Winner: Battlefield 3

Why We Picked It: Innovation is the key if you want to excel in a genre made stale by games that look and play the same year after year. With breathtaking visuals, mind blowing sound, and some of the most solid and realistic FPS gameplay we’ve ever seen, this quickly became the consensus favorite for best FPS of show. Hell, we almost gave it best visuals and best multiplayer as well. It’s just that good.

 

Winner: Gears of War 3

Why We Picked It: The third person shooter genre has a handful of hitters at bat year in and year out, but try as they may, none seem capable of delivering the total package the way the Epic Games’ heavy hitting Gears of War franchise does. We’ve summed it up in the past as a mixture of G.I. Joe, He-Man, and Tonka Trucks that come together in a giant pile of mud for an ass kickin’ good time. Gears 3 carries on that tradition.

 

Winner: Batman: Arkham City

Why We Picked It: Games based on Comic books tend to be hit or miss, but Batman: Arkham Asylum was a sleeper hit if there ever was one. The game was so gorgeous, so polished, so bad ass, so… Batman. And from what we’ve played this year, Rocksteady is primed to take things to the next level with Arkham City by delivering a larger world with even more awesome gameplay and visuals.

 

Winner: Hitman: Absolution

Why We Picked It: We’d almost forgotten just how much we loved Agent 47 and the Hitman series. The new Glacier 2 Engine makes for amazing visuals and the classic Hitman gameplay we’ve all come to know and love is more satisfying than ever. With new ways to sneak around and kill targets and a story focused on betrayal and redemption, this may easily be the best Hitman game yet. Also, you smash a bong over a cop’s head and steal his uniform in the demo…

 

Winner: TERA

Why We Picked It: Innovation. Innovation. Innovation. If you’ve seen one fantasy MMO you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong. You haven’t seen TERA. With real time action combat, a revolutionary political system, and visuals so gorgeous they make Metzen and Morhaime run to the powder room for a collective tinkle, TERA is the MMO you need to have on your radar.

 

Winner: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Why We Picked It: For too long, traditional RPGs have failed to innovate. When Reckoning was first discussed at Comic Con last year, legendary artist Todd McFarlane stood on top of a table and told us they were going to kill things in this game better than anyone ever had before, and so far, it looks like he’s kept his word.

With a lush, beautiful, and completely open world (developed by part of the team who made Morrowind and Oblivion), brutal and bloody combat that’s on par with pretty much any fighting game, deadly beasts and monsters drawn by the creator of Spawn, and a story written by the man who created the Forgotten Realms and Drizzt Do’Urden himself — if Reckoning doesn’t do it for you RPG fans, I don’t know what will. It also has some of the best spell animations we’ve ever seen, lord knows we’re suckers for that!

 

Winner: Mass Effect 3

Why We Picked It: The Mass Effect series was a pioneer for the genre, breaking ground when it combined the third-person shooter with extensive RPG elements and created a sci-fi universe with the potential to put George Lucas to shame. Not only did it introduce us to this new form of role playing game, but it showed us how stories should be told—with choices. The third and supposedly final installment of Commander Shepard’s trilogy floored us at E3 (and sent Steph into cardiac arrest) with a demo that highlighted not only the numerous improvements to the technical aspects of the game, but the deafening crescendo of the Reaper’s assault on earth.

BioWare’s “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it approach” has turned this series into a juggernaut within the genre, delivering a rich story and one of the most rewarding combat systems we’ve ever known and re-writing the standard for what makes a good RPG. Fights are faster, more brutal, reflecting the decidedly dire tone of the game. With a new focus on melee and vehicular combat, Mass Effect 3 looks to expand upon all that we loved from the first two games. It looks fantastic and we have no doubt that Shepard’s final chapter will send jaws clattering to the floor—namely, Stephanie’s.

Winner: Forza 4

Why We Picked It: “Wow” was all we could say during our behind-closed-doors presentation of Forza 4. The cars are beautiful, the tracks are beautiful, the sound is beautiful. It’s even been integrated with Top Gear UK (you know, the good one) to take your enthusiast enthusiasm to the next level. This is the racing game we want, this is the driving game for car lovers, this is the role playing game for car collectors, this is everything we love about the genre. Move over Gran Turismo, Forza is back and better than ever!

 

Winner: Skullgirls

Why We Picked It: A fighting game made by fighting gamers that doesn’t look or play like any other. A sleeper hit that will soon undoubtedly become a favorite within the scene. While Namco and Capcom are content to keep pumping out the same games, Mike Z and his team are bringing something new. We’re very down with that.

 

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32 COMMENTS

  1. Seriously? You say MW3 has the best campaign? It is like an extra level of MW2 and I don’t remember liking that campaign. More explosions, guns, cliches and sunglasses doesn’t make it better. I really hate the INCREDIBLE hype CoD has. It’s about dam time there are shooters out there who have the potential to penetrate the thick skull CoD fanboys and drop a logical-sense-bomb.

  2. “Best Game That Inspired Uncharted Then Ripped It Off”http://www.eurogamer.pt/articles/2010-12-28-tomb-raider-influenciado-por-unchartedMONSTER FAIL

    • Because they are having engine issues and it didn’t look good at all during the show.  Hopefully they can get all the issues sorted before release, I’m a huge Elder Scrolls fan.

    • Because they are having engine issues and it didn’t look good at all during the show.  Hopefully they can get all the issues sorted before release, I’m a huge Elder Scrolls fan.

  3. Nice round up lads and laddesses. But a no show for Uncharted 3 seems entirely ridiculous. Not best Action Adventure? Not best Visuals? Not best PS3 game? Something tells me you guys couldn’t be bothered to queue up for Sony’s booth. Or it’s just the Ripten tradition… 

    Damn this site needs someone who owns a PS3 – like that awesome Patrick guy who used to write for you ;)

    • We’re not big Uncharted players but we did get a lovely private tour at the Sony booth.  It didnt get best action adventure because it wasn’t, It didnt get best visuals becauselolconsolegame, and it didn’t get best PS3 game because Starhawk really wowed us and stole all of Uncharted 3’s thunder.  Also, I hear that Patrick guy was last seen writing for some site called Which.co Way Did He Go?

    • We’re not big Uncharted players but we did get a lovely private tour at the Sony booth.  It didnt get best action adventure because it wasn’t, It didnt get best visuals becauselolconsolegame, and it didn’t get best PS3 game because Starhawk really wowed us and stole all of Uncharted 3’s thunder.  Also, I hear that Patrick guy was last seen writing for some site called Which.co Way Did He Go?

  4. Nice round up lads and laddesses. But a no show for Uncharted 3 seems entirely ridiculous. Not best Action Adventure? Not best Visuals? Not best PS3 game? Something tells me you guys couldn’t be bothered to queue up for Sony’s booth. Or it’s just the Ripten tradition… 

    Damn this site needs someone who owns a PS3 – like that awesome Patrick guy who used to write for you ;)

    • The Skyrim demo at E3 was terrible, ask around, people are talking about it.  It made me sad.  Also, Reckoning is awesome and innovative, not just the same game with better graphics and dragons.  In a related story,  I wish we got paid to do these, I’d totally sell out :-)

  5. Biggest Heart Shattering Disappointment -> Skyrim ?!?

    I accept your opinion but tell me one thing:
    Are you high?!!?

    From what i saw this will be legendary, amizing and breathtaking shit!

    • We do not condone the use of drugs here at RipTen, or the use of a broken game engine when demoing at E3 :-p.  I have high hopes for Skyrim, but it was not looking good at E3 my friend.

  6. Honestly don’t think the Wii U should have won Best New Tech. But, oh well. Really think they could have done somethings better about it.

  7. Wow, so pretty much every other website gave awards to Skyrim, it even won 2 awards from the “Games Critics Awards” while most of the games on this list didn’t win ANY. So clearly it wasn’t a disappointment. First time on this website, and also the last.

  8. Wow, so pretty much every other website gave awards to Skyrim, it even won 2 awards from the “Games Critics Awards” while most of the games on this list didn’t win ANY. So clearly it wasn’t a disappointment. First time on this website, and also the last.

  9. Nice to see you aknowledge ARMA!

    It isnt the easiest of games (ARMA1&2) however for those that put in a little effort into learning often get in for life hehe. No where else do you get such depth in a combat FPS that can be played in so many different ways. Its not a game. Its an experience! :) Simply the best and most realistic modern war game/sim on the planet (why do you think the military around the world uses their engine?) ;) 

    Again, nice to see it get some love! Shows you’re good guys that take time to evaluate what you reward and not just hang with the popular, shallow and glossy bunch.
    Thanks Rip Ten! *thumbs up*

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