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Give The Gift of Speed With Anki Overdrive, Down To $100

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Anki Overdrive is like slot cars for the smartphone age, and the starter set is marked down to $100 right now, which is $50 less than usual and $3 away from the best price ever. If it looks familiar, it’s because you probably played with it at an Apple Store at some point.


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All The Big Games And Announcements At The 2017 Game Awards

Tonight in Los Angeles, a bunch of game developers won well-deserved honors for the games they released in 2017. A bunch of other people showed off games that won’t be out until 2018 or later.

If you want to read who won what, go here. If you want to get super hyped for games that will probably get cancelled and/or be filled with shitty microtransactions or whatever, you’re in the right place!

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I kid, I kid. Well… I don’t kid, actually, but I do still like getting excited about big upcoming games despite all that. Let’s get excited together.


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There’s a World War Z game on the way.

It looks like it’s based more on the movie than on the book, which, of course it is. I want a World War Z game based on the book, where we go around interviewing people who survived the zombie almost-apocalypse.


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The studio behind Job Simulator is making Vacation Simulator.

Seems like it’ll be another fun, wacky time in VR. It’s coming to all three VR systems in 2018.


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From Software had an extremely vague tease for their next game.

Let’s be real, they could’ve just put the From logo on the screen for 30 seconds and people would’ve lost it anyway. “Shadows Die Twice,” eh? I’m just guessing here, but this game is probably going to kill me more than twice.


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The creators of Firewatch are making a game about exploring tombs in Egypt.

It’s called Into The Valley of Gods and unlike Firewatch, it’s got a fully animated partner character you explore alongside. It’s coming in 2019. I hope you get to find Bayek and Aya’s tombs…


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The second Breath of the Wild expansion is coming out… tonight!

That is the most I’ve ever been psyched about one of those “and it’s available now!” surprises. I wish I was currently playing this instead of writing this post. What am I doing? It has a motorcycle. I’m going to publish this and go play.


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Soul Calibur VI is coming in 2018

It’s got swords, and fighting! I’ve never actually gotten into Soul Calibur, so maybe this will finally be the one.


Bayonetta 1 and 2 are coming to Switch on February 16.

Okay never mind about the Zelda thing, this is the only Game Awards announcement that mattered. Yep, yes, cool.


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Also, Bayonetta 3 is in the works for Switch.

Nevermind what I just said, THIS was the only announcement that mattered. Actually, you know what, I’m gonna stop saying that about announcements. All of these announcements matter equally. Bayo 3 will be a Switch Exclusive. No release date, but I’m very happy that this game is happening.


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We got a long, weird look at Death Stranding.

Hideo Kojima’s in-development PS4 game sure does look like a Hideo Kojima game. It’s got guys in hazmat suits, invisible monsters, disintegrating bodies, and all sorts of other sci-fi junk, including fetuses in tanks and earth-shakingly massive nightmare creatures. I have no idea if this will be a good video game, or if this will ever actually be a finished video game, but… cool trailer.


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Witchfire is a new shooter from the people who made Bulletstorm.

Pretty funny joke at the beginning there. I love Bulletstorm, and I will play this game where you shoot lots of monsters.


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We saw more of the co-op prison break game A Way Out.

I am psyched about this game, but probably not as psyched as its its director Josef Fares, whose unhinged enthusiasm (and Oscars dragging) was an undeniable show highlight.

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds showed off its new desert map.

The new desert map hits the test servers at midnight Pacific time tonight, and comes to Xbox in 2018. The PC 1.0 launch is coming on December 20.


Couple Other Things: The bizarre VR game Accounting+ is coming to PSVR on December 19, THQ Nordic’s survival game Fade Into Silence hits Steam early access on December 14, Fortnite: Battle Royale is getting a 50v50 mode, we got some new gameplay from the Payday studio’s upcoming shooter GTFO, a new story trailer for Metro: Exodus, and a new trailer for MediaMolecule’s Dreams that I can’t find on YouTube yet.

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And that’s that! I’m gonna close out with this screenshot of Hideo Kojima fist-bumping Guillermo Del Toro, because I like how those two dudes seem to genuinely enjoy one another.

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Zelda Wins Game Of The Year At The 2017 Game Awards

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild managed to snatch the 2017 Game Awards GOTY from a crowded field of contenders that included Mario Odyssey, Persona 5, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and somewhat controversially, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

“I want to take all of the joy and warmth I’m feeling right now receiving this award and put that back into making Zelda games, to continue to try and surprise all of you,”Nintendo’s Eiji Aonuma said in his acceptance speech.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Game of the Year

Horizon Zero Dawn 
Persona 5 
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 
Super Mario Odyssey
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
[WINNER]

Best Game Direction

Horizon Zero Dawn 
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard 
Super Mario Odyssey 
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [WINNER]
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Best Narrative

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice 
Horizon Zero Dawn 
NieR: Automata
What Remains of Edith Finch
[WINNER]
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Best Art Direction

Cuphead [WINNER]
Destiny 2 
Horizon Zero Dawn 
Persona 5 
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best Score / Music

Cuphead 
Destiny 2
NieR: Automata
[WINNER]
Persona 5
Super Mario Odyssey
 
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best Audio Design

Destiny 2
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
[WINNER]
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard 
Super Mario Odyssey 
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best Performance

Ashly Burch, Horizon: Zero Dawn 
Brian Bloom, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus 
Claudia Black, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy 
Laura Bailey, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Melina Juergens, Hellblade [WINNER]

Games for Impact

Bury Me, My Love
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
[WINNER]
Life is Strange: Before the Storm 
Night in the Woods
Please Knock on My Door
What Remains of Edith Finch

Best Ongoing Game

Destiny 2 
Grand Theft Auto Online 
Overwatch [WINNER]
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 
Rainbow Six: Siege 
Warframe

Best Independent Game

Cuphead [WINNER]
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice 
Night in the Woods
Pyre
 
What Remains of Edith Finch

Best Mobile Game

Fire Emblem Heroes 
Hidden Folks 
Monument Valley 2 [WINNER]
Old Man’s Journey 
Super Mario Run

Best Handheld Game

Ever Oasis 
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia 
Metroid: Samus Returns [WINNER]
Monster Hunter Stories
Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World

Best VR/AR Game

Farpoint
Lone Echo
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
[WINNER]
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
SUPERHOT VR

Best Action Game

Cuphead
Destiny 2
Nioh
Prey
 
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus [WINNER]

Best Action/Adventure Game

Assassin’s Creed: Origins 
Horizon Zero Dawn 
Super Mario Odyssey 
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild [WINNER]
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Best Role-Playing Game

Divinity: Original Sin II
Final Fantasy XV
NieR: Automata
Persona 5
[WINNER]
South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Best Family Game

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Sonic Mania
Splatoon 2
 
Super Mario Odyssey [WINNER]

Best Strategy Game

Halo Wars 2
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
[WINNER]
Total War: Warhammer II
Tooth and Tail
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Best Sports/Racing Game

FIFA 18
Forza Motorsport 7
[WINNER]
Gran Turismo Sport
NBA 2K18
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
Project Cars 2

Most Anticipated Game

God of War
Marvel’s Spider-Man
Monster Hunter World
Red Dead Redemption II
The Last of Us Part II
[WINNER]

Trending Gamer

Andrea Rene (What’s Good Games)
Clint Lexa (“Halfcoordinated”)
Guy Beahm (“Dr. Disrespect”) [WINNER]
Mike Grzesiek (“Shroud”)
Steven Spohn (AbleGamers)

Best Esports Game

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 
DOTA 2 
League of Legends
Overwatch
[WINNER]
Rocket League

Best Esports Player

Lee Sang-hyeok “Faker” (SK Telecom 1, League of Legends) [WINNER]
Marcelo “coldzera” David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: GO)
Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovac (FaZe Clan, Counter-Strike: GO)
Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu (Seoul Dynasty, Overwatch)
Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi (Team Liquid, DOTA 2)

Best Esports Team

Cloud 9 [WINNER]
FaZe Clan
Lunatic-Hai
SK Telecom T1
Team Liquid

Student Game Award

Falling Sky 
From Light 
Hollowed
Impulsion

Level Squared [WINNER]
Meaning

Best Debut Indie Game

Cuphead [WINNER]
Golf Story
Hollow Knight
 
Mr. Shifty
Slime Rancher

Chinese Fan Game Award

Honor of Kings
ICEY
Gumballs & Dungeons
jx3 HD
[WINNER]

Monument Valley 2

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Our First Proper Look At PUBG’s Desert Map

Bluehole Studios showed off PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’s new map Miramar tonight at The Game Awards. The massive desert map features new vehicles and terrain. It’s also probably really hot and sweaty.

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Miramar is a larger desert area that’s been teased for some time. The trailer above gives us our first look at the map in action. It’s dusty, with a mixture of ramshackle villages and massive mining complexes. The map will also feature unique vehicles like an off-roading pickup truck.

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If you’re eager to play, you won’t have to wait long. The map will be available on the game’s test servers tonight at 12 PM EST. It will be officially released with the launch of the game’s 1.0 release on December 20th. Additionally, a preview period for the Xbox One port will take place on December 12th.

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‘Fuck The Oscars’: Watch A Way Out Director’s Rant At The Game Awards

Josef Fares, director of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and the upcoming A Way Out, delivered a spirited, invigorated, profanity-powered speech at The Game Awards this evening, covering his real and true feelings on the Oscars and loot boxes. I can’t do it justice. Just watch and enjoy.

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And hey, as a bonus, check out the trailer for the upcoming A Way Out:

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A Long Look At Death Stranding, Which Is Still Weird As Hell

Tonight we got an extended look at Hideo Kojima’s next big project, Death Stranding. It appears that Norman Reedus’ character has crash landed somewhere dangerous, where invisible creatures roam the land. The whole thing gives off a horror game vibe, so maybe we don’t have to be sad about never getting that Silent Hills collaboration anymore.

The footage is flippin’ bonkers. There are giant shadow men, a fetus, suicides, and an apparently pregnant Norman Reedus. “Once there was an explosion, a bang that gave rise to life as we know it,” Reedus growls. “Then came the next explosion. An explosion that will be our last.”

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Bayonetta 3 Announced, Is Switch Exclusive

Nintendo said at The Game Awards that Platinum Games is developing Bayonetta 3 exclusively for the Switch.

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It showed a brief pre-rendered trailer (above), and also said that Bayonettas 1 and 2 are coming to Switch in February.

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Firewatch Developers Are Making A Game About Exploring Egypt

Campo Santo, the minds behind Firewatch, are working on a first-person game that appears to take place in Egypt, based on a trailer that premiered tonight during The Game Awards. Called In The Valley of the Gods, the game is slated to drop in 2019.

Here’s the description:

In the Valley of Gods is a sprawling narrative experience in remote, 1920's Egypt. You are Rashida, a disgraced former explorer and filmmaker given one last shot at the adventurous life you desperately miss. Somewhere, beyond the endless miles of dunes, ruins, and tombs lies an incredible archaeological discovery—but it can’t be found without the help of Zora, the former partner you vowed never to work with again.

And the trailer:

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In case you’re sick of movie adaptations and audio books, World War Z will be a video game as well.

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In case you’re sick of movie adaptations and audio books, World War Z will be a video game as well. The game, based on Max Brook’s cult classic book, is developed by Saber Interactive and is“coming soon.” Hopefully, you’ll get to crowd-surf on those big zombie waves.

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