e3 2019

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

by Imran Khan on Jun 27, 2019 at 02:10 PM

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 caveat is 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
(Microsoft)

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.