E3 2021 Awards winners announced

To close out E3 2021, a brief awards ceremony was held. Most categories were limited to anticipated titles based on games shown in the various presentations over the past few days.

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Christopher46d ago

Uh... what? The most anticipated Xbox/Bethesda game is different than the most anticipated game even though the games are from the same studios? I never understand how they decide this stuff.

Also, otherwise, pretty much safe categories where they just choose one based on the showcases and nothing else. No best RPG, best shooter, etc.

porkChop46d ago

I was confused by that as well. How can one Xbox game be the most anticipated game overall, but *not* be the most anticipated Xbox game. Where is the logic?

KillBill45d ago

Basically comes down to voters when voting on Xbox game those not having a preference for Xbox voted for a game that might possibly fit their taste more. While when voting for over-all they make a different choice that wasn't split votes to other consoles. Boils down to choice of voting pool being different.

Petebloodyonion45d ago

LOLOLOL Award logic fail
It's like when you see an exclusive game nominated in the overall best game of the year award category but the same game fails to win the game of the year award for the system it was made for in favor of a game not nominated in the overall game of the year.

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theindiearmy45d ago

I think the idea is that the most overall anticipated would obviously be the winner of its sub-category, so they give that award to the second-most voted in that category. Or that at the least could be the thinking behind how some people voted and enough people did so to also make that the result.

DJStotty45d ago


"Uh... what? The most anticipated Xbox/Bethesda game is different than the most anticipated game"

Yeah, xbox is the console, higher userbase across xbox and pc, than there is across just xbox lol.

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Obscure_Observer46d ago

Congratulations Phil and the Xbox Team! :)

annoyedgamer45d ago (Edited 45d ago )

Microsoft had a bigger checkbook than EA this time. Stalker should have taken the awards for innovation.

King_Noctis45d ago (Edited 45d ago )

Stalker is also exclusive to Xbox platform. Had the game taken that award, you would still say MS paid for the award anyway (for whatever reason).

kthxcrayon45d ago


tradeshow awards are paid for (sponsored) marketing ops. It happens in every industry.

Also correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the exclusivity window for Stalker on Xbox is merely 3 months...

F0XH0UND92245d ago


Here you go again struggling with the term exclusive lol Stalker has timed exclusivity and will be on PS5 shortly after its initial release.

dcbronco45d ago (Edited 45d ago )

Foxhound and Crayon I believe the difference between the Stalker 2 release on Xbox and Playstation might be 3 months but it's also $70. Instead of free.

ocelot0745d ago


Is gamepass free now? I know Microsoft beg for subs with their £1 for 3 months offers but now it's free this is amazing.

King_Noctis45d ago

“ tradeshow awards are paid for (sponsored) marketing ops. It happens in every industry. ”

Is there any truth or evidence to this, especially in the gaming world? I would really love to know if whether or not Sony paid VGA for the Last of Us Part 2 GOTY award if that’s the case.

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dcbronco44d ago (Edited 44d ago )

Ocelot considering most games don't sell a million copies and GP has probably 20 million subscribers probably everyone on Xbox who will buy the game already has GP. So the minuscule number who will buy it doesn't really require counting. Unless you're talking about Playstation where everyone will be shelling out $70. So essentially it's free on Xbox. $70 on Playstation. Sorry if that truth hurts.

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JonnyBeoulve45d ago

Xbox did a great job this year. I'm most excited to play MS Flight Sim next month. Relaxing game to play in the living room with my girlfriend.

Gunstar7545d ago

Yeah, I'm really looking forward to giving this a go. Have you seen the new xbox controller for it?

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DJStotty45d ago

I am going to invest in a flight stick for slight sim, would be rude not too lol

Kavorklestein45d ago

40 idiots disagreed with a simple Congratulations?

Petty bitch babies. ALL of you.

RexRuthless45d ago

It’s the Sony cult babies, if you piss em off you’re doing something right so consider it a W.

-Foxtrot46d ago

Lol Forza 5 over Eldenring

sho0ok36045d ago

I think Eldern Ring was in Geoff show "Summer snooze fist" not part of E3 officially.

The awards are for games shown in E3 conferences.


People are being too harsh on Geoff. Do you know what it takes to build a gaming show from scratch (finding sponsors, scheduling interviews, filling in spots for publishers that drop out at the last minute etc.)?

Summer Games Fest 2021 was MUCH improved over last year. It was a better Namco Bandai show than Namco's ACTUAL E3 show lol.

-Foxtrot45d ago

That’s kind of shitty when it was basically a E3 prologue

Plus Eldenring was shown off a again and had more details released during E3

EmperorDalek45d ago

I'd have given it to Elden Ring too, but like shook said, I don't think it was actually part of E3.

NeoGamer23245d ago (Edited 45d ago )

Elden Ring is a core gamer's game for sure and probably the most anticipated for core gamers.

But, Forza Horizon 5 is probably the most anticipated from a broad set of gamers. It is the first first party racing game to appear this generation, and it is also the highest rating racing franchise over the past decade.

I wish most anticipated game had two categories. Core Gamer's and General Gamers.

TheRealTedCruz45d ago

As far as I'm concerned, Forza is a core gaming experience. Just because it has wide appeal, that doesn't mean that it doesn't appeal to hardcore players.

The Souls-like genre isn't exactly niche anymore.

King_Noctis45d ago

You think Elden Ring looks better than Forza?

Obscure_Observer45d ago

"Lol Forza 5 over Eldenring"

You don´t even know what you´re talking about. XD

Gunstar7545d ago

That was geoff's show. I personally would play FH5 over Elden Ring, but that's me

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NecrumOddBoy45d ago (Edited 45d ago )

"Most Anticipated Square Enix Game: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy"

This is the time when Square-Enix looks itself in the mirror and realizes the company is becoming an embarrassment.

Christopher45d ago

Disagree. IMHO, they need to diversify because their portfolio has become rather stagnant. And the SP game looks like what people have wanted to start to see out of Marvel, not the Avengers game.

NeoGamer23245d ago

They don't have to diversify. If they want to grow substantially they need to appeal to more gamers. Bt, you don't have to diversify the type of games you make to do that.

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How do you appeal to more gamers than you already had without diversifying your catalog?..

Christopher45d ago (Edited 45d ago )

Disagree again. If you want to appeal to more gamers, you need to present new ideas, fresh stories, and characters. One of the best ways to do this is with new IPs that are of great interest to other people. Marvel is just that. It is the strongest IP in the world right now. And it allows them to explore ideas and concepts that might be written out or not possible in their other IPs.

NeoGamer23245d ago

You can change story, mechanics, and gameplay in the games you make to make them appeal more broadly.

Final Fantasy, Dragon's Quest, Kingdom Hearts, etc. are all great games, but, they also could have a lot of things changed to improve their appeal to a broader audience.

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H945d ago

Beside the fact that the most anticipated game is not the most anticipated in it's own show?
It is surprising Forza Horizon 5 even won because I know that it looked fantastic visually, yet beside that was it really that good, in comparison to other games that everyone are dying to play including the journalists who voted, maybe I live under a rock and didn't realize those journalists are huge racing fans, but I think in the first year of every new console generation, graphical achievements become more important than anything else!


I'm an Xbox guy and I don't care about Forza personally. I would have given my most anticipated game to either Starfield, SMTV, or Tales of Arise. Tbh, even that Danganronpa Collection for Switch got more excited than Forza.

Graphically fidelity means absolutely nothing if the gameplay itself doesn't interest me.

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strifeblade45d ago

Just say you don't like racers. I played so many racers and Forza horizon is the best open world racer out with force horizon 4 and horizon 5 looks to be too it. It really is a 9+/10 game.

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