PC3 wins "Best Simulation" – Confusion over award

PC3 wins “Best Simulation” – Confusion over award

The heavily criticized Project CARS 3 won the gamescom award for the best simulation on Sunday.

Image source: Bandai Namco Entertainment

Project Cars 3 came out on Friday and was promoted through gamescom on the weekend. Fans of the first two Project CARS games as well as sim racing enthusiasts have critized PC3 for it’s lack of realism since it has been announced.

Ironically, the game’s greatest weakness was awarded with the “Best Simulation” gamescom award on Sunday. Project CARS 3 won the competition against Planet Coster (console edition) and Endzone – A World Apart. The sim racing community questioned the decision on social media.

Angry voices like the one above critisized gamescom for the decision. For Project CARS 3, developer Slightly Mad Studios removed important simulation aspects such as pit stops, tire wear and fuel consumption, making the game way easier to play but also unrealistic. The studio received a backlash in the community which has apparently gone unnoticed by the gamescom jury.

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However, Bandai Namco’s latest title did not win the “Best Racing Game” award. DIRT 5 by Codemasters took the trophy, although the game is yet to be released. The third contender for the award was Radical Relocation, an indie obstacle racer made by Iceberg Interactive.

A total of 25 awards for different categories was distributed during the shows on Friday and Sunday. You can find all nominees and award winners in the following list (winners are marked bold):

Best Action Adventure Game

  • Grounded, Microsoft
  • The Medium, Bloober Team
  • Watch Dogs Legion, Ubisoft

Best Action Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Ubisoft
  • Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED
  • Star Wars: Squadrons, Electronic Arts

Best Indie Game

  • Cris Tales, Modus Games
  • Curious Expedition 2, Maschinen-Mensch
  • The Medium, Bloober Team

Best Microsoft Xbox Game

  • Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED
  • Grounded, Microsoft
  • Tell Me Why, Microsoft

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Dual Universe, Novaquark Montreal
  • NBA 2K21, 2K
  • Operation: Tango, Clever Plays

Best Nintendo Switch Game

  • Black Book, Hypetrain Digital
  • Figment: Creed Valley, Bedtime Digital Games
  • Little Nightmares 2, Bandai Namco Entertainment

Best Sony PlayStation Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Ubisoft
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, Activision
  • Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED

Best Family Game

  • Ary and the Secret of Seasons, Modus Games
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, Activision
  • KeyWe, Stonewheat & Sons

Best Ongoing Game

  • Borderlands 3, 2K
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone, Activision
  • World of Tanks, Wargaming

Best PC Game

  • Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED
  • Humankind, Amplitude Studios & SEGA Europe
  • Tell Me Why, Microsoft

Best Racing Game

  • DIRT 5, Codemasters
  • Project CARS 3, Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Radical Relocation, Iceberg Interactive

Best Remaster

  • Mafia: Definitive Edition, 2K
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, Activision
  • XIII: Remake, astragon Entertainment

Best Role Playing Game

  • Cris Tales, Modus Games
  • Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED
  • Gamedec, Anshar Studios

Best Simulation

  • Endzone – A World Apart, Assemble Entertainment
  • Planet Coaster Console Edition, Frontier Development
  • Project CARS 3, Bandai Namco Entertainment

Best Sports Game

  • FIFA 21, Electronic Arts
  • NBA 2K21, 2K
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, Activision

Best Strategy Game

  • Endzone – A World Apart, Assemble Entertainment
  • Humankind, Amplitude Studios & SEGA Europe
  • Iron Harvest, King Art Games

Most Original Game

  • Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED
  • Operation: Tango, Clever Plays
  • Voidtrain, Hypetrain Digital

Best Announcement

  • Unknown 9: Awakening, Reflector Entertainment

Best Lineup

  • Bandai Namco Entertainment

Best of gamescom

  • Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED

Best Presentation / Trailer

  • Little Nightmares 2, Tarsier Studios

Best Show

  • World of Tanks Blitz gamescom stream, Wargaming

Best Streamer

  • Erik “Gronkh” Range

gamescom “Most Wanted”

  • Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt RED

HEART OF GAMING Award

  • Indie Arena Booth, Super Crowd Entertainment

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