It wouldn’t be a big show without awards afterward! Gamer Limit has deliberated for hours, and broken down each offering to give you our “best of E3 awards”.
Hop aboard and find out our picks for best overall game, best action game, best RPG, and most fulfilling announcement.
Best Overall Game (Staff Picks):
Chase: Mass Effect 2
This was a tough decision for me because both of Bioware’s titles, Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age: Origins were showstoppers. However, the Xbox build of Dragon Age was a little underwhelming and the demo we saw for Mass Effect 2 spoke for itself. With an improved combat system, physical interaction in dialogue, an exciting storytelling spin, and the astounding aesthetic polish; Mass Effect 2 gave me raging goosebumps and has me more excited than the next Dancing with the Stars. Keep up the good work Bioware!
Chris Matulich: Dissidia
You may be able to tell by my pick alone, but I figure I should say it now; I’m kind of a Final Fantasy fanboy. But do not let this deter you away from my pick. Although a “fan-service,” Dissidia sported a unique, simple, yet dynamic combat system that blends the best aspects of fighting and action games into one delightful little package. Fluid transition from ground to air combat really sold me, almost bringing Final Fantasy: Advent Children to “life,” with graphics and cinematics that rivaled the best the PS2 has to offer.
Chris Carter: Bayonetta
I felt like it was best-in-show because of how unique it was. I was able to play nearly all the AAA titles on display, and while some were extremely fun, they were all somewhat lacking an original take on the genre. Bayonetta is like Devil May Cry squared. If it takes off, it will completely change the way Eastern developers look at the genre as a whole.
Tim Turi: Bayonetta
I felt this was the best choice because it was the most uniquely stylish, had an original protagonist, and pushed the genre forward technically. I have no idea how the creators thought of Bayonetta (they claim there was no outside influence), but I was really impressed by the original way she carries herself in the game.
Best of Categories
Best RPG Game: Mass Effect 2
The “behind closed doors” presentation of Mass Effect 2 was truly jaw-dropping. BioWare adequately kept the best parts of the original and spliced in some extremely impressive new features, one of which allows the player to become further involved with dialogue choices, which we saw Commander Shepard abruptly ending an interrogation by shoving the man out of a gigantic skyscraper. For Shepard, failure is not an option for his mission to eradicate the Reapers, even though the entire universe, as well as the game itself, expects EPIC FAIL. Mass Effect 2 will provide for an incredibly unique experience, for the path of failure has been written into the trilogy, and will effect how the final installment will play out.
Best Action Game: Bayonetta
Bayonetta stole the show in terms of action because it brought something new to the genre the others didn’t quite have. While other action titles Brutal Legend had a very immersive setting, the mechanics were quite elementary, or didn’t do anything new (God of War III). Bayonetta managed to take the Devil May Cry action template and blow it out of the water with an extremely stylized approach, and fun gameplay.
Best Announcement: Castlevania Lords of Shadow in association with Kojima Productions
One of our childhood titles being re-imagined by one of our favorite game designers is just surreal. Castlevania hasn’t had a “must-have” entry outside of the Gameboy Advance or DS platforms in a long while. Also, Patrick Stewart’s voice in the trailer sent shivers down our spine. Brrrrr.