I’m not going to cover everything that happened but I am going to go over some news breaks, my thoughts on the ceremony as a whole, some announcements we got/ ones we didn’t, and maybe some “entitled gamer rage” just cause I can.
results for the awards here
The Xbox Series X announcement was unexpected but it is a nice jab from Microsoft to get the idea of the console in the minds of people even if it’s just the physical look alongside what I can only assume was supposed to display its power and graphic fidelity. The ball is in Sony’s court, I can’t wait to see what they come up with. I suspect E3 2020 will be when we get something similar to what Microsoft did but maybe even bigger since they’ve had the time to work on it by then.
Let’s stay on Microsoft for a minute cause that Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 trailer was… a trip. If Microsoft keeps this up I’m definitely going to have a difficult choice to make come holiday 2020. The tone and visuals of the trailer as a whole are disturbing and gorgeous all at the same time. I was captivated the entire time and love the more psychological/mythological mesh they’re really diving into. I literally had to go and watch it before I moved on to other topics while writing this.
That shark game Man Eater got another trailer, I am kind of surprised that hasn’t come out yet. Not hyped or anything but I mean it does look like fun the way Untitled Goose Game does. Woooah here she comes (sorry couldn’t help myself).
No More Heroes 3 coming out with the big weird trailer. Seriously I was so intrigued and caught off-guard. Touche Nintendo, every day you bring me closer to getting a Switch. Bastards.
GodFall a self-proclaimed “slasher-looter” action rpg by Gearbox Productions dropped a vague, but beautiful, cinematic teaser. It also subtly drops that it will come to PS5 and PC. This is the first mention/marketing for the PS5 at all, and it’s through a short CGI trailer that tells us nothing. Weird.
Ghost of Tsushima got a great cinematic/ gameplay trailer that was teased at the State of Play event Sony just had. It was entertaining and gorgeous but I need more gameplay, still very interested.
Sons of the Forest This is interesting because it appears to be a very interesting step forward after The Forest’s 2014 release. Definitely leaning into the blend of mysticism and body horror with the new trailer emphasizing on a sexually confusing four-legged woman and several fleshy faceless husks clearly intended to be enemies. I gotta try The Forest especially if this one fulfills the fantastical horror it advertises.
Control not only won Best Art Direction and was nominated for many more awards, but they also dropped new content. Bless. Expeditions are a new repeatable mission type that sends you into a Jukebox (if you’ve played it you’ll bear with me here) where you can get new and high-grade mods as well as an outfit. This requires you to scavenge the world for the coins that get you into the…Jukebox…world place. The rewards seem meager, like what is going to keep me coming once I beat the highest tier and get the outfit? That said, it’s a nice reason to pop Control back in and boy is it nice, even better with the patches that improve performance and finally let the game flow the way it’s supposed to. I wish it was a little deeper and maybe there’s more to it than we know now, but it’s clear that this is supposed to hold players over until the first DLC drops. Not a complaint, more of a matter of fact.
Wolf Among Us 2 was announced…interesting… I guess they really are pushing that whole “TellTale is back” thing huh. We’ll see, they can’t afford to fuck that up. It’s clear this is a tactical move to build hype and get people wanting that game they’ve been wanting since 2013. Why not come back with the one game you know anyone who cares about “TellTale” will, therefore, care about? Makes sense to me, don’t fuck it up new guys.
Where the fuck was my Batman announcement? The Harry Potter rpg that we know is in development? BioMutant, where the hell is that game? There are so many games in development and some even close to release that really could use some shine on a stage like this. Since I’m out to prove a point: Last of Us 2? Marvel’s Avengers? RE3? Dying Light 2? Vampire Masquerade 2? Watch Dogs Legion? Psychonauts 2? Moons of Madness? Digimon Survive? Since we’re so focussed on turning back time (more on that later). OddWorld? Little Nightmares 2? I hope my disgustingly exacerbated point is made, we could’ve had so much more. One or two of any of those games would’ve made it way much better.
My point is if I’m Geoff Keighley and I’m ending one of the biggest broadcasted gaming-related events of the year and it ends with a FAST AND THE FURIOUS GAME? You bet your ass I’m taking however much Google paid for all those bullshit (though entertaining) Stadia commercials and I’m sweetening the pot for Sony, Activision, EA, Ubisoft, Nintendo, WB Montreal, Capcom, literally anyone for an exclusive news drop of some kind. I’m sure any of those studios could’ve been persuaded in the name of publicity and hype and could’ve met/exceeded the excitement levels for a Fast and the Furious game. Fucking pathetic, is this 2009? Did you see those graphics?
Also…Green Day…? Seriously did I wake up in 2009 and no one told me? You have CHVRCHES on stage, you’re handing out awards to bands and composers, you have a full orchestra for more musical numbers than even I’d care for…and you thought Green Day should be the headliner. I understand it was more of a personal choice by Geoff since he’s a big fan but fucking hell go to a show don’t subject us to it.
All in all, this night was pretty underwhelming with some flashes of entertainment strewn throughout. Yes, you have huge moments like Microsoft announcing the Series X, but when those are followed by minutes of Stadia commercials, moments like “Teh ken” and “This is gaming it’s supposed to be free. Free love,” and the myriad of obscure and nothing announcements it really shows that there are just some demons this award show can’t seem to shake. No, I don’t expect full gameplay reveals and walkthroughs but there is a middle ground between twelve-second trailers for new IPs and full-on presentations.
Ikumi Nakamura was there so I’m gonna start demanding she appears at all Game awards/ presentations thank you very much.
edit: all this ranting bullshit and I never mention that in my opinion, I think DMC5 should’ve taken GOTY. I totally understand why Sekiro won because it’s great. It’s deep, beautiful, visceral, rewarding; but so is DMC5. What tipped the scale was how much fun I had playing DMC5 and no Sekiro isn’t for conventional “fun” but I thoroughly enjoyed DMC more and that really is what it boils down to when everything else is so evenly matched.