Game Critics' Best of E3 Finalists Announced

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Each year journalists from 36 North America media outlets come together to select what they believe are the best games of E3. The annual Game Critics Awards are meant to recognize the games that "will shape the future of interactive entertainment." The only rule? They have to be playable by the judges at E3. The winning games haven't quite been selected yet, but the judges (including myself) have selected the finalists. Best of show nominees are Fallout 3, Gears of War 2, LittleBigPlanet, Mirror's Edge and Spore. LittleBigPlanet managed to get the most nominations across the board, with five, while both Gears of War 2 and Left 4 Dead nabbed four nominations. EA was the publisher with the most nominations, pulling in a whopping 21. While I mostly agree with the list, there is one stand-out. Early on in the process we were told that Street Fighter IV the arcade machine was eligible for awards. Personally, as much as I love the game, I don't think that's fair. It's not a video game in the true sense of the word. When it does hit consoles that's fine, but I think mixing in arcade games with console and PC titles sets a bad precedent.Best of Show - Fallout 3 - Gears of War 2 - LittleBigPlanet - Mirror's Edge - Spore Best Original Game - Flower - Left 4 Dead - Little Big Planet - Mirror's Edge - Spore Best Console Game - Fallout 3 - Gears of War 2 - LittleBigPlanet - Resistance 2 - Resident Evil 5 Best Handheld Game - Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia - Chrono Trigger DS - Puzzle Quest: Galactrix - Resistance: Retribution - Rhythm Heaven Best PC Game - Dragon Age: Origins - Left 4 Dead - Spore - Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II - Warhammer Online Best Hardware - Lips Microphone - Rock Band 2 Ion "Drum Rocker" Set - Wii MotionPlus Best Action Game - Far Cry 2 - Gears of War 2 - Left 4 Dead - Mirror's Edge - Resistance 2 Best Action/Adventure Game - Dead Space - Prince of Persia - Resident Evil 5 - Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - Tomb Raider: Underworld Best Role Playing Game - Chrono Trigger DS - Dragon Age: Origins - Fable 2 - Fallout 3 - Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood Best Fighting Game - Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe - Soul Calibur IV - Street Fighter IV - Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix Best Racing Game - Baja: Edge of Control - Midnight Club: Los Angeles - MotorStorm: Pacific Rift - Pure Best Sports Game - Madden NFL 09 - NBA Live 09 - Shaun White Snowboarding - Skate It - Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 09 Best Strategy Game - Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Empire: Total War - Halo Wars - Tom Clancy's EndWar - Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II Best Social/Casual/Puzzle Game - Guitar Hero World Tour - Lego Batman: The Videogame - LittleBigPlanet - Rock Band 2 - Wii Sports Resort Best Online Multiplayer Game - Gears of War 2 - Left 4 Dead - LittleBigPlanet - Resistance 2 - Rock Band 2

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Stephen Totilo

Really, Brian? As a fellow judge I don't see the problem in considering any E3 game from any platform — console, handheld, PC, arcade, mobile — for a genre category or best of show.

Would you be more comfortable if the listing for "SF IV" specifically identified the game as the Arcade version?

If "SF IV Arcade" wins, say, best fighting game, then the Xbox 360 box art should indicate that the 360 game is "based on" the winner of the Best Fighting Game award. It certainly didn't receive that honor itself, because none of us played the 360 version at E3. Would you be cool with that?