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2017 has proven to be a tumultuous time for many reasons, but as it comes to an end, players from all walks of life can relax tonight and reflect on some fantastic games the industry had to offer over the past year. Geoff Keighley is back with The Game Awards for another round, bringing with it a night of accolades and world premieres to remember.

You can watch the livestream right here on Gamnesia after the jump, and keep your fingers crossed for your favorites to take home some awards. Which game are you hoping will win the coveted Game of the Year Award? Share your thoughts with us inside!

Update: The weather system will arrive later this month as a separate update, but Gen III Pokémon are still coming later in the week.

Original: Attention, Pokémon Trainers! A big update is planned for release later this week for Niantic's Pokémon GO, one that will surely delight those who grew up playing Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, if not their recent respective remakes. Among the likes of Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip, fifty more Hoenn region Pokémon will soon be available for capture within the mobile game—joining their spookier compatriots from the Halloween update—as well as a dynamic weather system that will affect gameplay.

Read on after the jump for more details!

Ten days ago, Bandai Namco Entertainment teased an upcoming game project that sent fans of Kōhei Horikoshi's hit manga My Hero Academia into a frenzy, providing no other hint beyond an egg tumbling out of a microwave and a countdown. The countdown has since reached its anticipated end, and so the teaser site has transformed into the webpage for Bandai Namco's newly revealed My Hero Academia: One's Justice, produced by Magicians Dead and Gunslinger Stratos developer Byking. Little is known about the game at this time, with more details and a teaser trailer forthcoming at Jump Festa 2018 within two weeks.

Check out the gallery after the jump for an early look at One's Justice!

The Nintendo Switch has yet to wrap up its first year on store shelves, and with a number of blockbuster releases already under its belt, another highly anticipated title is set to drop for the hybrid platform tomorrow. JRPG lovers are looking forward to sink their teeth in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, but recent comments by Monolith Soft president Tetsuya Takahashi have also caught the attention of fans of the Nintendo subsidiary's Wii U venture.

In an interview with Japanese gaming publication 4Gamer, Takahashi shared some interesting comments on Xenoblade Chronicles X and the possibility of a Nintendo Switch port for the game in the future.

Read on after the jump for more details!

For fans of Sonic the Hedgehog, the Blue Blur's 25th anniversary closed on a pretty good note with Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice in 2016, but not without teasing two major return-to-form titles in the coming year. Blue believers who grew up with a SEGA Genesis in their youth—or a Mega Collection of sorts in later years like myself—were promised a brand new 2D game developed by community all-stars who would embrace nostalgia and reimagine the classic Sonic experience. On the other hand, those who enjoyed Sonic's more recent adventures were teased with Sonic Team's very own "Project Sonic 2017," bringing Modern Sonic not only back to Boost-style gameplay last seen in Sonic Generations, but also to darker and more serious storytelling of the pre-Colors games.

Hit the jump for the rest of the review!

Now, imagine the egg not exploding.

Earlier today, Bandai Namco Entertainment launched a teaser site for a new video game project, with a countdown set for a full reveal ten days from now. The barren site only features an interactive microwave visitors can click on, at which point an egg comes tumbling out.

While insignificant on its own, fans of Kōhei Horikoshi's hit manga quickly caught on to the reference and to what the gaming publisher might be hinting at; a My Hero Academia video game could be on the horizon.

Read on after the jump for more details!

It's no secret by now that Shadow the Hedgehog will appear in Sonic Forces. The Ultimate Life Form stars as one of Eggman's enforcers in his latest bid for global conquest, but this development has since left fans wondering why the reformed hedgehog is back on the side of evil, putting him at odds with Modern Sonic and the Resistance.

Today, SEGA has revealed a new prequel DLC for the upcoming title, focusing on the backstory between Shadow and new baddie Infinite and setting the stage for the events of Forces. The appropriately titled Episode Shadow add-on will also feature the grand return of Shadow himself as a playable character, for the first time in eleven years!

Hit the jump for more details, screenshots, and gameplay footage of Episode Shadow.

In the final expansion to Yacht Club Games' critically acclaimed Shovel Knight, players will finally step into the shoes of King Knight as he embarks on a quest to be a mighty king (so enemies beware!) in King of Cards.

Pridemoor has yet to see a king with quite the knack for flair, but the Gilded Goon aspires to be the main event like no king was before (brushing up on looking down while building up his score) in this new prequel story—and this is a facet of King Knight's character that is reflected quite clearly and charmingly in his gameplay.

Read on after the jump for more details about my time with Shovel Knight: King of Cards!

Invading dragons have razed the Earth, human civilization has collapsed, and survivors have taken to living out the remainder of their days in capsules in outer space. This is the bleak scenario painted by Cleaversoft for their upcoming, procedurally-generated runner game EarthNight, where you take on the role of either 14-year-old high schooler Sydney or freelance photographer Stanley to scavenge for resources, collect power-ups, and slay dragons.

Read on after the jump for my first impressions!

After a 2013 pilot episode, a mobile game, and several shorts over the past few years, August saw the long-awaited premiere of Ian James-Quartey's superhero comedy series OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes on Cartoon Network. Unlike other CN programs that wound up receiving video game adaptations later on in their run, such as Steven Universe with Attack the Light, OK K.O.! is unique in that it is debuting both a show and a tie-in video game at relatively the same time.

The show itself is inspired by a number of all-star classics and is filled to the brim with a number of tongue-in-cheek references, so it would only make sense for there to be a game for it as well. OK K.O.! Let's Play Heroes, developed by Capybara Games, was first revealed back at E3 2017, and a demo became playable for attendees at PAX West this year.

Read on after the jump for my first impressions on Let's Play Heroes!

September dawned and marked the inaugural first day of PAX West 2017, drawing in developers and fans the world over to converge on downtown Seattle, Washington for a festival of all things gaming. From the biggest of producers to the smallest of independent studios, there are a lot of hidden gems to uncover at the convention, so here I am on the show floor to find them for myself and for you!

I was pulled aside at the Indie Megabooth by representatives for The Voxel Agents, who were presenting a charming little puzzle game revolving around the ability to play and rewind time. After spending some time with it, I must say I really enjoyed what I got to play of The Gardens Between.

Read on below for my hands-on impressions for The Gardens Between!

The idea of a new classic Sonic the Hedgehog title was but a lofty and impossible dream. I grew up playing and enjoying Sonic game after game ever since I first got into the franchise proper with Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, but I kept coming back to Sonic Mega Collection in particular. As I played and replayed Sonic 3 & Knuckles ad nauseum over the years, I made peace with the fact that the classic chapter of the Blue Blur was over, as much as I wished to see a brand new retro entry someday...

Read on inside for the complete review!

While unfortunate that the PC version of the game has been delayed by two weeks, tomorrow still marks the day that Sonic Mania finally launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. The throwback Sonic game brings back the old school style of gameplay fans have loved in the past with Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles blazing through familiar and new running grounds, produced by respected community members-turned-professional developers.

The review embargo for Sonic Mania lifted this morning, and the verdict is nothing short of positive all around. At the time of writing, the game is pulling in an aggregated 86% on MetaCritic and 87% on OpenCritic, receiving plenty of praise for its remastered stages and music, but most do share criticism in there being more remixed levels than there are new ones.

Check out our review roundup and the launch trailer after the jump!

As more and more people take game development in their own homes, it's now become easier than ever to get their passion projects out to the world with yesterday's launch of the Xbox Live Creators Program. The program allows independent developers to publish their own games directly onto Xbox One's and Windows 10's game stores via a simplified certification process and no concept approval required, albeit with some restrictions compared to full-scale releases.

The first round of indie games are available now via the brand new Creators Collection, and you can see them in action via the highlight reel after the jump!

The adorable puppy-like Rockruff made its debut in Pokémon Sun and Moon last year, and what made it stand out from the pack was its ability to evolve into one of two different versions of Lycanroc: the quicker, quadruped Midday form and the bulky, bipedal Midnight form. With the upcoming release of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon on Nintendo 3DS later this year, The Pokémon Company recently introduced Lycanroc's brand new Dusk Form. This special Lycanroc, however, will only be available to early adopters of either game for a limited time.

Read on after the jump for more details.