The Ten Ton Hammer Best of E3 2011 Awards
Join us for the spectacular Ten Ton Hammer Best of E3 2011 Awards where we award the very best of the show in eight categories.
E3 is big, it's busy and it's exciting. Out of all of the gaming conventions in North America in a given year, E3 is the one we know we can rely on to see some fantastic developments, both ongoing and the all-together new. So much talent and effort is put into this show and the games found within that it is only fitting that these companies be recognized for their accomplishments.
While many other sites offer awards on the myriad of different genres and platforms seen at E3, we here at Ten Ton Hammer know that you, our audience, has a specific passion for all things MMO and RPG. As such, Ten Ton Hammer's E3 Awards are tailored specifically to your interests.
There was much to see at E3 this year so it's not surprising we have eight awards. Some games we expected to see a lot of and were disappointed, while others we hadn't had many, if any, expectations and our collective socks were blown off. Have a look with us and see for yourself which of those games impressed us to that degree in this year's awards.
Either flip through the awards through the navigation below or select a specific award from the dropdown menu above. We've got lots to go through, so sit back and relax to enjoy Ten Ton Hammer's Best of E3 2011 Awards.
One of the most anticipated features of E3 is something that most players don't actually get to experience first hand. Unless you've been to E3, it's impossible to describe the level of imagination and creativity that goes into the booths of the games we see.
The truly tragic story is that most of these booths will only be seen for a few short days during the show, and then they'll be dismantled and stored away, never to be seen in their full glory again.
This year was no different than any other. We were surrounded by a magical forest of choroplast and vacuform. There were cities of stone walls and metal dungeons of sci-fi splendor.
The winner of this year's Best Booth Award goes to a game we've all become familiar with over the past few months. It's that game everyone is talking about that seemed to have come out from nowhere. That's right, we're talking about World of Tanks.
Bells and whistles, graphics and sound, none of these have as great an impact on a game as its raw gameplay.
When we play our games, we want them to be fun. Without that, gaming is just pointless. So deciding who to give the Best Gameplay Award to was going to be a challenge.
We wanted to give this award to a game that had us coming back for more. We see many games at these events but truth be told, there are very few of them that have us itching to just get back into the chair again at the next event and sit down to play.
For the winner of this year's award, that was exactly the case. All of us at Ten Ton Hammer who have played the game before have experienced that after-show withdrawal first-hand. It's one of the only games where we fight amongst ourselves to cover the game for the next show because we know it means we'll get another chance to play it.
This year's Best Gameplay award goes to...
When reviewing this award, we had difficulty in deciding a name.
We wanted to award a game that we have seen before but has evolved so much further than its original state that it's worthy of a reward.
We didn't want to name the Award "Most Improved" as that implies the game wasn't much good to begin with, and in the case of this year's nominees that wasn't necessarily the case.
So we decided upon "Best Respawn" to represent an existing game that has made such leaps and strides since its original launch that it is almost a new game all together. Once narrowed down like that, our picks for the category became much easier. This year's winner is something we're all very excited about and very happy to see come back to life in a new iteration that not only addresses the concerns from launch but vastly improves the gameplay and sheer fun of the game.
Without further ado, the Ten Ton Hammer Best Respawn of E3 2011 Award goes to...
RPGs are so closely knit with MMORPGs that it would be silly for us not to check them out at E3.
A good RPG has a great story, a wonderful world, and is so rich and in depth that one can immerse themselves for days or weeks or even months into the game before coming up for air and moving to something new.
This year was a real tough decision for us to make. We saw several formidable RPGs, all of which would be deserving of this award. But we had to make a decision on only one. And that decision wasn't going to be easy.
We had three nominees this year and each of those three received the exact same amount of votes. So we digested these games a little further, and discussed the games for hours on end. We still weren't getting any closer to a resolution. So at that point we had to pull in an additional party to consider the nominees and cast another vote. This time we did come up with a winner.
And the winner of Ten Ton Hammer's Best RPG of E3 2011 goes to....
There were a few new reveals at E3 2011 so we had to determine which could be called "the biggest."
The game that we came up with we had found most intriguing. We weren't able to get too much information about the game, but we were able to see a bit of it in action.
When the game launches it will mean a new era of MMO Gaming. It has all the elements it takes to make a splash in an industry that is becoming increasingly populated.
For that reason alone we were quite content awarding this game the Biggest reveal award. If this game can make as big of an impact as we think it can, we're going to be in for some fireworks in the near future.
The Ten Ton Hammer E3 2011 Award for the Biggest Reveal goes to...
We all love surprises, and E3 tends to be the King of Surprises.
Sometimes games slip under our radar, sometimes we know of games coming up but have yet to see them. Whatever the case may be, we're often pleasantly surprised at E3 and this year we got tickled with a wonderful surprise.
Surprises can come in the form of a new announcement, but usually they show up as games that we have heard about, but have seen very little of. We try to go with few expectations, but that can sometimes be easier said than done.
This year we had no expectations from the winner. We didn't know what to expect, so we didnt' expect what we saw. It made for a smack-across-the-head surprise (in a good way!)
The Ten Ton Hammer Biggest Surprise of E3 2011 Award goes to...
We like to believe we're in touch with our readers. After all, we're all not just gamers here, we're MMO gamers.
One title in particular keeps coming up over and over again. On the forums, in the news, on blogs, on facebook, in conversation, in email. We all know which game we can't wait to see.
Lucky for us, we have gotten a few chances to see this hotly anticipated mega-title. And every time we see it, it just looks better and better.
We know you love it, as do we, so it should be no surprise...
This year's Ten Ton Hammer E3 2011 Gamer's Choice Award goes to....
Picking this year's Best of Show Award was a surprisingly easy task.
Sure, there were tons of great games, many of which were deserving of their own awards. Heck, many of them got their own rewards.
But at the end of the day, we simply asked ourselves: Out of all the awesome games we got to see and play this year, if we could only take one home with us to play right now, which would it be?
Would it be one of the single player RPGs? They were great, but we like our MMOGs. Would it be something we haven't yet had a chance to play? Of course not. Games may look good, but they have to feel good too, so we'll wait on those titles. Which game did we just enjoy playing the most this year?
The answer to that question, we all agreed, and thus the Ten Ton Hammer Best of Show Award of E3 2011 goes to...