For at least a week in June, one question is on almost all gamers’ lips: “Who won E3?” Traditionally, it tends to be a matter of personal opinion – after all, who can “win” a trade show? …this year though, there’s a clear winner: Sony.
The Japanese publisher took home seven publisher-specific awards, with second place falling to Microsoft with just four. EA, Ubisoft and 2K received two each, THQ, Warner Bros and LucasArts each picked up a single award.
Even within the Sony ranks, there was another clear winner: The Last of Us from Naughty Dog took home the coveted Best of Show award, as well as Best Original Game, Best Console Game, Best Action/Adventure Game, and a Special Commendation for Sound.
Ubisoft‘s big reveal Watch Dogs came in with “just” two awards (both Special Commendations), despite being many people’s favourite for the week. Other double-winners included Dance Central 3, Halo 4 and Best PC Game XCOM: Enemy Unknown.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the show however was Nintendo, which scooped the Best Hardware gong for the Wii U, but was not recognised for any of the games it had on display.