My Favorite Announcements From PlayStation Experience 2016

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In what is quickly becoming a bigger and bigger spectacle, PlayStation held their annual Experience event this past weekend. As these things go, the keynote unleashed a ton of announcements on the crowd. Between this show and The Game Awards last week, it’s been an exciting few days for fans of video games, that’s for sure.

While there were a ton of announcements and reveals at the show this past weekend, here are some of my favorites.

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Gaming Festivus – Airing Grievances Before 2016 Ends

Considering it’s now December, the Holiday season is right around the corner.  So what better time than now to participate in a little Festivus for the rest of us?

For those scratching their heads, Festivus is a fictional holiday created in the 90s by the TV sitcom Seinfeld. It’s almost like an anti-holiday; a response to the pressures and commercialism of the season.

The holiday went on to gain a cult following after its introduction in the episode called “The Strike.” I highly recommend you checking out if you haven’t seen it. The holiday includes things like Feats of Strength, an unadorned Festivus pole, and labeling easily explainable events as Festivus miracles. For this post, I’m going to focus on the airing of grievances, aimed solely at some of the biggest games that released during this busy season.

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Keep in mind, I’m not saying any of these games suck or are not worth your time. Quite to the contrary in fact as many of the games on my list are ones that are fantastic.

So as the great Frank Costanza once said: “I got a lotta problems with you people, and you’re going to hear about it!”

You can read about my grievances after the jump:

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Saturday Video Round Up: End of Year Odds and Ends Edition

Okay, lets address the elephant in the room right here and right now. Yes, I know what I told you before. You’re probably wondering why you’re now reading a brand new Video Round Up post.

Well, the short answer is, I was surprised by the amount of trailers that have arrived outside of an awards show. Obviously with the holiday taking place last week, the new content slowed to a trickle, but in my opinion there has been more than enough over the past two weeks to craft a new one. So, think of this as a bonus.

As we head into December, I imagine new video content like this is pretty much coming to a stop, especially if previous years are any indication. So as of now, this is more than likely, probably, I’m fairly sure, the last Video Round Up of 2016. Miss anything from The Game Awards the other night? Catch up with all the new trailers and announcements here.

So with that bit of housekeeping out of the way, here’s a small taste of what awaits you this week.

Like I mentioned, I’ve curated a good chunk of video content from the past couple of weeks so there’s a lot of good stuff. The new DLC for Uncharted 4 and Star Wars Battlefront is represented below along with the new Year 2 trailer for Rainbow Six Siege as well.

I’ve also got new videos for Watch_Dogs 2, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Final Fantasy XV, and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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Big Reveals From The Game Awards – Recapping The Announcements

The annual Game Awards have now come and gone, celebrating the industry and the work it does over the past year, and giving fans a look at some upcoming games. Overall, I thought the show was well put together, similar to how Geoff Keighley has run it since it transitioned into The Game Awards officially. Sure, the show isn’t perfect and they could have slimmed it down in some areas but overall I found it to be a good time.

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Also, just wanted to give a quick shout out to Mick Gordon for his live performance of the DOOM soundtrack. I was already a big fan after hearing his work on Killer Instinct, but man, he rocked it last night. That DOOM soundtrack is intense and wonderful all at the same time.

I’m not going to talk about who won over who should have or didn’t. If you want to check the winner’s list, head over to the main page here. Today we’re taking a look at the reveals and announcements at the show, which has started to feel like a mini-E3 of sorts.

There’s a lot to get to including new trailers, so lets take a look below!

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Now Arriving: Games of December 2016

Congratulations, you’ve made it through the chaotic waters of October and November. That’s not to say we’ve entered into a barren wasteland however. While the total number of games launching in December may be down significantly from the past couple of months, there’s still a couple that may hold some sway with gamers.

With the weather getting colder and snow arriving for much of the Northern Hemisphere, you may be in the mood for a winter sports game. Ubisoft has you covered there as their new IP Steep launches early this month. You’ll be able to virtually ski, snowboard, parachute, or glide around the snowy peaks of the Alps.

Shockingly, The Last Guardian is finally ready to make it’s long overdue debut. It’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.

Also, what are the holidays without a little bit of zombie bashing, am I right? Dead Rising 4 wants to fill that void in your life with Frank West returning to do the honors.

While there are a couple games worth keeping an eye on, take the next couple of months to catch up on that backlog because if the previous couple years are any indication, things will pick back up again in February.

The complete release list for December waits for you after the jump…

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Brace Yourself: It’s the Return Of The Gamer Crash Awards!

I don’t know about you, but it’s crazy to me that November is just about over.

Things have slowed down considerably here in the States as it’s Thanksgiving week. For most people, that means only working half the week, spending time with loved ones, and maybe going a little crazy on Black Friday. For everyone else, it means food and lots of it.

For me though, it means things start to slow way down considering that the majority of the big name releases have already come and gone. While studios may be tapping into their well earned vacation time and the news slows down to a crawl, I’ve got other plans in mind.

Gamer Crash Awards

That’s right, longtime readers may have guessed what I’m getting at, it’s time time for the seventh annual Gamer Crash Awards. It’s a December long celebration of some of my favorite games from this past year, all culminating in my Game of the Year post on New Year’s Eve. Before we jump into 2017 for what will surely be another excellent year for video games, lets look back on the past 12 months.

For those of you new to the site, here’s how things shake out. Since I’m a one man show and also a functioning adult human being, I simply don’t have the money or time like other sites such as IGN or Gamespot to play and review everything. I do the best I can in terms of picking up new games, but I just can’t play them all. Like any review or impressions post I create, I can’t pass judgment on something if I haven’t spent time with it. Still, I may do an “amended” post sometime in January like I did earlier this year once I’ve caught up on my backlog, but for now, don’t expect to see every AAA game on my lists.

While you wait for the madness to begin, here’s a look back at the past six years:

2015: WiiU Exclusive, Best Character, Download, Biggest Surprise, Game of the Year

2014: Soundtrack, Best Character, Download, Biggest Surprises, Games of the Year

2013: Soundtrack, Download, Biggest Surprises, Game of the Year

2012Downloadable Title, Best CharacterXbox 360PS3Biggest SurpriseSoundtrackGame of the Year

2011Downloadable TitleXbox 360PS3DisappointmentSoundtrackGame of the Year

2010Downloadable ContentWiiDisappointmentGame of the Year

 

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Saturday Video Round Up: Nov 13 – 19

Well folks, this week marks a very special edition of the Video Round Up. Like I do every year, the Round Up is going on a little vacation, set to return early in 2017. We’re finally past all of the major releases this year and with the holidays coming up quickly, the video activity will be slowing to a crawl. I may make a special one next month for the Game Awards and PlayStation event so stay tuned. For now, I’ll have more on this next week along with what’s going to be replacing it in December.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves though, it’s time to enjoy another edition of the Saturday Video Round Up. As I mentioned, even with new releases are slowing to a crawl, there’s still some interesting stuff to share. Here’s a small taste of what waits for you below.

Rainbow Six Siege, a game that launched almost a year ago, is still going strong and so to is the post-launch support. The final expansion of season one, Operation Red Crow, introduces a new map and two new operators based on the special forces of Japan. It’ll be interesting to see where Ubisoft takes this game with a second season of content now coming in 2017.

It’s still a bit strange to say, but The Last Guardian is now only a couple of weeks away. I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.

To help get fans even more excited, Sony has released a brand new CG cinematic trailer featuring some action sequences between Trico and the little boy.

I’ve also got new videos for Dishonored 2, Persona 5, Pokemon Sun/Moon and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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