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Battlefield 1, Dishonored 2, and Horizon lead Game Critics' E3 noms

With the dust from E3 2016 just about settled, the nominees for this year's Game Critics Best of E3 Awards have been announced.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

June 29, 2016

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With the dust from E3 2016 just about settled, the nominees for this year's Games Critics Best of E3 Awards have been announced. 

This year Battlefield 1 leads the pack with five nods, including one for Best in Show, and is followed closely by Dishonored 2 and Horizon: Zero Dawn, both with four noms apiece.

Looked at the publishers behind those titles, EA has the most nominations with 10, while Sony and Microsoft each picked up nine and seven respectively.

All nominations are based on hands-on demos made available to critics at the show floor, and aim to recognize those games that could end up shaping the future of the space. 

We've reproduced the full list of nominees below. The winners will be announced next Tuesday, July 5.

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: Human Revolution (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)

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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