With it’s 11th year in action, the annual video games award ceremony put on by SpikeTV and Gametrailers changed things up a bit stripping away the celebrities, bright lights, and excess for something much smaller and more intimate. The large audience was cut down to only a handful of people and Joel McHale joined Geoff Keighley this year for hosting duties resulting in what the majority of you would consider extremely uncomfortable moments. Geoff valiantly tried to hold it together but the conversations seemed to be derailed quite a bit.
I won’t lie, I didn’t watch this year mainly because the event was not televised, only allowing people to stream it from various online sources including your consoles. From what I heard online and through social media, the show was once again a train wreck so don’t feel bad if you didn’t catch it either. Personally, I like Geoff and what he brings to the industry. He does a great job getting the scoops and putting it out there for people so I do hope he’s able to really put together a great awards show because video games certainly deserve it. This media is only growing in size and popularity so to have a great awards show to go along with it seems like a wonderful fit.
As usual, there were a number of announcements, reveals, and yes, even a few awards handed out. If you missed the show or need a complete recap on all of the activity, head below the jump as I’ve mapped it all out for you.
Surprises and Announcements
The Division – Already at the top of my most anticipated list for 2014, Ubisoft had a new trailer ready to go. Although it didn’t feature any new gameplay, the trailer detailed the power of the Snowdrop Engine powering the title. Needless to say, it’s just about stunning.
Titanfall – With as much hype as this announcement was generating prior to the show, I was fairly confident that they would be announcing some sort of beta or early access program. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be. With that said, the announcement was still pretty cool, as two more titans were revealed for the core game. The Stryder, built on agility and speed but lower armor, and The Ogre, a bruising force of nature but is a bit slower.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition – A joint venture between United Front Games and Crystal Dynamics, the definitive edition brings all of the multiplayer DLC and improved visuals featuring TressFX from the 2013 title to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Cranky Kong has been confirmed as the fourth playable character for the upcoming WiiU title. Bout time the old ape puts hit money where his mouth is after talking so much smack through these past DKC games.
Telltale Games – These guys are certainly keeping busy with the new season of The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us. They’re going to be adding two new series to the mix with Tales From The Borderlands and Game of Thrones. Telltale will be collaborating with Gearbox to bring all new stores from the Borderlands universe complete with original voice actors and of course, Handsome Jack.
No Man’s Sky – A brand new game from Hello Games, the guys behind all of the fun and colorful Joe Danger games. No Man’s Sky is quite the departure from Joe Danger as it represents a procedurally generated, exploration-focused sci-fi titel complete with planets to explore. I’d be lying if I said I understood any of it but it sure does look cool.
Broken Age – Elijah Wood is joining the cast.
Remedy – In addition to Quantum Break, the former Alan Wake and Max Payne developer is working on Agents of Storm, a tablet game, set to debut early in 2014.
Most Anticipated: Titanfall
Character(s) of the Year: Lutece Twins (BioShock Infinite)
Best Mobile Game: Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time
Game of the Year: Grand Theft Auto V
Studio of the Year: Naughty Dog
Best Shooter: BioShock Infinite
Best Action-Adventure Game: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Best Sports Game: NBA 2K14
Best Independent Game: Gone Home
Best RPG: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Best Fighting Game: Injustice: Gods Among Us
Best Driving Game: Forza Motorsport 5
Best DLC: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Best Xbox Game: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Best Playstation Game: The Last of Us
Best Nintento Game: Super Mario 3D World
Best PC Game: Gone Home
Best Handheld Game: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Best Casual Game: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Best Voice Actor: Troy Baker (The Last of Us)
Best Voice Actress: Ashley Johnson (The Last of Us)
Best Soundtrack: Grand Theft Auto V
Best Song In A Game: “Will the Circle be Unbroken” performed by Courtnee Draper and Troy Baker (BioShock Infinite)