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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.