And The Winner For Game Of The Year Is…

Thursday night was this year’s Game Awards and so we now know what was officially crowned ‘Game Of The Year’…

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt took home the coveted prize, beating out the likes of Bloodborne, Fallout 4, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The success didn’t end there for CD Projekt Red as the developer also won ‘Developer Of The Year.’ Winners in the other categories are summarised below:

A big congratulations to all the winners, The Witcher 3 is a very worthy overall winner! We will be doing our own game of year in the coming weeks so make sure you stay tuned for that.

Staying with the awards and there was one very sour piece of news that came out of Thursday’s awards show: Konami barred Hideo Kojima from attending! Show organiser Geoff Keighley revealed that Kojima’s absence was a result of Konami’s lawyers advised Kojima that is wouldn’t be a good idea if he attended. This is a man who has been the cornerstone of the game development industry for 30 years and is responsible for The Phantom Pain winning two awards — these were instead collected by Konami PR individuals. Irrespective of what has gone one between the two parties, this again just makes Konami look bad! They talk about wanting to move away from AAA development but with actions like these they are effectively digging their own grave in the industry anyway. Good luck with your Pachinko machines Konami!

There were inevitably a few new announcements at The Games Awards, but before we get onto those let’s focus on a game we already knew was coming: Far Cry Primal. Along with the reveal of the first gameplay footage, which you can see below, Ubisoft‘s creative director Maxime Béland revealed to Gamespot that this indeed is “the next Far Cry” and not the spinoff aching to Blood Dragon that some thought it might be.

“The world is as big as Far Cry 4. It’s got an immense story that you do at your own pace, there’s side missions, there’s bonfires. It’s a Far Cry game.”

The gameplay video excited me, and I’m really intrigued to find out how Ubisoft go about giving us a full Far Cry experience without guns — weapons that have been a focal point of the previous games. We only have to wait a couple more month before we find out, Far Cry Primal launches on February 23rd.

Back to the new announcements and there are definitely a few to get excited about. First up is the latest project from Telltale Games, a Batman series! We don’t have a huge amount of detail right now but the announcement trailer showed us Bruce Wayne in a black and white comic book world. Whether or not this art style will carry over into the game remains to be seen, but consider me excited. Gotham is a city rich with excitement, Telltale creates great narrative, hopefully it is a recipe for success.

Harmonix also revealed a new form of Rock Band by teaming up with Oculus and announcing Rock Band VR. I suppose if you think about it Rock Band is a smart choice to enter the VR world, we have already seen Guitar Hero Live give us the first person rockstar experience. Gamers who are excited to immerse themselves in the rock ‘n’ roll world can look out for this game in 2016. I guess the best aspect of this is you will now have Rock Band for PC!

Sony Santa Monica were teasing a new project earlier this week and I bet that it would appear at this weekend’s PSX. I was wrong! Bound is the new game currently in development at Plastic, the studio behind Linger In Shadows, with Sony Santa Monica collaborating on its production. The 3D platformer has a ballerina as the lead character, which makes sense given the teasers we saw. The reveal trailer doesn’t show us much, but you can read more about the game over on the PlayStation Blog.

The final big reveal of the show was another remaster but trust me, it’s a good one. Shadow Complex Remastered will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One in 2016! The 2009 action-platformer comes with all of the original content but with obvious “graphical enhancements.” It will also feature new dynamic melee takedowns, and additional achievements and challenges to unlock. For those of you not familiar with Shadow Complex, its gameplay is much inspired by Super Metroid and Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night — arguably two of the greatest games ever made. It is definitely a game worth picking up, especially if you missed it the first time around!

Thats, it for today. Enjoy your weekend!

Matt