This week’s roundup is going to be a little different due to the reveals and trailers we got from the Game Awards on Thursday night. We’ll have some more trailers than usual and we will be pushing our weekly indie game back to next week’s roundup.
God of War Takes Home Best Game Award
In a fantastic victory for Sony Interactive Entertainment and Santa Monica studios, God of War took home the coveted Game of the Year award at the Game Awards. The game won despite some incredibly worthy contenders, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Celeste, Assassins Creed: Odyssey, Monster Hunter World and Red Dead Redemption 2. The action-adventure title based on Norse mythology is a sequel but also a reinvention of the God of War franchise, which initially was loosely based upon Greek mythology. The evolution of the franchise has been an impressive one, with the 2018 God of War game building on several aspects such as the narrative elements and the combat whilst maintaining the core elements of the franchise in general. God of War also took home the awards for best action-adventure and best direction. We also got to see Kratos and Boy, also sometimes known as Atreus, reunite as actors Christopher Judge and Sunny Suljic were together on stage to present the award for Content Creator of the Year.
Congratulations to all who worked on to make God of War the brilliant game that it is. Check out the acceptance speech below.
No Avengers Project Announcement
One of the more interesting presences for Thursday’s show was the involvement of Joe and Anthony Russo, acclaimed film and television directors whose filmography includes some of the best Marvel movies to date including The Winter Soldier and Infinity War. They acted as presenters on the night for Best Ongoing Game. Their participation suggested that we may have gotten some more information and maybe even a trailer for the Avengers Project game being developed by Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix. Announced almost two years ago in January 2016 with a teaser trailer, little to nothing has been reported on since in regards to this game which was to be the start of a multi-year and multi-game partnership between Marvel Entertainment and Square Enix. Gamers and superhero fans everywhere were hoping that the Russo’s presence could be linked to a major announcement regarding the Avengers game, or perhaps the Marvel/Square Enix deal in general. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case and all we got was an Infinity War reference from the duo. Here’s hoping we get some new information on the Avengers game soon.
Crash Team Racing Comeback
There have been rumours of a Crash Team Racing remaster ever since the huge success of the N.Sane Crash Bandicoot Trilogy but we now have confirmation that this is definitely the case. A reveal trailer was released for the official Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled remaster at the Game Awards. The trailer shows off a handful of maps and racing characters as well as a couple of different vehicles for Crash. One of the most interesting parts of the trailer is the noted race online feature. Implementing online racing brings Crash Team Racing into the modern generation of gaming whilst keeping its nostalgic charm. We also see a split screen which looks to be four player local gameplay, another feature that could be a lot of fun to play with friends.
With a release date of June 21st, 2019, we’re looking forward to this one. Have a look at the trailer below to see just how great Crash and his racing buddies are looking in high definition.
The Last of Us Part II is a no show
Naughty Dog released a statement earlier in the week saying that they were not going to be showing anything new for The Last of Us Part II at the Game Awards. Naughty Dog had not long posted a video of their favourite reactions to the first trailers for The Last of Us Part II. That was taken by some fans as a hint that something new would be coming soon but clearly, this wasn’t the case. With development beginning in 2014 and the game being announced two years ago in December 2016, the follow up to The Last of Us has been highly anticipated since its first reveal trailer. Since then, we have had one gameplay reveal trailer that came out in the summer, but we still have no release date. Whilst it is a disappointment to know that we won’t be seeing more of the sequel anytime soon, Naughty Dog’s quality of games comes from the tireless effort and time that they put into them. Fans of their games will know that they are taking their time to make the game the best it can possibly be. It looks like patience and trust are going to have to get us through until Naughty Dog are ready to show more.
Mortal Kombat 11 reveal
Mortal Kombat is back and bloodier than ever as seen in the reveal trailer for Mortal Kombat 11 at the Game Awards. The cinematic trailer shows an epic and very painful looking battle between Dark Raiden and Scorpion as well as giving a glimpse of a brand new character at the very end. The trailer reflects the gameplay pretty well as most of the moves and actions we see the characters use are familiar, in particular Scorpions trademark kunai weapon and ‘Get Over Here’ catchphrase as he decapitates Dark Raiden. There’s also an original song included by rapper 21 Savage which, if this genre of music is used throughout the game, could make for an interesting collaboration. If the over the top blood and carnage is anything like what we see in the trailer, Mortal Kombat 11 is sure to make for a very fun and slightly vomit inducing installment in the franchise.
Mortal Kombat 11 is due for release on April 23rd, 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and the PC. See the trailer below for more gruesome antics, but be aware that this is an age-restricted trailer due to guts galore.
Far Cry Fallout Style (WARNING- FAR CRY 5 SPOILERS AHEAD)
Another big reveal at the Game Awards was Far Cry 6, known as Far Cry: New Dawn. The trailer that was released has caused many to draw similarities to the Fallout series. Surprisingly, the game is set to be a direct sequel of Far Cry 5 which ended with global nuclear explosions. New Dawn is set 17 years later, in the apocalyptic ruins of Hope County, Montana, and has all the usual gunfire and explosions expected in the Far Cry franchise. Some seem in dismay that the series is losing its way and becoming a strange amalgamation of multiple genres and games, Mad Max, Fallout, Rage etc. It may be a far cry from what it once was (see what I did there) but the trailer looks promising in terms of gameplay, fun, flamboyant villains and of course, animal companions. What I find most interesting is that it is a direct continuation from the previous game, which we haven’t seen in a long while in the Far Cry series. We also get a quick glimpse of Joseph Seed, the villain from Far Cry 5 who turned out to be right about his doomsday predictions. Could he be an ally in New Dawn? Or is he manipulating the player character? Either way, it’s interesting to see him again and his inclusion could add a lot to the narrative. Though honestly, I think most Far Cry players aren’t there just for the narrative. And can I say that I love the copious amounts of pink in the trailer and marketing? Just saying.
Far Cry: New Dawn is scheduled for release February 15th, 2019 for PS4 and Xbox One. Check out the nuclear world of New Dawn in the trailer below.
Dragon Age 4 Finally Confirmed
Bioware revealed a teaser trailer at the Game Awards confirming the fourth installment in the Dragon Age franchise. Whilst not officially confirmed as the title, the hashtag “The Dread Wolf Rises” appears at the end of the trailer which may well be the title even though it goes against the usual one word subtitles of the games, Origins, and Inquisition. While the teaser shows very little, there is a lot that is suggested. We see and hear Solas, a significant character from Inquisition with some big reveals that I won’t go into hugely due to major spoiler territory. What I will say is that his link to the Dread Wolf will surely give him an even bigger role in the next game. There’s also a suggestion that you may be playing as your Inquisitor character from Inquisition due to what Solas says, “So, you’ve found me at last. I suspect you have questions”. The Inquisitor makes it their mission to track down Solas at the end of Inquisition, so it may well be your character he is speaking to has finally sought him out. Solas also can say the exact same “I suspect you have questions” comment to the Inquisitor in the Trespasser DLC. His saying so in the trailer could be another allusion to your character. On a personal note, this was a trailer that I was most excited to see. Dragon Age: Origins is the game that got me into gaming in a big way and I don’t know if I would be writing about the medium today if it wasn’t for Origins. I’ve been with the series ever since, through the highs and lows, and it’s great to see that the next installment is definitely on the horizon with a familiar character. A lot of faith has been lost in Bioware due to the huge disappointment that was Mass Effect: Andromeda, but I believe there is still a chance for this game if they return to the aspects of their games that work so well. The immersive narrative, the choices that make a difference, the characters you grow to love or hate and the enjoyable gameplay. And for those of you out there who also romanced Solas, I’m feeling your pain right now. Respect to you.
No official date or any other information was given on the next Dragon Age installment but the trailer is available to watch below.