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.
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.
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.
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.
During the awkward VGX showing (it is awkward, admit it), they showed some new footage and details of the upcoming Ubisoft published RPG, South Park: The Stick of Truth for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. The footage shown looked like it takes place during the beginning of the game, where Cartman trains your character in using the fart spells against test dummies and an unfortunate kid who actually listened to Cartman. Looks like you will be needing to hold an analog stick down while moving the other analog stick and sync it with a certain fart frequency. Other than that, they showed the trailer that was shown during the last footage shown of the game. (Update: new trailer after the jump)
Nominees for the VGX Game of the Year were pretty much what you'd expect: the three well-respected, story-driven AAA titles of the year—Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite, The Last of Us—Nintendo's big 2013 game—Super Mario 3D World—and the obviously ridiculously popular Grand Theft Auto V.
As announced by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Grand Theft Auto V was proclaimed the winner.
Bungie premiered a brand new trailer tonight at VGX for their game Destiny, following up their recent reveal of the game’s release date, which is September 9th, 2014. It is still looking just as good as always, but don’t let me tell you. Watch the trailer yourself after the jump!
As you all know, Reggie Fils-Aime was interviewed on VGX tonight, and as a part of that interview he was asked how he feels about the tough competition Nintendo is facing with the release of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. His response was concise and political, but strangely wise in a way that only Reggie can pull off.
See what he said after the jump!