Last month, tens of thousands of video game industry members gathered in Los Angeles for E3 2016. The show floor featured a variety of playable games from publishers like Sony, Microsoft, Capcom, Ubisoft, and more, but one stood out above the rest. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the only game Nintendo brought to the show floor, but it was the most talked about, most searched, and most popular game of E3.

With E3 in the rear view mirror, 40 global media outlets have teamed up to announce the winners of the annual Game Critics Awards, and
Breath of the Wild is the biggest winner. of all The latest Zelda game took home the coveted “Best of Show” award, as well the awards for “Best Console Game” and “Best Action/Adventure Game.” You can check out the full list of award-winning games below.

Best of Show
– Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)

– Dishonored 2 (Arkane/Bethesda)

– Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla/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 (Guerrilla/Sony Interactive Ent.)

– The Last Guardian (genDESIGN/Sony Interactive Ent.)


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)

Best PC Game
– Battlefield 1 (DICE/EA)


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 1 (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 (Hangar 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 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 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)

Special Commendation for Graphics


God of War

Source: Game Critics Awards

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