Boom City: Skyrim wins GOTY, Best RPG at 2011 VGAs

Friday, 9 December 2011 16:00 GMT By Staff

It was Boom City tonight, with Skyrim winning Game of the Year, Slegehammer getting teabagged and Naughty Dog’s next project unveiled to the world at the Spike VGAs. Get all of the happenings below the break.

After a live-action introduction bit from several of this year’s top games by host Zach Levi and a GOTY segment for Portal 2, the first announcement dropped, and it was a biggie. of The Black Eyed Peas introduced The Last of Us, a brand new IP for PS3 from Naughty Dog. The trailer was “captured directly” from a PS3, according to the start of the video.

Naughty Dog vets Bruce Stanley and Neil Druckermann are involved with the project, with co-president Evan Wells promising it will be “a leap forward in cinematic gaming and storytelling.”

Following the announcement, Rocksteady’s Jamie Walker and Sefton Hill were on stage to accept the award for Best Action Adventure Game, as well as Best Adapted Videogame and Best Xbox 360 Game.

LL Cool J appeared on stage next for two BioWare-related things: first, he introduced a brand new trailer for Mass Effect 3, which also won Most Anticipated Game. The video showed Shepard in battle against a Reaper and some alien worm thing. We can’t remember its name other than it was in Mass Effect 2. Masters of knowledge us.

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us debuts at
the VGAs.

BioWare also had an ace up its sleeve after that, though: the announcement of Command & Conquer: Generals 2 as a PC exclusive, releasing in 2013 from BioWare Victory and powered by the DICE-created Frostbite 2.

Following some sort of Felicia Day Spider-Man nonsense for charity, Kevin Jonas introduced a trailer for Rainbow Six: Patriots, which ended rather abruptly while the event was on live. The shooter’s out on PS3, 360 and PC in 2013 from Ubisoft Montreal.

After a commercial break, in which a new Darksiders II trailer aired, as well as awarding Assassin’s Creed: Revelations best trailer and a Skyrim GOTY segment, some group of idiots from some show called Workaholics introduced Alan Wake’s American Nightmare from Remedy. It’ll release in Q1 2012 for Xbox Live Arcade. Expect to hear more on this from us in the near future.

Seth Green – Chris in Family Guy and Joker in Mass Effect – came out to induct the first game into the VGA Hall of Fame: The Legend of Zelda. Almost to the surprise of everyone, Shigeru Miyamoto appeared on stage to accept the award, admitting Nintendo was “humbled” by the support for the series.

After another Felicia Day charity thing and commercial break, Tony Hawk, who earlier in the evening announced Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD for a summer release on digital platforms for $20, introduced The Amazing Spider-Man for the first time.

Hulk Hogan then came onto introduce winners of awards that were unable to be announced on stage on the night due to time constraints. Full list of winners are below.

Tebagging shenanigans

Following more Day charity-related stuff, a commercial break and a performance from Black Keys, former WWE diva Stacey Keiber was on stage to show Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. The end of its trailer confirmed a fall 2012 release.

Charlie Sheen then rolled up to announce the winner of Best Shooter: Modern Warfare 3. Glen Schofield and Michael Condery of Sledgehammer and Rob Bowling of Infinity Ward appeared to accept the award, but Bowling ran for dear life when he went over his limit for his speech and was due to be teabagged – long story – but Condery was his replacement.

After all of that, Ray Rice was announced as the cover star of NFL Blitz.

Epic’s Cliff Bleszinski was next to appear to announce Fortnite, a brand new IP from the company’s North Carolina studio. There was no date, no platforms and no published attached in the trailer, but it had a very cartoonish look to it, and looking very inspired by Minecraft.

Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime, Alan Adam and Frank Pierce accepted the Gamer God award. Morhaime dropped an interesting statistic in his acceptance speech, mentioning that 4,600 employees were working at the company before going on to thank its fans and to introduce the opening cinematic for Diablo III. It looked awesome.

Metal Gear Solid: Rising: Reborn in
Platinum’s hands.

BioShock Infinite was next up, showing a brand new trailer from what was to come from the Irrational epic, even if some of the stuff in it has been seen before. Still looked ridiculously amazing, though. it’s out next year for PS3, 360 and PC.

Two UFC fighters introduced Character of the Year, with the winner being Joker for Batman: Arkham City. But not one to go out with a wimper, he seemed to hint at something called “Batman: Arkham World,” before throwing a script containing its name in the bin and adding: “Oops, spoilers.”

Game of the Year was the final award of the night, going to in the end – shock – Skyrim. Todd Howard, Ashley Cheng and Matt Carafano all appeared on stage to accept the award.

But not done yet, Hideo Kojima appeared to reveal “the truth” on Metal Gear Solid: Rising, following a big trailer leak that appeared online earlier in the evening. After attempting to introduce the game in English, which seemed to get to him due to the occasion, it was formally announced that Platinum Games had taken over the project. Producer Atsushi Inaba of PG introduced the trailer.

Metal Gear Rising still involves Raiden in his ninja form, but now takes place after Metal Gear Solid 4 rather than before it, as previously intended. More info is being promised for tomorrow.

Pre-show, a new trailer for Hitman Absolution debuted, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 was announced for a home release.

Get the full list of winners and liveblog below.

  • Game of the Year – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Studio of the Year – Bethesda Game Studios, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Character of the Year – The Joker, Batman: Arkharm City
  • Gamer God - Blizzard Entertainment
  • Hall of Fame – Shigeru Miyamoto, The Legend of Zelda
  • 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 Champion
  • Best Driving Game – Forza Motorsport 4
  • Best Fighting Game – Mortal Kombat
  • Best Motion Game - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Best Independent Game – Minecraft
  • Best Adapated Video Game – Batman: Arkham City
  • Best Song in a Game – “Setting Sail, Coming Home (End Theme)” by Darren Korb, Bastion
  • Best Original Score – Bastion
  • Best Graphics – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
  • Best Performance by a Human Male – Stephen Merchant as Wheatley, Portal 2
  • Best Performance by a Human Female – Ellen McLain as GLaDOS, Portal 2
  • Best Downloadable Game – Bastion
  • Best DLC – Portal 2 – Peer Review
  • Most Anticipated Game – Mass Effect 3
  • Trailer of the Year – Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, E3 2011 Trailer

[Original story by Johnny Cullen, contributions and liveblog by Johnny Cullen and Stephany Nunneley]


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  1. Colin Gallacher

    Boom city sounds horribly dangerous :D

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    Does anyone know if (and where) there’ll be a stream for mainland europe viewers?

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Colin Gallacher

    @2 I’m sure someone on Justin.TV/Twitch will have a stream up. No doubt someone here will have a link nearer the time :)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. KillerDD

    Let’s not forget about Valve teasing Half-Life 3 with a shirt a few weeks back! Not expecting anything, but hey, one can always hope! ;)

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Talkar

    I’m going to use either my US or my UK vpn to watch it.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. HeavyD-Love

    Some info on MGS:Rising, The Last Guardian, Resident Evil 6, GTA5, GTA HD Collection, God of War 4, Halo 4, Mirrors Edge 2, Shadow Complex 2, and/or new Tony Hawk would be nice!

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Edo

    When does the actual show start(GMT)?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Stephany Nunneley

    @7 1am – we’re going live with the blog an hour early.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Edo

    #8 Thanks.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. pianomanjack

    I have to say Johnny – you are a true legend. Somehow what you wrote made me even more amped up then I already was!! Legend.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Moonwalker1982

    When is this for europe? What time is it?

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Edo

    Can’t wait.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Johnny Cullen

    @11 – For mainland Europe, it’s 2am.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Razor

    Why are people so certain that this PS3 game is Sony Santa Monica?

    While I would applaud the decision by Sony to let them do something other GoW, it makes absolutely no business or financial sense whatsoever to launch a brand new IP at this stage of the generation, when a new GoW in 2012 makes complete and total sense.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. tmac2011

    the game is the last of us, i’m watching this just for the metal gear solid info and nothing else. prove me wrong :P

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Hoika

    The Last of Us could also be the new IP from Guerilla Games…

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Exzeerex

    Anybody know a stream link for mainland Europe. I’m in Denmark and the UK link says it doesn’t support my location.

    Tried Google, but hard to find a proper link. maybe?

    #17 3 years ago
  18. The_Red

    MGS Rising trailer LEAKED! You can find it on YouTube.
    PLATINUM is indeed developing it.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Dark


    #19 3 years ago
  20. Edo

    If anyone is hoping for a Half- Life 3(Episode 3)reveal tonight Gabe says Nay . :(

    #20 3 years ago
  21. xino


    Johnny Collen since when is 12am for GMT now 10th of Dec?
    its 11th of Dec man!

    getting people confused:/

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Gekidami

    I really dont get why people keep expecting surprise announcements, this isnt E3. Every dev that will be announcing something has been named or the game has been teased.

    The Last of Us obviously isnt HL3.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Edo

    #22 It happened last year with the Skyrim announcement.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. James Mac

    Anyone know where it can be watched in Australia?
    Spike and Gametrailers are coming up as region locked.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. el duderino

    Guys,the modify headers plugin for firefox seems to work for me.Get it here thank neogaf!

    #25 3 years ago
  26. absolutezero

    This is terrible.

    Arrow to the knee, DLC, iJustine. Gears 3 in best FPS catagory.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Erthazus

    download HOTSPOT shield and you can watch it from anywhere you want.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. absolutezero

    #28 3 years ago
  29. absolutezero

    I think I might cringe myself to death if I attempt to watch this all the way through.

    Modern video game culture ladies and gentlemen. This is what its come to.

    Deadmouse (I refuse to use the number) and William from Black Eyed thingys.

    Us gamers man. Us gamers.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. AHA-Lambda

    anyone got a uk link that works?

    #30 3 years ago
  31. Erthazus




    #31 3 years ago
  32. absolutezero

    Im watching the one that I posted just now.

    The Last of Us! Nathan Drake with a beard and Ellen Page fight fungus zombies in Enslaved meets I Am Legend.

    mite be cool.

    I think the “tumours” were the ant brain fungus gone insane. Makes me think of all the fucking amazing things they might be able to do if its a full fungal infection.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Stephany Nunneley

    @32 “The Last of Us! Nathan Drake with a beard and Ellen Page fight fungus ”

    LOL +1000 :D

    #33 3 years ago
  34. AHA-Lambda

    ^ that link aint working for me :(

    #34 3 years ago
  35. AHA-Lambda

    2013 for C&C WTF?! O__o

    #35 3 years ago
  36. absolutezero

    So Reapers can only shoot one laser in a straight line? and they wiped out alllllll life in the universe before?

    Oh well I’ve seen what I wanted to see so im going to bed.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. Stephany Nunneley

    Bioware and C&C huh? So, the rumors were true then.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. mathare92

    45 min into the show and we’ve only seen one award being presented on camera. WTH? I swear, if it wasn’t for the announcements…

    #38 3 years ago
  39. ASBI

    seriously ????? AC:R got the best trailer ?????

    its like they have to make AC win in every possible way

    the game couldnt compete as the best action game ,, WTH give it the best trailer


    #39 3 years ago
  40. AHA-Lambda

    XD portal 2 just won like 6 awards XD

    #40 3 years ago
  41. AHA-Lambda

    so if batman won best 360 game won’t it be GOTY probly? Or will it be like last year where ACB was best action game beating RDR but RDR was GOTY and ACB wasn’t even nominated -_-

    #41 3 years ago
  42. Gama_888

    Omg who was that man going crazy?
    That was Amazing

    #42 3 years ago
  43. AHA-Lambda

    ^ what happened i missed this? =/

    #43 3 years ago
  44. Stephany Nunneley

    @42 Are you talking about the guy getting teabagged?

    #44 3 years ago
  45. LOLshock94

    #45 3 years ago
  46. daytripper

    every single trailer has been boring imo, does mass effect 3 have a story? the marketing for that game has been terrible so far.

    #46 3 years ago
  47. AHA-Lambda

    poor kojima =(

    #47 3 years ago
  48. LOLshock94

    was he nervous to show the game or to talk? if the game then…i can see it getting cancelled, who it doesnt it looks awesome.

    #48 3 years ago
  49. lexph3re

    Why does raiden have the Eye patch? Just…..*sigh*……. I’m disappointed now….. it’s…….. *sigh*……*walks away*

    #49 3 years ago
  50. daytripper

    @48 do you think he was apologising to gamers watching over how bad that show was? man that geoff keighley is just….

    #50 3 years ago
  51. back_up

    PC pirates and xbox gamers will be crying
    Best PC Game and Best Xbox 360 Game are multiplats lol

    #51 3 years ago
  52. Gekidami

    Studio of the Year – Bethesda Game Studios? Really?

    See this right here is why some devs can get away with anything.

    #52 3 years ago
  53. NeoSquall

    In all fairness, I think Deus Ex: Human Revolution deserved more, at least in the Original Score (with the soundtrack composed by Michael McCann) and Trailer of the Year (with the Purity First infomercial) sections.

    #53 3 years ago
  54. AHA-Lambda

    yea skyrim deserves GOTY but studio of the year too?
    after the atrocious ps3 version and when valve runs steam and give free dlc i call BS

    #54 3 years ago
  55. Lounds

    Best Shooter: MW3…. REALLY….. I mean REALLY?

    I’ve played BF3 and MW3 and BF3 wins hands down.

    #55 3 years ago
  56. AHA-Lambda

    meh BF3 was my most disappointing game this year so I aint even mad

    #56 3 years ago
  57. SplatteredHouse

    My favourite part of the show, other than Shigsy appearing onstage (wtf I did not expect that – it was late, but I was making the noise!) to accept the induction of Zelda to Hall of Fame – a fine choice, no doubt well deserved! :D
    But, aside from that, my favourite bit was when Batman Arkham City won its first award, and they played an acceptance skit, really, of Joker’s appreciation, and in the background Harley fumbles and breaks the trophy. It was brilliantly comic. :)

    Tony Hawk’s Pro nostalgia trip – where do I sign? The early series gameplay, the approach of those games is excellent. It got convoluted and warped later, but that “pure” THPS gameplay, undiluted or anything else, ought to be a reality to savour, once the release date is narrowed down, and for Activision, it even sounds as if they’ve erred on the side of sensible/appealing when it came to pricing.

    #57 3 years ago
  58. lexph3re

    I just don’t feel bethesda deserved that award. Neither GoTY or Best Studio, Those guys keep getting away with laziness and then told WE the gamers appreciate it. That’s bullshit I do not appreciate it, I do not believe they deserve GoTY. People have set themselves up for more half baked shit from these guys.

    I generally like the direction they take but their execution is severely flawed. VGA can kiss my Arse after that garbage.

    #58 3 years ago
  59. Uncontested

    trailer from The Last of Us.

    #59 3 years ago
  60. BrutalZen

    So… Sadly, Bethesda has been rewarded for releasing an unfinished game. Not only by VGA but also through all those positive reviews. I find it strange that all the negativity about the game crippling glitches came after the 9s and 10s the gaming press rewarded Skyrim.

    Hopefully this will not start a trend, but…

    #60 3 years ago
  61. Noodlemanny

    The last of us looks interesting. Yeah sure its zombies, again, but zombies works well. Its why so many people use them. Nothing particularly original but the trailer is well put together and its Naughty Dog, so those have got to count for something.

    #61 3 years ago

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    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

    Major League Gaming has announced the full schedule for the 2015 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League. The eSpots firm revealed two more seasons of Pro League, a live Relegation tournament for Season Three, and a season ending World Championship with $250,000 up for grabs You can watch all the action on […]

  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]

  • PayDay 2 announced for SteamOS, celebrating with franchise sale

    PayDay 2 is coming to SteamOS, Overkill has announced. Still under development, a release date will be announced at a later date. “Making sure PAYDAY 2 is available on SteamOS felt like a no-brainer,” said Bo Andersson Klint, CEO of Starbreeze in the press release. “With PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition coming to the next generation […]

  • Magicka 2 has a release date and a crazy new trailer

    Magicka 2 has a release date for PC and the PlayStation 4, and Paradox Interactive has released a trailer featuring “Vlad’s latest lyrical triumph,” which is his rendition of the Game of Thrones theme. Magicka arrived on PC and PS4 May 26 and the game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders […]

  • Nintendo eShop schedule: Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone, others

    Nintendo has sent over a list of titles heading to the eShop in 2015. The schedule contains titles such as Affordable Space Adventures, Runbow, Swords & Soldiers 2, Don’t Starve: Giant Edition, Never Alone and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Below a preliminary list of games scheduled to launch in the Nintendo eShop on […]

  • Week 8: Can you win the weekly VG247 GTA Online playlist? Play tonight at 8pm UK time!

    We’re hotdogging tonight. I don’t even know what that means. Eight weeks of ridiculous death. Such a brave, true milestone. We’re going to celebrate two entire months of playing weekly GTA Online playlists with VG247 readers with Hotdogging, a set of six jobs I named completely at random. This one ends with a straight-up border […]

  • Puzzle platformer Four Sided Fantasy coming to PC, consoles in early 2016

    Curve Digital and developer Logan Fieth’s studio Ludo Land are bringing puzzle platformer, Four Sided Fantasy, to PC all major consoles in early 2016. Ludo Land are developing the PC version, with Curve Digital handling the console and Vita versions. Four Sided Fantasy tasks players with venturing across “dreamlike levels” by controlling and manipulating the […]

  • Tropico 5 arrives on PS4 in April – video

    A release date for Tropico 5 on PlayStation 4 has been announced. This is the franchise’s first foray onto PlayStation consoles. It arrived in Europe on April 24 and in North America on April 28. A Limited Edition has also been announced, and it includes The Big Cheese DLC and the Bayo Del Olfato sandbox […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain Limited Edition PS4 releasing in Asia

    A limited edition Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 system will be released in Asia. The system and its DualShock controller were designed in collaboration with Konami Digital Entertainment and targeted for the Asia region, per Gematsu. It will be released as part of PS4 Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain […]

  • This video shows Sid Meier’s Starships being played on iPad

    Sid Meier’s Starships will be released on iPad alongside Mac and PC, and to give you an idea on how it plays on the tablet, a new video has been released. Watch below as Pete Murray and lead producer Stuart Zissu show off the iPad version. The 4X space-strategy releases on March 12.

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood announced as standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to The New Order, will release May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game takes pace in 1946, and and players take on the role of B.J. Blazkowicz as he embarks on a two-part mission in Bavaria. Part one, Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves, […]

  • Observer Mode coming soon to Evolve as a free update

    Observer Mode will be released for Evolve as a free update for all platforms, 2K and Turtle Rock have announced. The community feature was designed to give Evolve players the ability to observe and add commentary as well as livestream, allowing a sixth user to “passively enter a custom game” with the ability to switch […]