It’s December, and that means Christmas and more importantly, the annual Game Awards (in its 4th year), hosted by the evergreen Geoff Keighley! Not only can we expect the usual Game of The Year award buzz, there are also a plethora of other awards awaiting deserving games of 2017. Add to that potential new game reveals and even more trailers, and we have got quite a show.
No worries if you have missed the livestream earlier, here’s what went down at The Game Awards 2017!
The Hideo Kojima joint continues its trailers run, this time with more Norman Reedus. As with most Kojima games, we wound up having more questions than answers after watching the trailer. Is this Earth? What invisible beings/floating aliens are stalking them? Why do they dissolve corpses? And everybody’s favourite foetus is back.
Plenty of mysteries, but one thing’s for sure: It looks pretty damn good, as should every Kojima game be.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: The Champions’ Ballad
Nintendo sure does things the Nintendo way, with a real Master Sword wielded by Eiji Aonuma on-stage just because. We finally get an extended look at the next significant DLC for Breath of the Wild, with new weapons and armour, and even more things to do in the beautiful world before Link’s Awakening (hehe), including the MasterCycle Zero! Available now!
The ever-popular battle royale game gets a new desert map in the form of Miramar, with elevation and dense urban surroundings changing up the usual routine. The Xbox Games Preview program starts on December 12, and the 1.0 release of PUBG on PC is slated for December 20.
Soul Calibur VI
The return of fan favourite fighting series Soul Calibur, the sixth instalment will come in 2018! It will run on Unreal Engine 4, with Motohiro Okubo serving as producer on the game.
Bayonetta 2 & 3
Bayonetta 3 is now in development exclusively for the Nintendo Switch! In addition, Bayonetta 2 on the Nintendo Switch will be releasing on February 16, and you will get the first game for free as a digital download when you purchase, sweet!
4A Games returns to the post-apocalyptic world of the Metro series, with Exodus promising even more radiated monsters and polished survival mechanics, all in a shiny package in Fall 2018. Artyom will be back.
Fortnite Battle Royale
The other battle royale game that isn’t PUBG, the new 50v50 mode that is available now will bring more mayhem and fun for a limited time, and for the low price of FREE!
In The Valley of Gods
Egypt is making a comeback in games apparently, coming via Campo Santo, makers of Firewatch, go on an archaeological adventure in the pyramids to uncover secrets and explore the undiscovered territories of the ancient wonders. It looks absolutely gorgeous!
Fade to Silence
In another survival title that pits the player against the wrath of Mother Nature and dark, corrupted beasts, how will you survive in this harsh world? Available December 14 on Early Access on Steam, and coming to all current-gen consoles next year.
A first-person adventure game with a creepy vibe, no surprises coming from the developers behind The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Witchfire looks suitably atmospheric and distinct, another one to look forward to.
A Way Out
The two-player co-op prison break simulator coming out on March 23 as part of EA Originals will introduce us to two starkly different personalities in Vincent and Leo, in a cinematic linear experience. Work together to survive, engage in explosive set-pieces, and choose the path you wanna take.
BONUS – Watch developer Josef Fares going off-track at The Game Awards 2017!
Dreams is alive! After a really long hiatus, Media Molecule’s latest creative endeavour is set for a 2018 release, with more info coming over the weekend at the PlayStation Experience.
From former designers of Payday 2 comes a new and terrifying 4-player co-op game filled with countless enemy waves, plenty of screams, and slimy entrails If GTFO isn’t enough of a hint to a horror game, the trailer sure provides some thrills.
World War Z
Yet another zombie game, but with the sheer amount of zombies that were on-screen, this could be a pretty tense experience for gamers that have been wanting a Left 4 Dead experience for a while now.
Coming via developers Owlchemy Lab of Job Simulator, embark on another VR adventure with Vacation Simulator in 2018 (probably) on PS VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift. Boasting a light-hearted tone, it looks like a perfect VR title to start with.
Smith & Smitherson Accounting+
Coming out on December 19 from developers Crows Crows Crows (The Stanley Parable), the crazy VR experience features the iconic voice of Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty) and a crazy concoction of surreal experiences and toilet humour, with a secret zoo level to boot.
FROM Software tease
No Dark Souls collection, no need Bloodborne, all you get is a 30-seconds teaser. What could it be, nobody knows…yet.
Game of the Year: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
Best Game Direction: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
Best Narrative: What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow)
Best Art Direction: Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
Best Score/Music: NieR: Automata (Platinum Games)
Best Audio Design: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Best Performance: Melina Juergens (Senua, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice)
Games for Impact: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Best Ongoing Game: Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
Best Mobile Game: Monument Valley 2 (ustwo Games)
Best Handheld Game: Metroid: Samus Returns (Nintendo)
Best VR/AR Game: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
Best Action Game: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Machine Games)
Best Action/Adventure Game: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
Best RPG Game: Persona 5 (ATLUS)
Best Fighting Game: Injustice 2 (NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive)
Best Family Game: Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo)
Best Strategy Game: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft)
Best Sports/Racing Game: Forza Motorsport 7 (Turn 10 Studios)
Best Multiplayer: PlayerUnknowns’ Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp)
Most Anticipated Game: The Last of Us Part 2 (Naughty Dog)
Best Independent Game: Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
Industry Icon: Carol Shaw
Trending Gamer: Dr. Disrespect
Best Student Game: Level Squared (Swinburne University)
Best esports Game: Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
Best esports Player: Lee Sang-hyeok “Faker” (SK Telecom 1)
Best esports Team: Cloud9
Best Debut Indie Game: Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
Best Chinese Game: jx3HD (Kingsoft Corporation)
There you have it, another awesome Game Awards and more juicy news coming out for this year and the next, gamers are going to have a great time and up next will be PlayStation Experience, so look forward to our coverage over the weekend, we’ll see you then!
Jake is a full-time trophy hunter and achievement gatherer on consoles, and part-time Steam Sale victim. He has a thing for Batman and awesome statues, and running out of space for both. Send help.