Game Critics’ Best of E3 finalists announced

While we’re a little upset about once again being snubbed by not being invited to be one of the 36 North American media outlets that decided these things, it is no less interesting look at what has been selected for the Annual Game Critics’ Awards from this year’s E3. The games are the ones that will shape the future of the industry and electronic entertainment (read that with a loud, important voice). The only requirement was that the games had to be playable at E3.

This year’s nominees are all pretty predictable with LittleBigPlanet getting the most nominations with five, while Gears of War 2 and Left 4 Dead came in a close second with four nominations. With 21 nods, EA was the most recognized publisher, which should come as no suprise since they’re really pushing some boundries in the year to come.

As far as I’m concerned, it is criminal that Left 4 Dead was not nominated for a Best of Show award, however of those choices I would either have to go with Mirror’s Edge or Fallout 3, though it must be noted I didn’t get any hands-on time with Spore. Aside from that, there’s a serious lack of respect for what Prince of Persia is doing as I would have easily nominated it over three of the games in the Best of Show category. Plus, if Alix is to be trusted I don’t see why Resident Evil 5 got so many nods. Oh well, I suppose it’s the place of smaller media outlets to tear down the big guys and their mainstream ideals. FIGHT THE MAN! POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

Best of Show
– Fallout 3
– Gears of War 2
– LittleBigPlanet
– Mirror’s Edge
– Spore

Best Original Game
– Flower
– Left 4 Dead
– Little Big Planet
– Mirror’s Edge
– Spore

Best Console Game
– Fallout 3
– Gears of War 2
– LittleBigPlanet
– Resistance 2
– Resident Evil 5

Best Handheld Game
– Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
– Chrono Trigger DS
– Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
– Resistance: Retribution
– Rhythm Heaven

Best PC Game
– Dragon Age: Origins
– Left 4 Dead
– Spore
– Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II
– Warhammer Online

Best Hardware
– Lips Microphone
– Rock Band 2 Ion “Drum Rocker” Set
– Wii MotionPlus

Best Action Game
– Far Cry 2
– Gears of War 2
– Left 4 Dead
– Mirror’s Edge
– Resistance 2

Best Action/Adventure Game
– Dead Space
– Prince of Persia
– Resident Evil 5
– Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
– Tomb Raider: Underworld

Best Role Playing Game
– Chrono Trigger DS
– Dragon Age: Origins
– Fable 2
– Fallout 3
– Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood

Best Fighting Game
– Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
– Soul Calibur IV
– Street Fighter IV
– Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

Best Racing Game
– Baja: Edge of Control
– Midnight Club: Los Angeles
– MotorStorm: Pacific Rift
– Pure

Best Sports Game
– Madden NFL 09
– NBA Live 09
– Shaun White Snowboarding
– Skate It
– Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 09

Best Strategy Game
– Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3
– Empire: Total War
– Halo Wars
– Tom Clancy’s EndWar
– Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II

Best Social/Casual/Puzzle Game
– Guitar Hero World Tour
– Lego Batman: The Videogame
– LittleBigPlanet
– Rock Band 2
– Wii Sports Resort

Best Online Multiplayer Game
– Gears of War 2
– Left 4 Dead
– LittleBigPlanet
– Resistance 2
– Rock Band 2

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