Just in case you needed to double take some of the amazing showings at the best gaming event in recent history, The Game Awards had everything from a surprise rebirth in Soulcalibur IV to very high quality New IP never before seen until today.
The longest World Premiere is even included, in at nearly 8 minutes long – Death Stranding by Hideo Kojima, Guillermo del Toro, Kojima Productions, and Sony Interactive Entertainment starring Norman Reedus (of The Walking Dead) who also took stage during The Game Awards 2017.
A great story was told as our Industry Icon of the Year 2017 took stage following a tribute video explaining her history in the video games industry developing, writing, programming, even drawing and animating games single handedly over 35 years ago.
Starting out on the Atari, Carol Shaw was one of the first female game developers. She is reportedly recognized as the first woman to ever get her name on a video game box for credit as well. Her name even began to get mentioned during ads for titles when her following grew larger. Now being awarded the Industry Icon 2017 award at The Game Awards puts her name alongside last year’s winner Hideo Kojima Industry Icon 2016 and the first winner of the brand new award category.
Carol’s story is a triumph in the dignity of video games as a medium and a reminder of an excellent developer’s legacy left behind in gaming. Her story to this day reminds us that any person of any race or gender or belief system can participate in playing and making video games. Geek and Sundry’s Felicia Day took stage to introduce the Industry Icon 2017 Carol Shaw as she commented, “This is proof that women have always been in the game industry.”
The tribute video preceding the award detailed Carol’s game development catalog including titles such as Polo and River Raid the latter which has sold over 1 million units upon its release in a time when video games were still niche and the modern mainstream fandom hadn’t formed yet. Plaques were shown for going Platinum in game sales, copies of the games were shown to be played by the developer herself.
[Women in Gaming: Past, Present, and Future]
From College straight to employment at Atari, Carol Shaw represents someone who has helped shape gaming into what it is today. Her triumph took place in a time of rogue development, when developers as she states designed, programmed, wrote, composed, drew, and even marketed their own games solo.
Carol took the stage and gave a heartfelt sincere gratitude to having led such a life in which video games could be seen to evolve so far with even mentions of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality coming into their own upon the horizon. She looked back on all of her years in the video games industry with happiness, and gave words of encouragement to all players who would like to make a video game some day, stating that anyone can still do it today like she did.
Nominees included Destiny 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Cuphead for 2017’s Best Art Direction at the newly refreshed event The Game Awards 2017. Although tensions were high in the crowd, and no one was really sure how it would all end up, Cuphead took the win for Best Art Direction of 2017. Developed by StudioMDHR with Lead Artist Chad Moldenhauer putting the game together with Jared Moldenhauer, the two took stage to share some of their story.
Putting everything on the line for Cuphead, and refusing to make deals with the devil while staying true to a run and gun video game experience influenced by cartoon works of the likes of Walt Disney’s 1930’s vintage era, the game mesmerizes players. More than just looking and playing great, the game even keeps a beat. Looking like something straight out of a gamers’ fantasy, and appealing to a large audience although notoriously difficult to master – Cuphead can be seen in motion below.
With everything going into a very action-packed revival of The Game Awards, this was one category which as part of several was crucially important for Geoff Keighley and peers of the game industry (over 51 media outlets and influencers voted as well as 50% weighted fan voting on many categories, with some completely chosen by fans) to get it right. This time around it seems that The Game Awards wasn’t going to hold any punches and simply let the games rise above anything that could’ve possibly held them back.
There was even a jab made at EA by the award’s presenter, who claimed he needed to pay a micro-transaction on his mobile device before he was able to see the winner in his envelope. This was followed up by a statement claiming that micro-transactions are “really stupid” echoing the beliefs of gamers worldwide.
Since the release of the game most fans have taken to a liking the reboot of the Wolfenstein franchise started a short while back. With Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus timing was great for a single-player focused shooter to enter the realm and succeed.
Currently 50% off on Steam as part of The Game Awards 2017 Sales across all major gaming platforms, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has won Best Action Game of the Year 2017. The title developed by MachineGames on id Tech 6 game engine and available on PC, PS4, Xbox, as well as Nintendo Switch beat out nominees such as Destiny 2, Cuphead, Nioh, and more. Check out 30 minutes of raw, high quality, unedited footage of the game’s Ausmerzer chapter by clicking to read more below.
Beating out heavyweight nominees such as Horizon Zero Dawn, NieR: Automata, and Wolfenstein 2, Giant Sparrow has managed to put themselves and publisher Annapurna Interactive onto the map of game scripts. Currently 33% off on Steam, also available on PS4, Xbox ONE, and Mac OS X, What Remains of Edith Finch is a highly praised independent adventure game running on Unreal Engine 4.
Ian Dallas as the lead writer and director of What Remains of Edith Finch breaks barriers for indie single player games as the title receives Best Video Game Narrative 2017 at The Game Awards. If you’ve never heard of the game, you’ll find an Introduction Trailer from before its launch beyond the fold. If you’re very much into narrative-driven gameplay, it’s something you should certainly see.
Square Enix has really come a long way in the past few years in terms of winning back fan support since the split community during FFXIII’s launch and review period, particularly in the Western regions. With a successful 15th entry into the series, a new “World of Final Fantasy” side-line franchise, and more. Work is still steady in the works for a Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy VII Remake as well.
NieR:Automata is one of the most beloved games among fans this year with The Game Awards awarding the title Best Game Score & Music 2017. This is very befitting for Square Enix as they’ve always had legendary soundtracks in their games as well as celebrated their music in orchestral concert tours around the world.
If you haven’t had time to check the game out yet, you owe it to yourself to hit that continue reading button below and view the trailer.
Devil May Cry 5 has been heavily rumored since the release of the Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition. CAPCOM has praised it as one of their best selling titles for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Even the actors who played Dante and Nero in Devil May Cry 4 have been seen in MoCap suits a few years back. I will tag that below, and keep you informed if this happens or not. Including a link to the trailer if it’s announced at all.
**Update: after seeing the HD Collection announced for the second time. Had no idea Nintendo and Platinum was going to announce Bayonetta 3 tonight. I really think they wanted to beat Devil May Cry to the punch. They are basically saying “Your move Capcom…”