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Here Are E3 2016's Game Critics Award Winners

Zelda comes out on top.


Although Battlefield 1 led the way with the most nominations, it's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that's walked away with the top prize from the E3 2016 Game Critics Awards.

The awards, which are decided upon by members of 40 different media outlets (including GameSpot), saw Breath of the Wild win three awards: Best of Show, Best Console Game, and Best Action/Adventure Game. Civilization VI was the only game to win more than one award, being named Best PC Game and Best Strategy Game.

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In terms of publishers, Nintendo and Sony led the way with three wins each; Sony's success came thanks to Horizon: Zero Dawn, PlayStation VR, and God of War.

You can see the full list of winners below, as well as a breakdown of wins by publisher and platform. You can also check out the list of all the nominees here.

E3 2016 Game Critics Awards

Best of Show:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best Original Game:

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Best Console Game:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best VR Game:

Batman: Arkham VR

Best PC Game:

Civilization VI

Best Hardware/Peripheral:

PlayStation VR

Best Action Game:

Battlefield 1

Best Action/Adventure Game:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best Role-Playing Game:

Final Fantasy XV

Best Racing Game:

Forza Horizon 3

Best Sports Game:


Best Family Game:

Skylanders: Imaginators

Best Online Multiplayer:

Titanfall 2

Best Independent Game:


Special Commendation for Graphics:

God of War

Winner Breakdown By # of Wins

Three Wins:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Two Wins:

  • Civilization VI

One Win:

  • Batman: Arkham VR
  • Battlefield 1
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • God of War
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Injustice 2
  • Inside
  • PlayStation VR
  • Skylanders: Imaginators
  • Steep
  • Titanfall 2

Publisher Breakdown

Three Wins:

  • Nintendo
  • Sony Interactive Entertainment

Two Wins:

  • 2K
  • Electronic Arts
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

One Win:

  • Activision
  • Microsoft Studios
  • Playdead
  • Square Enix
  • Ubisoft

Platform Breakdown By Number Of Wins

(Note: Multiplatform games/hardware are counted in all appropriate platform tallies. Information based on announced platforms for each winner as of 7/4/2016).

  • PlayStation 4: 10 (-2 from 2015)
  • PC: 8 (-1 from 2015)
  • Xbox One: 8 (+1 from 2015)
  • Wii U: 4 (-3 from 2015)

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