More than a week has passed 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. After a lot of contemplation - and a few rows - we're pleased to reveal our E3 2012 Awards in full...
Best Strategy Game: Sim City
Tim Clark, Future games senior editor: Maxis has used tilt-shift photography to gorgeous, almost tactile effect, and the UI, which sees players able to tab power grids, crime rates and more on and off is incredibly easy to parse. Essentially, it looks like playing with the coolest interactive Wired infographic ever.
Daniel Dawkins, Xbox World/PSM3 editor: It's space year 2012, yet the best strategy game remains Sim City, which EA's forward thinking, yet fortuitous, execs found fossilized on an amber 3.5" disc under a tightly compressed pile of unsold Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf MegaDrive cartridges. True story. Still, only 2.7 millennia from its inception, the ability to build - and destroy - utopian cityscapes to the sound of Harry Connick Jr B-sides, has lost little of its appeal, especially with new graphicals that would melt the eyes, and planning permission departments, of PC players circa 1989.
Best Digital Game: The Cave
- Double Fine Productions
Daniel Dawkins, PSM3/Xbox World editor: Picking the best digital, or indie, game from E3, is like trying to spot flowers on the colosseum floor during gladiatorial combat. However, for the diligent gamer, Sega's The Cave proves a worthy hiding place from the noise and violence. Scripted by The Day of the Tentacle's Ron Gilbert, this genuinely witty puzzle adventure asks you to pick a team of disparately skilled heroes to explore 'The Cave' - a magical place with the power to grant all your wishes. Except the power to get noticed at a noise, AAA-obsessed, trade show, of course.
Andy Robinson, CVG editor: The Cave was one of my biggest surprises at E3. Its old school character-switching and puzzle-solving gameplay looks ultra-compelling, while as you'd expect from DoubleFine its character roster of time travellers, knights and evil children just ooze personality. I've no doubt this will be a must buy.
Best RPG Game: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
- Level 5
- Namco Bandai
Daniel Dawkins, Xbox World/PSM3 editor: It's been out in Japan for months, but nothing captures the imagination like Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, the glorious RPG from famed Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli and genre masters Level 5. Vibrant character design, a heartfelt premise and acres of soothing green grass add to the charm, though your Welsh talking-nose sidekick Shizuku steals the show. Curse lifted is it? Tidy! I'm free!