The E3 Awards: 2010

We highlight the best, the worst and the most memorable games of the show

Most anticipated sequel: Portal 2

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We're sorry guys, but Portal 2 gets another kudos.

Just when we thought it would be impossible to top the spectacular 2007 release, Portal, Valve has proved us wrong; and we’re grateful for that!

Portal 2 brings the psychotically sadistic AI, GLaDOS, back along with the original game’s protagonist, Chell. This time around, there is a comical new character, Wheatley, who is one of GLaDOS’s core and is now Chell’s companion.

No longer satisfied with merely manipulating portals to solve puzzles, Valve has introduced more mechanics for players to manipulate, including laser beams and propellant gels, all of which will mean nothing to you until you see the demo.

Did we also mention there will be a co-op mode available?

We are busting out of our skins to have a spin on this baby. The Portal 2 T-shirt we scored made us weep fanboy/girl tears of joy.

Most lavish booth: 2k Games and Bethesda

In the hectic bedlam of E3, a good booth can make all the difference. 2k Games pulled out all the stops in this regard, with a uniquely themed booth for each game being showcased. Civilisation V's booth resembled an ancient Egyptian tomb, XCOM looked like a 1950s kitchen, Mafia 2 was a dusky Italian lounge, and so on. In addition to providing a great aesthetic, the booths were also fully sound proof. They put most companies' smacked-up stands to shame.

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Bethesda won our hearts by hiring a gigantic dinosaur to decorate its booth. Dinosaurs always impress.

Most destructive game: Red Faction: Armageddon

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The demo we saw for the appropriately named Red Faction: Armageddon is probably the most destructive ten minutes we have ever borne witness to. It makes the Tunguska explosion look like a kid’s sparkler. Most coolly of all, the game lets you regenerate demolished structures, allowing you to start the carnage all over again.

Best use of 3D: Killzone 3

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We’re going to go out on a limb here and award Best use of 3D to Sony’s Killzone 3 demo. Sure the Nintendo 3DS is impressive (no glasses! 3D photos!), but nothing could match the visceral thrill of Killzone 3 on a big screen TV. If you’ve yet to be convinced by the 3D hoopla, you need to check out this game.

Best God of War rip-off: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow wears its influence on its crimson-soaked sleeve. From the duel-wielding attacks to the over-the-top finishing movies, the game is obviously influenced by a certain ghost of Sparta. (Not that this is in any way a bad thing – if you’re going to borrow, you might as well borrow from the best!)

Game most likely to be banned in Australia: Saw II

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The game opens with you gingerly cutting open your eye socket with a scalpel in a blood-drenched close-up. Yep, we can see this getting past the censors no problem.

Additional reporting by Spandas Lui

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