The Video Game Awards are airing on Spike this Saturday (also available on PSN via live stream, apparently) and this year it's called VGX for some reason. Sure, the awards they give out are usually comical but it's not the awards that matter every year, it's the reveals, announcements, and new trailers. It's the VGA's where games like The Last of Us, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Batman: Arkham City, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, Uncharted 3, and Bioshock Infinite were revealed for the first time. Needless to say, the VGX's will reveal big games in just a few days as well as seeing more of intriguing games. It's time to get excited. Here's what I want to see from the VGX as well as what I expect to see:
Tomb Raider 2
It's been hinted very heavily that a follow up to Crystal Dynamic's Tomb Raider will be announced at the VGX's. I still have to play it, but it was a hit earlier this year and it was very well received. In fact, it's up for Game of the Year at the VGX's alongside Super Mario 3D Land, The Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite, and Grand Theft Auto V.
It's been confirmed that The Division will be shown for the first time since E3. Given that The Division was the game shown at E3, I'm really excited. It looks like a game changer.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
I've read about it in GameInformer, I've seen a trailer from E3, but I haven't seen the gameplay. It's supposed to be a Skyrim killer, so let's see it. I'm hoping for a full game demo to start the show off.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
One of the Wii U's biggest games has already been seen in motion at Nintendo's E3-themed Direct but we still haven't seen what make it different from Donkey Kong Country Returns. Retro is a very talented developer, so this game will without a doubt take full advantage of the Wii U's capabilities.
New Metroid Game
It's been confirmed that a new Wii U game will be announced at the VGX's. Just so I don't get too many of my hopes up (see below), I'm guessing that it's not the Legend of Zelda game that will sell me a Wii U. There's a great Mario game on the Wii U now, and we know new games from the series of Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, and Super Smash Bros. on the way. That leaves Metroid. The franchise has been in the dark since the atrocity called Other M in 2010. If there's one Nintendo series that needs HD the most, it's Metroid and I think we will see a reboot soon on the Wii U.
We know there's a new Mass Effect game on the way from BioWare devoid of Command Shepard. There was a bit of a tease weeks ago, but nothing official has really been said. I'm hoping the VGX's breaks the silence with a reveal trailer. Or a teaser similar to the one for Mass Effect 3. Something!
My most anticipated game, by far. And it hasn't even been announced or confirmed yet! There isn't a series out there that will benefit more from the jump to next gen. Fallout 3 is one of greatest games ever made (New Vegas is arguably just as good) and it does stand up well, but it does feel like a 2008 game. Movement is stiff, animations are flat, and the graphics aren't impressive. The good thing is, that's not what Fallout is about. It's about the exploration. When you leave Vault 101 for the first time in Fallout 3, you can do anything. Anything. Want to go blow up an entire city? Go for it. Want to go hunting for Deathclaws? Good luck, but you can do it. Want to kill off a main character? Do it and see what the aftermath is. Fallout is a special series to many, myself included. Imagining where the series can go on next gen (now without the 360 and PS3 holding it back) keeps me up at night. When it is announced... I don't even know what I'll do. Hopefully the VGX's features an announcement similar to the two other Fallout announcements or even like the out-of-the-blue Skyrim announcement in 2010 (released the very next year!) at where? The VGA's.
Red Dead 3
Rockstar has said that they are working on a new entry for a non-GTA existing series of theirs. Given Red Dead Redemption's popularity, a follow up to it would make so much sense for Rockstar's first next gen game. Rockstar will be in attendance with a "Music of GTA V" performance featuring A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, and other artists with music featured in the game. Maybe they have a "Oh, and one more thing..." announcement. This is me getting my hopes up.
I beat Arkham Origins, it was pretty good. I enjoyed the story thoroughly and the gameplay carried well from Arkham City, but I thought it was missing something. Gotham City feels so dull and empty. Doing the open world challenges and Riddler "puzzles" was so boring that it felt like work and I had to quit. If I were to give it a rating, I'd slap a 7.5/10 on it and kiss it goodbye. I also beat Mass Effect 2 recently and kept my entire team alive and loyal. I was near finishing it in 2011 when my PS3's data corrupted. I picked up the collection last year, played and loved ME1, and started playing through ME2 again earlier this year. Anyways, what a game. The ending mission is epic. I'll be starting ME3 soon. Right now, I'm playing Pokémon Y and Dishonored. Pokémon Y is an absolute delight while Dishonored is on and off. It shows signs of brilliance but it becomes repetitive and very one dimensional gameplay-wise fast. It's like a constant stealth challenge map of from the Batman Arkham series in first person with a heavy Bioshock influence. I am enjoying it though and I hope to wrap it up this weekend. Thanks for reading and please comment with what you hope to see at the VGX's this weekend :)
Videogame Music of the Day: Ezio's Family by Jesper Kyd from Assassin's Creed II