E3 Game Critics Awards announced

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The E3 Critics Awards were finally announced, and they seem reasonable. Except the Best Hardware. The only never-before-seen console at the show that you could play was the GB Micro. That would have taken it hands down over all the vaporware.

The Killzone nod should get some of us riled up too.

The awards were voted on by members of the gaming press, as well as critics from mainstream outlets like The Washington Post and Rolling Stone. From all the chatter you just knew Best of Show would go to Spore or Zelda…

The full list follows, courtesy of Gamasutra:

Best of Show
Spore (Maxis/EA for PC)

Best Original Game
Spore (Maxis/EA for PC)

Best Hardware/Peripheral
PlayStation 3 (Sony)

Best Console Game
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo for GameCube)

Best Handheld Game
Nintendogs (Nintendo for Nintendo DS)

Best Action Game
F.E.A.R. (Monolith/Vivendi for PC)

Best Action/Adventure Game
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo for GameCube)

Best Fighting Game
Soul Calibur III (Namco for PlayStation 2)

Best Role Playing Game
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda/Take-Two for PC / Xbox 360)

Best Racing Game
Burnout Revenge (Criterion/EA for PlayStation 2, Xbox)

Best Simulation Game
Spore (Maxis/EA for PC)

Best Sports Game
Madden NFL 06 (EA Tiburon/EA Sports for All Platforms)

Best Strategy Game
Company of Heroes (Relic/THQ for PC)

Best Puzzle/Trivia/Parlor Game
We Love Katamari (Namco for PlayStation 2)

Best Online Multiplayer
Battlefield 2 (DICE/EA for PC)

Special Commendation for Graphics*
(Guerilla Games/SCEE for PS3)