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‘Anthem,’ ‘Sekiro’ Top Nominees for the Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2018

The list of nominees for this year’s Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 was announced on Thursday. The 51 judges (including Variety’s Brian Crecente) voted on 56 video game titles. The winners will be announced on Monday, July 2.

BioWare’s online action-RPG “Anthem” got the most nods, five in total. From Software’s “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” got four, while “Battlefield V,” “Dreams,” “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” “Resident Evil 2,” and “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” all received three nominations.

Out of all the game publishers at E3, Ubisoft won the most nominations (11), followed by EA and Sony (10).

Every year, the Game Critics has presented its “Best of E3” awards after the event, recognizing the games that will shape the future of interactive entertainment. A title must be “hands-on playable” for at least five minutes during E3 to be eligible for a nomination. But, non-playable games are still eligible for special commendations.

Here is a full list of the nominees:

Best of Show

“Anthem” (BioWare/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Marvel’s Spider-Man” (Insomniac Games/SIE for PlayStation 4)
“Resident Evil 2” (Capcom for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” (FromSoftware/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” (Bandai Namco Studios/Sorta Ltd./Nintendo for Switch)

Best Original Game

“Anthem” (BioWare/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Days Gone” (SIE Bend Studio/SIE for PlayStation 4)
“Dreams” (Media Molecule/SIE for PlayStation 4)
“Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” (FromSoftware/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Skull & Bones” (Ubisoft Singapore/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best Console Game

“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” (Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft for PS4, Xbox One)
“Dreams” (Media Molecule/SIE for PlayStation 4)
“Marvel’s Spider-Man” (Insomniac Games/SIE for PlayStation 4)
“Resident Evil 2” (Capcom for PS4, Xbox One)
“Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” (FromSoftware/Activision for PS4, Xbox One)
“Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” (Bandai Namco Studios/Sorta Ltd./Nintendo for Switch)

Best VR/AR Game

“Astro Bot: Rescue Mission” (SIE Japan Studio/SIE for PSVR)
“Déraciné” (FromSoftware/SIE Japan Studio/SIE for PSVR)
“Echo Combat” (Ready at Dawn/Oculus Studios for PC)
“Tetris Effect” (Resonair/Enhance Inc for PSVR)
“Trover Saves the Universe” (Squanch Games for PlayStation 4/PSVR)

Best PC Game

“Anthem” (BioWare/EA)
“Battlefield V” (EA DICE/EA)
“Metro: Exodus” (4A Games/Deep Silver)
“Rage 2” (Avalanche/id/Bethesda)
“Total War: Three Kingdoms” (Creative Assembly/Sega)

Best Hardware/Peripheral

NEOGEO Mini (SNK)
Poké Ball Plus (Nintendo for Switch)
Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft for PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
Vantage Controller for PS4 (SCUF Gaming)
Xbox Adaptive Controller (Microsoft)

Best Action Game

“Anthem” (BioWare/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Battlefield V” (EA DICE/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” (Treyarch/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Metro: Exodus” (4A Games/Deep Silver for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Rage 2” (Avalanche/id/Bethesda for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best Action/Adventure

“Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” (Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Marvel’s Spider-Man” (Insomniac Games/SIE for PlayStation 4)
“Resident Evil 2” (Capcom for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” (FromSoftware/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Shadow of the Tomb Raider” (Eidos Montreal/Square Enix for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Tom Clancy’s The Division 2” (Massive Entetainment/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best RPG

“Divinity: Original Sin II” (Larian Studios/Bandai Namco for PS4, Xbox One)
“Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age” (Square Enix for PC, PS4, Switch)
“Kingdom Hearts III” (Square Enix for PS4, Xbox One)
“Octopath Traveler” (Square Enix/Acquire/Nintendo for Switch)
“Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Eevee!” (Game Freak/Nintendo for Switch)

Best Fighting Game

“Dead or Alive 6” (Team Ninja/Koei Tecmo for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Jump Force” (Spike Chunsoft/Bandai Namco for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Soul Calibur VI” (Bandi Namco for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” (Bandai Namco Studios/Sorta Ltd./Nintendo for Switch)

Best Racing Game

“F1 2018” (Codemasters for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Forza Horizon 4” (Playground Games/Turn 10/Microsoft Studios for PC, Xbox One)
“Team Sonic Racing” (Sumo Digital/Sega for PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
“The Crew 2” (Ivory Tower/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Trials Rising” (Red Lynx/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)

Best Sports Game

“FIFA 19” (EA Vancouver/EA for PS4, Xbox One)
“Mario Tennis Aces” (Camelot Software Planning/Nintendo for Switch)
“Pro Evolution Soccer 2019” (PES Productions/Konami for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best Strategy Game

“Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden” (The Bearded Ladies/Funcom for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Total War: Three Kingdoms” (Creative Assembly/Sega for PC)
“Two Point Hospital” (Two Point Studios/Sega for PC)
“Wargroove” (Chuckle Fish for PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)

Best Family/Social Game

“Dreams” (Media Molecule/SIE for PlayStation 4)
“Lego DC Super-Villains” (Traveler’s Tales/WBIE for PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
“Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Eevee!” (Game Freak/Nintendo for Switch)
“Overcooked 2” (Ghost Town Games/Team 17 for PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
“Mario Tennis Aces” (Camelot Software Planning/Nintendo for Switch)

Best Online Mulitplayer

“Anthem” (BioWare/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Battlefield V” (EA DICE/EA for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” (Treyarch/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Destiny 2: Forsaken” (Bungie/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Skull & Bones” (Ubisoft Singapore/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Tom Clancy’s The Division 2” (Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Best Independent Game

“Ori and the Will of Wisps” (Moon Studios/Microsoft for PC, Xbox One)
“Outer Wilds” (Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive for PC, Xbox One)
“Overcooked 2” (Ghost Town Games/Team 17 for PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
“Sable” (Shedworks/Raw Fury for PC)
“Tunic” (Andrew Shouldice/Finji for PC, Xbox One)

Best Ongoing Game

“Destiny 2”: Forsaken (Bungie/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“For Honor” (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)
“Fortnite” (Epic for iOS, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” (PUBG Corp for iOS, PC, Xbox One)
“Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege” (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Special Commendation for Graphics

3 Award Winners, To Be Announced Monday, July 2

Special Commendation for Sound

1 Award Winner To Be Announced Monday, July 2

Special Commendation for Innovation

1 Award Winner, To Be Announced Monday, July 2

Check out all of Variety’s E3 2018 coverage here.

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