Cable network TechTV announced the winners of the first annual X-Play’s Best of E3 Awards. The awards, which recognize the best new to debut at the 2003 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), were announced on the cabler’s series X-Play (formerly Extended Play), hosted by Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb. The TechTV-appointed panel of product evaluators selected finalists in each category from games available on the show floor and in playable form.
Best Xbox Game went to Microsoft’s Halo 2. Runners-up were Capcom’s Dino Crisis 3, and the Microsoft titles Counter-Strike and Project Gotham Racing 2.
Nintendo’s F-Zero GX Best GameCube Game, beating out fellow Nintendo titles Mario Kart: Double Dash and Star Wars: Rogue Leader III: Rebel Strike and Konami’s Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes.
Best PlayStation 2 Game was awarded to Electronic Arts Online Sports Lineup. Sony Computer Entertainment’s Gran Turismo 4, Capcom’s Maximo Vs. Army Of Zin and Square Enix’s Star Ocean 3: Till The End Of Time all nabbed runner-up slots in the category.
In the Best PC Game category, Vivendi Universal’s Half Life 2 took tip honors, followed by Eidos’s Deus Ex: Invisible War and the Activision entires Call Of Duty and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.
Ubi Soft’s XIII was named Best Multiplatform Game. Taking runner-up positions were fellow Ubi Soft titles Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time and Beyond Good & Evil, as well as EA’s The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King.
Ubi Soft’s Beyond Good & Evil also earned the distinction of Best Original Game, topping runners-up Viewtiful Joe (Capcom), Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand (Konami) and Geist (Nintendo).