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VGA 2012 Rundown

VGA 2012 SmileyThe 10th annual VGA (Video Game Awards) was last night on the 7th and it had some interesting events going on and plenty of surprises too! This year had something pretty cool, if you viewed it on your XBOX 360 there were polls that allowed you to vote on things for Samuel L. Jackson, the host for this year, to do and be in. All of which were pretty funny and composed mainly of Sam Jackson stating he was Sam Jackson and cursing at the video game characters. If all you want is the list of winners then they’re located at the bottom of the page, but there are trailers and information about the games shown during the ceremony.

This year opened up with a South Park skit that parodied The Hobbit, but mostly just had Cartman beating the crap out of Bilbo. Shortly afterwards we got the trailer for South Park: The Stick of Truth and it didn’t really show off anything new, but did give us a taste of what is to come. *Warning: Mature content with this trailer*

A few members of The Walking Dead cast like Daryl, Glen, and Michonne came up to announce the Best Shooter Award. The nominees of this category were: Borderlands 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Halo 4, and Max Payne 3. The award went to Borderlands 2 from Gearbox Software along with awards in Best Multiplayer Game and Best Performance by a Human-Male (Handsome Jack).

The Phantom PainAdam Scott showed off this next game which was a huge surprise and has instilled confusion among well everybody. Titled “The Phantom Pain” by a newly formed Swedish game company, Moby Dick Studio. Now the most interesting thing is the controversy about this title and what it might entail. For one the trailer had no mention of any publisher so a self funded company to produce this kind of quality of game? Not to say it can’t be done… but kind of unreal. Also there is a ghosted word or phrase at the end logo which some have pieced to be “Metal Gear Solid V” which somewhat makes sense due to the striking similarity between the protagonist and Solid Snake who has the mullet and scruffy grey beard. I’m not too familiar with the other MGS titles, but it has been noted that Volgin and The Boss from MGS 3 are somewhat shown in the trailer too.

I did some of my own research into the CEO of Moby Dick Studio, Joakim Mogren and found nothing really besides the clutter of articles recently released about this. However, I did translate the page to Swedish and then used Google Translate to put it back in English instead of the main page auto translation and it changed the name to Peter Mogren along with significantly reducing the About Us page text as well. Maybe it is a double trick? Make us think that it is Metal Gear to get hype about the game and then go around and be something else entirely different? So who knows? As I find out I’ll be sure to let you know though. Minus all the rumors and such this trailer is action packed, intense, and beautiful. It presented a very solid movie-like experience.

They did a fan based Character of the Year Award with nominees: Master Chief from Halo 4, Connor from Assassin’s Creed 3, Raul Menendez from Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Claptrap from Borderlands 2, and Commander Sheppard (femshep included) from Mass Effect 3. The award went to Claptrap from Borderlands 2.

This game has been on my radar since its announcement and continues to amaze me with everything they show from it. Before now we had only seen the destruction and the scavenging, but with this new trailer we got a glimpse of the world as it was going to hell and even the towns and normal people during the aftershock. Not to mention actual interaction between Joel and other people besides Ellie, and of course a post apocalyptic world isn’t complete without brutal militia. It also touched briefly on why they were travelling in the first place, the trailer mentions Joel accepting a job to move some “cargo” and saying everything has to deal with the girl, Ellie. Also the release date was announced to be May 7, 2013. Finally an actual Summer release!! Thank you Naughty Dog!

The best Action/Adventure Award was given out with the nominees: Assassin’s Creed 3, Darksiders 2, Dishonored, and Sleeping Dogs. The award goes to Dishonored from Arkane Studios.

Jessica Alba made the biggest surprise of them all, and yes even beating the possibility of a MGS5, with the announcement of Dark Souls 2 and I might add that she is the only one to talk about Dark Souls and make it seem sexy. After Demon Souls it seemed unlikely that they’d make a sequel and with Dark Souls it was possible, but only if it was well received. I’m quite glad From Software saw that it was definitely worth it. I found out that the Dark Souls creator, Hidetaka Miyazaki, will only supervise this new game. This is probably because he was the reason for the reluctance of creating Dark Souls in the first place and honestly he probably didn’t want to be a part of Dark Souls 2. Just my speculation though… Anyway you will be a new hero and explore a new area as well, but they promise it will still appeal to the original fans and bring in new ones at the same time. Also their unique multiplayer experience will be changing to a server-based multiplayer. What that fully entails has yet to be seen.

Next award given out was the Best Independent Game Award with nominees: Dust: An Elysian Tail, Fez, Journey, and Mark of the Ninja. The award went to Journey which also took home Best PS3 Game Award, Best Original Score Award.

Snoop Dogg showed off the first trailer for the Assassin’s Creed 3 DLC, The Tyranny of King Washington and here is the link to watch the trailer.

Even though a trilogy ends, the series can live on and that is what is happening with Gears of War Judgement. It will be taking place about a month after the Emergence Day and a prequel to the main series. Prepare yourselves for some major destruction and mayhem going on in this game and the combat definitely looks very similar to the originals, but of course there will always be adjustments to it.

The voice of Lara Croft, Camilla Luddington, showed off the newest addition to the Tomb Raider franchise with a new trailer and still not short on the brutality of this game. There was also a scene with an older man saying, “…you can do it. You’re a Croft.” This seems like it might be her father, but at the least a family friend and you can bet that you’ll be diving into Lara’s background and family with this title as well as she makes her transition to school girl to tomb raider. The game is still releasing March 5, 2013.

Tenacious D got the lucky task of announcing the Game of the Decade Award which had nominees of BioShock, Batman Arkham City, Half-Life 2, Mass Effect 2, Portal, Red Dead Redemption, Shadow of the Colossus, Legend of Zelda: Windwaker, WiiSports, and World of Warcraft. They went off of what was really good and what changed the way we game. Even with that said… WiiSports?!?! THAT made the list? Not even Resident Evil 4 which has been on numerous top games EVER was mentioned. Honestly this list was pretty poorly made, but regardless the award goes to Half-Life 2.

If you got Halo 4 and have been keeping up with the Spartan Ops episodic adventures then you know that currently they’re doing a mid-season break. They decided to tease what is going on in the second half of Spartan Ops with a trailer that is located here, but the date for the next season return is going to be January 21, 2013.

Ken Levine came out to show us another trailer for BioShock Infinite just after the game was announced to be delayed again. The trailer is pretty neat and shows off a fight scene with their new enemy, The Handyman, who is the equivalent of a Big Daddy from the original pretty much. Below is the trailer for the upcoming release.

Zoe Saldana from Star Trek came out to give the Game of the Year Award with nominees of: Assassin’s Creed 3, Dishonored, Journey, Mass Effect 3, The Walking Dead. The award went to The Walking Dead from Telltale Games and they were also awarded the Studio of the Year Award, Best Adapted Video Game Award, Best Performance by a Human-Female Award (Clementine), and Best Downloadable Game Award

Sam Jackson VGA 2012The whole list of award recipients will be below:

  • Game of the Year – The Walking Dead(Telltale Games)
  • Studio of the Year – Telltale Games
  • Best Xbox 360 Game – Halo 4 (Microsoft Studios/343 Industries)
  • Best PS3 Game – Journey (thatgamecompany)
  • Best Wii/Wii-U Game – New Super Mario Bros. U (Nintendo)
  • Best PC Game – XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games)
  • Best Handheld / Mobile Game -Sound Shapes (Queasy Games)
  • Best Shooter – Borderlands 2 (Gearbox Software)
  • Best Action Adventure Game – Dishonored (Arkane Studios)
  • Best RPG – Mass Effect 3 (BioWare)
  • Best Multi-Player Game – Borderlands 2 (Gearbox Software)
  • Best Individual Sports Game – SSX (EA Canada)
  • Best Team Sports Game – NBA 2K13 (Visual Concepts)
  • Best Driving Game – Need For Speed Most Wanted (Criterion Games)
  • Best Fighting Game – Persona 4 Arena (Atlus)
  • Best Adapted Video Game – The Walking Dead(Telltale Games)
  • Best Independent Game – Journey (thatgamecompany)
  • Best Graphics – Halo 4 (343 Industries)
  • Best Song in a Game – “Cities” by Beck (Sound Shapes from Queasy Games)
  • Best Original Score – Journey (thatgamecompany)
  • Best Performance By a Human Male – Dameon Clarke as Handsome Jack (Borderlands 2)
  • Best Performance By a Human Female – Melissa Hutchison as Clementine (The Walking Dead)
  • Best Downloadable Game – The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games)
  • Best Social Game – You Don’t Know Jack (Jellyvision Games)
  • Best DLC – Dawnguard from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • Most Anticipated Game – Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)
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