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The Last of Us wins Best of Show from E3 Game Critics

by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, Jun 26, 2012 10:00AM PDT

Hyperviolence was all the rage at this year's E3. However, only one hyperviolent game could take the crown. The Game Critics Awards have finally been determined, and Naughty Dog has come on top with The Last of Us. Its strong performance pushed PS3 to the top of the heap, with PS3 as the most-winning platform. Sony Computer Entertainment is the most-winning publisher as well, with 7 awards.

  • Best of Show - The Last of Us
  • Best Original Game - The Last of Us
  • Best Console Game - The Last of Us
  • Best Handheld/Mobile Game - Sound Shapes
  • Best PC Game - XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Best Hardware/Peripheral - Wii U
  • Best Action Game - Halo 4
  • Best Action/Adventure Game - The Last of Us
  • Best Role Playing Game - South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Best Fighting Game - Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Best Racing Game - Need for Speed Most Wanted
  • Best Sports Game - FIFA Soccer 13
  • Best Strategy Game - XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Best Social/Casual Game - Dance Central 3
  • Best Motion Simulation Game - Dance Central 3
  • Best Online Multiplayer - Halo 4
  • Best Downloadable Game - Unfinished Swan

Nominees for Game Critics Awards must be playable to E3 judges, comprised of representatives from a number of outlets (Shacknews included). However, the following "Special Commendation" awards can be given to games that weren't playable at the show.

  • Special Commendations for Graphics - Star Wars 1313 & Watch Dogs
  • Special Commendation for Sound - The Last of Us
  • Special Commendation for Innovation - Watch Dogs

Last year's winner was BioShock Infinite. With both Last of Us and BioShock Infinite releasing in 2013, it'll be interesting to see which (if either) "Best of E3" winner can steal Game of the Year.

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