It’s that time of year again, when the gaming industry hypes up their future wares, panders to lowest common denominator, and typically tends to makes fools out of themselves at the Spike TV Video Game Awards. This year, things are a little bit different, though.
Gone are the slews of celebrities and awkward filler moments, more focus is on the developers and their much deserved awards, and we’re blessed with world exclusive debut after world exclusive debut, with a few announcements in between to spice the night up. Check out all the announcements below, and refresh as we continue to add media as it goes online. Be patient if the videos don’t show up or appear slow; no doubt the entire internet is hammering GameTrailers’ servers for the next few hours.
Batman: Arkham City‘s first trailer in a year reveals Hugo Strange, the antagonist of the now city-wide institution, and the chief thorn in Batman’s side in Rocksteady’s fall 2011 sequel.
As expected, BioWare announced Mass Effect 3 to much applause, confirming that Shepard and crew will be rounding up the galaxy’s forces in an effort to save Earth from the Reaper threat. Holiday 2011.
Much to my surprise, Bethesda brought the rain, finally revealing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the long in development follow-up to Oblivion due November 11th, 2011.
Resistance 3‘s in-game action debuted, with insomniac confirming a release date of September 6th, 2011, and new melee weapons like a Sledgehammer.
Warner Bros. and Netherrealm Studios unveiled what’s been rumored for some time, and recently leaked: God of War‘s Kratos is a playable character in the PS3 version of Mortal Kombat, dropping early next year.
All the teasing from Activision over “Murder Your Maker” came to an end last week, when we found out the project was related to Prototype. As expected, Prototype 2 is real, and arrives in 2012. A new protagonist rises, hell-bent on destroying Alex Mercer.
THQ, Volition Inc. and Guillermo del Toro’s Lovecraftian horror RPG is Insane. Literally, that’s the title. And it’s way out, due in 2013.
Portal 2 introduces co-op for the first time in April, so Valve took a moment to show off, briefly, Aperture Science’s test duo.
Thought you’d be playing Forza Motorsport Kinect Edition next year? Wrong! Turn 10 announced Forza Motorsport 4, which we’d heard about earlier this year, and will include Kinect functionality next fall. Check out the first in-engine screens in the gallery below.
Surprise, surprise! Or not really. EA Sports is bringing SSX back next year, with SSX: Deadly Descents, a much more hardcore looking title than we’re used to out of the series. EA unleashed a few select screens, located below, along with the synopsis. How’s it stack up the recent rumors?
“Players will explore the story of a team who seek to be the first to descend the faces of the most treacherous mountain ranges on the planet. The team will travel the world to face the worst that Mother Nature can throw at them. From the peaks of the Himalayas, where the air is so thin that riders have to descend through the death zone at breakneck speeds to keep from blacking out, to the solid ice ranges of Antarctica, where a sunlit line is the only survival option when temperatures drop 50 degrees centigrade in the shade. And the mountain isn’t the only danger players will face. In SSX: Deadly Descents the first goal is to survive. The second, in true SSX fashion, is to look good doing it.“
Capping off the show, Naughty Dog dropped the full Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception trailer, and revealed a November 1st, 2011 launch date. And yes, that last half is in-game footage.