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Rock Band Tops 2007 E3 Game Critics Awards Nominees

The 2007 nominees for the Best of E3 Game Critics Awards have been announced, with Harmonix's rhythm action game Rock Band topping all other titles with five nominations, including Best of Show, followed by Irrational Games' Bioshock and Inf
The 2007 nominees for the Best of E3 Game Critics Awards have been announced, which include the choices of the nomination committee that is made up of representatives from the largest gaming-focused media outlets in America, as well as some of the most prolific freelancers in the industry. The Best of Show category included Irrational Games' Bioshock for the PC and Xbox 360; Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360; Bethesda’s hotly anticipated Fallout 3 for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360; BioWare’s Xbox 360 exclusive Mass Effect; and Harmonix’s rhythm action party game Rock Band for the PS3 and Xbox 360. Rock Band garnered the most attention from the nominations with four in addition to its Best of Show nod. The upcoming title is also in the running for Best Original Game, Best Console Game, and Best Social/Casual/Puzzle Game, while its line of instruments are up for the Best Hardware award. Bioshock also took three other nods as well, with nominations for Best Original Game, Best Console Game, and Best Action/Adventure Game. Other titles recognized multiple times included LittleBigPlanet, Wii Fit, Halo 3, Burnout Paradise, Hellgate: London, Unreal Tournament 3, Super Mario Galaxy, Crysis, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, and World in Conflict. The full list of nominees is as follows: Best of Show - Bioshock (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, Xbox 360) - Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision for PC, PS3, Xbox 360) - Fallout 3 (Bethesda Softworks for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) - Mass Effect (Bioware/Microsoft Game Studios for Xbox 360) - Rock Band (Harmonix/MTV Games/EAP for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) Best Original Game - Bioshock (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, Xbox 360) - de Blob (Blue Tongue/THQ for Wii) - Little Big Planet (Media Molecule/SCEE for PS3) - Rock Band (Harmonix/MTV Games/EAP for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) - Wii Fit (Nintendo for Wii) Best PC Game - Call of Duty 4 (Infinity Ward/Activision) - Crysis (Crytek/Electronic Arts) - Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (Splash Damage/id/Activision) - Fallout 3 (Bethesda Softworks) - World in Conflict (Massive Entertainment/Sierra) Best Console Game - Bioshock (Irrational Games/2K Games for Xbox 360) - Call of Duty 4 (Infinity Ward/Activision for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) - Mass Effect (BioWare/Microsoft Games Studio for Xbox 360) - Rock Band (Harmonix/MTV Games/EAP for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) - Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo for Wii) Best Handheld Game - Contra 4 (WayForward/Konami for Nintendo DS) - Dead Head Fred (Vicious Cycle/D3 for PSP) - God of War: Chains of Olympus (Ready at Dawn/SCEA for PSP) - Silent Hill: Origins (Climax/Konami for PSP) - The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo for Nintendo DS) Best Hardware - PSP-2000 (Sony Computer Entertainment) - Rock Band Instruments (Harmonix/MTV Games/EAP for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) - Wii Balance Board (Nintendo for Wii) - Wii Zapper (Nintendo for Wii) Best Action Game - Call of Duty 4 (Infinity Ward/Activision for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) - Crysis (Crytek/EA for PC) - Halo 3 (Bungie/Microsoft Game Studios for Xbox 360) - Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Retro Studios/Nintendo for Wii) - Unreal Tournament 3 (Epic Games/Midway for PC, PlayStation 3) Best Action/Adventure Game - Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360) - Bioshock (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, Xbox 360) - Heavenly Sword (Ninja Theory/SCEE for PlayStation 3) - Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo for Wii) - Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (Naughty Dog/SCEA for PlayStation 3) Best Fighting Game - Naruto: Rise of a Ninja (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for Xbox 360) - Virtua Fighter 5 (Sega for Xbox 360) - WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008 (Yuke’s/THQ for Nintendo Wii) Best Role Playing Game - Eternal Sonata (Namco Bandai Games for Xbox 360) - Fable 2 (Lionhead/Microsoft Game Studios for Xbox 360) - Fallout 3 (Bethesda Softworks for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) - Hellgate: London (Flagship Studios/EAP for PC) - Mass Effect (BioWare/Microsoft Games Studio for Xbox 360) Best Racing Game - Burnout Paradise (Criterion Games/EA for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) - Need for Speed ProStreet (EA Black Box/EA for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) - Project Gotham Racing 4 (Bizarre Creations/Microsoft Game Studios for Xbox 360) - Stuntman: Ignition (Paradigm/THQ for PS2, PS3, Xbox 360) Best Sports Game - Madden NFL 08 (Tiburon/EA for All Systems) - Skate (EA Black Box/EA for PS3, Xbox 360) - Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 (Tiburon/EA Sports for PC, PS3, Xbox 360) - Tony Hawk's Proving Ground (Neversoft/Activision for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) Best Strategy Game - Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution (Firaxis/2K Games for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii) - Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts (Relic/THQ for PC) - Halo Wars (Ensemble Studios/Microsoft Game Studios for PC, Xbox 360) - Universe at War: Earth Assault (Petroglyph/Sega for PC, Xbox 360) - World in Conflict (Massive Entertainment/Sierra for PC) Best Social/Casual/Puzzle Game - Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (Neversoft/Red Octane/ATVI for PS2, PS3, 360, Wii) - Little Big Planet (Media Molecule/SCEE for PS3) - Rock Band (Harmonix/MTV Games/EAP for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) - Wii Fit (Nintendo for Wii) - Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure (Capcom for Wii) Best Online Multiplayer Game - Burnout Paradise (Criterion Games/EA for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) - Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (Splash Damage/Nerve/id/ATVI for PC, PS3, 360) - Halo 3 (Bungie/Microsoft Games Studio for Xbox 360) - Little Big Planet (Media Molecule/SCEE for PlayStation 3) - Unreal Tournament 3 (Epic Games/Midway for PC, PlayStation 3) Winners of the awards will be posted on the awards website on the evening of Tuesday, July 31.

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