The Game Critics Awards is an association made up of forty online video game publications that band together annually to give awards to the best games shown off at E3 every year. This year, the Game Critics Awards are dividing their awards into 16 different categories, such as “Best Console Game,” “Best Independent Game,” and “Best RPG,” with around four to five nominees for one award in each category. A few days ago, the association revealed this year’s nominees for the awards. This breakdown shows that Battlefield 1 has the largest amount of nominations, as the game received a nomination in five separate categories (including Game of the Show). Battlefield was closely followed by Dishonored 2 and Horizon Zero Dawn, which received four nominations apiece.

Some more data from the Game Critics Awards website reveals the fact that Electronic Arts is the studio that got the most nominations overall, with a total of ten nominations. Sony Computer Entertainment, the runner-up, received nine. By analyzing the nominations by platform, instead of by game studio, we see that games for PC garnered the most nominations by far, with fifty separate nominations. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One came close, with 48 and 43 nominations respectively, but the Wii U fell somewhat short, as the console only received six.

The full list of nominees can be read 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 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 (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 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)

What do you guys think? Which of these games is your “Game of the Show”? Does Battlefield 1 deserve the top spot? Let us know in the comments below!

The winners will be announced on the official website for the Game Critics Awards on Tuesday, July 5th.

Source: Game Critics Awards

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Fernando Trejos
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