The Game Awards 2015: All The Winners, All The Weirdness And… A Batman Game From Telltale?!
The inaugural edition of The Game Awards had the right idea but was met with mixed reactions due to its length and far too many world premieres that weren’t really world premieres. 2015 then promised a tighter, more refined show and seems to have delivered for the most part.
Once again Geoff Keighley presented The Game Awards with equal parts awards, fanservice and world premieres. The big change is that those reveals were mostly pretty cool.
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The full show is up top and certainly worth a watch for some great moments and an awful ending courtesy of Deadmau5. However, we know you’re pressed for time so here’s a condensed version of events.
It wouldn’t exactly be an awards show without winners, right? Aside from the physical Game Awards being rather snazzy hunks of metal, the winners were largely unsurprising. CD Projekt RED, The Witcher 3 and MGS V: The Phantom Pain were always going to pick up top awards but it was interesting to see Rocket League and Splatoon make a splash too.
- Game of the Year – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Developer of the Year – CD Projekt Red
- Best Independent Game – Rocket League
- Best Mobile/Handheld Game – Lara Croft Go
- Best Narrative – Her Story
- Best Score/Best 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 5: The Phantom Pain
- Best Role Playing Game – The Witcher 3: 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
No, these are not games which got snubbed but rather trailers and reveals which are still interesting but far from making it onto the evening’s highlights. The weirdest little reveal was perhaps Rock Band VR. Showcased (obviously) with DragonForce’s Through the Fire and the Flames, Oculus and Harmonix combined forces to make Rock Band VR a thing.
We also got a taste of Rise of the Tomb Raider’s first DLC. It’s a story episode titled Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch. Now, if you’ve ever dabbled in the Fables comics you’ll be familiar with the character of Baba Yaga but to cut it short she’s a supernatural being from Slavic folklore and sometimes lives in a hut on chicken legs. The DLC is due out in January 2016.
MortalKombat X got some screentime with the reveal of its Pack 2 DLC. It will contain Bo Rai Cho who willbe joined by Tri-Bot, a combination character consisting of Cyrax, Sketor, and Robot Smoke. More exciting though is the inclusion of Leatherface and what looks to be an earlier, more humanoid Xenomorph. This too will be coming in 2016.
With those losers out of the way let’s move onto the more interesting bits from last night’s The Game Awards.
Far Cry Primal Gameplay
You are the Beast Master. This latest gameplay trailer shows what looks to be a central pillar of Far Cry Primal’s gameplay in that players will have to command beasts and creatures in order to survive. It’s unclear how this will work or if players will have a variety of commands at their disposal. At the very least it needs to be a deeper system than Far Cry 4’s Shangri-La tiger controls in order to feel integral and nontrivial.
Oh hey, Tim Schafer is asking us for money again. Wait, don’t go. This time it’s for Psychonauts 2. The original Psychonauts is a cult classic so many are no doubt frothing at the prospect of Psychonauts 2. The catch is that Schafer is asking for $3.3 million, at the time of writing he’s about 20% of the way there. Shenmue 3 clearly set a precedent with the ‘big reveal then ask for money on a stage’ tactic. Weirdly, Psychonauts 2 is being funded on Fig instead of Kickstarter. Read into that what you will. Given how Schafer dicked about somewhat regarding Broken Age it may be best to not have high hopes for Psychonauts 2 just yet.
Squeeeeee. This one has a few of us tickled and curious. As much as I adore (and I really do adore) the Arkham series it was a bit short on meaningful character interactions, decision making and real detective work. As with last year’s Telltale Game of Thrones trailer this one gives us nothing to work with other than a logo. It’s just a teaser to say “well this exists.”
However, the snippets of dialogue cut into the trailer suggest that players will have to balance life as Bruce Wayne and Batman with both sides of the character being scrutinised. It would certainly make for a very interesting and delightfully different Dark Knight experience.
Notable other hihglights included a great performance from Chvrches as well as Quiet herself, Stefanie Joosten, performing the character’s iconic theme. Nicely juxtaposed to that was Hideo Kojima’s legal barring from The Game Awards by Konami’s lawyers. Sadly that meant he couldn’t collect a Hideo Kojima award for a Hideo Kojima game. On a brighter note was Reggie Fils-Aime’s touching tribute to Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata above.
All in all, Geoff Keighley put on a good show and one that was mostly enjoyable.