Welcome to the VideoGamer.com E3 2008 Awards, the definitive E3 awards on the web. While sipping bottles of Corona in sunny Los Angeles last week, we weren't just concerned with bringing you the best gameplay videos, interviews and hands-on previews of the biggest games of 2008 you'll find anywhere on the web. We also had an eye on filtering the rubbish from the brilliant and sorting them all into amazingly clever categories so you know which upcoming games to get excited about. So, what are you waiting for? Get reading!
The VideoGamer.com E308 award of stupendous jaw-dropping graphics
Winner - Gears of War 2, Xbox 360. Microsoft Game Studios.
The first Gears blew us away. It still does. And at E3 Gears of War 2 blew us away all over again. The single player campaign demo performed by Cliff Bleszinski during Microsoft's press conference knocked our socks off - here, for the first time, we got a tantalising visual taste of the increased scale, colour and graphical detail that will be in place when the game eventually hits the shops on November 7. The overturned lift ride, the imposing Brumak, the swarm of Locust, all this combined to form a visual assault on our senses as we sat agog in the Los Angeles Conference Center. Gears 2 looks set to be the best looking game the Xbox 360 has ever seen, and quite possibly the best looking console game ever made.
Runners up - Killzone 2, Far Cry 2
The VideoGamer.com E308 award of genius innovation
Winner - LittleBigPlanet, PS3. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.
Sony's press conference was just as disappointing as everything else at E3 this year, but one positive was hosting all of the financial information in a LittleBigPlanet level, which perfectly showed off just how innovative this Media Molecule developed game is going to be when it's released. Create, share, play - these are slogans we hear often from publishers keen to push their titles, but few have achieved the level of polish and accessibility LBP has already demonstrated. At E3 LBP confirmed, if there was any doubt, its potential to trump more traditional, hardcore games due out towards the end of this year. We're counting down the days till October 08, when the game is set for release. If you own a PS3, you should be too.
Runners up - Spore, Left 4 Dead