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E3 2011 Awards: Best RPG

We name the titles that did it for us in each category...

A week has past since the sun went down on the video games industry's biggest annual shindig in L.A - and we've been mulling over each and every title that team CVG saw at the show. There were a heck of a lot of 'em, so it hasn't been easy.

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As such, after a lot of contemplation - and not a little arguing - we're pleased to reveal our E3 2011 Awards, with our Top Five games in an array of categories.

Here, we take a look at the titles that most did it for us in the Action genre - perhaps the most contested award of all...

5) Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

EA's RPG did a good job of challenging Elder Scrolls Skyrim in Los Angeles. Okay, so it couldn't quite match up to Bethesda's huge fantasy romp - but which game in existence can? This promising title, from former Elder Scrolls man Ken Rolston and Spawn comic creator Todd McFarlane was immediately noteworthy for its sheer colour scheme - offering a punchy palette that really stood out. Other standouts of our demo included deep character customisation - including face, hair, tattoos and more - and what looked to be a solid combat mechanic.

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4) Star Wars: The Old Republic

The game that certainly boasted the trailer of the show (see below), BioWare's Old Republic finally drafted in a solid chunk of lore from the original Star Wars trilogy - and has become all the more exciting for it. We're yet to see anything gameplay-wise that really sets this apart from the current MMO champions, but the evocative speech and SFX, combined with the greatest licensed source material on planet Earth is still keeping our hopes high for the final product of what has undoubtedly been a lovingly created - and hugely expensive - development process.

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3) Deus Ex: Human Revolution

This one just gets better every time we see it. At E3, Square showed us a demo based mainly around player freedom, and how you can augment lead man Adam with killer trinkets and skills that best suit your play style. The amount of sheer illegality taking place in his cyberpunk world meant that we really ratcheted up the security stakes, but we're not going to kid you: what really widened our eyes was the grisly, immensely satisfying kills. And, of course, those looks. We mean, c'mon - just watch the thing.

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2) Mass Effect 3

We didn't get the expected multiplayer reveal, and we weren't exactly hugely enamoured with the Kinect compatibility - although the voice recognition stuff at least has piqued our interest. But the actual show floor demo of Mass Effect 3 was still enough to get every Shepard fan jumping up and down with more excitement than that engendered by a naked Miranda. We saw a desert-style planetry plane that stretched for miles around, as Shepard called in an airstrike to nail a load of evil Reaper scum. We took in a cover-based action fight in order to get to a Krogan princess; and we watched as a young boy, barely a teen, boarded his ship to join the good fight right at the end of BioWare's teaser. Scope, explosiveness and emotion all being cranked by one of the most incredible developers on the planet? Yeah, we'll have a bit of this.

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1) Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

It was your Most Anticipated game of the show. Turned out you had good taste. We can categorially say this was the first time we saw a dragon take a giant away drop him hundreds of feet to his death, return to have a scrap with us and then get killed by a thunderstorm. It's mental, it's thrilling... it's brilliant. As our man Tim Clark said: "It's an incredible game - beautiful and vast, yet significantly more accessible than Oblivion - and if it doesn't win a tonne of awards we'll eat our own horse armour."

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