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Dec 072018

Last night was The Game Awards 2018. While I couldn’t watch the whole thing live, I caught up on it later.

The show’s structure puzzles me. It’s devoted to the Game Awards, yet some awards aren’t announced in the show itself… and this year, the pre-show included some award announcements and world premieres?

Despite the blurry line between pre-show and actual show (and my disappointment when I checked the full list afterwards and saw that The Missing didn’t win), this was definitely one of the better years. So let’s take a look at the announcements that were personal highlights for me.

I was somewhat intrigued by Journey to the Savage Planet, although now that I’ve looked into it more, it sounds like it won’t emphasize its story too much. I’ll keep my eye on it, but I’m not sure it’s for me.

A little while later, another premiere revealed The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe. I loved The Stanley Parable. It was one of my top games of 2013. This new version will have new endings and choices, and it’s planned for both PC and consoles. The trailer was great, and I’ll definitely get this when it comes out.

Supergiant Games has a new game coming out called Hades. Well… actually it’s out now in Early Access, but I’d rather wait for the full release. This also reminded me that I should play Transistor eventually…

And now, of course, there’s the announcement I already showed in the page image, the one with the most credible rumors, Crash Team Racing! Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is a remake (remaster?) coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch and it looks beautiful.

(It also appears to confirm split-screen multiplayer, even though they haven’t specifically mentioned it.)

Moving on, Obsidian announced its new game, a single-player RPG called The Outer Worlds. It’s described as having a “player-driven story,” and the world shown in the trailer gave me some Borderlands vibes. I’ll be keeping my eye on it.

The Last Campfire also looks cute.

Another rumor came true with the tease of the next Dragon Age game. While it’s just a tiny teaser that basically shows nothing, it does confirm the one thing I wanted… it will follow the plot set up in Inquisition!

(So, is this game going to be called Dragon Age: The Dread Wolf Rises, or is that just the tagline? Because I took it as a tagline until I saw people using the hashtag like it’s the name of the game.)

Now let’s hope that when we do get something more substantial about it, it looks like a good game with a good story.

A new game called The Pathless was revealed, and it looks like it could be interesting.

And at last, we we got a full trailer for Psychonauts 2! I’ve been a little nervous about this game since I love Psychonauts so much and because Broken Age left me a little disillusioned with Double Fine, but the trailer looks great.

Finally, in the surprise announcement of the night, Joker from Persona 5 was announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a DLC character, which I definitely never saw coming.

I was disappointed that we didn’t get any Bayonetta 3 footage, and I wasn’t too invested in the awards themselves since I haven’t played most of them yet, but on the other hand, I’m excited for Crash Team Racing, Psychonauts is looking great, I have hope for Dragon Age, and several interesting games were announced.

What did you think of The Game Awards 2018 and its announcements? And don’t forget, while it was the big night for announcements, we have Yakuza news coming tomorrow!

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  9 Responses to “Highlights From The Game Awards 2018”

  1. Seemed like we got some cool announcements out of it. 🙂 Outer worlds looks like something between Boarderlands and Fallout, it could be great. New Vegas was my favourite Fallout so it’s nice to see Obsidian doing a game that looks sort of like that again.

    I liked the look of that new Far Cry too. Crash Team Racing is sure to be fun. Got a bad feeling about Dragon Age, being cautiously optimistic.
    Transistor is well worth playing through and it’s a short game too. This does remind me I should play through Pyre though. xD Hades doesn’t look as good to me as their other games but I’ll give it a chance.
    The Pathless looks nice too, reminds me of Journey a little bit.

    • I keep hoping Obsidian gets another crack at Star Wars,although with EA in charge of all Star Wars games right now, that might be too much to hope for.

      What gives you a bad feeling about Dragon Age? Is it because of how Mass Effect Andromeda turned out?

      • That and, I didn’t care for the MMO style of Inquisition. I don’t think their games have been as good since they joined horrible EA. Really wish EA wouldn’t get their sticky paws on good companies.

        • Yeah, that’s true. :/ I thought the combat in Inquisition felt like a decent mix of Origins and 2’s styles, but the biggest criticism I had was how the open world parts felt entirely separate from the storyline.

  2. I am still freaking out over Joker in Smash Bros. I don’t even know what to expect now from the other 4 DLC, but Nintendo officially has my faith (and my wallet)

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