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Sony Officially Wins E3 2012, The Last Of Us Cleans Up Game Critics Awards

Posted on June 26, 2012 AT 02:20pm

Kaz Hirai and Jack Tretton are probably smiling somewhere, as Sony has officially cleaned up the E3 2012 Game Critics Awards with the PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us. Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated game took home honors for ”Best of Show,” “Best Original Game,” “Best Console Game,” “Best Action/Adventure Game,” and even a “Special Commendation for Sound” award.

In fact, just about the only overall “Best Game” award The Last of Us didn’t win was one where the console companies didn’t qualify. On that note, XCOM: Enemy Unknown won the nod for “Best PC Game” of the show.

Just as a reminder, the GCA panel is administered among a collection of judges from the industry’s biggest media outlets, including EGM. Here’s the full awards list with all the winners and their relevant consoles:

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

In total, Sony Computer Entertainment took home seven publisher-specific awards, with Microsoft topping out at four awards.

EA, 2K Games, and Ubisoft netted two apiece, while Nintendo, THQ, Warner Bros., and LucasArts each grabbed a single award.

Even though Nintendo managed to get a “Best Hardware” Award for the Wii U itself, the company noticeably didn’t win a single award for any of their games on display at the show. Considering how strong the competition was, it’s not surprising—only something in the vein of a new Zelda HDMetroid, or Super Smash Bros. game could’ve seriously put them in the running.

Source: Game Critics Awards

McKinley Noble, Contributing Editor
McKinley Noble has been writing about video games for seven years as a blogger and journalist, with each job adding to his painstakingly alphabetized collection of retro gaming memorabilia. When not cracking jokes about the gaming industry, he's a talking encyclopedia when it comes to mixed martial arts and anything MMA related. Follow him on Twitter: @KenTheGreat1. Meet the rest of the crew.

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