Modellista
  • 2001 - Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
  • 2000 - Need for Speed: Motor City
  • 1999 - Driver
  • 1998 - Need for Speed 3

BEST ROLE PLAYING GAME

2009 Best RPG
  • 2013 - The Elder Scrolls Online
  • 2012 - South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • 2011 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • 2010 - Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • 2009 - Mass Effect 2
  • 2008 - Fallout 3
  • 2007 - Mass Effect
  • 2006 - Mass Effect
  • 2005 - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
  • 2004 - Jade Empire
  • 2003 - Fable
  • 2002 - Neverwinter Nights
  • 2001 - Neverwinter Nights
  • 2000 - Neverwinter Nights
  • 1999 - Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption
  • 1998 - Baldur's Gate

BEST SIMULATION GAME

2003 Best Simulation Game
  • 2008 - Tom Clancy's EndWar
  • 2006 - Spore
  • 2005 - Spore
  • 2004 - The Sims 2
  • 2003 - Full Spectrum Warrior
  • 2002 - The Sims Online
  • 2001 - The Sims Online
  • 2000 - MechWarrior 4
  • 1999 (Combat) - Jane's USAF
  • 1999 (Non-Combat) - Freelancer
  • 1998 (Combat) - Fighter Legends
  • 1998 (Non-Combat) - Railroad Tycoon II

BEST SOCIAL/CASUAL/PUZZLE/PARLOR GAME

2001 Best Casual Game
  • 2013 - Fantasia: Music Evolved
  • 2012 - Dance Central 3
  • 2011 - Sound Shapes
  • 2010 - Rock Band 3
  • 2009 - DJ Hero
  • 2008 - LittleBigPlanet
  • 2007 - Rock Band
  • 2006 - Guitar Hero II
  • 2005 - We Love Katamari
  • 2004 - Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
  • 2003 - EyeToy Games
  • 2002 - Super Monkey Ball 2
  • 2001 - Pikmin
  • 2000 - Samba de Amigo
  • 1999 - UmJammer Lammy
  • 1998 - Sentinel Returns

BEST SPORTS GAME

2006 Best Sports Game
  • 2013 - NHL 14
  • 2012 - FIFA 13
  • 2011 - FIFA 12
  • 2010 - NBA Jam
  • 2009 - Fight Night Round 4
  • 2008 - Madden NFL 09
  • 2007 - Madden NFL 08
  • 2006 - Wii Sports
  • 2005 - Madden NFL 2006
  • 2004 - Madden NFL 2005
  • 2003 - Tony Hawk's Underground
  • 2002 - NFL 2K3
  • 2001 - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
  • 2000 - Madden NFL 2001
  • 1999 - NFL 2000
  • 1998 - Madden NFL 99

BEST STRATEGY GAME

2000 Best Strategy Game
  • 2013 - Total War: Rome II
  • 2012 - XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • 2011 - From Dust
  • 2010 - Sid Meier's Civilization V
  • 2009 - Supreme Commander 2
  • 2008 - Tom Clancy's EndWar
  • 2007 - World in Conflict
  • 2006 - Supreme Commander
  • 2005 - Company of Heroes
  • 2004 - The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth
  • 2003 - Rome: Total War
  • 2002 - Command & Conquer: Generals
  • 2001 - Age of Mythology
  • 2000 - Black & White
  • 1999 - Homeworld
  • 1998 (RTS) - Homeworld
  • 1998 (Turn-Based) - Alpha Centauri

SPECIAL COMMENDATION FOR GRAPHICS

1999 Graphics
  • 2012 - Star Wars 1313 / Watch Dogs
  • 2010 - Rage
  • 2007 - Killzone 2
  • 2005 - Killzone
  • 2004 - Splinter Cell 3
  • 2003 - Half-Life 2
  • 2002 - Doom III
  • 2000 - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • 1999 - Freelancer

SPECIAL COMMENDATION FOR INNOVATION

  • 2012 - Watch Dogs

SPECIAL COMMENDATION FOR SOUND

  • 2012 - The Last of Us
  • 2002 - Doom III
  • 2001 - Medal of Honor: Allied Assault
  • 1999 - Outcast
  • 1999 - UmJammer Lammy

BEST BOOTH

  • 1999 - Electronic Arts
  • 1998 - Electronic Arts

BEST PARTY

  • 1998 - Babylon 5