It’s understandable if you missed the awards show this year, perhaps you were busy reading a particularly interesting book, watching a good movie or simply had better things to do. I don’t blame you for having a life but it’d be a shame to miss out on all the goods this year’s VGAs had to offer. Many we expected, some were rumored and a few managed to surprise (Elder Scrolls V!).
If you’re into watching kickass videos for amazing video games, I’ve made catching up on all of tonight’s premiers easy. All you have to do is click that adorable little Read More link that will then proceed to frisk you away into a land filled with amazing video game trailers, unicorns and yours truly (but not necessarily in that order).
Ah, Guillermo, you incredibly talented bastard. Did you sell your soul to be so incredibly awesome? While there are more than a few exciting horror games on the way, after watching this painfully brief glimpse at a potentially amazing video game by the mastermind behind Pan’s Labyrinth, one of my favorite films of all time, I’m liking what I’m seeing. Of course, the game is still a long ways off and this teaser below shows nothing, but that’s not going to stop me from getting hyped up, especially not the fact that Insane is a planned trilogy.
In a neat twist, you will no longer play as the brooding Alex Mercer, instead Prototype throws you into the shoes of Sergeant James, who looks to have a bit of a grudge against the previous game’s antihero. Not much gameplay here to feast your eyes on but on the bright side there’s a very big mutant boss monster near the end of the clip that certainly won’t be as frustrating as the bosses in the first game, right?
We knew this reveal was coming, more or less, thanks to the teaser we covered recently. Looks like Dr. Hugo Strange will be another major character in the upcoming Batman: Arkham City. I don’t know much about the Batman universe and I’m sure there are a couple of you who could answer me this: is this guy a worthy foe for Mr. Wayne? I’m sure Mr. Strange is an amazing bad guy and all but they will be badly hurting my feelings if Scarecrow doesn’t make it in this game. He must.
Drake’s Fortune was utterly fantastic and laid the ground for its far better sequel, Among Thieves. Hopefully Drake’s Deception will keep this up and maybe even make up for the almost definitely bad movie adaption Hollywood has cooking. If this trailer is anything to go by, the game looks to be shaping up quite nicely, but I feel no matter how great the game is the upcoming film that’s loosely based on the games will sour my treasure hunting appetite for a long time. Mark Wahlberg? Seriously?
There’s a good chance I’ll get some flack for this, but I’ll be the first to admit I have a lukewarm fondness for the Elder Scrolls series. I tried on two separate occasions to get into Oblivion but failed each time, so for me personally Skyrim isn’t so much something to get excited over as it is a surprise that it was announced at the VGAs (I for one, did not see this reveal coming). But it will have dragons now, and there definitely aren’t enough of those in fantasy games. Err, sorry, let’s move on before my inbox fills with death threats.
Now this is something I am damn excited for! There was a 50/50 chance BioWare’s VGA reveal was going to be Mass Effect 3 but my pessimism toward humanity kept me from getting too excited for an announcement. Words cannot describe the excruciatingly powerful nerdgasm watching this trailer gives me, particularly when you see all of the Reapers causing all sorts of extinction so I’ll simply shut up now and let you enjoy the following video for Mass Effect 3, due out next year!
I’m hesitant to get amped up for this since the first two games, while good, weren’t anything to phone home about (nor were they the Gears of War success Sony desperately wants them to be). With that said, we do see a little gameplay and the foreboding, humanity-is-totally-fucked atmosphere is captured just right so based on that the game looks pretty freaking great. Even if you aren’t necessarily a big fan of the series, the awesome arsenal of weaponry, gorgeous visuals and massive boss fights more than make the games worthy additions to any shooter fan’s library, let’s hope the third game continues these trends.
With the possible exception of Super Smash Bros and Soul Calibur, I’ve never really been a fan of fighting games. I chock this up to just how awful I am at playing them. Mortal Kombat, in case you were wondering, is a fighting game, so from what I just said you would think I have no interest in the title. You sir (or ma’am), would be dead wrong, as I am indeed very excited to get my pale gamer hands on this so I can enjoy it despite my suckassery with such games. Oh, and for PS3 fans, Kratos will be making a bloody appearance in the game, as seen in the trailer below. That leaves one question: who would you like to see in the Xbox 360 version? Master Chief? Marcus Fenix? Alan Wake?
Portal taught me a lot of things, mainly that the cake is a lie, and it somehow managed to do the impossible in today’s industry: do something new, do it well, and be successful critically and commercially. You can try, but it’s tough thinking of many examples that managed all three of those. Needless to say, Portal 2 looks incredible and I will be picking it up on day one. How about you?