Hi everybody! Welcome back! A couple hours ago, The Game Awards 2016 ended. I was unsure of whether or not to do a column on it, but I figured why not? So here I am to give some thoughts on The Game Awards. I hope you enjoy.
Okay, so The Game Awards is mostly just an advertising vehicle for the game industry. Even if the awards are legit, there’s so many trailers and other forms of advertisements that you can’t help but be a little cynical. I was a bit shocked that Overwatch won Game of the Year, though. Sure, it’s an awesome game, but it was going up against a couple major hitters like Uncharted 4, Doom, and Titanfall 2.
Another thing worth mentioning is the emotional speech given by the creator of That Dragon, Cancer. Ryan Green, said creator of the game, created That Dragon, Cancer as a means to tell the story of his young son who battled cancer, and unfortunately didn’t survive. The game won the award for Games For Impact, which was for games that tackle real-world issues. He gave such a great speech. He was trembling with emotion, nearly breaking down in tears, as he fumbled with his phone to bring up his speech. The whole segment really is worth watching, and it was a huge contrast to some of the stupidity that surrounded it.
Some of that stupidity was a guy dressed in a Schick Hydro razor outfit, there obviously to shill razors. As well as a bit of VR-themed silliness. Thankfully that stuff wasn’t too obnoxious, but it still makes the awards show a little difficult to take seriously.
But really, no one was there for the awards, they were there for game trailers and exclusive world premiers. The kind that would be on YouTube and every gaming website mere moments after they premiered on the Game Awards show. Still, seeing them live was neat. Gets a little bit of the hype train going.
Death Stranding was one of the big trailers of the night. It wasn’t as “WTF?” as the E3 trailer, but it was close. There’s still virtually nothing known about the story, except that some guy who looks an awful lot like game journalist Jim Sterling (host of Jimquisition) is carrying a baby (or at least a fully grown fetus) in some sort of incubation jar, and is trying to avoid heavily armed soldiers. The apparent leader is played by Mads Mikkelsen. So we have Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen as big-name actors in the game. Good for Hideo, but can we get some idea of what the game is about, please?
There was also some more of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild shown off. Still a lot like what we saw at E3. Weapon degradation, item collecting, crafting, etc. With the fact that weapons degrade, it makes me wonder if The Master Sword even appears in the game at all. Surely that can’t break, right? There were two separate videos for the game shown off, and it still looks amazing. I do wonder, however, if the footage that has been shown is on the Nintendo Switch or the Wii U, or if that even matters.
And finally, there was a bit of Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay shown. ME: Andromeda now has crafting. Eh. Also, there seem to be settlements already in place lead by humans and Turians. I was under the impression that your team were the only ones from the Milky Way galaxy that were going to Andromeda. But the new gameplay video made it seem like others from our galaxy already made it there and set up shop. So I’m confused. Hopefully more light will be shed on that situation in the near future.
Well, I think that does it for me for tonight. I may be back on Saturday for the PlayStation Experience press conference. It starts at 1PM EST, so stay tuned for that. My thoughts will obviously come afterward. Assuming there’s anything worth writing about. I shouldn’t make promises.
Catch me on Twitter at @geekdombrandon. See you all next time.