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Halo 2 rules E3

Microsoft Game Studios today announced that the votes are in and Halo 2 won three of the prestigious Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2004, including Best Console Game, Best Action Game and Best Online Multiplayer. BioWare’s highly anticipated Jade Empire also received many accolades at E3, and took home the Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2004 for Best Role-Playing Game. A complete list of the awards can be found here.

When nominations were announced, Halo 2 led all games this year with four nominations. Add this to more than 30 E3 awards from various games publications, including numerous “Game of Show” awards, and it becomes clear that Halo 2 has solidified its hold as the most highly anticipated game of 2004. Halo 2 will be on store shelves 9th November, 2004. For more information on the game, check out our Halo 2 Preview.

Jade Empire received numerous E3 awards in addition to the Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2004 for Best Role-Playing Game. The game also received Best RPG and Best Xbox Game from GameSpy, Best of Show from GameDAILY and Best Role-Playing Game from IGN. Due to ship to retail stores in spring 2005, Jade Empire will delve players into a world full of powerful martial arts and mystical powers.

“We’re very proud of this year’s entire E3 lineup and all of the recognition that our titles have received. These awards, and the many others that we’ve received from gamers and the press, validate all of the great work that our studios and our partners are doing to create great franchises that customers love,” said Shane Kim, general manager of Microsoft Game Studios.

The Game Critics Awards are the only independent E3 awards, voted on by editors from 35 leading outlets that cover games – including the top magazines, online sites, newspapers and television programs.

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