E3 Game Critics Awards 2016 Nominations Announced; Battlefield 1 Leads with 5 Nods

on June 29, 2016 11:52 AM

Though the dust has settled after a busy week at this year’s E3 2016 earlier this month, the annual E3 Game Critics Awards has revealed its full list of nominees for the biggest and best achievements in gaming shown at the annual convention.

Comprised of 40 different outlets, the Games Critics Awards released their list of nominees for the best games of E3 2016, with the top contender being Battlefield 1 with a total of five nominations, with Dishonored 2 and Horizon: Zero Dawn close behind it with four nominations each.

The nominations include a total of 47 eligible games that were presented during E3 2016, with only a select number of titles being ineligible for consideration (due to them not being playable at the event): Death Stranding, Destiny: Rise of Iron, God of War, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Prey and Spider-Man PS4.

The full list of nominees for this year’s Game Critics Awards at E3 2016 can be viewed below – the winners for the awards will be announced on Tuesday, July 5th, 2016:

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

Best PC Game
– Battlefield 1 (id Software/Bethesda)
– 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 One (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)
– Tyrrany (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)

Along with the full list of nominees, the Game Critics Awards also provided a breakdown of other facts and statistics based on total number of nominations, and by publisher/platform:

Games With Multiple Nominations
Five Nominations:
Battlefield 1

Four Nominations:
Dishonored
Horizon: Zero Dawn

Three Nominations:
Absolver
Sea of Theives
Titanfall 2
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Two Nominations:
Abzu
Civilization VI
GWENT: The Witcher Card Game
Lawbreakers
The Last Guardian
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III
We Happy Few

Publisher Breakdown
EA – 10 Nominations
Sony Interactive Entertainment – 9 Nominations
Microsoft Studios – 7 Nominations
Bethesda – 4 Nominations
WBIE – 4 Nominations
2K – 3 Nominations
Devolver – 3 Nominations
Nintendo – 3 Nominations
Ubisoft – 3 Nominations
Oculus – 3 Nominations
505 Games – 2 Nominations
Activision – 2 Nominations
CD Projekt Red – 2 Nominations
Nexon – 2 Nominations
Sega – 2 Nominations
Square-Enix – 2 Nominations

Nominee Breakdown by Platform

(Multiplatform games are counted in all appropriate platform tallies. Information based on announced platforms for each game/product as of 6/28/16.)

PC: 50 Nominations
PS4: 47 Nominations
Xbox One: 43 Nominations
Wii-U: 6 Nominations

 /  Features Editor
Ryan is the Features Editor at DualShockers, with over five years' experience in the world of video games culture and writing. He holds a BA in English & Cinema from Binghamton University, and lives in New York City.
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