There was some hot news last week that you might have missed if you didn’t listen to episode 35 of This Week in Gaming. You may have also missed the Game Awards 2017. It’s cool, though. I’ve got a whole recap for you at the end of this post.
MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD
There was a Monster Hunter: World beta that opened up this weekend and, unfortunately, it ends today at 11:59AM EST (8:59AM PST). If you missed your chance, it’s okay – you didn’t miss much. There were 3 quests across 2 environments open, and 3 different monsters you could fight. The beta itself was much like a tutorial. A graphically beautiful tutorial. Monster Hunter: World launches for console on January 26, with Windows PC release to follow later in 2018.
Capcom announced last week that Megaman 11 is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One sometime in “late 2018”. It’ll be a side-scrolling action platformer similar to the 10 previous Megaman games, but with 3D features. This is exciting news, because it’s been 7 years since Megaman 10. Also, fun fact about Megaman: the first game was released December 17, 1987. So as of this coming Monday, Megaman will officially be 30 years old. Wild!
Pokemon Go had a few updates recently that added and fixed a few things. More Generation 3 Pokemon were added, as well as real-world weather effects. Now, we aren’t 100% sure if “real-world weather effects” means “the weather your human body is experiencing currently” or what, but we’re going to find out… one of these days, when the weather changes.
Remember when we were talking about how Rock “The Dwayne” Johnson might voice Pikachu in the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie? Well, apparently, allegedly, Ryan Reynolds has been cast as Detective Pikachu… for motion capture? Because Detective Pikachu is going to be a live-action game. Hey, guys? 2017 is a weird year.
DEVIL MAY CRY: COLLECTION
Capcom announced last week that the first 3 Devil May Cry games are coming to PS4, PC, and Xbox One in 2018. Capcom re-released the same 3 games in 2012 for the PS3 and Xbox 360, and based on screenshots that have been floating around, the 2018 re-release version might be graphically very similar to the 2012 re-release. This launches March 13, 2018 and you’ll be able to pick up the 3 games for $29.99.
A new Portal game has been announced! No, it’s not Portal 3. We fucking wish.
It’s actually a crossover between Portal and Bridge Constructor called… Bridge Constructor Portal. You’ll create bridges and portals to get items (like vehicles and such) from one end of your screen to the other. It’s coming to PC and mobile first, on December 20, while console versions will follow in early 2018. We are for sure going to be checking that out on our various mobile devices, because it sounds kinda fun. Check out its Steam page here for some sample videos.
THE GAME AWARDS 2017
Alright, guys. I kept track of the important things that happened during this year’s Game Awards. Who won what award, who was nominated, etc. Here’s a rundown of everything that happened this past Thursday night at the 2017 Game Awards in… some kind of order. You can read through my quick list of nominees, winners and World Premiere Trailers, or you can click here and watch the whole thing for 3.5 hours. Your choice.
Geoff Keighley sure knows how to throw together a good time – he’s been hosting the Game Awards for the past 4 years, and every year gets better and better. This year the Game Awards Orchestra featuring Synyster Gates from Avenged Sevenfold and Youtuber Tina Guo performed and did a fantastic job playing some of the gaming world’s favorite tunes.
- World War Z (Saber)
- Accounting + (Crows Crows Crows & Squanchgames)
- Shadows Die Twice (FromSoftware)
- In the Valley of Gods (Campo Santo)
- Breath of the Wild: The Champion’s Ballad (and also Master Cycle Zero Motorcycle)
- Soul Caliber 6
- Fade To Silence (Early access 12/14)
- Bayonetta 3 (Nintendo Switch exclusive, paired along with Switch release of Bayonetta 1 and 2)
- Death Stranding (AKA, What The Actual Fuck Is Going On Norman Reedus?)
- GTFO (gtfothegame.com)
- Metro Exodus (metrothegame.com)
WINNERS OF SOME THINGS
- Trending Gamer: Dr. Disrespect
- Best Score in Music: Nier Automata
- Best Narrative: What Remains of Edith Finch
- Best Action Game: Wolfenstein 2
- Best Art Direction: Cuphead
- Industry Icon Award: Carol Shaw
- Best RPG: Persona 5
- Best Strategy: Bario Rabbids
- Most Anticipated: The Last of Us Part 2
- Best Family Game: Super Mario Odyssey
- Best eSports Team: Cloud Nine
- Best Debut Indie Game: Cuphead
- Best Ongoing Game: Overwatch
- Best eSports player: Faker
- Best Student Game: Level Squared (check out his acceptance speech here!))
- Games for Impact: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Best Performance: Melina Juergens (Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice)
- Best Game Direction: Breath of the Wild
And finally, Breath of the Wild beat out Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds and Super Mario Odyssey for Game of the Year 2017!
Check out Josef Fares going off about EA and hating the Oscars because it’s a really great watch – he was also kind of there to promote his game A Way Out, which also looks really cool. The A Way Out footage is at the end of that video.
There’s going to be a new VR game coming out from Owlchemy Labs (the folks who made Job Simulator), called Vacation Simulator. It looks adorable and you can check that out.
Finally, there’s a new playable map on Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds’ test mode! It’s a desert map and I think people who have been obsessively playing PUBG are happy to have something new to play around in. Also, PUBG will be launching for Xbox One in early 2018. Sadly, no news about if/when it’ll ever come to PS4. But we can hope.
That was a lot to take in, I know. We’d like to say great job to everyone who was nominated for something at the Awards – every single game, actor, developer, and artist deserved their recognition.