E3 2016’s Game Critics Award Winners


The E3 2016’s Game Critics Awards verdict is now in, with members of 40 different media outlets coming together to decide the best of the best from the LA expo.

Battlefield 1 led the way with the majority of nominations, but it was The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that – ahem – took everybody’s breath away.


The new open world Zelda title for Wii U and NX managed to sweep up three awards: Best of Show, Best Console Game, and Best Action/Adventure Game.

Civilization VI was the only other game to win more than one award, being named Best PC Game and Best Strategy Game.

Breaking it down in terms of publishers, Sony and Nintendo were the winners with three awards each – Sony’s wins came through Horizon: Zero Dawn, PlayStation VR, and God of War 4.

Check out the full list of winners below, along with the nominees (or pathetic losers) from each category.

Best of Show – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Nominated: Battlefield 1, Dishonored 2, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Sea of ThievesTitanfall 2

Best Original Game – Horizon: Zero Dawn

Nominated: AbzuDetroit: Become HumanSea of ThievesWe Happy Few 

Best Console Game – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Nominated: Battlefield 1, Dishonored 2, Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Last Guardian

Best VR Game – Batman: Arkham VR

Nominated: Star Trek: Bridge Crew, Resident Evil 7, The Unspoken, Wilson’s Heart

Best PC Game – Civilization VI

Nominated: Battlefield 1, Dishonored 2, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III 

Best Hardware/Peripheral – PlayStation VR

Nominated: Xbox One S, Oculus Touch

Best Action Game – Battlefield 1

Nominated: Gears of War 4, Lawbreakers, Titanfall 2

Best Action/Adventure Game – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Nominated: Dishonored 2, Mafia III, The Last Guardian

Best RPG – Final Fantasy 15

Nominated: Deus Ex: Human Revolution, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Tyrrany, Persona 5

Best Racing Game – Forza Horizon 3


Nominated: F1 2016, Gran Turismo Sport

Best Sports Game – Steep

Nominated: FIFA 17, Madden NFL 17, Pro Evolution Soccer 2017

Best Strategy Game – Civilization VI

Nominated: Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, Halo Wars 2 , Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III 

Best Family Game – Skyanders: Imaginators

Nominated: LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens, LEGO Dimensions

Best Online Multiplayer – Titanfall 2

Nominated – Absolver, Battlefield 1, Lawbreakers, Sea of Thieves, Titanfall 2 

Best Independent Game – Inside

Nominated: Absolver, Abzu, Cuphead, We Happy Few 

Special Commendation for Graphics – God of War 4

Whether you think these choices are right on the money, or horrendously misjudged decisions, surely we can all agree that the next few years are gonna be great for gaming.