E3 Critics Awards Give Game Of The Show To Final Fantasy VII Remake

There’s a lot of discussion about the health of E3 after this year’s show, but one thing most people agree on is that the games that were there generally impressed. After the show concluded, a number of outlets, including Game Informer, submitted ballots of their favorite games from the show in different categories like Best Original Game or Best RPG. The rub has to be that each game has to be shown playable for most of the awards, but some awards for graphics and sound can be for anything. The votes are tallied by the Games Critics Awards and released as the awards we got today.

You can find the full list below, but Final Fantasy VII Remake is the big winner, pulling in Game of the Show and two other awards. 

Best of Show 

Final Fantasy VII Remake

(Square Enix for PS4) 

Best Original Game

The Outer Worlds

(Obsidian/Private Division for PC, PS4, Xbox)

Best Console

Final Fantasy VII Remake

(Square Enix for PS4)

Best VR/AR Game

Phantom: Covert Ops

(nDreams/Oculus Studios for Oculus Quest, PC)

Best PC Game

Doom Eternal

(id Software/Bethesda for PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox)

Best Hardware/Peripheral

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2


Best Action Game

Doom Eternal

(id Software/Bethesda for PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox)

Best Action/Adventure

Watch Dogs: Legion

(Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft for PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox)

Best RPG

Final Fantasy VII Remake

(Square Enix for PS4) 

Best Racing Game

Crash Team Racing

(Beenox/Activision for PS4, Xbox)

Best Sports Game

EFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 

(Konami for PS4, Xbox)

Best Strategy Game

John Wick Hex

(Bithell Games/Good Sheperd for Mac, PC)

Best Family/Social Game

Luigi’s Mansion 3

(Next Level Games/Nintendo for Switch)

Best Online Multiplayer

Call of Duty Modern Warfare

(Infinity Ward/Activision for PC, PS4, Xbox)

Best Independent Game

12 Minutes

(Luis Antonio/Annapurna for PC, Xbox)

Best Ongoing Game

Destiny 2

(Bungie for PC, PS4, Stadia, Xbox)

Special Commendations for Graphics

Cyberpunk 2077

(CD PROJEKT RED for PC, PS4, Xbox)

I’m admittedly a little confused by Luigi’s Mansion’s categorization as the best Family/Social game, though looking at past winners (Overcooked, Hidden Agenda which is straight up about a serial killer, Skylanders), I don’t think anyone really knows what that category is supposed to be. Still, it’s a good list of games overall, especially as someone who is over-the-moon excited for Final Fantasy VII Remake.

You can find our own E3 awards right here, by the way. Whose choices do you most align with? What is a game you feel like deserved more recognition? Let us know below in the comments. 

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