E3 2011 Awards: Nominations

E3 2011 Awards: Nominations

[Update: The Game Rant Best of E3 2011 Award Winners have been announced!]

Leading up to E3, the Game Rant team put together a pair of lists of our most anticipated confirmed games E3 2011 and our most anticipated rumored games. Several of the rumored games did end up being showcased at the annual Los Angeles event, but were our hopes and anticipation justified?

After checking out nearly every single game available at the expo this year, the votes are in and Game Rant has selected the nominees for our Best of E3 2011 Awards.

Click the game title for our demo/hands-on/preview of that title from E3:

Best Shooter

  • Battlefield 3 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, Activision)
  • Gears of War 3 (Epic Games, Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (Ubisoft)
  • Prey 2 (Human Head Studios, Bethesda Softworks)

Best Action/Adventure

  • Hitman Absolution (IO Interactive, Square Enix)
  • Rayman Origins (Ubisoft)
  • Starhawk (LightBox Interactive, Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Sports/Racing

  • Cars 2: The Video Game (Avalanche Software, Disney Interactive Studios)
  • FIFA 12 (EA Sports)
  • Forza Motorsport 4 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Game Studios)
  • NHL 12 (EA Sports)
  • SSX (EA Sports)

Best Motion Controls

  • Dance Central 2 (Harmonix Music Systems, Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Kinect: Disneyland Adventures (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Fable: The Journey (Lionhead Studios)
  • Kinect Sports: Season Two (Rare, BigPark, Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster (Double Fine Productions, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)

Best Multiplayer

  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft)
  • Battlefield 3 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, Activision)
  • Gears of War 3 (Epic Games, Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Twisted Metal (Eat Sleep Play, Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best RPG

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Eidos Montreal, Square Enix)
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Square Enix)
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (38 Studios, Big Huge Games, Electronic Arts)
  • Mass Effect 3 (BioWare, Electronic Arts)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)

Best MMO

  • All Points Bulletin: Reloaded (Reloaded Productions, K2 Network)
  • Dust 514/EVE Online (CCP Games)
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad Online (The Amazing Society, Gazillion Entertainment)
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic (BioWare, Electronic Arts, LucasArts)
  • TERA (Bluehole Studio, En Masse Entertainment)

Best Indie Game

  • Awesomenauts (Ronimo Games)
  • Desktop Dungeons (Quarter Circle Forward)
  • Magicka PvP (Arrowhead Game Studios, Paradox Interactive)
  • PixelJunk Sidescroller (Q-Games)
  • Skulls of the Shogun (Haunted Temple Studios)

Best Original Game

  • Bastion (Supergiant Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • From Dust (Ubisoft)
  • Inversion (Saber Interactive, Namco Bandai Games)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany, Sony Computer Entertainment))
  • Rocksmith (Ubisoft)

Best Handheld Game

  • Luigi’s Mansion 2 (Next Level Games, Nintendo)
  • Mario Kart 7 (Retro Studios, Nintendo)
  • Sonic Generations (Dimps, Sega)
  • Sound Shapes (Queasy Games)
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss (SCE Bend Studio, Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Hardware

  • Diablo III Mouse & Headset (SteelSeries)
  • TRITTON Warhead 7.1 Headset (Mad Catz)
  • Nintendo Wii U Controller (Nintendo)
  • Universal Wireless Controller & Tablet Support (OnLive)
  • PlayStation Vita (Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best in Show

  • Battlefield 3 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
  • BioShock Infinite (Irrational Games, 2K Games)
  • From Dust (Ubisoft)
  • Gears of War 3 (Epic Games, Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Mass Effect 3 (BioWare, Electronic Arts)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)

The nominations were decided by all 11 of the Game Rant staff in attendance for E3 and are based upon our previews, demos and hands-on experiences with all of the available titles at the event this year.

Share your thoughts on the picks and tell us what you believe deserves to win each category!

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