Best Action

BioShock Infinite

Some people would probably call BioShock Infinite a shooter. However, after seeing protagonist Booker DeWitt sail around on Columbia's skylines, blast enemies with telekinetic powers, and ask his ally Elizabeth to open tears in reality, this action-packed experience is clearly more than a typical collection of run-and-gun firefights. Ultimately, it doesn't matter how you classify BioShock Infinite, since that won't make the wait until the game's 2012 release any easier.

Best RPG

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

There’s a reason that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is at the top of many a gamer's most wanted list. Bethesda’s demo for the anticipated RPG featured plenty to get excited about, including a Dragon Shout that created a thunderstorm which spanned as far as the eye could see, a revamped third-person mode (the game now looks playable from that perspective), and two dragon fights. Battles with the mystical flying beasts looked appropriately epic, and required a combination of melee and projectile weapons, magic spells, and Dragon Shouts. We can’t wait to sink another 100 hours into the The Elder Scrolls universe this November.

Best Shooter

Battlefield 3

The first round of the fall face-off between Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 goes to the Swedes at DICE. Though the EA press conference single-player demo of a tank level started off slow, it picked up steam as battle opened up and gave us a glimpse of the best-in-class graphics and sense of scale that the Frostbite 2 engine can deliver. The best showing, however, was the behind-closed-doors multiplayer demo. This hands-on 32-player PC battle showcased an astounding level of fidelity for an online shooter, with more detailed destruction than we’ve ever seen in multiplayer before, natural looking soldier animations, and a smartly crafted Rush map with an intense bottleneck in the Parisian metro station.

Best MMO


Do you want an MMO that does what World of Warcraft does, only without the benefit of an effectively unlimited budget and six-plus years of refinement, or do you want to play a game that offers something new? Personally I'm going for the "something new" choice, since I can always re-up my WoW account. Tera's player-driven politics and action-oriented combat are different enough to make me take notice, especially given how good the game looks and how well it played at this year's E3.