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Game Critics Awards Best Of E3 2014 Nominees Announced

The Game Critics Award nominations for E3 2014 are now up. There are 29 judging publications involved in the voting this year and a lot of great games. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, July 1st. Here’s this year’s nominees from a variety of categories.

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)

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Here’s 15 Minutes Of Sonic Boom Rise Of Lyric Footage For Wii U

NWR have captured fifteen minutes worth of footage from the latest Sonic title to grace the Wii U, Sonic Boom. The footage of Rise of Lyric features a lush jungle setting for Sonic, Knuckles and Amy to race their way through collecting as many gold rings as possible. The game looks as though it could do with some polish, but there’s still a while to go before release. The game is due out in November.

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Twitch Broke Their Viewership Record With This Year’s E3 Event (Infographic)

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Video streaming service Twitch has revealed that they had 5.9 million unique viewers on the first day of E3. Throughout the whole event Twitch had 12 million unique viewers. The site was used to broadcast the E3 press conferences as well as stream live footage from Nintendo’s very own Treehouse. You can see all the stats and figures in the handy infographic posted above.

“By helping our partners get the most value out of their E3 presence with our centralized platform and our partnership with the ESA, the numbers illustrated it was a resounding success,” Twitch vice president of marketing Matthew DiPietro said. “As a result, we were able to offer our global community a front row seat to all of the best content from the show.”

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Reggie Explains Why Nintendo Chose To Have A Prerecorded Event For E3 2014

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has explained why Nintendo decided to host a pre-recorded event for E3 rather than a stage conference. Reggie says that one of the biggest challenges is that many of their developers are Japanese, so having them explain things without subtitles can be challenging. Reggie went on to say that the whole environment of E3 has changed and people want lots of entertainment value, which they delivered in the video.

“The environment is completely changed. More and more people are looking to tune in to an event; more and more people are looking for the full entertainment value of an event.”

“Couple that with the fact that so [many] of our developers are Japanese, so having them explain the game directly is a little bit more challenging. We can do it in this type of environment,” he said, referring to a live show with a website, “but to do it from a big stage is a little challenging.”

“So for us, we think the best way to bring our message to the fans, to the larger community, is to create an event, to create something that we believe has all of the little Nintendo magic and pixie dust, and communicate that directly,”

“Through social media, we know exactly what people are saying. We know exactly what they’re feeling and how they’re responding to the message candidly, much more directly than we do when we’re present only to about 3,500 people. So for us, it really is a win-win.”

Thanks, Nintendo Commander