OCC E3 2013 AwardsClayMeow - July 2, 2013
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Game of the Show
Winner: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PC, PS4, XBO)
Is there any question? You only have to look at the small novel I wrote on the RPG category to see why The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is my Game of the Show. CD Projekt RED looks to be sending Geralt out on the highest note possible, with a massive world to explore, around 100 hours of quests (both main and side), and more things than you can shake a silver sword at. The Witcher 3 just looks like what I expect a next-gen game to be, and the best part is it's still coming to the PC. I mean, what more can you ask for? OK, I know, more photos/videos of Geralt doing his Witcher's stuff and probably (definitely) Triss Merigold, but give CDP time!
Runner-Up: Tom Clancy's The Division (PS4, XBO)
The Division was a great surprise from E3, and it could have been my Game of the Show except for Geralt of Rivia's conclusion. You have to admit that The Division is shaping up to be an incredible experience, and one you won't want to miss. A large world to explore, tactical shooter elements, MMO social interaction, and RPG mechanics are a unique combination, but one's that work together very well in what Ubisoft has shown so far. My one hope for The Division is for Ubisoft to confirm one way or the other a PC version, but hey, there wasn't a statement to sign a petition if the studio wasn't at least considering it, right?
Winner: Tom Clancy's The Division (PS4, XBO)
E3 2013 certainly did not disappoint. But while there were several outstanding games, my Game of the Show winner is Tom Clancy's The Division. There's not much more to be said that I haven't already mentioned when I awarded The Division Best New IP. It has the setting, graphics, gameplay, and features to make it the standout game of E3 2013. That also means back-to-back Game of the Show winners for Ubisoft, so kudos to Ubisoft's studios for creating some super compelling games. As a PC gamer, it pains me to select a game that is not currently planned for the PC, but I'm still holding out hope. Either way, gamers are in for a treat in 2014.
Runners-Up: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PC, PS4, XBO), Destiny (PS3, PS4, 360, XBO)
Bigger isn't always better, but don't tell that to CD Projekt RED and Bungie, the studios behind The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Destiny, respectively. Both games promise beautiful, massive worlds to explore, amazing graphics, exotic creatures, and exhilarating combat. Although I may have selected The Division as Game of the Show, do not discount these titles, as all three will surely be strong contenders for 2014 Game of the Year.