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Gaming News Roundup – Dec 11: A Recap Of The Game Awards And Other News

Gaming News Roundup – Dec 11 – The Game Awards

All The Winners

First and foremost, awards shows are about the awards and with such a great year we had with so many great games, the industry really outdid themselves (besides the whole loot box debacle).

Best Score/Music Goes To

A game I didn’t stop hearing about for weeks after it came out. Nier: Automata was a fantastic game and it just had to win something. The soundtrack to this game is quite incredible, composed by Keiichi Okabe, Kakeru Ishihama, Keigo Hoashi, and Takafumi Nishimura, it’s a wonderful mix of choirs and vocals that perfectly fit the tone of the game and certainly stands out. Congratulations to Nier: Automata, the composers, and Platinum Games.

Best Narrative

Narrative-only games have certainly created a very solid lane in modern gaming. Each year we see quite a few of them and each year there’s a couple in particular that gives everyone a serious case of the feels. What Remains of Edith Finch is another game in the long line of amazingly written narrative-only games that touched the hearts of a lot of people and garnered critical acclaim. If you haven’t played it, grab a box of tissues and get it, it’s a definite must-get if story games are your thing. Congratulations to Giant Sparrow on this award!

Best Art Direction AND Best Debut Indie Game

With how much press Cuphead received on its art style alone, it definitely wasn’t much of a surprise that it secured the award for best art direction. It perfectly captured the look and feel of a 1930s cartoon. Its art was so good that people who don’t even like difficult games picked it up and tried to get through it just to see all of the bosses. With how much of a risk Studio MDHR took to make it and the fact that every frame of animation was hand-drawn, it’s good to see them recognized for it, so congratulations to them!

Best Handheld Game

I’m glad Metroid is still out here winning awards and being recognized. I know longstanding fans of the series just want to see more of it, so hopefully this is a sign that more Metroid is on the way. Congratulations to MercurySteam and Nintendo!

Best Action Game

Wolfenstein II is a fantastic example of a World War shooter that sets itself apart from anything it may be grouped up with. With its solid mechanics and its amazingly crafted and creative story, Wolfenstein II is such a fun ride to experience. Congratulations to MachineGames and Bethesda! The alt right is missing out on a fantastic FPS.

Most Anticipated Game

This is an award a game gets for simply existing, but it is very true that The Last of Us Part II is definitely getting fans riled up. From what we’ve seen of it so far, it looks like it’s going to be a pretty interesting and graphically jaw-dropping game. Can’t wait to see what comes of it.

Industry Icon

The Industry Icon award is made to celebrate and recognize trailblazers and game-changers in the industry, and it rings especially true with this year’s winner being Carol Shaw, the first female game designer. To say she had a part in changing the industry is an understatement and I’m glad we’re recognizing such an inspirational figure. Congratulations to Carol Shaw!

Best Sports/Racing Game

Forza Motorsport 7 was one of the racing games that came out this year. Forza has managed to get this award twice in a row now so good on them for staying consistent with quality. Congratulations to Turn 10 for this win.

Best Strategy Game

A huge surprise crossover released this year in the form of Mario+Rabbids Kingdom Battle. It was surprisingly an incredible strategy game in the vein of XCOM. I’m glad it worked out so well and became another hit for the Switch. Congratulations to Ubisoft and Nintendo!

Best Ongoing Game

I feel like they created this award for the purpose of giving it to Overwatch because this is a new award. It is impressive that Overwatch has maintained such a large community for so long and Blizzard has supported it consistently since release. Congratulations to Blizzard on the win.

Best VR/AR Game

Resident Evil 7 is an absolute must-buy if you have a VR headset and a good heartrate. Being one of the few VR games that are fully fleshed out, RE7 definitely earned its win. A thoroughly terrifying game and a fantastic return to horror for the franchise. Congratulations to Capcom!

Best RPG

If you’ve managed to get through Persona 5 and its hours upon hours of content, you’d probably say it’s one of the best games of the year. I haven’t heard a single bad thing about it since release so I would have been surprised if it didn’t leave the awards with a win. Congratulations to Atlus on the win!

Games For Impact AND Best Performance

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is definitely a very unique game that explores mental illness in a way that not many other games have, making its affect impactful and incredibly potent. Its approach to mental illness has earned it the Games For Impact award, hopefully encouraging the industry to discuss mental illness and such in future games. What was also imperative to the game was its effective voice acting, which did not go unrecognized. Melina Juergens took home the best performance award for her role as the protagonist, Senua. It’s fantastic seeing her win this category that often awards the likes of Nolan North and Troy Baker, and she gave arguably one of the best speeches of the night. Congratulations to Ninja Theory and Melina Juergens for the wins!

Best Fighting Game

Injustice 2 is a great follow-up of 2013’s best fighting game, Injustice: Gods Among Us. It improved upon its predecessor’s mechanics and added a few long-awaited additions to the roster like Brainiac and sadly not Static Shock. They even put Superman and Batman in there! I couldn’t believe it! I actually did a review of this, so if you haven’t gotten it yet and you’re on the fence, be sure to check that out here. Congratulations to NetherRealm!

Best Game Direction AND Game Of The Year

With this new take on the Zelda series and how masterfully it was done, it’s no wonder it won Game Of The Year. When it released, it was quickly regarded as one of the greatest games of all time, holding the spot as the top rated Switch game on Metacritic along with being one of the highest rated games across all platforms. It’s an amazing game and congratulations to Nintendo on this win!

 

Reveals

Alongside all of the awards given, we also got a few announcements and trailers to get us excited for the future.

In The Valley Of Gods

The creators of Firewatch hopes to recapture their previous success with their new title, In The Valley Of Gods. The game features a beautiful and interesting art style and the setting of 1920s Egypt, where you take the role of Rashida, a former explorer and filmmaker. It’s set for release in 2019 on Steam, but you can check it the trailer for it here.

World War Z

A video game adaptation of the book turned movie is coming to PS4, PC, and Xbox One next year. It’s apparently a 4-player co-op, perhaps in the same vein as Left 4 Dead. If you haven’t had your fill of zombie games yet, be on the lookout for it. You can see the trailer for it here.

Bayonetta 3

Fans of the series will be delighted to know that Bayonetta 3 is in the works for the Switch! Not only that, but to hold you over for the time being, you’ll be able to get both Bayonetta 1 and on February 16th for the Switch. A teaser came along with it, but it shows next to nothing and gives no information. You can see it here though.

Soul Calibur VI

“The wait is over! Let’s begin!” Mitsurugi yells as he readies for battle. It looks like after over half a decade of waiting, we’re finally going to be getting a continuation of the Soul Calibur series. Known for its weapon-based combat, fans of the series haven’t had much to scratch the itch that 2012’s Soul Calibur V left them. It’s releasing 2018 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC, and you can watch the trailer for it here.

PUBG New Desert Map

Since release, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has only had one map. Well guess what. Now it has TWO maps. This new map is in a desert which looks a lot more spread out, giving you less cover. The map will be released when the game comes out of beta December 20th, but you can see if you like it on the test servers right now. You can check out the trailer for it here.

Fortnite 50 vs. 50 Mode

Similar to PUBG, Fortnite has definitely garnered a lot of attention with its Battle Royale mode. Announced at the awards was a new variation to the mode that features two teams of 50 battling it out, essentially a war mode. You can see the trailer for it here. Don’t forget you can download this mode for free on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Norman Reedus And The Funky Fetus

Another Death Stranding trailer was revealed. It was.. Kojima. While lengthy and very interesting looking, I still have no idea what’s going on and have no idea what Death Stranding even is. I’m sure Kojima is having a great laugh every time he shows us another weird ass cutscene of the game with no added context. This trailer features Norman Reedus with a baby in his body, so there’s that. You can watch the trailer here and see if you understand anything.

 

Other News

Besides all of the huge Game Awards stuff was a couple neat little stories.

New Tomb Raider Is On The Way

Details are scarce, but Rise of the Tomb Raider was a superb sequel to the newly rebooted Tomb Raider series. Some folks on Twitter also noticed that taking the first letter of each sentence would spell SHADOW. Perhaps that’s the title of the next game? We’ll see. I’m super excited to see it either way. They also say that there won’t be much time between the official reveal of the game and its release, so I suppose we should mark our calendars for a 2018 release.

Mega Man 11

A new Mega Man is coming late 2018. An actual one, not another mighty disappointment. It’s going with the classic 2D side-scrolling style and looks beautiful honestly. You can see the trailer for that here where it celebrates the series’ 30th anniversary. In other Mega Man news, Mega Man Legacy Collections 1 and 2 will be coming to the Switch and a new Mega Man X Collection is coming to all consoles. What a time to be a Mega Man fan.

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary

Mega Man isn’t the only series celebrating its 30th anniversary it seems. In May 2018, Street Fighter fans will be greeted with a collection of 12 games, 4 with online capabilities.

Those titles include:

  • Street Fighter
  • Street Fighter 2
  • Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition
  • Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting (Online enabled)
  • Super Street Fighter 2
  • Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo (Online enabled)
  • Street Fighter Alpha
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3 (Online enabled)
  • Street Fighter 3
  • Street Fighter 3: 2nd Impact
  • Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike (Online enabled)

Basically all of the main series titles before Street Fighter IV. I’m sure most people will flock to the titles with online playability, but purists will most assuredly appreciate each one for their subtle differences. I just can’t wait to get back into 3rd Strike, last time I played it, I got handled. (Shameless plug, you can click here to see that.) You can see the trailer for the collection here.

 

This roundup was gigantic and took me three days. PSX was boring. Anyway, do you agree with the winners of this year’s awards? Excited for any of the reveals? Let us know below! If you missed last week’s roundup, click here to get caught up, even though it was just a reminder that NET NEUTRALITY IS IN DANGER. Go over there and read how it affects gaming. As always, be sure to come back next week for another gaming news roundup!