The Game Awards 2015 just concluded today and for the most part it succeeded in keeping it’s tradition of being rather awkward. But it was definitely an improvement if you compare it with The Game Awards 2014 or VGX 2013. There were quite a lot of awards distributed, some good world premieres and a few rather good highlights that shouldn’t be missed out if you’re one to keep track of the gaming industry. In this article, we’ll try to cram in all the information of what happened at The Game Awards 2015, just for you.
Game of The Year – The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
Developer of The Year – CD Projekt Red (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
Best Mobile/Handheld Game – Lara Croft Go
Best Narrative – Her Story
Best Score/Soundtrack – Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
Best Performance – Viva Seifert (Her Story)
Games For Impact – Life Is Strange
Best Shooter – Splatoon
Best Action/Adventure – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Best Role Playing Game – The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
Best Fighting Game – Mortal Kombat X
Best Family Game – Super Mario Maker
Best Sports/Racing Game – Rocket League
Best Multiplayer – Splatoon
Best Art Direction – Ori and the Blind Forest
Esports Game Of The Year – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Best Fan Creation – Portal Stories: Mel
Trending Gamer – Greg Miller
Esports Team of The Year – Optic Gaming
Esports Player of The Year – Kenny “KennyS” Schrub
Most Anticipated Game – No Man’s Sky
2015 Industry Icon Award
The industry icon award went to the creator of the game that spawned the genre of RTS game. It went to the creators of Dune 2, Command and Conquer and co-founders of Westwood studios, Brett Sperry and Louis Castle.
World Premiere & Game Reveals
Tomb Raider: Baba Yaga DLC
Aren’t DLCs lovely? Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics revealed a trailer for the Baba Yaga: The Temple Of The Witch DLC for Rise of the Tomb Raider which is currently out only on the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The DLC promises to expand the story that’s present in the main campaign while adding hours of new gameplay experiences for the players. It features new adversaries, new puzzle field tombs and probably more microtransactions though we aren’t sure of the latter.
Far Cry Primal
Ubisoft finally came around to show us a good chunk of gameplay for the upcoming gimmick that is Far Cry Primal. The trailer reveals that we can tame pets in the game and use them to our advantage. Some of the tamable pets seem to be Saber tooth tigers, bears and owls. It should be noted that in Far Cry 4 we had a tiger with us in that weird dream section, whom we could command to attack our enemies, so the whole taming animals mechanism isn’t very new but it’ll be interesting to see what Ubisoft does with it in the upcoming iteration of Far Cry.
Thanks to the trailer, we at least know when the game is launching. Far Cry Primal is slated to release on February 23rd, 2016 on Xbox One and Playstation 4. It comes out on PC on the 1st of March.
After the show, Ubisoft went on to release a 10 minute gameplay footage of Far Cry Primal as well. You can watch that below:
Naughty Dog released a small gameplay footage for Uncharted 4 but it doesn’t really show anything new or worthwhile from what we can see.
Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn
Shaq Fu was originally a 2D fighting game that was initially released for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Super Nintendo on October 28, 1994. Shaquille O’Neal came to the stage to announce a remake of the game that seems pretty neat and gorgeous if the trailer is anything to go by.
Batman Game By TellTale
TellTale is probably a answer to the age old question of, “Will you get tired of something good if it is repeatedly shoved in your face?” The answer to that is a yes, at least according to me. TellTale has released so many games this year alone, it’s not a surprise at this point to hear that they’re announcing yet another game. This time around, they’re taking on the Batman franchise. Since all TellTale games play the same way for the most part, it should be pretty obvious as to what you should expect from this game. TellTale’s Batman comes out sometime in 2016 and you can read more about it here.
Probably one of the best reveals in The Game Awards 2015 was Lego’s Avengers. It looks incredibly fun and compiles story from several movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s even a Lego hulkbuster in the game where a mini Lego Iron Man jumps in order order to drive it. How cool is that?
Double Fine announced Psychonauts 2… sort of. They announced Psychonauts 2’s crowdfunding project on Fig, which is a platform where you can buy a part of the game’s share if you invest in it and if the game is successful, apparently you’ll also get a part of the profit cake. So the announcement to a certain extent was similar to how Shenmue 3 was announced at this year’s E3.
We got another glimpse of the ever so mysterious game called Quantum Break. The trailer for the upcoming exclusive of the Xbox franchise asks us “what we want to know” but doesn’t go ahead to answer any new questions about the game. It’s also very short and isn’t very informative nor does it show new clips of mind blowing gameplay like it’s previous trailers.
Rocket League – Xbox One Version & DLC
Probably the weakest world premiere according to us was that of Rocket League which only showed an Xbox One version and two car bodies that are themed over Gears of War and Halo respectively.
The Walking Dead Spinoff Series Featuring Michonne
Another TellTale game. They’re making a Walking Dead spinoff featuring a familiar character from the comics and TV series who goes by the name of Michonne. The spinoff will feature 3 episodes only and will come out sometime in February 2016.
Shadow Complex Remastered
Probably one of the best announcements in The Game Awards 2015 was that Shadow Complex was being remastered. Having played the game ages ago and having faint memories of how much I enjoyed it makes me glad that the game is being remastered. The game is said to make it’s debut on the Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC sometime in 2016 but that’s not entirely accurate since the game is already available for free via the Epic Games’ own website for a limited time. By PC debut, I’m guessing they mean debuting the game on Steam since the free downloadable version from the website is a standalone version of the game.
New Star Citizen Footage
We got some new footage of the upcoming game Star Citizen where we get to see a mix of FPS, Space simulator and EVA gameplay.
VR Version of Rockband
Harmonix and Rockstar together announced the VR version of Rockband, or aptly called Rockband VR, via a rather funny, and as The Game Award tradition goes, awkward skit that left us wondering what was actually going on. The game was introduced with the help of the band Dragon Force who aren’t exactly known for their steller live performances.
Oculus Rift launches in Q1 2016, with Rock Band VR coming some time next year.
Highlights of the Show
Konami Barred Kojima From Coming To The Game Awards 2015
Geoff Keighley dropped the truth bomb that Kojima was not allowed to attend awards like The Game Awards show because of contractual agreements which deterred him from doing so. Kojima was informed by his lawyer regarding this decision and hence couldn’t make it to The Game Awards 2015 even though he wanted to do so.
@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN congrats, we miss you my friend!
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 4, 2015
“As you noticed,” said Keighley. “Hideo Kojima is not here with us tonight and I want to tell you a little about that. Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight, but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami just recently that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s awards ceremony to accept any awards. He’s still under an employment contract. And it’s disappointing and it’s inconceivable to me that an artist like Hideo would not be allowed to come here and celebrate with his peers and his fellow teammates.”
Reggie’s Tribute To Satoru Iwata
Satoru Iwata was easily one of the brightest minds of the gaming industry till date and losing him this summer was no small incident. Both Geoff Keighley and Reggie thought the same which is why there was small section dedicated to only him. In this section, Geoff spoke a little about Iwata stating that the last time he met him, “thinner than I thought he would be,” however, he was still full of life and joy.
What was truly moving however was Reggie’s speech on Satoru Iwata which seemed very heartfelt and since it’s not exactly easy to describe what he said in words nor would it do any justice to his speech on Mr. Iwata, we suggest you take a look at the video below of Reggie speaking about one of the most beautiful minds in the gaming industry.
Trending Gamer, AKA Greg Miller, Pays A Tribute To Game Developers Everywhere
It was kind of weird when I heard Greg Miller won the Trending Gamer award instead of Totalbiscuit but it should be noted that Greg had a massive part in overhauling the journalism side of the game industry for better or worse, so he is a rather noteworthy competitor to John Bain when it comes to the title. It should also be noted that Totalbiscuit wont the award last year so it’s not like his achievements completely went unnoticed. What truly made Greg deserving of the award however was his acceptance speech which you can check out below in the video:
Or you can read his entire speech thanks to Kotaku:
…but more importantly, the person I’d like to thank is Nicole Tan. Nicole Tan is an environment artist for Crystal Dynamics.
I have never met Nicole Tan.
I beat Rise of the Tomb Raider this weekend, saw her name go through the credits, along with dozens of other names I didn’t recognize.
And this happens all the time. Every time I finish a game. Hundreds of names that I don’t know. So, today, I’m the Trending Gamer. I am a duly-elected representative of you the gamers.
So, on behalf of the gamers, I want to say, ‘Thank you.’ Thank you to everyone in this room who makes video games. Thank you to everyone at home right now—directors, producers, writers, animators who make video games.
Hell, thank you to the guy who is working on a Maya project right now—he won’t see this until it’s on YouTube tomorrow.
We all know that making a game is not a glamorous life. It is long hours. It is time away from your family.
And, no matter what, when the game’s out, someone on the Internet is going to be mean to it.
I’m sure it comes down every day… somebody says, ‘Is this worth it?’
And I want you to know that, on behalf of the millions of lives you’ve changed, it is worth it. Thank you for making games. I would not be the person—we would not be the people we are today—if it wasn’t for video games.
So, thank you, each and every one of you who does this, who makes video games. Thank you for your art. And know that we are forever in your debt.
Jade Raymond “accidentally” mixes up the Best Performance winners.
Jade Raymond, former Ubisoft lead developer and one of the people behind the Assassin’s Creed games, came up on the stage to announce the Best Performance winner. Unfortunately for her, she mixed up the winners and instead of crediting Her Story, she stated that The Witcher 3 had won best performance. The audience was obviously confused but one guy in particular stood out and his expression was priceless. Let’s see if you can guess who it was.
Our Opinions on The Game Awards 2015
As stated in the beginning of the article, The Game Awards 2015 lives up to it’s brand’s reputation of being a rather awkward award show but it’s not like the people behind it are not learning. This time around, The Game Awards had the least amount of hiccups possible. We also had some nifty game reveals though it should be noted that out of all the world premieres, only a few of them were actually worthwhile. Showing off a brand new DLC for a game and stating that it’s a world premiere just doesn’t seem right for some reason. Geoff was pretty stiff and nervous throughout most of the show which makes me wonder why someone else isn’t hosting it alongside him and then I remember what happened back in 2013’s VGX.
Overall, a lot can be improved in the award show still but at least they’re trying. Now only if they could cut out all the random music performances in the middle of the show and instead put them either at the beginning or at the end of the show, that’d be an amazing improvement. At this point, the organizers of The Game Awards should realize that they shouldn’t try to emulate the Oscars or the Golden Globe but instead should try to make something that gamers can relate to.