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 BioShock Infinite  Leads E3 Game Critics Awards Winners
BioShock Infinite Leads E3 Game Critics Awards Winners
June 28, 2011 | By Kyle Orland

Irrational and 2K Games' BioShock Infinite led the winners of this year's E3 Game Critics Awards, winning in all four categories it was nominated, including Best of Show.

The title also won for Best Original Game, Best PC Game and Best Action/Adventure Game after a demo that showed off the game's crowd interactions and aerial action on the Skyline rail system.

Sony's PlayStation Vita won out over Nintendo's Wii U and other nominees for Best Hardware demonstrated at the show. Vita title Sound Shapes -- developed by Everyday Shooter maker Jonathan Mak -- won awards for Best Handheld Game and Best Social/Casual Game.

Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim won two awards for Best Console Game and Best Role Playing Game, while EA's Battlefield 3 also won twice for Best Action Game and Best Online Multiplayer.

Sony's Uncharted 3 failed to win a single award despite four nominations. Other notable nominees that failed to win any awards include WB's Batman: Arkham City, EA's Mass Effect 3 Square Enix's Tomb Raider update and EA's Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Started in 1998, the E3 Game Critics Awards are decided from among titles that were playable at the annual show by a group of judges representing 35 major American publications that cover games. The awards are not officially linked to E3 or the ESA.

A full list of winners for 2011 is below:

Best of Show
BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Original Game
BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Console Game
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Handheld Game
Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita)

Best PC Game
BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Hardware
PlayStation Vita (Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Action Game
Battlefield 3 (DICE/EA Games for PC)

Best Action/Adventure Game
BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games/2K Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Role Playing Game
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Fighting Game
Street Fighter X Tekken (Capcom/Capcom for PS3, Xbox 360, PSVita)

Best Racing Game
Forza 4 (Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360)

Best Sports Game
FIFA Soccer 12 (EA Canada/EA Sports for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Strategy Game
From Dust (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Social/Casual Game
Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/SCEA for PSVita)

Best Motion Simulation Game
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo for Wii)

Best Online Multiplayer
Battlefield 3 (DICE/EA Games for PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Best Downloadable Game
Bastion (Supergiant Games/WB Games for PC, Xbox 360)

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steve roger
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I don't really understand the action/adventure game slot. Why not separate them? That makes more sense to me. Because it makes me wonder why not have best Action/RPG game?

And I also think the category of best social/causal game is ill advised. These should be distinct. At least that is my two cents.

Cordero W
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I never trust awards. They're so biased. Come on, Bioshock Infinite, really?

Also, this just proves more the lacking of a variety of mainstream games. Development times are longer, people taking less risks, only the AAA games getting the spotlights. It's annoying. It's absolutely annoying. Am I going to have to face this reality when I go into the game industry? Will this be no different from the "sex sells" motto that artists of the entertainment industry have to follow? This is not the game industry I grew up with and loved.

Hopefully I become one of the people who will ride the wave of the future generation of video games and bring it back to what it once was: a place where a player can really feel like they are playing in another world, aside from ww2 simulations. My head has dreams and they are ready to be let loose.

Luis Guimaraes
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"A place where a player can really feel like they are playing in another world..."

Hey, sounds like... Bioshock. Unless you're biased against FPSes simply because they're FPSes.

Cordero W
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Of course I'm biased against FPS. They've been done to death. I have played Bioshock, though, and see its allure. But even I think that placement above is just naive.

Luis Guimaraes
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I'm really excited for The Witcher 2 thou this year, and Assassin's Creed 2 was the best game I ever put on my console, followed by Arkham Asylum and Dirt 2 (thou Bioshock the best on PC, followed by Desperados). Didn't play the first Witcher installment. Apart from that, the old school list of great games is easily 3 to 5 times longer that that one.

Bioshock 2 kinda sinked my excitement for the series, but still gonna try this new one. In my poor view, FPSes are a just a basic movement/orientation system, the same way a third person 3D game is just that, too. Past that first point one can change everything and make totally new experiences. I for once see Bioshock as a First Person experience that happens to have shooting in it.

Wonder if the rumors are true, that we all really suffer from developer syndrome in current days, and all gamers out there are having lots of fun with everything that comes out, while we no more are able to unless some huge quantum leap sized improvements in genres happens, in all directions...

Michael Lubker
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Never seen so many awards for the same game... and no one comments how small E3 really was this year.