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The Game Awards 2014 - A round up

The Game Awards took place last night for the very first time and I was awake to watch it all happen, though at points I kind of wish I had went back to sleep.

As I suspected it would be, the show had a mix of the bizarre and strange, with some presenters who looked out of place and the odd celebrity confessing their love for video games. Conan 'O' Brian also played a star part, although I kind of wish he didn't.

Twitter was awash with UK sarcasm as we all put ourselves through a show which lacked pacing and any real sense of meaning. It's hard to believe that a show like this represents all that's good about gaming in the U.S, but the crowd seemed to lap it up, so who am I to argue.

Anyway, let's get on to what was at least half decent about the show, the games. 

Things kicked off with Metal Gear Online and after a rather long speech by Kiefer Sutherland, we finally got to see a trailer.

Next up was a rather exciting trailer for Bloodborne. It seems rather interesting that Sony should show off a new trailer ahead of the PlayStation Experience later today, but that's exactly what it did.

So how do you follow up a rather stunning trailer like that? How about with a teaser that shows not a lot for a game that appears to be due in 2016.

Tacoma comes from the developers of Gone Home, although after watching the short teaser below you'll know as much about it as we do. Still, it could be interesting.

Next up was EA's big surprise. Yes, the publisher has signed up the creator of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, who have set up a new studio known as Hazelight. The game in question is very early in development, so it decided to show us a video of some people on a train. That'll get you hyped.

Nintendo then dated Code Name: S.T.E.A.M next, which looks quite close in gameplay to the excellent Valkyria Chronicles. It will be released in March for 3DS, contains both local and online multiplayer modes and looks pretty good.

We've seen the video below, but here it is again.

Next up was a game from a guy who used to work in a cinema a year ago from what I remember. He's now working with Garry's Mod studio Facepunch Studios to create its next game known as Before.

There's not too much given away in the trailer, but it looks quite nice.

The Order: 1886 was next up to get a new trailer and it's looking as fantastic as ever. We can't wait to hear actually gameplay impressions out of The PlayStation Experience this weekend, but if it plays as good as it looks then we are all in for a treat.

Next we found out that you can actually play as a female character in The Witcher 3. The developer presenting this news was as enthusiastic as can be, before showing us what he had been building up to.

This game looks fantastic. Can we have it now please?

A new trailer for another fantastic looking game was next up, thanks to Hello Games and the wonderful looking No Man's Sky.


After paying a tribute to the original creators, the new Sierra showed off its vision of the new King's Quest.

It comes out next year and after watching the trailer below we can't wait. It really does look great and we can't wait to see more.

Showing off Human Element for the first time, Robert Bowling was next on stage. Given what we've heard about this title so far, the trailer couldn't be further removed from what we expected. It all looks a little disappointing really. I mean, zombies, again?

Here's something exciting. Some new Legend of Zelda footage. The game is promised for Wii U in 2015, although the new Star Fox will apparently launch before even that. 

We're looking forward to both.

Oh and Mario Maker.

There was a few other announcements that we almost missed. Dungeon Defender II is coming as a console exclusive to PlayStation, while Godzilla is also coming as a console exclusive to PS3 and PS4.

Oh, there was Until Dawn too, which looks great.

That's about it for trailers and reveals and by now you may be wondering where the Awards part comes in. 

Well in between all these trailers some awards were handed out, some more hastily than others. So who won what?

The Game Awards 2014 - The Winners

The Industry Icon Award

- Ken and Roberta Williams, the original creators of King’s Quest and founders of Sierra Online Entertainment.

Best Shooter

- Far Cry 4 – Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft

Best Action/Adventure

- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Monolith/Warner Bros.

Best RPG

- Dragon Age: Inquisition – Bioware/EA

Best Fighting Game

- Super Smash Bros. Wii U – Nintendo

Best Family Game

- Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo

Best Sports/Racing Game

- Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo

Best Online Experience

- Destiny – Bungie/Activision

Best Mobile/Handheld

- Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – Blizzard

Best Remaster

- Grand Theft Auto V – Rockstar Games

Best Narrative

- Valiant Hearts – Ubisoft

Best Score/Soundtrack

- Destiny – Marty O’Donnell, Bungie/Activision

Best Independent Game

- Shovel Knight – Cellar Door

Games for Change

- Valiant Hearts: The Great War – Ubisoft

eSports Player of the Year

- Matt “NaDeSHoT” Haag – Call of Duty

eSports Team of the Year

Ninjas in Pajamas – Counter-Strike: GO

Trending Gamer

- TotalBiscuit

Best Fan Creation

Twitch Plays Pokemon by Anonymous

Developer of the Year

- Nintendo

Best Performance

- Trey Parker as Various Voices, South Park: The Stick of Truth – Obsidian/Ubisoft

Most Anticipated Game – (To be voted on by fans)

- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt

Game of the Year

- Dragon Age: Inquisition – BioWare/EA

So there we have it. Perhaps lessons will be learned from this year and the show will improve in its weak areas next time around. Overall it was a decent first time effort, but if you are going to stream a show worldwide, you should perhaps show it a little earlier and try to appeal to a more worldwide audience.

Edited On 06 Dec, 2014

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Dead 2 years ago
Good showing by Nintendo on the awards, shame they didn't have more games to show though. Zelda looks fantastic, and it's good to hear Starfox will arrive before it. You forgot to post the Mario Maker video though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GaYEGnu00g&feature=youtu.be
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Turniplord 2 years ago
Zelda looks awesome - shigeru didn't hink it would be ready for next year though haha! Hope it does come out next year. Glad to see Valiant Hearts win a few awards - if people havn't played it, free up about 3-4 hours and sit down and play through it, its a beautiful game and the ending is more emotional than Brothers (imho)
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
I was sure Pewdiepie was going to win trending gamer as I'm sure everyone was, good that TB won though. Zelda was just .... wow. The only other stuff to get me excited were The Witcher 3 & getting to (Apparently) play as Yennefer, & King's Quest
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Also Mario Maker looked great
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Turniplord 2 years ago
I know nothing aobut Bloodborn but is it a 'Nightmare Creatures' game? looks just like it is! could be interesting. it did look a bit jerky in the video though so hopefully on release it is smooth. Plus MG online - I bet nobodies match EVEN goes as smooth as the demo haha! some random git will always run in guns firing alerting the guards straight away. Bet it has Micro-transactions in it as well
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Joe2120 2 years ago
Added the video for Until Dawn too. Another PS4 exclusive which looks great.
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JoeToots 2 years ago
I'm glad NiP won eSports team of the year. Such a great team to watch.
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JoeToots 2 years ago
Destiny best online experience? http://imgur.com/AsOxTbg
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Akemi no Zero 2 years ago
Wow the new legend of zelda just looks truly beautiful. I cant wait. I'm also glad Nintendo got quite a few rewards this year they really deserved it & so did dragon age 3.

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