WhatIfGaming’s Overall Best Of E3 Awards 2008

WhatIfGaming Best Of E3 2008 Awards

Another year and another awards season. E3 was packed with exciting memories you have all seen (some still to be posted), and rooms filled with the hottest and most anticipated titles to date. It was certainly a great time, and now that time is over. It is time to look forward, ahead to newer and better releases, and to ennoble titles in this year’s WhatIfGaming’s Best Of E3 Awards 2008.

Criteria: The Best of E3 Awards, a subcategory for the WhatIfGaming Prizes, are given solely to those video games that demonstrate a pure excellence in the field for which they are not only nominated but also chosen. These awards only apply to playable games at E3 given a few exceptional categories.

Nomination & Selection Process: Compared with other site awards, the WhatIfGaming Prize nomination and selection process is long and extremely rigorous. This is the sole reason why WhatIfGaming Prizes have grown in importance over the years to become the most important prizes in their field. Forms, which amount to a personal and exclusive invitation, are sent to about over 1,000 selected individuals to invite them to submit nominations months in advance from the latest builds per video game. Self-nominations are disqualified. For WhatIfGaming Prizes, inquiries are sent to such people as developers, industry experts, analysts, freelance journalists among others. After our deadline passes, the nominations are chosen by permanent committee of 5 selected individuals and only the final stage of nominees remain per category. From all of these, a winner is chosen.

The names of the nominees are not publicly announced, and neither are they told that they have been considered for the WhatIfGaming Prize. Some are announced publicly by practice. Nomination records are revealed approximately 2 years after each respective award year.

WhatIfGaming E3 2008 Awards: Best Action Game

Best Action Game:
Left 4 Dead

Developer: Valve Software
Publisher: Valve Software
Release Date: Winter 2008

Action titles were far to everywhere this E3, but one happened to bite our interests. Literally. Left 4 Dead was full of life when we played it and managed to achieve an unparalleled amount of realism with an unique art direction and moreover gameplay that people of all ages and of all online gaming communities have been craving for.

WhatIfGaming E3 2008 Awards: Best Action Game

Runner(s)-Up: Resident Evil 5 (Capcom), Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts)

Other Nominees: Fallout 3 (Bethesda Softworks), SOCOM: Confrontation (SCE), Resistance 2 (SCE), Ratchet & Clank: Quest for Booty (SCE), Fracture (LucasArts)



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Posted By: Usman Ihtsham
ON Monday, July 21st, 2008
3:24 PM

74 Comments

74 Comments so far

  1. adurioubmidam July 21st, 2008 3:25 PM

    Woah maquerel. These are amazing. Since i visited the site in only about 2006ish, I didn’t get to see too many awards

  2. adurioubmidam July 21st, 2008 3:25 PM

    Wow awesome awards. Never knew they were so rigorous

  3. adurioubmidam July 21st, 2008 3:26 PM

    Loved them. Amazing new logo. I remember the square ones from 2004. Those were the days!

  4. adurioubmidam July 21st, 2008 3:26 PM

    A lot of amazing categories. Heavy rain was playable? wtf awesome

  5. wiseguy272 July 21st, 2008 3:28 PM

    Definitely awesome awards. I always put full faith in these, but definitelyd ecide on my own

  6. wiseguy272 July 21st, 2008 3:28 PM

    I agree with most as well

  7. wiseguy272 July 21st, 2008 3:29 PM

    Loved all of these. Still reading, it’s amazing. 1,000 Nominees. I definitely know that not all of them can be from E3, but most of the analysts are thats for sure

  8. wiseguy272 July 21st, 2008 3:29 PM

    Rigorous is the right word. Crazily rigorous

  9. wiseguy272 July 21st, 2008 3:30 PM

    I doubt the names will be revealed for the committee. Lol BRIBERY!

  10. wiseguy272 July 21st, 2008 3:30 PM

    God thats awesome

  11. wiseguy272 July 21st, 2008 3:30 PM

    I agree with all of them as well. Would have liked more PC runner ups though.

  12. antaraa July 21st, 2008 3:32 PM

    Without a doubt, huge news that these are up now

  13. antaraa July 21st, 2008 3:32 PM

    L4D got a lot of wins, definite buy here now

  14. antaraa July 21st, 2008 3:33 PM

    Love to see console best, but I’m damn sure that won’t be easy. These are quite possibly one of the BIGGEST and largest awards ever conducted through years. I remember it started with about 100 back in 2003ish before the new site structure.

  15. antaraa July 21st, 2008 3:33 PM

    Sucks the database for those were wiped, but ever since 2006 and on, these are the sole awards anyone should be looking at for sure

  16. antaraa July 21st, 2008 3:33 PM

    So impressive

  17. antaraa July 21st, 2008 3:33 PM

    Kudos and extreme Bravo’s to the winners and select nominees.

  18. JoshDargie July 21st, 2008 3:34 PM

    Definitely important news here. Going to start reading now

  19. JoshDargie July 21st, 2008 3:34 PM

    Killzone 2 is a given. I played it at Sony public day event. It was spectacular.

  20. JoshDargie July 21st, 2008 3:35 PM

    Overall most of these had to have been difficult to choose from. Some don’t even have runner-up’s.

  21. JoshDargie July 21st, 2008 3:35 PM

    LittleBigPlanet, so want to play that video game argh!

  22. JoshDargie July 21st, 2008 3:36 PM

    Congrats to runners-up. Not easy

  23. PCEnthusiast July 21st, 2008 3:37 PM

    Def hard to get

  24. PCEnthusiast July 21st, 2008 3:37 PM

    L4Dead of course

  25. PCEnthusiast July 21st, 2008 3:37 PM

    I want to see the entire list for nominees. I wonder which ones didn’t make it

  26. PCEnthusiast July 21st, 2008 3:37 PM

    Some probably came pretty close.

  27. PCEnthusiast July 21st, 2008 3:38 PM

    Oh wow. Didn’t know C&C 3 RA was going to be that good. Awesome

  28. PCEnthusiast July 21st, 2008 3:38 PM

    A lot of this would make Media Molecule happy hahah

  29. PCEnthusiast July 21st, 2008 3:38 PM

    But they definitely deserve it that’s for sure

  30. PCEnthusiast July 21st, 2008 3:38 PM

    Love WhatIfGaming, and love the nomination proccess.

    Thanks guys

  31. Apollodorus July 21st, 2008 3:39 PM

    Amazing reviews/previews/and awards

  32. Apollodorus July 21st, 2008 3:39 PM

    Wonderful selections. 1,000 invitational forms isn’t too difficult considering traffic these guys get

  33. IBKING91 July 21st, 2008 3:47 PM

    Just totally amazing

  34. IBKING91 July 21st, 2008 3:47 PM

    Revolutionary in fact

  35. IBKING91 July 21st, 2008 3:47 PM

    Love the process. It’s basically the same it was about 2 years ago

  36. IBKING91 July 21st, 2008 3:47 PM

    but the designs are different and I’m loving it

  37. IBKING91 July 21st, 2008 3:49 PM

    Best awards ever in HISTORY. Thanks

  38. Memoryclocker July 21st, 2008 3:49 PM

    They’ve only been around 5-6 years. Saying history is a long stretch !

  39. Memoryclocker July 21st, 2008 3:49 PM

    Definitely agree to all the runner-ups and winners. No doubt here

  40. Memoryclocker July 21st, 2008 3:50 PM

    then again 1,000 people overall chose these. I can’t really say shit lol!

  41. Memoryclocker July 21st, 2008 3:50 PM

    Love these awards for life. Have loved them, will love them. Thanks again WhatIfGaming.

    You guys aren’t messing around

  42. FreedomPhantom July 21st, 2008 3:56 PM

    Well dude, even though 1,000 chose these games, they aren’t all from E3 unnecessarily. Some were played MONTHS in advance. Keep that in mind!

  43. FreedomPhantom July 21st, 2008 3:56 PM

    1,000 is great for months in advance. But in 3 days? Dobutful. Read it. they wrote its been in advance. So : )

  44. FreedomPhantom July 21st, 2008 3:57 PM

    Looks amazing for sure. true say

  45. FreedomPhantom July 21st, 2008 3:57 PM

    No doubt about these

  46. FreedomPhantom July 21st, 2008 3:58 PM

    Unbelievable

  47. FreedomPhantom July 21st, 2008 4:00 PM

    WOAH! DIDN’T Even seee that category winner coming. NICE

  48. Monolith2001 July 21st, 2008 4:05 PM

    Definitely impressive once again. Didn’t know this was going on for months in advance

  49. PCTechNerd July 21st, 2008 4:07 PM

    This pretty much confirms awesomeness

  50. PCTechNerd July 21st, 2008 4:08 PM

    Amazing selections

  51. PCTechNerd July 21st, 2008 4:08 PM

    2010 for full list people!

  52. PCTechNerd July 21st, 2008 4:08 PM

    I’ll be there

  53. PCTechNerd July 21st, 2008 4:08 PM

    1,000 People Initial, then a committee

  54. venkatezh July 21st, 2008 4:11 PM

    That was insane! loved it

  55. venkatezh July 21st, 2008 4:11 PM

    Amazing stuff

  56. venkatezh July 21st, 2008 4:11 PM

    I was WOW-ed

  57. venkatezh July 21st, 2008 4:11 PM

    Speechless actually. Wasn’t here until a couple of good months ago. Thanks

  58. venkatezh July 21st, 2008 4:11 PM

    Totally agree to all of them

  59. venkatezh July 21st, 2008 4:12 PM

    Best awards ever. No doubt. So it’s not just 4 or 5 dudes in a small office picking all of them? It’s 1 THOUSAND before E3 AND finally at E3…NICEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

  60. venkatezh July 21st, 2008 4:13 PM

    This was just so magnificent and munificent.

  61. Pancakes July 21st, 2008 5:04 PM

    Fallout 3 Action rocks. I love it when you go into the school, and you have to run with a timer.

  62. Pancakes July 21st, 2008 5:04 PM

    All the selections make sense. Not too sure about The Conduit (Wii) as runner-up!

  63. Pancakes July 21st, 2008 5:05 PM

    Amazing once again. This really deserves accolades

  64. Pancakes July 21st, 2008 5:05 PM

    Well more so than they already have I mean

  65. Pancakes July 21st, 2008 5:06 PM

    Agreed: Won’t spoil it here…but GAME OF SHOW = ABSOLUTELY true. Was Gears 2 playable ?

  66. Pancakes July 21st, 2008 5:06 PM

    Gears 2 would have won best 3rd person shooter no doubt had it been playable

  67. Pancakes July 21st, 2008 5:07 PM

    Can’t wait for GOTY Awards!!!

  68. Pancakes July 21st, 2008 5:07 PM

    This was just super cool

    RadianceGraphics replied on July 21, 2008 5:11 PM:

    Without any doubt in my mind. These are always the best awards I see every year

  69. RadianceGraphics July 21st, 2008 5:10 PM

    I agree with MOST of these. Some I want to disagree with. Like LEFT 4 dead over fallout 3, but seeing both…it’s definitely hard. And I can see why 1,000 people partake in these WhatIfGaming Prizes every year

  70. RadianceGraphics July 21st, 2008 5:11 PM

    Killzone 2 by far has the right tech. No doubt.

  71. treereet July 21st, 2008 6:30 PM

    Pretty good choices I think. Lots of great games coming out in the next year.

  72. VenomXv July 21st, 2008 8:58 PM

    1,000 for preliminaries. No doubt a great choice.

  73. VenomXv July 21st, 2008 8:58 PM

    Really loved these awards. Awesome stuff guys