The Spike VGAs may have had a name change this year to the VGX awards, but it was business as usual for the MTV Movie Awards of gaming. There were losers and there were winners that night. Here’s the list of developers and games that walked away with top honours that night.
One of the best failures of this year had to be the superb Tomb Raider reboot. Managing to shift 4 million units worldwide, the game fell short of the ludicroustacular expectations of publisher Square Enix. Still, the general consensus was that the game was damn good, and a sequel would be most welcome. We might be getting news of that sequel very soon then.
Now we all know that the only awards in gaming that actually matter, are the ones from Lazygamer. It’s the home of the prestigious Best Racing Game award, which Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 won last year. That being said, we think those kids at the Spike VGX awards are doing pretty swell with their event. Here’s a list of nominations from that upcoming show.
The annual marketing event that was the Spike VGAs concluded this week, as the best of 2012 earned itself a few awards over the weekend. New trailers, new footage and Samuel L Jackson being a badass mother-lover made the show a step up from last year though, with the event making gaming acceptable and cool. Here’s a look at who won what at the glitzy event.
I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for the annual VGA awards. Sure, you can decry the whole glitz and glamour of the event, that it’s not representative of the entire industry, but you can’t deny that they are fun. From Jack Black rocking up one year in full Brutal Legend garb, to the numerous new trailers and games teased, it’s still all in good fun. And it’s happening, later tonight.
Teasers. Teasers for trailers, which are in fact teasers for something bigger. Man, whoever came up with that idea, should be flogged, beaten and shot, with brief snippets of that torture broadcast at various intervals to any agency who gets a similar idea in the future. The Spike VGAs are on this weekend, and like every year before it, it’s promising a few new debuts. Here’s a round up of all of them so far, because dedicating entire posts to just ten second clip would be lazy, amirite?
Just when you though that we’d seen the last of the Tony Hawk franchise, after the abysmal sales of 2010s Tony Hawk: Shred, it looks like Activision has scrambled the necromancers to resurrect the once-great franchise for yet another round of boring grinds and ollies.
The actual Tony Hawk took to Twitter this week to tease an announcement for a new game that he’ll be announcing at the Spike Video Game Awards later this week.
More surprising news from Microsoft at TGS this year. As some of the more frequent readers may know, wrestling games are a guilty pleasure of mine. One of my favourites growing up was the fire pro wrestling series on the SuperFamicom (Japanâ€™s version of the SNES). Itâ€™s a series of games well known in Japan for having incredibly deep gameplay and a host of character customisation options. Later version of the game were released in the westUnlike a more popular,well known wrasslinâ€™ series, it doesnâ€™t only focus on that â€œsport entertainmentâ€ nonsense, spanning styles like Mexican luche-ibra, Japanese puroresu, shoot fighting and mixed martial arts too.
Possibly the most important thing about the VGAâ€™s is the shear number of new game trailers that we get to see, I have already posted the Halo Reach one earlier today and here come the rest of the crowd being led by Crackdown 2.
There are quite a few of these so I would suggest hitting play on each one of them, then heading off to do something else for a while until they have all bufferedâ€¦
The Spike Video Game Awards were held over the weekend and one of the benefits of not having unlimited bandwidth is that I wasnâ€™t able to watch it all live because according to the rumours the actual ceremony itself wasnâ€™t very good.
But we only really care about who the winners were and what new games were announced so without further delay the winner of the Spike VGA Game of the Year was
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Which also won best graphics and Best PS3 Game.
I think you will have to look far and wide to find someone who isnâ€™t happy with Uncharted 2 taking GOTY.
Best Wii game went to New Super Mario Bros and Best Xbox 360 game went to Left 4 Dead 2â€¦ surprisingly beating out Halo: ODST for that prize and best PC game to Dragon Age: Origins.
The full list of winners is after the break.
Whether or not you are a Halo fan it is impossible to not acknowledge the huge impact that a new Halo game is going to have. If you thought titles were running to the hills when MW2â€™s release date was set you havenâ€™t seen anything yet.
In America Halo enthusiasm is reaching the levels of religious fervour and with ODST not quite doing enough to curtail the thirst for more Haloâ€™s the expectations around Halo: Reach are incredibly high.
Check the world reveal trailer after the break alongâ€¦ oh and there is going to be a Halo Reach MP beta in the new year which kind of proves that this one has itâ€™s own MP unlike ODST.
The Spike Video Game Awards, or VGAs â€“ the videogame equivalent of Hollywoodâ€™s Academy Awards, were started in 2003 and aim to bestow recognition upon the yearâ€™s best videogames. Each year, they hand out awards in numerous categories, including the much coveted Game of the Year. Previous Game of the Year winners include GTA IV, Bioshock and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
This year? Nominees for the highest honour are :
Assassin's Creed 2 (Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal)
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Eidos Interactive - Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Publishing / Infinity Ward)
Left 4 Dead 2 (Valve)
UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves (Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog)
My personal favourite amongst a fine collection of games? Naughty Dogâ€™s stellar Uncharted 2, but I think it may end up going to Modern Warfare 2. Weâ€™ll find out on December 12, when the awards air.
Youâ€™ll find the full list of nominees, across all categories, after the jump, where you can also complain about the omission of your favourite, or predict the winners.
Honestly I don't know what ot make of this. David Jaffe recently posted about how absolutely fantastic God of War 3 is looking and how we are going to be absolutely blown away by it at the Spike VGA show later this year.Well now he has come out and said that the footage that we are going to see at VGA is not actually the truly awesome footage he saw and that we mustn't be overly worried if it doesn't completely blow us away.That's weird, why come out and prepare us for disappointment? Why don't they just rather show us the absolutely awesome footage that we all want to see?It feels like we keep on looking for the killer app for the PS3 but GoW3 may be that app, the game is a classic and it hasn't even been released yet.Source: Tawkn
Unless I am mistaken all the major games have now been released (with the exception of Prince of Persia) and as such we can start really looking at who is in the running for Game of the Year on the Xbox 360, Wii and PS3.First up we have the 360 and this year the VGA panel has nominated Gears of War 2, Fallout 3, Fable 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV. If I was part of the voting panel I think I would be leaning towards Fallout 3 or Gears 2. Even though I felt Gears was lacking in many departments.