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Best of 2001 E3 Awards announced.

  The Game Critics Award committee, comprising 40 judges from the leading game publications and online sites, as well as mainstream media, is delighted to announce the winners of the coveted Best of E3 show awards. Hosted at www.e3awards.com, the Best of E3 awards saw 65 games and systems nominated in 16 categories based on their showing at the 2001 Electronic Entertainment Expo. 

The winners are as followed:

Best of Show
Nintendo GAMECUBE, Nintendo
Runner-Up: Star Wars Galaxies (Sony Online Entertainment/LucasArts for PC) 

Best Original Game
Majestic (Electronic Arts for PC) 
Runner-Up: Pikmin (Nintendo for GAMECUBE) 

Best PC Game
Star Wars Galaxies (Sony Online Entertainment/LucasArts for PC) 
Runner-up: Medal of Honor Allied Assault (2015 Inc./Electronic Arts for PC) 

Best Console Game
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Konami for PlayStation 2) 
Runner-up: Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron 2 (Factor 5/LucasArts for GAMECUBE) 

Best PC Hardware
Nvidia's GeForce 3 

Best Console Hardware
Nintendo GAMECUBE
Runner-up: Microsoft Xbox 

Best Action Game
Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron 2 (Factor 5/LucasArts for GAMECUBE) 
Runner-up: Medal of Honor Allied Assault (2015 Inc./Electronic Arts for PC) 

Best Action/Adventure Game
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Konami for PlayStation 2) 
Runner-up: Devil May Cry (Capcom for PlayStation 2) 

Best Fighting Game
Super Smash Bros. Melee (Nintendo for GAMECUBE) 
Runner-up: Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium (Capcom for PlayStation 2) 

Best Role Playing Game
Neverwinter Nights (BioWare/Interplay for PC) 
Runner-up: Final Fantasy X (Squaresoft for PlayStation 2) 

Best Racing Game
Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (Polyphony Digital Inc./SCEA for PlayStation 2) 
Runner-up: Codename: Project Gotham Racing (Bizarre Creations/Microsoft for Xbox) 

Best Simulation Game
The Sims Online (Maxis/Electronic Arts for PC) 
Runner-up: Sid Meier's Sim Golf (Firaxis/Maxis/Electronic Arts for PC) 

Best Sports Game
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (Neversoft Entertainment/Shaba/Activision for PlayStation 2) 
Runner-up: NBA Street (NuFX/EA Canada/Electronic Arts for PlayStation 2) 

Best Strategy Game
Age of Mythology (Ensemble Studios/Microsoft for PC) 
Runner-up: Republic: The Revolution (Elixir Studios/Eidos Interactive for PC) 

Best Online Multiplayer Game
Star Wars Galaxies (Sony Online Entertainment /LucasArts for PC) 
Runner-up: Neverwinter Nights (BioWare/Interplay for PC) 

Special Commendation for Sound
Medal of Honor Allied Assault
(2015 Inc./Electronic Arts for PC)

  As you can see, the Nintendo GAMECUBE was voted Best of Show (as well as Best Console Hardware), with LucasArts/Sony Online's massively multiplayer online RPG, Star Wars Galaxies finishing as runner-up for Best of Show. LucasArts’ line-up dominated the awards, with the company laying claim to three major awards. In addition, LucasArts received runners-up awards in Best of Show and Best Console Game. Electronic Arts also won three awards with a varying lineup of games. 

  "This year’s winners perfectly reflect the diversity and quality of the games and systems on display," said Rob Smith, Associate Chairman of the Game Critics Awards. "With so many impressive titles, the voting was incredibly tight in many categories, which is great credit to all the development teams who saw their games make the nominees list," explained Geoff Keighley, associate chairman of the Game Critics Awards.

  It was an interesting contest this year with MGS2, THPS3, and GT3 all taking best game in their respective category, with MGS2 taking the show. The GAMECUBE seemed to impress people the most with its system-specs, and proves Nintendo is not willing to give up. It will be fun to see how things shape up this November.

6/19/2001 Matt Stensrud

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