VGX has come and gone, and I think we can all agree that it was one of the most uncomfortable award shows ever produced. Between the hosts not wanting to be there and taking nothing seriously, the guests being visibly awkward and uncomfortable throughout, and the painfully bad sketches they threw into the mix, it actually made me miss the VGA format. At least that show had a live audience that the hosts could play off of. With the new format there was just awkward silence after every joke as they paused for laughter that just wasn’t there.
But peppered throughout the show were some fairly interesting reveals and “World Premieres” (I put that in quotes because I’m not convinced the producers of the show understand what those words even mean). Some were more interesting than others, but I’ll let you decide if it was really worth putting VGX together at all. Regardless, I have gathered here every bit of news, trailers, and what have you that can be gleamed from VGX, so you don’t have to actually sit through it yourself. Trust me when I say, no one should have to endure something like that.
Check out the roundup after the jump.
UPDATE: The trailers have been added after the jump!
Respawn Entertainment took the opportunity to reveal a bit more of Titanfall during the VGX Show. During the presentation they showed a new trailer highlighting one of the newest titans that players will be able to use once the game releases. The titan is named "the Ogre," and just like the name implies, this titan has quite a bit of power—so much that he can rip off other titan's arms. But all this strength comes at a cost, naturally, as the Ogre is a bit slower than the other titans.
That's not all, however, as later on they also showed what could be considered the counter of Ogre: the titan named Stryder. Stryder, as opposed to Ogre, is a very light and fast titan, able to surpass its adversaries with swift speed. Respawn Entertainment also took the opportunity to inform everyone that they are working on balancing everything before the March 11, 2014 release. They are also considering a beta, but news for that will come at a later date.
The trailers will be posted as soon as it is available.
UPDATE: We've added the gameplay footage from the show, which you can see after the jump!
After weeks of speculation and rumors, the day has finally arrived. VGX is live, and Nintendo decided to use (or waste, you decide) their airtime to discuss Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The focus of the discussion was the cooperative multiplayer that the game will feature, much like in the original game.
However, this time they added a new character to the roster: Cranky Kong! The second player can take control of Cranky, and he has his own special abilities much like Diddy Kong had in the original. He can use his cane to bounce off the ground, essentially helping the player to avoid spikes and kill enemies that the other characters cannot.
You can check out more newly-revealed details on the game, including the official release date, after the jump!
One of the may reveals at Spike's VGX game expo was 5 minutes of demo footage for the upcoming survival action title Dying Light, which can be summed up as Mirror's Edge with zombies. The demo, which you can view after the jump, shows off a daytime level filled with hectic action. The game looks rather colorful, which is a nice change of pace for a zombie game. This particular demo was played at full resolution on a PlayStation 4, and it looks quite good.
The player movement is centered heavily around parkour. The man running the demo claimed that players will be able to climb on or over pretty much everything they see, which seems to make the primary means of survival running away as opposed to trying to fighting off swarms. The combat itself even integrates the parkour moves, allowing players to parry around and jump off of enemies. The zombies are quite zealous, continuing to chase down and hunt the player even after losing limbs or being otherwise mutilated. The game even highlights injuries the player inflicts on their enemies, giving highlighted x-rays for broken bones.
Tim Schafer, one of my all time favorite game designers came on VGX to show off some footage and some big news about their upcoming adventure game, Broken Age. One of the big reveals, besides the beautiful 2D art style, was that the game will have huge named actors for the game's characters, including Jack Black and Elijah Woods. Jack Black has been shown to play a bearded fellow that the female character must talk to in the cloud city that she is currently in, and Elijah Woods is the main male character Shay, who is located in a space ship that has been taking care of him since he was a baby. You can switch between both characters at any time, and the stories are apparently happening at the same time. The first half of the game will come out in January, with the second half coming at a later date.
Check out the video after the jump!
One of the more interesting upcoming games right now has to be Remedy Studios’ Quantum Break for Xbox One. There is still a lot we don’t know about it, but it was given its own segment on VGX tonight. The segment consisted of an interview with the creators of the game as well as a featurette highlighting the concept of the game and its unique structure.
What makes Quantum Break so intriguing is its premise, in which the storyline spans not only the game itself, but also a TV show that will weave in and out of the game’s world. According to the developers, "how you play the game impacts the show, and the show informs how you play the game."
Check out the featurette and more info after the jump.
Eidos Montreal's cross-generation reboot of the classic first-person stealth franchise Thief just got a new trailer during Spike's VGX 2013. The trailer focuses on the story of Thief, and as such it gives us our first glimpses of a few of Thief's new characters. The first half is focused on some sort of cult-like ritual, and shows a young woman with whom Garrett certainly has some sort of relationship. Towards the latter half of the video, an elderly woman accosts Garrett, telling him "your city needs you," to which he responds, "I'm no savior" in expected anti-hero fashion.
Head past the jump to check out Thief's official story trailer.
One of the most highly anticipated games for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt got a brand new trailer shown during the VGX show. The trailer shows off story elements, a multi-region over world to travel through, dynamic combat, and downright beautiful graphics. Not a whole lot else was shown off, but it makes me excited to get a PlayStation 4 in the future. Are you excited for Geralt of Rivia's final story to be told in video game form?
You can view the trailer after the jump.
In high contrast to their previous title, Joe Danger, indie studio Hello Games just revealed No Man's Sky, an incredibly ambitious open-world space-exploration title, during Spike's VGX. Though there are only four people on the development team, No Man's Sky appears truly grand in scale, having an online-connected, procedurally-generated sci-fi universe where you can truly go anywhere. The developer on-hand promises that, if you see a star off in the distance, it's a sun with its own solar system of planets orbiting it, all beckoning you to explore.
An absolutely beautiful trailer was shown alongside the reveal, showcasing some truly wonderfully vibrant science fiction environments, and as it turns out, "The trailer is actually [him] playing the game." The video opens with the player character underwater in a sea of saturated greens and blues, and after a moment, they emerge into a forest of bright red grass and orange trees, followed by flashes of many unique landscapes which players will be able to visit.
Tonight has been a big night for video game news, and it is still rolling in. Ubisoft, in partnership with Massive Entertainment, has unveiled a new graphical showcase trailer for their ambitious project titled Tom Clancy’s The Division. You might want to have a towel handy, because you just might drool all over your floor.
Check out the graphics trailer and more after the jump.