E3 2017 is officially in the books, and now the video gaming community is looking back at what games gave the best impressions. Perhaps the most highly regarded awards are the Game Critics Awards, which are voted on by 38 media outlets around the world. This year's Game Critics Awards winners have been revealed, highlighting the best of the best of every genre, and of course, Game of the Show.
Here is the complete list of winners for the Game Critics Awards:
Best of Show: Super Mario Odyssey
Best Original Game: Mario + Rabbids Battle Kingdom
Best Console Game: Super Mario Odyssey
Best VR Game: Lone Echo
Best PC Game: Destiny 2
Best Handheld Game: Metroid: Samus Returns
Best Hardware/Peripheral: Xbox One X
Best Action Game: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Best Action/Adventure Game: Super Mario Odyssey
Best Role Playing Game: Ni No Kuni: Revenant Kingdom
Best Racing Game: Forza Motorsport 7
Best Fighting Game: Dragon Ball Fighter Z
Best Sports Game: FIFA 18
Best Strategy Game: Mario + Rabbids Battle Kingdom
Best Family Game: Hidden Agenda
Best Online Multiplayer: Star Wars Battlefront II
Best Independent Game: The Artful Escape
According to these awards, this was a great year for Nintendo. Super Mario Odyssey picked up three awards, while the surprisingly good Mario + Rabbids Battle Kingdom picked up two awards of its own. Nintendo also won for Best Handheld Game with Metroid: Samus Returns, the remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus. No other publisher came close to the same amount of awards that Nintendo won, with EA, Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Bandai Namco all tied with just two awards each.
Outside of publishers, there are some notable games on this list. The Best PC Game award went to Destiny 2, which is the first game in the series to be played on PC. Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom earned the Best Role Playing Game award, even though it was not prominently featured at Sony's Press Conference. Lastly, it seemed like Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite was a guaranteed winner going into the show, but Dragon Ball Fighter Z seemed to blow away expectations.
There are a surprising amount of games missing from this list, however. Assassin's Creed Origins and Far Cry 5 were huge showings for Ubisoft, but they were outvoted in favor of Super Mario Odyssey and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, respectively. There are also a bunch of heavy hitters missing like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, God of War, Sea of Thieves, and Anthem. That is not a bad thing, though. The state of games is so good right now that these awards don't only signify what is good, but they show the fine line between good and great.