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VGA 2011 Round-up

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Awards, Reveals, Spike VGAs 2011, Trailers

VGA 2011 Round-up

All The Winners And Announcements

In the early hours of this morning Spike TV brought us yet another year of gaming announcements, and apparently there were some awards given out in between them (although you would be forgiven for missing and/or forgetting that fact.) We thought we’d give you a rundown of what transpired with a list of reveals and winners from the big night.

The Reveals

Hitman: Absolution

We got an action-packed trailer with Agent 47 taking down anything in range. Other than a few hints at the plot, there wasn't much to take away from this one other than the return of the bar-coded assassin is nearly here.

The Last Of Us

So it turns out the newspaper at the start of Uncharted 3 really was an easter egg after all as it was confirmed that Naughty Dog are the developers for the upcoming PS3 exclusive The Last Of Us. Because of pre-event internet sleuthing, little new information was really given but we do know that it will take place in a future where our cities have been reclaimed by nature, and that the survivors battle against each other for supplies whilst defending themselves against infected monstrosities. News of Naughty Dog being involved will have sent expectations sky-rocketing.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

While not really showing off anything other than its existence, Tekken fans will no doubt be happy to see that the next instalment of the game is on its way… even if Prologue kind of already made that fact clear.

Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD

After years of sub-par sequels and ridiculous gaming peripherals, the franchise is going back to its roots and bringing us a HD version of the original title that started it all. The game will be a downloadable title, and is expected to land next summer.

Rainbow Six: Patriots

Although we already saw some in-game footage thanks to Ubisoft pre-empting a possible leak, the new trailer gave us a up-close look at the villains of the piece, the Patriots, causing havoc for American citizens.

Mass Effect 3

So who would win in a fight between a Reaper and a Thresher Maw? We’re apparently going to get an answer to that question when Commander Sheppard returns to save the Earth in March next year.

Command & Conquer Generals 2

It looks like the internet got it half right with this one. Command & Conquer is indeed back, now under the guidance of Bioware, but it’s the Generals universe that will be returning and not a reboot as originally theorised. Little was expanded upon from the teaser video, but at least we now know what Bioware’s new studio is up to.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare

Another reveal slightly spoiled by leaks, Alan Wake is coming back to Xbox Live as he continues his fight against the forces of darkness, led by Mr Scratch.

The Amazing Spider-Man

The upcoming movie reboot is getting a gaming tie-in, and will have the web-slinger battling out-of-control robots in New York City. Again, not much to go on, but we live in hope it plays like Spiderman 2 when it arrives next summer.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

In a trailer almost definitely inspired by the Gears of War ads, we got a sneak peek at the upcoming Transformers title that will see the robots in disguise turning into dinosaurs. Surely that alone will be worth the price of admission.

Diablo III

Blizzard unveiled the opening cinematic for its upcoming sequel. Featuring series mainstay Deckard Cain as the forces of hell began to rain upon the land, it is yet another stunning CGI sequence from the legendary developer.

Bioshock Infinite

We’ve been starved of information for this one, but we got another cinematic in-game look at the floating city of Columbia, as well as some of the action we can expect to take part in when Bioshock: Infinite arrives next year.

Fortnite

Epic’s new franchise appears to be a zombie survival game in which you create your own fort and then attempt to hold out against waves of unrelenting zombies. One could argue it’s more of the same, but depending on how flexible the fort-building mechanics are (and how satisfying the gameplay is) Fortnite might be one to keep an eye on.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengance

Continuing his trend of making up words, Hideo Kojima stumbled with his English to announce the already leaked news that Platinum Games hastaken over development of the Metal Gear Solid spin-off. The trailer showed off a lot of cinematics (unsurprisingly) and a bit of in-game slicing action. With the Bayonetta developer now in control of the game, we could be seeing some rather satisfying combat when it finally releases.

The Award Winners

Skyrim, Portal, Batman: Arkham City and Bastion were the big winners last night, taking away multiple awards. Blizzard Entertainment also received the Gaming God award, and The Legend of Zelda franchise was the first inductee into the Gaming Hall of Fame, with the audience giving a standing ovation to Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto as he accepted the award. We have the full list of winners below.

Game of the Year: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Studio of the Year: Bethesda Game Studios
Best Xbox 360 Game: Batman: Arkham City
Best PS3 Game: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Best Wii Game: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Best PC Game: Portal 2
Best Handheld/Mobile Game: Super Mario 3D Land
Best Shooter: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Best Action Adventure Game: Batman: Arkham City
Best RPG: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Best Multiplayer: Portal 2
Best Individual Sports Game: Fight Night Champions
Best Team Sports Game: NBA 2K12
Best Driving Game: Forza 4
Best Fighting Game: Mortal Kombat
Best Motion Game: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Best Independent Game: Minecraft
Best Adapted Video Game: Batman: Arkham City
Best Song In A Game: Bastion
Best Original Score: Bastion
Best Graphics: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Best Performance By A Human Male: Stephen Merchant (Portal 2)
Best Performance By A Human Female: Ellan McClain (Portal 2)
Best Downloadable Game: Bastion
Best DLC: Portal 2
Character of the Year: The Joker (Batman: Arkham City)
Most Anticipated: Mass Effect 3
Best Trailer: Assassin’s Creed: Revelations E3 2011 Trailer

And The Rest…

Other non-gaming highlights included Will.i.am nearly falling down the stairs, Stacy Keibler insisting she loved Transformers, and Charlie Sheen’s sideburns. The night almost took a turn for the worse when they invited a saliva-spewing video blogger along to the event who had some 'concerns' about last year’s show and nearly had the head of the executive producer. Host Zachary “I’m from TV's Chuck” Levi (who did a decent job of the presenting duties) manage to step in and stop it from escalating, even if it was what most viewers probably wanted to see happening. However, the best skit of the night went to Felicia Day and her real life Fruit Ninja challenge for charity Child’s Play, complete with katana “for the children.”

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