The Critic Prediction Aftermath

Well, the E3 Critic Awards came and went; and so we now look back to the score card to see how we did this year…

 

Best of Show

– Titanfall (Respawn Games/Electronic Arts) – Will Win – Won

Best Original Game

– Titanfall (Respawn Games/Electronic Arts) – Will Win – Won

Best Console Game

– Titanfall (Respawn Games/Electronic Arts) – Will Win – Won

Best PC Game

– Company of Heroes 2 (Relic/Sega) – Will Win/ Should Win

– Titanfall (Respawn/Electronic Arts) – WON

Best Action Game

– Titanfall (Respawn/Electronic Arts) – Will Win – Won

Best Online Multiplayer

– Titanfall (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts) – Will Win – Won

 

With the exception of Best PC Game; we called these spot-on.  Titanfall was a media darling this year, and frankly, put on an amazing show.  This is a big win for Respawn going forward, and it is good to see them rewarded for all their hard work so far. 

 

Best Handheld Game

– Tearaway (Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment) – Should Win – Won

– The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Two Worlds (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo) – Will Win

 

This win probably makes me the most happy. Tearaway is an incredible game, both narratively and conceptually.  I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t smile ear to ear when they watch footage from the game.  It is good to see that nostalgia didn’t win out this year.  Don’t get me wrong, Link Between Two Worlds is going to be a wonderful game; but this award was most deserved to be won by Media Molecule.

 

Best Hardware

– Oculus Rift (Oculus VR) – Dark Horse – WON

– PlayStation 4 (Sony Computer Entertainment) Will Win/ Should Win

 

This is the second most exciting win this year, for me personally.  Since its inception, The Occulus Rift has been an interesting piece of hardware.  So, despite my loss in this category, I will gladly give it over to the Rift.  More and more this is looking to be a piece of the puzzle of how we will be playing our games in the future; and that alone blows my mind…

 

Best Action/Adventure Game

 Infamous: Second Son (Sucker Punch/Sony Computer Entertainment) Will Win/ Should Win

– Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft) – Dark Horse – Won

 

I honestly didn’t think that Watch Dogs would take it again.  Infamous seemed like the better choice, but alas, both games impressed, and only one can win.  Sad to see it wasn’t mine, but I feel I will move on…BEYOND!

 

Best RPG

– Dark Souls 2 (FromSoftware/Namco-Bandai) – Will Win

– The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax Online/Bethesda) – Dark Horse – WON

– South Park: The Stick of Truth (Obsidian/Ubisoft) – Should Win

 

Well, at least I picked the underdog.  Zenimax took home the crown in this category, and from the buzz that is out there, it is well deserved. If they can pull off the immersion that the original games are known for, while still creating a functioning MMO, we could have something very special on our hands….

 

Best Racing Game

– Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games/Electronic Arts) – Will Win – Won

 

It’s good to see Need for Speed winning again.  It’s also a good show of faith in the new team.  Black Box and Criterion have been alternating who makes the game each year, but this is the first year that Black Box hasn’t had a hand in it.  In fact, this is a completely brand new studio working on this year’s title.  I can only assume how this type of an award on their first outing can feel.

 

Best Sports Game

– FIFA 14 (EA Canada/EA Sports) – Will Win/ Should Win

– NHL 14 (EA Canada/EA Sports) – Dark Horse – Won

 

To be honest, I didn’t care about this category…nonetheless….HOCKEY!

 

Best Strategy Game

– Company of Heroes 2 (Relic/Sega) – Will Win/ Should Win

– Total War: Rome 2 (Creative Assembly/Sega) – Won

 

I was way off base on this one. Congrats to Sega for beating out Relic…seriously…that’s a big deal.

 

Best Social/Casual

– Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix/Disney Interactive) – WON

– Project Spark (Team Daokta/Microsoft Studios) – Will Win/ Should Win

 

I really thought Spark was going to impress more than it did, but evidently people love Harmonix.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Harmonix, I just thought I saw more going on in Spark than I did in Fantasia.  Maybe that was the problem; Spark was too gamer oriented and not casual enough for the win….or at least that is what I will tell myself.

 

Best Downloadable

– Transistor (Supergiant Games) – Will Win – Won

 

Like anyone is surprised by this.

 

So there you go folks.  Hope we all had fun this year, and we’ll do this again soon!

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