VGA 2011: Round-Up
One part awards, four-part trailers, eight-part adverts; the Video Game Awards have been completed for another year, and after the swift barrage of reveals, trailers and announcements, here’s a brief round-up of tonight’s happenings.
Scattered about the plethora of advertisements, augmented reality additions and strange game related mini-games, were indeed a series of new trailers for a variety of new and already announced games.
Even before the show kicked off, we were greeted by some fantastic new bits and pieces during the pre-show, with the first being a brand new trailer for Hitman: Absolution – and a mightily impressive one at that. Tony Hawk then arrived to re-reveal Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD, a digitally released HD version of the first two Pro Skater games set for release in the first half of 2012. A new trailer for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was next, although it didn’t really show us much.
Once the show kicked off, we were first shown the first trailer for PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us. The big surprise was the reveal that Naughty Dog are the developers behind the upcoming survival title.
Next up, Mass Effect 3 got a new trailer, filled with some quite incredible looking gameplay. The threequel is certainly shaping up to be one of 2012 best releases already.
Bioware’s new game was revealed as Command & Conquer: Generals 2, via a very short teaser trailer. Aside from being powered by the Frostbite 2 engine and having received a 2013 release date, we know next to nothing on the sequel to the 2003 strategy title.
One announcement after another sees Alan Wake’s American Nightmare next. The sequel will be a digital download only, exclusive to Xbox 360.
A hostile takeover was attempted in a new Rainbow 6: Patriots trailer. The new CG trailer further set the tone for the upcoming squad based shooter, and boy is it a dark one. A 2013 release was also reaffirmed.
It wouldn’t be a Video Game Awards without some new superhero game announced, and this year it was the arachnid human with the debut trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man. Although no platforms were announced, it’s safe to assume that it’ll be for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, it was given a Summer 2012 release.
Transformer: Fall of Cybertron got a full CG trailer, confirming its Fall 2012 release. It watching some gorgeous renders of Transformers wasn’t good enough, then be sure to check out the transforming dinosaur at the end.
Cliff Blezinski arrived on stage to reveal Epic Games’ new IP, Fortnite. A new zombie survival game of some sort, the trailer has seen mixed reaction already, but certainly sees a divergence from the Space Marine nature of Gears of War.
Despite almost sending Phil into tears, Blizzard released the Diablo III opening cinematic. There was still no release date, but it was certainly a stunningly beautiful cinematic.
Another hotly anticipated game of 2012 is Bioshock Infinite, which received a new trailer also.
The closing trailer was the re-reveal for Metal Gear Solid: Rising. Leaked earlier to be confirmed as Metal Gear Rising: Revengance, the trailer confirmed rumours that Platinum Games are now developing the title. A host of new details have been released since then via the games official website.
Removing all of the adverts, fringe features, appearance from celebrities and such, there were actually some awards to give out. You can check out the winners below:
- Game of the Year – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Studio of the Year – Bethesda Game Studios, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Character of the Year – The Joker, Batman: Arkharm City
- Gamer God – Blizzard Entertainment
- Hall of Fame – Shigeru Miyamoto, The Legend of Zelda
- Best Xbox 360 Game – Batman: Arkham City
- Best PS3 Game – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
- Best Wii Game – The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- Best PC Game – Portal 2
- Best Handheld/Mobile Game – Super Mario 3D Land
- Best Shooter – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- Best Action Adventure Game – Batman: Arkham City
- Best RPG: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Best Multiplayer - Portal 2
- Best Individual Sports Game – Fight Night Champion
- Best Driving Game – Forza Motorsport 4
- Best Fighting Game – Mortal Kombat
- Best Motion Game - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- Best Independent Game – Minecraft
- Best Adapted Video Game – Batman: Arkham City
- Best Song in a Game – “Setting Sail, Coming Home (End Theme)” by Darren Korb, Bastion
- Best Original Score – Bastion
- Best Graphics – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
- Best Performance by a Human Male – Stephen Merchant as Wheatley, Portal 2
- Best Performance by a Human Female – Ellen McLain as GLaDOS, Portal 2
- Best Downloadable Game – Bastion
- Best DLC – Portal 2 – Peer Review
- Most Anticipated Game – Mass Effect 3
- Trailer of the Year – Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, E3 2011 Trailer