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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:02am 09/12/13 | 7 Comments
This year's VGX Awards (formerly known as the SpikeTV VGAs) saw a huge number of 'world premiers' amidst the ceremony of the likes of "Best Song in a Game" or "Best Character" (GTA V won Overall Game of the Year, mind).

While many see the awards as a bit silly given some of the categories over the years, the event has become somewhat of a stage for the year ahead and major announcements, and while there were more trailers and reveals this year than in previous ones, there wasn't a lot in the way of new IP. Rather, most of what was shown was just updated, new trailers for new content from games we already know are coming in 2014.

Unfortunately trailers are all still bound by Viacom exclusivity, so the only place you can currently watch them is on GameTrailers and its rather clunky steaming video player. We'll hopefully have youtube links or locally hosted videos available in the next day or so, but until then, you'll just have to suffer GT's unskipable ads low bitrate clips.

Two big surprises to emerge though, both involve everyone's favourite adventure series devs, Telltale, who it was announced is working on a Game of Thrones episodic game series, but perhaps most exciting of all is that they've teamed up with 2K Games and Gearbox Software to deliver a series borne from Borderlands simply called Tales from the Borderlands. Telltale's Game of Thrones VGX trailer, Tales from Borderlands VGX trailer, developer interview only on GameTrailers.

A next-gen Definitive Edition for Tomb Raider was also confirmed, which will not only include a number of graphical upgrades, but also new content. The re-release of the game will be in January of 2014. refreshingly non-gametrailers exclusive trailer here.

Nintendo confirmed Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze for Wii U coming in February of next year. They also confirmed that this entry in the long-running series would bring back fan-favourite, Cranky Kong. Presentation video only on GameTrailers.

Elijah Wood revealed his casting in Double Fine's Kickstarter success, Broken Age. He joins an already-impressive line-up that includes Wil Wheaton, Jennifer Hale, Pendleton Ward and Jack Black. VGX Trailer, Live Gameplay Demo, Tim Schafer Interview only on GameTrailers.

Alongside new gameplay footage of Quantum Break, the Xbox One exclusive from Remedy (Alan Wake), the studio also revealed a new iOS "reverse tower defense" strategy title called Agents of the Storm they boast hasn't been done on the platform yet. Quantum Break VGX trailer, and dev interview, and Agents of the Storm trailer only on GameTrailers.

Ubisoft showed off a tech demo video for their new Snowdrop game engine that will be used in Tom Clancy's The Division, highlighting its high level of detail, procedural damage, volumetric lighting, particle effects and more. VGX Trailer only on GameTrailers.

A UK-based indie studio, Hello Games (Joe Danger), made up of just four team-members revealed No Man's Sky, a procedural sci-fi first-person adventure game with huge amounts of exploration across multiple planets with real-time space-travel. The game's visuals take on a colourful, almost cel-shaded look and the ships are clearly tapping into classic Star Wars design. VGX Trailer, dev interview only on GameTrailers.

Finally, Respawn revealed a new Titan class for the hotly anticipated Titanfall, called The Ogre. The class is obviously from the Heavy category, and looks to be slow and powerful. Vince Zampella of Respawn also said they're thinking about a beta for the game. Stryder trailer, and Ogre trailer only on GameTrailers.

There were also new trailers shown for the likes of The Witcher 3, Destiny, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Thief: Deadly Shadows and Dying Light: The Witcher 3 VGX Trailer, Destiny VGX Trailer, South Park: The Stick of Truth VGX Trailer, Theif VGX Trailer, and Pre-Show clip, and Dying Light VGX Gameplay Demo, all currently only on GameTrailers.

Stay tuned to AusGamers for higher quality versions of all of these videos as they are made available by their publishers and developers.












Latest Comments
Bah
Posted 10:19am 09/12/13
Game of Thrones episodic game series, but perhaps most exciting of all is that they've teamed up with 2K Games and Gearbox Software to deliver a series borne from Borderlands simply called Tales from the Borderlands.
Wait so an i.p. known for an epic storyline is "ok" whereas an i.p. where the storyline is just a background to mindless shooting and grinding is "most exciting", given that telltale make story driven games? Ok then.
groganus
Posted 10:21am 09/12/13
Best awards ever (hear me out).

Joel Mchale rocked up, realised what a classic low budget crap event it was and decided to just rip into everything and everyone.

Often he would open his mouth and either be interrupted or the camera would move off him.

Mean while outside where the GTA concert was setting up they decided to chuck Tyler the Creator and a black comedy group.

This resulted in some very cringe worthy moments as they would often cut to them to set up the next segment, this group either got very drunk or stopped caring as the show went forward.

Train Wreck television at it's best.

Classic Joel Mchale Moments,

Constantly referring to his co-hosts excessive layers of clothing.
Challenging his co-host to pick his favorite game
When Indi Dev from No Mans Sky was being interviewed, asking him how he and his team didn't have carpal tunnel syndrome.
Asking Reggie from Nintendo what he thought about the PS4 and Xbox.
Constantly asking guests demoing games if they were on drugs when coming up with ideas (luckily guests like Tim Schafer knew how to play along).

Oh it got even better when Matt Stone and Trey Parker came out around the midway point to announced game of the year... yes this show was such a cluster fuck they announced game of the year at the mid way point.

Matt and Trey made a pisstake out of it, claiming that movies and tv shows were dead and that video game awards were the future. It was presented awkwardly with zero fucks given.
Eorl
Posted 10:26am 09/12/13
Heh I loved the show just for those moments Grog, especially seeing Joel challenge the norm. The group outside were just great for cringe comedy, I have no clue who they were but man was it funny seeing a grown up male with a $59.99 price tag on his pants.

No Man's Sky looks phenomenal, I'm really hoping they can capitalise on their promises and offer an expansive world that I can just get lost in like Starbound or Minecraft. It seems like 2014 is going to be the year of open-world explorative games and I can't wait for that.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 10:34am 09/12/13
bah, it's exactly that reason that it's exciting. Borderlands is ripe for creative exploration from a team known for solid storytelling and there's little they need to be weary of because Gearbox are lazy storytellers. Game of Thrones is complex and already established on multiple narrative planes. I'm not saying they won't both be amazing games, but the idea of Telltale fleshing out a barren but exciting game-world is pretty awesome.
Khel
Posted 11:17am 09/12/13
I've got zero interest in the Borderlands one, but GoT should be epic, maybe the first GoT game which doesn't eat balls. Thats not a new announcement though is it? I'm sure I heard a few months ago about Telltale working on a GoT game, or was it just rumour up till this point?
Dan
Posted 11:21am 09/12/13
Added all the GT links into Steve's post. Man I loathe GameTrailer's player. Crashed multiple times trying to watch vids on my Android phone last night, and it liked to make me sit through two pre-roll ads about Furbies and Angry Birds multiple times. Such a gravy train. Terrible video bitrates too, really doesn't do the footage justice.

Hopefully we'll have official publisher versions of everything in Youtube quality before too long.
ravn0s
Posted 01:02pm 09/12/13
the only good things about the show were GoT game, no man's sky, witcher 3 trailer, south park and:

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