Monster-Hunting Game Evolve Beats Batman, Lord of the Rings to Win E3 Critics Game of Show

The next project from Left 4 Dead creator dominates with four total awards; indie game No Man's Sky right behind it with three.

The votes are in for the 2014 E3 Game Critics Awards, and 2K Games' monster-hunting shooter Evolve has taken home the top prize. Based on voting from more than two dozen publications--including GameSpot, IGN, Kotaku, and USA Today--Evolve won Best of Show. An impressive feat for a brand new IP.

It beat upcoming games in established franchises like Alien: Isolation, Batman: Arkham Knight, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege, as well as newcomer No Man's Sky, to claim the title. Evolve is in development at Turtle Rock Studios, the team that created the critically acclaimed Left 4 Dead series. In the game, four players fight together to take down a fifth player who plays the role of a supersized monster.

Not only did Evolve with Best of Show, but the game also nabbed three other award: Best Action Game, Best Console Game, and Best Online Multiplayer. The only other game to take home multiple awards was ambitious indie space game No Man's Sky, which was voted Best Original Game and Best Independent Game, and was also awarded a Special Commendation for Innovation. The Super Smash Bros. series won two awards (3DS version for Best Handheld Game and Wii U version for Best Fighting Game), though each title only nabbed one award individually.

Evolve was GameSpot's latest "Next Big Game." Be sure to check out this special page for exclusive coverage of the game. The full list of E3 Game Critics Awards winner is below. Winners are in bold.

To be eligible for consideration, games needed to be playable. The Division, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt did not meet this requirement.

Best of Show

  • Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady/WBIE)
  • Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith/WBIE)
  • No Man's Sky (Hello Games)
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Original Game

  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games)
  • No Man's Sky (Hello Games)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
  • Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac/Microsoft Studios)

Best Console Game

  • Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady/WBIE)
  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith/WBIE)

Best Handheld Game

  • Murasaki Baby (Ovosonico/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Atlus/Atlus)
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS (Sora/Namco-Bandai/Nintendo)
  • Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (Square-Enix/Square-Enix)

Best PC Game

  • Civilization: Beyond Earth (Firaxis/2K Games)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (Bioware/EA)
  • Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games)
  • Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Hardware

  • Alienware Alpha (Alienware)
  • Oculus Rift (Oculus VR)
  • PlayStation TV (Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Project Morpheus (Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best Action Game

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Sledgehammer Games/Activision)
  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games)- Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Alien: Isolation (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Assassin's Creed Unity (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady/WBIE)
  • Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac/Microsoft Studios)
  • The Order: 1886 (Ready at Dawn/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Best RPG

  • Bloodborne (From Software/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition (Bioware/EA)
  • Fable Legends (Lionhead/Microsoft Studios)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Monolith/WBIE)-
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (Atlus/Atlus)

Best Fighting Game

  • Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- (Arc System Works/Aksys Games)
  • Killer Instinct Season 2 (Iron Galaxy Studios/Microsoft Studios)
  • Mortal Kombat X (NetherRealm Studios/WBIE)
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Arc System Works/Atlus)
  • Super Smash Bros Wii-U (Sora/Namco-Bandai/Nintendo)

Best Racing Game

  • Driveclub (Evolution/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Forza Horizon 2 (Playground Games/Microsoft Studios)
  • The Crew (Ivory Tower/Reflections/Ubisoft)

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA 15 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
  • NHL 15 (EA Canada/EA Sports)
  • Madden NFL 15 (Tiburon/EA Sports)

Best Strategy Game

  • Civilization: Beyond Earth (Firaxis/2K Games)
  • Grey Goo (Petroglyph/Grey Box)

Best Social/Casual

  • Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes (Avalanche/Disney Interactive)
  • Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix/Disney Interactive)
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (TT Games/WBIE)
  • Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
  • Yoshi's Woolly World (Good-Feel/Nintendo)

Best Online Multiplayer

  • Battlefield: Hardline (Visceral/EA)
  • Destiny (Bungie/Activision)
  • Evolve (Turtle Rock/2K Games)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo EAD/Nintendo)
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Indie

  • Axiom Verge (Tom Happ)- CounterSpy (Dynamighty)
  • Below (Capy Games)
  • No Man's Sky (Hello Games)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Game Studio)

Special Commendation for Innovation

  • No Man's Sky
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42 comments
thecman25
thecman25

batman is still on top of my list

pterois3
pterois3

It's a shame really that every year the multiplayer focused games gather all the attention. I'm sure that Evolve will be a great experience and an enjoyable game but there are other games here that deserve it too. Why is The Witcher 3 not on the list? It was shown in similar fashion to many other titles that are on there.  

Hurvl
Hurvl

I like that Shadow of Mordor is nominated in several categories (Best of Show, RPG, Console Game), that bodes well. Despite being a huge Lotr fan I haven't played any Lotr game. As far as I can recall, there haven't been any Lotr singleplayer RPG's or at least not any good ones for PC. I have (but haven't played) War in the North, which seems like a decent hack-and-slash game and with this upcoming game there will at least be two Lotr games worth playing.

shinrae5
shinrae5

Two things:

1 - I would take DA over BB any day, as DA will actually have an emotional story that impacts you, where the "souls" games are nothing more than "eh" mechanics and insane "difficulty". I never got why they got so popular

2 - is it wrong that I think evolve looks dull? I watched gameplay and you just end up pumping 9 billion rounds into the beast with no effect. It looks boring.

Vexov
Vexov

Is it sad that most of these games are shooters?, its not but it is. Come on dev's make way more non-fps games, that are great.

EliOli
EliOli

Evolve?  Unless it also includes a single player mode, I'm not even considering it.

Daian
Daian

Where the heck is Witcher 3?

santinegrete
santinegrete

OK... ok... Dragon Age Inquisition bested Bloodborne? Is a redeption from the 2nd dragon age or it's... bull poo?

GameFan1983
GameFan1983

The time when you know you shouldn't take a ranking board seriously when they vote Dragon Age: inquisition over Bloodborne (from the creator of demon's souls)

9cyph
9cyph

Wow, where in the heck is The Witcher 3?  They don't even have it as a nomination for Game of Show, Best PC game or even best RPG of show? Wow.  Its one thing not to have it win, but not even a nomination?

Evanduil
Evanduil

All this shows is that people still have the Call of Duty taste in their mouth. They got tired of playing the same game reskinned every year, and figured they'd rather play a slightly competitive shooter more than anything else just so they're not involved in the long standing stigma of being a Call of Duty subscriber.

cowbellkid
cowbellkid

I wish they would have a singleplayer mode against bots. You won't always get a team that actually plays like a team and I'm worried it will ruin most of the matches. Then you also have people who don't use a microphone which could limit communication.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Evolve was GameSpot's "Next Big Game"

It is also catagorized as "sponsored".

Seems legit...

saltful
saltful

Why Witcher 3 is not listed in any of categories?

jeager_titan
jeager_titan

Lol an Ubisoft game winning best PC game?

Saidrex
Saidrex

"Youtube game", some very interesting videos can come up from this game.

P.S. Seananners will enjoy being monster and killing his friends ;)

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

I'm not a online-only kind of guy, but Evolve does look interesting.

At the same time, it looks very limited so far.

jeager_titan
jeager_titan

"Special Commendation for Innovation : No Man's Sky"

What Innovation?

Divisionbell
Divisionbell

It will but it'll most likely just be the same as online with bots. I don't expect a ton of variety.

HEDROXPL
HEDROXPL

@EliOli It will have single player, like Left 4 Dead had. Confirmed info.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Daian It wasn't playable and therefore disqualified, but I agree that it should have won everything :P.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@GameFan1983  No, it's when they rank Rainbow 6 above Dragon Age: Inquisition.

sandschristie
sandschristie

@9cyph 

How could anyone how good it is if there is no playable demo of it?

Llama345
Llama345

@cowbellkid I'm pretty certain they said there is a single player mode, you pick one of the 5 spots and go with it. It will also have a campaign. 

Piris
Piris

@jeager_titan they couldn't give it to EA, I guess. Evolve seems like a better choice.

Poison-tooth
Poison-tooth

@Saidrex Hell yeah! Can't wait to see how devious nanners can be as the monster :D

Llama345
Llama345

@Evil_Sidekick I don't know where you are getting online only from. They have said you can play how you want. Single player v 4 bots. Or a mix and match type deal. 

Vexov
Vexov

@Zloth2 @GameFan1983 Rainbow Six siege did look really interesting. DA, i just don't seem to care at all for buying this one, maybe the 2nd one was just not enough for me to care about the 3rd installment.

Daian
Daian

I don't think DAI was playable either, just a demo behind closed doors.

Divisionbell
Divisionbell

Still looks limited though like left 4 dead was. Good game but got old very fast.

pelvist
pelvist

@spartanx169x So has Elite: Dangerous which was shown at the same show.

mtx2341
mtx2341

@jeager_titan @spartanx169x Did Elite (or Starbound) claim to be procedural in their entirety? I believe that is where the perceived thought of innovation hails.