Star Wars: Battlefront, Fallout 4 lead the way in Game Critics Awards Best of E3 2015 nominees

e3expologoThe Force is strong with DICE’s Star Wars: Battlefront as the game collected five nominations, more than any other title, from the Game Critics Awards in their annual Best of E3 competition. The Star Wars shooter is up for “Best of Show,” “Best Console Game,” “Best PC Game,” “Best Action Game,” and “Best Online Multiplayer.”

Bethesda’s Fallout 4 and Guerrilla’s Horizon: Zero Dawn can also be considered contenders after collecting four nominations apiece. Both games will battle each other (and Battlefront) for “Best of Show” and “Best Console Game,” but their path will split for the remaining nominations. Fallout 4 is up for “Best PC Game” and “Best RPG,” while Horizon: Zero Dawn was nominated for “Best Original Game” and “Best Action/Adventure Game.”

Two other nominees will compete for this year’s “Best of Show” award including Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and the Oculus Touch motion controller.

The group behind the Game Critics Awards is comprised of representatives from 38 media publications, and they plan to announce this year’s winners on July 7. The full list of nominees can be found after the break.

Best of Show

  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Oculus Touch (Oculus VR)
  • Star Wars: Battlefront (DICE/EA)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Original Game

  • Abzu (Giant Squid/505 Games)
  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • The Last Guardian (GenDesign/SCE Japan/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Unravel (Coldwood Interactive/EA)

Best Console Game

  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Star Wars: Battlefront (DICE/EA)
  • Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Handheld Game

  • Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (AlphaDream/Nintendo)
  • Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Atlus)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (Nintendo)

Best PC Game

  • Doom (id Software/Bethesda)
  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Just Cause 3 (Avalanche Studios/Square Enix)
  • Star Wars: Battlefront (DICE/EA)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Hardware

  • Microsoft HoloLens (Microsoft)
  • Oculus Rift (Oculus VR)
  • Oculus Touch (Oculus VR)
  • Project Morpheus (Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller (Microsoft)

Best Action Game

  • Doom (id Software/Bethesda)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)
  • Just Cause 3 (Avalanche Studios/Square Enix)
  • Star Wars: Battlefront (DICE/EA)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions/Konami)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics/Microsoft Studios)
  • The Last Guardian (GenDesign/SCE Japan/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best RPG

  • Dark Souls III (From Software/Bandai-Namco Games)
  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (AlphaDream/Nintendo)
  • Sword Coast Legends (N-Space/Digital Extremes/Wizards of the Coast)

Best Racing Game

  • Forza Motorsport 6 (Turn 10/Microsoft Studios)
  • Need For Speed (Ghost Games/EA)
  • Trackmania Turbo (Nadeo/Ubisoft)

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA 16 (EA Canada/EA)
  • NHL 16 (EA Canada/EA)
  • Madden NFL 16 (EA Tiburon/EA)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 (Konami)
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (EA Tiburon/EA)

Best Family/Social Game

  • Disney Infinity: Star Wars (Avalanche Software/Disney Interactive)
  • Guitar Hero Live (FreeStyleGames/Activision)
  • Lego Dimensions (TT Games/WB Games)
  • Rock Band 4 (Harmonix)
  • Super Mario Maker (Nintendo)

Best Online Multiplayer

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Treyarch/Activision)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)
  • Star Wars: Battlefront (DICE/EA)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division (Massive/Ubisoft)

Best Independent Game

  • Abzu (Giant Squid/505)
  • Below (Capy Games)
  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Wattam (Funomena)
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