Sunday, December 11, 2011

VGA: As good as video game awards shows get?

So last night the VGAs took place on Spike TV and yes they were corny, not too funny and drawn out at points; but hey, what do you really expect from a video game awards show? Personally I thought they did a decent job making it interesting throughout and what we all really watched for was the previews of what's to come in the next year or so. And boy were there some awesome looks not just at what great games we got to play this year, but what will make 2012 a potentially greater year than 2011 in the world of gaming. So here's some of the sweetest videos and reveals from last night in no particular order!

1. Arkham World Revealed?
While accepting his award for best character last night, it seems that The Joker may have revealed the title of the next entry in the Batman games by Rocksteady. He held up a pamphlet titled "Batman: Arkham World Script" and slyly smiled while stating..."spoiler alert." It was pretty awesome even though this is next to no information on the next game.

2. Fortnite Premier Trailer
Last night Epic revealed a new game they've been working on titled Fortnite. The video doesn't show any gameplay but to me it looks like it will be something where you spend the day trying to strengthen your fort so you can survive when the satisfyingly creepy dark creatures come at night. The graphics look similar to the Team Fortress games and it will run on the unreal engine. I like the graphics and am interested to hear more about the game.

3. Mass Effect 3 Gameplay Trailer
Right after it was announced as the winner for Most Anticipated Game of 2012, a trailer was shown for Mass Effect 3. It showed a mixture of gameplay and cut-scenes as Commander Shephard battles his way through chaos in order to get to a massive foe. The video looked pretty sweet but I haven't had time to get into the Mass Effect games so I probably wasn't as excited as I should have been.

4. The Last of Us Premier
So for a few weeks now everyone has been speculating as to what the new PS3 exclusive by Naughty Dog, titled The Last of Us would be about. Speculation ranged from another zombie apocalypse to a world taken over by people infected from a plant fungus. Well it looks like it may have settled somewhere in the middle as this gorgeous trailer shows us what I assume is a father and daughter who fight to survive in a city overrun by morbid creatures. Whether the monsters are aliens, infected people or something else still remains to be seen but it looks like The Last of Us will try to build more of a story and characters we care about than other similar titles. I think this trailer was the highlight of the show for me and I really wish I had a PS3 now.

5. Command and Conquer: Generals 2 Revealed
There was a ton of speculation as to what the mystery project by Bioware would be and I think a lot of people were disappointed when it turned out it was a new Command and Conquer game. I don't know much about the series but I think it's more of a strategy game like Starcraft or Age of Empires. It looks like C&C will be a PC exclusive and it comes out in 2013. It will also run on the Frostbite 2 engine that's currently running Battlefield 3 so expect the game to look absolutely gorgeous.

6. Bioshock Infinite Trailer
I'm already excited out of my mind for Bioshock Infinite. The first game is one of my favorites of all time and I've been pumped for Infinite ever since it was first announced. Last night they showed a new trailer for the game and although it doesn't reveal anything we didn't already know it's still incredibly awesome. So watch it!

7. Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance?
That's the title? I don't know. This was the last video of the night and I think the show's producers planned to go out with a bang but instead ended the night with a It doesn't look like a MGS game and the trailer was lackluster at best. But who knows, maybe it will turn out to be cool?

8. Diablo III Intro Cinematic
Dear Lord Diablo III is going to be amazing. I've played the beta and I promise you the game is gorgeous and addicting. The opening cinematic for the game was revealed last night and it's nothing short of what we've come to expect from Blizzard. If you haven't watched it, just do it. If you have watched it, then watch it again.

9. Alan Wake: American Nightmare Reveal
So the new Alan Wake game is titled Alan Wake: American Nightmare. For those of you who don't know about the games, they follow a writer named Alan Wake who uses light to fend of dark foes from the realized world of dark fiction. I've only played the first one for a short time but it was pretty sweet so I'm kind of looking forward to American Nightmare. The Wake games provide an interesting change of pace from most games and they have a huge emphasis on storytelling which is awesome.

10. Rainbow Six: Patriots Trailer
Dang. The trailer for Rainbow Six: Patriots was nothing short of intense. I don't really even know what to say about it other than, it has my interest now. I haven't played any of the Rainbow Six games but it looks like they're really trying to make a statement with this one. The only question that remains is if they can correctly walk the line between controversial and just plain wrong. Time will tell.

So that's all the major reveals and first looks that we saw at the VGAs. Maybe seeing all this awesome stuff in one place will help people realize that the show really wasn't that bad! Needless to say next year is shaping up nicely!

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