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OGR's E3 Expo '98 Awards
E3 Expo '98
The 25 Best of the Best



Most Promising First Person Shooter - Prey

With amazingly detailed 3D graphics, cool special effects, and fantastically interactive environments, Prey is sure to change the FPS landscape. To make a huge splash in the 3D action genre, you need a hot engine and quality design, and Prey looks like it's shaping up to have both in spades. This is one of those games that makes even jaded game editors' jaws drop. (runner-up: Half-Life)

Most Promising Action Game - Max Payne

We didn't even get to see any actual combat and already we love it. If it's fun to just watch the main character run around and fire a gun, how can you go wrong? Couple this with a completely idiot-proof level editor and some genuinely amazing particle effects and you've got one to watch. They should call it "John Woo's Max Payne." (runner-up: StarSiege)

Most Promising Adventure Game - Grim Fandango

Take a quality adventure game and remove all pixel hunting, throw in quality voice acting, a dash of humor, and a truly original setting together and you'll get Grim Fandango. Of course, nifty 3D graphics never hurt, and LucasArts threw that in as well. It looks like this game just might have it all. (runner-up: Gabriel Knight III)

Most Promising RPG - Baldur's Gate

Dungeons and Dragons is a touchy subject for computer RPGs. The pen & paper version has such a loyal following that computer games set in that universe have to be just right. Baldur's Gate appears to have just what it takes to appease both D&D fans and computer RPG fans alike. The attention to detail and sheer size are impressive, but it never overshadows the rich plot. (runner-up: Diablo 2)

Most Promising Strategy Game - Alpha Centauri

While Alpha Centauri looks for all the world like Civilization II, a few minutes spent with the game reveals that Alpha Centauri involves more diplomacy and economy than its precursor. Sid Meier, designer of some of the most addictive games of all-time, could very well have another masterpiece on his hands. (runner-up: Total Annihilation: Kingdoms)

Most Promising Sports Game - Madden 99

Madden has been losing ground to some other football titles recently, but EA is set to regain the throne with Madden 99. The game is graphically superb, but the real benefits are more involved coaching, a full campaign mode complete with draft and trading, and even the ability to get fired if you're coaching poorly. The oldest continuing sports franchise in the business is back with a vengeance. (runner-up: Sierra Sports Football 99)

Most Promising Flight/Combat Sim - Jane's Fighter Legends: Europe 1944

Jane's products have always been great, and now they're setting their sights on World War II. Serving up 8 WWII era planes and putting you in the middle of the hotbed of activity is all Flight Sim fans could ask for, but as usual they'll go above and beyond the call of duty with fantastic graphics as well. (runner-up: Falcon 4.0)

Most Promising Online-Only Game - EverQuest

Persistent-world online RPGs are in the spotlight, and Sony's EverQuest looks like the one to beat. A beautiful 3D engine immerses you in the alternate world, with plenty of little details to suspend your disbelief. More importantly, the design of the game seems to have taken a lesson from the hardships of all that came before it and added a few twists of it's own. The end result should be a game that's much easier to get along with. (runner-up: SegaSoft's Skies)

Most Promising Software Technology - Trespasser's Physics Engine

You know you have something special when a game's technology allows things to happen that the game designers never imagined (besides bugs). Computer technology is all about enabling the user, and nothing does this quite so well as the physics engine in Trespasser. Not only does it provide unique solutions to problems, but it helps "cement" the player in a virtual world that is incredibly real. (runner-up: Prey's Portal Technology)

Most Promising Hardware Technology - nVidia's RivaTNT

There are a lot of 3D hardware companies promising big things. They promise good 1600x1200 resolutions, full feature sets, and full OpenGL and Direct3D support. Everyone selectively shows off titles to hide their weaknesses. Except nVidia. Quake2 at 1600x1200? Flawless. Motorhead? The same. Forsaken? Like lightening. They're not just saying they can do it all, they're showing it. (runner-up: MS FreeStyle Pro)

Most Innovative Sequel - Gabriel Knight III

The trick with a sequel is to take the good elements of the earlier games and keep them, while still advancing the genre. GK3 does exactly that by using a truly unique and advanced 3D engine, but not sacrificing what makes Gabriel Knight games great. The end result is a truly new and fresh game that fits like an old comfortable sweater. (runner-up: StarSiege)

Most Original Design - Black & White

The king of the God Games is back! We don't know how he does it, but Peter Molyneux continues to find completely new ways to play games, always putting gameplay first and flash second. Black & White's innovative ideas will likely be oft-forgotten influence for the hot games of 2001, just as many of his past masterpieces are influencing games today. (runner-up: Elysium)

  • E3 '98 - Game of Show

  • OGR's E3 '98 Awards

    The 25 Best of the Best (in alphabetical order)

  • Age of Empires II
  • Alpha Centauri
  • Baldur's Gate
  • Black & White
  • Descent 3
  • Diablo 2
  • Drakan
  • Duke Nukem Forever
  • Force Commander
  • Gabriel Knight III
  • Good & Evil
  • Grim Fandango
  • Half-Life
  • Madden 99
  • Max Payne
  • Myth 2
  • Populous: The Beginning
  • Prey
  • Sierra Sports Football 99
  • Sin
  • Skies
  • StarSiege
  • Total Annihilation: Kingdoms
  • Tonic Trouble
  • Trespasser