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Titanfall tops E3 2013 Game Critics Awards nominations

Thursday, 27th June 2013 02:50 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Respawn Entertainment’s debut title Titanfall has emerged as a clear favourite in nominations for the E3 2013 Game Critic Awards.

By scoring six nominations, Titanfall set a new record for the Game Critic Awards; Pat was pretty please by it, in case you were wondering.

Every game and device on the show floor was eligible for a nomination. Titanfall was closely followed by Bungie’s Destiny and Ubisoft Montreal’s Watch Dogs, which each scored five nods. All three are in the running for the coveted Best of Show category, along with the Oculus Rift HD and PlayStation 4.

Although it didn’t get a Best of Show nod, the Xbox One did score a nomination in the Best Hardware category, and Microsoft took out top spot in terms of games; 37 Xbox 360 titles were nominated for awards. The Xbox One and PC followed with 34 titles each, then PlayStation 4 with 33 and PlayStation 3 with 32. The Wii U trailed with 13.

Although a large number of games managed two nominations, only two managed three – Battlefield 4 and The Elder Scrolls Online.

EA led the pack with 16 nominations, with Sony in second place with ten. Ubisoft took eight and Activision, seven.

A full list of nominees is available below.

Last year, The Last of Us took home a slew of awards, and BioShock Infinite was the big winner in 2011. results don’t always tie in with post-launch critical acclaim, though; in 2010 Rage scored a number of gongs.

  • Best of Show
    - Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
    - Oculus Rift HD (Oculus VR)
    - PlayStation 4(Sony Computer Entertainment)
    - Titanfall (Respawn Games/Electronic Arts)
    - Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)
  • Best Original Game
    - Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
    - Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix/Disney Interactive)
    - Rain (Japan Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment)
    - Titanfall (Respawn Games/Electronic Arts)
    - Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)
  • Best Console Game
    - Batman: Arkham Origins (WBIE Montreal/WBIE)
    - Beyond: Two Souls (Quantic Dream/Sony Computer Entertainment)
    - Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
    - Infamous: Second Son (Sucker Punch/Sony Computer Entertainment)
    - Titanfall (Respawn Games/Electronic Arts)
    - Watch Dogs (Ubisoft)
  • Best Handheld Game
    - Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (Armature Studio/WBIE)
    - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (Capcom/Capcom)
    - Plants vs. Zombies 2 (Popcap/EA)
    - Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment)
    - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Two Worlds (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
  • Best PC Game
    - Battlefield 4 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
    - Company of Heroes 2 (Relic/Sega)
    - The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax Online/Bethesda)
    - Titanfall (Respawn/Electronic Arts)
    - Total War: Rome 2 (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Best Hardware
    - Oculus Rift (Oculus VR)
    - PlayStation 4 (Sony Computer Entertainment)
    - Blade (Razr)
    - Shield (Nvidia)
    - Xbox One (Microsoft)
  • Best Action Game
    - Battlefield 4 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
    - Call of Duty Ghosts (Infinity Ward/Activision)
    - Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
    - Killzone: Shadow Fall (Guerilla Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
    - Titanfall (Respawn/Electronic Arts)
  • Best Action/Adventure Game
    - Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
    - Batman: Arkham Origins (WBIE Montreal/WBIE)
    - Bayonetta 2 (Platinum Games/Nintendo)
    - Infamous: Second Son (Sucker Punch/Sony Computer Entertainment)
    - Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Best RPG
    - Dark Souls 2 (FromSoftware/Namco-Bandai)
    - The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax Online/Bethesda)
    - Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (AlphaDream/Nintendo)
    - Shin Megami Tensei IV (Atlus/Atlus)
    - South Park: The Stick of Truth (Obsidian/Ubisoft)
  • Best Racing Game
    - Forza 5 (Turn 10 Studio/Microsoft Studios)
    - Gran Turismo 6 (Polyphony Digital/Sony Computer Entertainment)
    - Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
    - Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games/Electronic Arts)
    - The Crew ( Ivory Tower/Ubisoft)
  • Best Sports Game
    - FIFA 14 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
    - NHL 14 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
    - Madden NFL 25 (Tiburon/EA Sports)
    - Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 (PES Productions/Konami)
  • Best Strategy Game
    - Command and Conquer (Victory Games/Electronic Arts)
    - Company of Heroes 2 (Relic/Sega)
    - Pikmin 3 (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
    - Total War: Rome 2 (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Best Social/Casual
    - Disney Infinity (Avalanche/Disney Interactive)
    - Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix/Disney Interactive)
    - LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games/WBIE)
    - Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time (Popcap/EA)
    - Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions/Activision)
    - Project Spark (Team Daokta/Microsoft Studios)
  • Best Online Multiplayer
    - Battlefield 4 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
    - Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
    - Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
    - The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax Online/Bethesda)
    - Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Best Downloadable
    - Contrast (Compulsion Games)
    - Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Young Horses Inc)
    - Outlast (Red Barrels)
    - Rain (Japan Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment)
    - Transistor (Supergiant Games)

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  1. Mythor

    No mention of The Division? Bit peculiar.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. SlayerGT

    @1 I thought so too..especially since it was in my top three games of the show :/

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Judicas

    Dead rising 3 not being in any category tells me how meaningless these awards will be to me

    #3 10 months ago
  4. ActionGameKing

    @1, @2

    Games have to be playable behind closed doors to be nominated.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. SlayerGT

    @3 It sounded to me (in the various podcast I listen to) that while showing promise, the game didn’t run too well. To the point that some folks are concerned it may get delayed.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. The_Red

    The Division looked super hot, graphically but gameplay wise it seemed super lame. Cover-based third person shooter with co-op elements and a bit of open world? Been there, done that.

    #6 10 months ago
  7. silverstorm

    No Metal Gear Solid V? It was clearly the best game on E3.

    #7 10 months ago
  8. Mythor

    @4 Don’t recall Destiny being playable, dev run demos only. Same situation as The Division, I thought. Explains The Division though, so thanks. :)

    #8 10 months ago
  9. SlayerGT

    @4 Ooooh. Right on thanks :)

    #9 10 months ago
  10. DrDamn

    Good to see a decent amount of new IP in there. With stuff like CoD getting limited nominations.

    #10 10 months ago
  11. marijn1979

    Wake me up when “critics” start showering this kind of praise on a game that innovates a bit more than “we have robots in our military shooter”.

    #11 10 months ago
  12. Judicas

    @7 Good point, that had slipped my mind, that was definitely my best game for E3 (followed by dead rising 3, which I didn’t realise had issues)

    #12 10 months ago
  13. deathm00n

    @11 Yeah, I don’t see what’s so good about this game too, anyone have a trailer/gameplay demo to show me why I should care about it? The one I’ve seen has nothing special, if wall run and jumping around is considered something special gameplay wise, sorry, Gunz had it 10 years ago. Entering mechs to fight enemys, a lot of games already did this, F.E.A.R. 2 comes to mind.

    I’m not saying “Omg this games sucks!” but I don’t see anything special about it, if anyone can build a good argument to make me change my mind, I’d appreciate it. And please, no “Look at the graphics man! So amazing!” thing, I don’t care, yesterday I spent all night playing Mount & Blade, one of the best games I’ve ever played but with horrible graphics and I don’t care.

    #13 10 months ago