With a definitive 4 wins among the 17 categories, BioShock Infinite has emerged the top beneficiary of E3 2011. BioShock was named overall “Best of Show,” while also taking home the awards for “Best Original Game,” “Best PC Game,” and “Best Action/Adventure Game.”
Nominees were made based on the top picks of 35 media outlets that covered E3. All of the participating media outlets were then invited to vote on the top winner in each category. Besides BioShock Infinite, other multiple winners include The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Battlefield 3, and Sound Shapes.
In honor of BioShock Infinite‘s win, I present you with a full gallery of screenshots from the game, at the bottom of this article. It’s a good list, but I’m surprised to see several big names shut out, like Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Tomb Raider, Mass Effect 3. They can’t all be winners, I guess.
One of the most telling winners was the PS Vita in the “Best Hardware” category, which was up against Nintendo’s Wii U as the other major nominee. If the PSP and the Wii had been shown off for the first time at the same E3, there’s no doubt that the Wii would have won. The fact that Sony was able to overtake Nintendo among the minds of media personnel says a lot about how much faith said media have in Nintendo’s chances of generating another Wii-sized success.
Here’s the complete list:
Best of Show: BioShock Infinite
Best Original Game: BioShock Infinite
Best Console Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Best Handheld Game: Sound Shapes
Best PC Game: BioShock Infinite
Best Hardware: PlayStation Vita
Best Action Game: Battlefield 3
Best Action/Adventure Game: BioShock Infinite
Best Role Playing Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Best Fighting Game: Street Fighter X Tekken
Best Racing Game: Forza 4
Best Sports Game: FIFA Soccer 12
Best Strategy Game: From Dust
Best Social/Casual Game: Sound Shapes
Best Motion Simulation Game: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Best Online Multiplayer: Battlefield 3
Best Downloadable Game: Bastion