Friday night was a big night for gamers. Spike hosted its annual Video Game Awards show, and despite the awkward back-patting and hilariously awful pre-show, as a whole, the event was mildly entertaining. Most of this can be put on Samuel L. Jackson, who hosted the event for the fourth time in the event’s ten year run. Arguably the biggest reason gamers should be interested in the VGAs is the plethora of world premieres, and while this really wasn’t the best — that can be blamed on the fact that this console generation is ending soon, so there aren’t any new IPs to announced), there were still plenty of amazing games that were announced. So what were the best and worst surprises of this year’s VGAs? Find out after the break.
We’ve had to wait a painfully long time for another game developed by BioShock creator Ken Levine and his Irrational Games studio, but come March, we’ll finally get that game, and so far it looks like it could actually live up to many fans’ astronomically high expectations. BioShock Infinite looks to retain many of the things that made the original so memorable — like an engaging story, a gorgeous setting, and fun, frenetic combat. At the same time, this won’t be the same experience, as Infinite takes us to the skies surrounding the floating city of Columbia. Gone are the wet and rusted halls of Rapture and the Big Daddies that roamed them. They’ve been replaced by huge, floating skyscrapers, a terrifying Songbird creature that hunts you relentlessly, and a new companion, Elizabeth. I think it looks amazing, but you should definitely watch this brand new footage shown at the VGAs last night and decide for yourself.
I’m honestly having trouble believing The Last of Us isn’t a next-gen title. It just looks so good. Along with a ton of other highly anticipated games, Uncharted developer Naughty Dog’s next project had a pretty incredible showing at the Spike VGAs last night. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a post-apocalyptic tale of survival that stars Joel and not-Ellen Page, who run into fungus zombies and awful people as they make their way across the country. Have I mentioned it’s gorgeous? It is. Check out some brand new gameplay courtesy of the Spike VGAs, after the break.
Remember when I told you Dark Souls II was unveiled at the Spike VGAs last night, and you were all like, “Sure, I’ll believe that when I see it,” and I was all like, “Hey man, would I lie to you?” and you were all like “No, you’re right. Can I have a hug?” and then we had the most epic hug ever? Well, at least now you know for sure that I wasn’t lying, because the debut trailer for the follow-up to one of the coolest RPGs of this generation is live, and it is glorious. Watch it after the break.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 was one of the many games that had world premieres at last night’s VGAs, and now the trailers are finally beginning to come online. I absolutely loved the original Lords of Shadow, and its twist ending created an intriguing situation for the sequel. In it, an ancient, white-haired Dracula awakens in modern times and recounts the good old days, when he was a strapping young Dracula who could kill giant house robots. Sadly, this is trailer doesn’t offer a glimpse as to what the actual game will look like, but it still looks great. Check it out after the jump.
You have got to be kidding me. Remember The Phantom Pain, that intriguing “new IP” that was revealed at the Spike VGAs earlier tonight? Well, only a few hours after the trailer’s debut and the Internet has already torn it apart, and in the process has learned quite a bit. It looks like this isn’t a new game at all, and instead it’s only the most elaborate trolling ever seen, and by the king of trolling himself: Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima. Some folks at Neogaf have combed over every detail, from the game’s logo, which seems to be hiding font above it, to the fucking scars on the protagonist’s face. It looks like The Phantom Pain is nothing but an ad for Metal Gear Solid V. This bums me out.
I’ve loved and can’t seem to stop talking about Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead. It’s fantastic. It looks like many of you agree, as the episode game won Game of the Year, Best Performance by a Human Female, Best Downloadable Game, and Best Adapted Video Game at the Spike Video Game Awards earlier tonight. Telltale also won Studio of the Year, so overall, they received five of the awards they were nominated for (they lost the Best Performance by a Human Male category to Dameon Clarke, who portrayed Handsome Jack in Borderlands 2). Bravo!
An announcement that surprised me even more than the reveal of The Phantom Pain was the reveal of Dark Souls II. My love for this series is no secret, and given how unforgiving it is, I’m surprised the original ever managed a sequel, but a threequel? If ever there was proof the gaming gods exist, this is it. The trailer that premiered at the Spike VGAs earlier tonight is gorgeous, all CG (so no gameplay, unfortunately), and it features numerous dragons and what looks like Shy Guys. I’ll update this post with a trailer as soon as it hits the interwebs.
The Spike VGAs are here, and as expected, there are plenty of exclusive world premieres to be had. The most surprising announcement was that of a new IP, which looks like a horror thriller from a developer (Moby Dick Studios) that I’ve never heard of. For the entirety of the trailer, or at least until the game’s title was finally revealed, I thought it was a new installment in the Metal Gear series. Thankfully, it’s not — not that that wouldn’t be a bad thing, it’s just that we have two of those on the way already. The game is called The Phantom Pain, and it follows a guy who, when viewed from the back, looks alarmingly similar to Solid Snake.
This poor sap wakes up in a hospital with a prosthetic arm, he’s having trouble walking, and none of this is helped by the fact that the hospital is burning down around him and there are armed men killing people left and right. He also seems to be suffering from some serious hallucinations, including one that features a fiery hell unicorn. Yeah, you read that correctly: I said a fiery hell unicorn. Unfortunately, most of the game trailers that premiered at the VGAs look to have been pulled, so I’ll update as soon as the trailer goes live online!
Just a little taste into a trailer we have to wait until December 10th to see. The Last Of Us is coming out next year exclusively for the Playstation 3.
For the most part, the Spike VGAs don’t accomplish much outside of being a big commercial for several upcoming video games. There’s a lot of awkward celebrity hosts and annoying back-patting, but it’s also one of the year’s juiciest sources for major video game reveals. Last year’s event introduced us to Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, among others, and the year before that brought us Mass Effect 3, Prototype 2, Skyrim, and Batman: Arkham City. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 has already been confirmed to be at the event, alongside BioShock: Infinite and The Last of Us, but I’m sure there’s plenty more we aren’t aware of yet. So I have to ask: what horror game would you most like to see unveiled at the show this Friday? Let your voice be heard after the jump!
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). READ MORE
Let the viral marketing commence! Murder Your Maker is one of those sites we’re all used to by now that’s created with the soul purpose of hyping up a game. Unlike most viral sites however, this one looks to have given away too much in its incredibly brief teaser that you can check out by hitting that adorable ‘Read More’ button below.
I enjoyed the first Prototype because despite its numerous flaws it got one very important thing right: it was fun. With the exception of Saint’s Row too many sandbox games toss ‘fun’ in the backseat so they can better focus on pesky little things like realism or visuals. It’s because of this that I will always choose Saint’s Row 2 over Grand Theft Auto IV, because I have absolutely no desire to go bowling with my cousin or stare at the outside of an apartment complex while my character makes sweet, sweet love to some chick I just spent a few hours romancing. Err, sorry about the tangent, head past the break for the teaser and why it’s almost certainly all about Prototype 2. READ MORE
Alright, it’s official, I will be checking out the Spike VGAs when they air on December 11th. Why? Well, there’s BioWare’s next big game that may or may not be Mass Effect 3, as well as Guillermo Del Toro’s horror collaboration with THQ, a possible major Resident Evil reveal and now this.
Lately I’ve done nothing but hype up this awards show, something I didn’t really watch until last year’s vast improvement, but Spike knows the way to gamers’ hearts is through their love of exclusives, and it’s in this regard where they seem to be kicking tons of ass. So what could this be? Let’s talk about it. READ MORE
Through a little detective work Gamerzines looks to have uncovered a game waiting to be revealed at Spike’s VGAs next month. Somehow they noticed a similarity between the zombies shown in the teaser for the awards and the undead silhouettes on one of Capcom’s Resident Evil t-shirts.
Is it true? We won’t know for a few weeks but unless there’s a shortage of zombie silhouettes on the Internet the evidence is pretty solid. Check out exactly what they found and what game could be waiting to be unveiled, after the jump. READ MORE
Guillermo Del Toro, the guy behind Pan’s Labyrinth, is working on a Lovecraftian horror game with THQ and it’s bound to be awesome. Lovecraftian horror is all about psychological horror with a heavy emphasis on the unknown and the supernatural. Del Toro’s work with the horror genre in the past leads me to believe if anyone is the perfect choice for tackling this subgenre, it’s Guillermo Del Toro.
We’ve reported on this game before and its expected 2013 release date makes this news a little surprising: Del Toro’s unannounced game will be revealed at the Spike VGAs next month. When speaking about his game the director described it as “horror…but it’s a very different type of horror game.” I usually skip the VGAs since it’s more of a predictable popularity contest, but this might be reason enough to check them out this year. READ MORE