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.
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