GameSentral Rewind 107: The Game Awards 2016

This is a special edition of the GameSentral Rewind, recapping news from The Game Awards.

Sale celebrates 2016 nominees

Nominees from The Game Awards are now on sale from Xbox Live, PlayStation Store, and Steam. Games like Battlefield 1, Dishonored 2, Doom, Firewatch, and Overwatch are significantly discounted. Here are some of the best deals valid until Dec. 4 on Xbox One.

Xbox One

  • Battlefield 1: $40.19 (33 percent off)
  • Dark Souls 3: $47.99 (20 percent off)
  • Dishonored 2: $49.79 (17 percent off)
  • Doom: $30.00 (50 percent off)
  • Firewatch: $11.99 (40 percent off)
  • Gears of War 4: $35.99 (40 percent off)
  • Inside: $13.39 (33 percent off)
  • Mafia 3: $41.99 (30 percent off)
  • Overwatch: $40.19 (33 percent off)
  • Oxenfree: $9.99 (50 percent off)
  • The Witness: $26.79 (33 percent off)
  • Titanfall 2: $35.99 (40 percent off)

PlayStation 4

Discounts valid through Dec. 3 at 8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. GMT):

  • Abzu: $13.99 (30 percent off)
  • Battlefield 1 & Titanfall 2 bundle: $74.99 (50 percent off)
  • Dishonored 2: $40.19 (33 percent off)
  • Firewatch: $13.99 (30 percent off)
  • Hyper Light Drifter: $13.99 (33 percent off)
  • Inside: $13.99 (30 percent off)
  • Mafia 3: $41.99 (30 percent off)
  • Rez Infinite: $23.99 (20 percent off)
  • Street Fighter 5: $19.79 (67 percent off)
  • Thumper: $15.99 (20 percent off)
  • The Witness: $23.99 (40 percent off)

Hideo Kojima honored with Industry Icon award

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In what perhaps was the most memorable moment of the night, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima took to the Game Awards stage to accept the Industry Icon award after not being able to accept awards for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain last year.

Kojima “thought he’d lost anything” in the aftermath of his public split with Konami, he said in remarks as he accepted the award.

Host Geoff Keighley remarked on last year’s events as “a tragedy.”

“We had to be back on stage this year to give one man a moment he was robbed of.”

-Geoff Keighley, The Game Awards host

New Death Stranding trailer

We also got another look at Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding, starring film director Guillermo Del Toro.

Del Toro is seen clutching a strange device in a decrepit, dystopian city. Inside is a baby reminiscent of the infant seen in the initial trailer.

Also in the trailer is Mads Mikkelsen, star of Hannibal. He joins The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus in the game’s voice cast.

According to Keighley, the footage shown came from a PlayStation 4 Pro. Kojima will be on-hand at PlayStation Experience this weekend to talk more about the game in a panel (stay tuned to GameSentral this weekend for full coverage).

Rocket League Starbase ARC add-on heads to space next week

Rocket League’s next piece of DLC, Starbase ARC, will bring in new outer space-themed elements to the soccer-with-cars game when it launches Dec. 7, according to a trailer shown off by developer Psyonix.

The trailer showed off the titular arena, which Psyonix describes as an octagonal stadium orbital “an enormous (but familiar) planet.” Every time someone scores in Starbase ARC, the arena will play an “interstellar laser show.” It’ll be available for free in competitive, casual, and private matches.

Players can also purchase the new Vulcan vehicle, described as “the most elite sporting ship in the galaxy” for $1.99.

In addition, new music will be introduced from Hollywood Principle featuring Dr. Awkward, as well as a new custom training mode and Steam Workshop support.

People Can Fly working on Bulletstorm remaster

Randy Pitchford announced Gearbox Publishing, a new publishing effort. Its launch title will be a remaster of 2011’s Bulletstorm. Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition will launch simultaneously on PS4, Windows, and Xbox One on Apr. 7 with 4K support for the PS4 Pro.

Pre-orders are open now, with a special edition of the game featuring Duke Nukem.

The add-on, titled Duke Nukem’s Bullestorm Tour, includes a new voiceover track form original voice actor Jon St. John.

People Can Fly is working on the project.

Telltale announces Guardians of the Galaxy episodic game for 2017

Telltale Games is working on an episodic game based on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy set to launch next year.

In a brief trailer, Telltale revealed only that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy; The Telltale Series will be a five-part episodic series. The first episode will premiere next year on consoles, mobile, and PC.

“The energizing blend of humor, emotion, teamwork, and full-on sci-fi action-adventure of the Guardians provides an enormously satisfying space to explore through Telltale’s unique style of interactive storytelling.

“In Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, players will take on multiple roles within the ragtag band of heroes, and take the pilot’s seat in directing their escapades around the universe. We are always honored to be working with the best creative partners and storytellers in entertainment, and working with Marvel on this series leaves us excited to share what we’ve been developing when it premieres in 2017.”

-Kevin Bruner, Telltale Games co-founder & CEO

Nolan North’s strong words for striking voice actions

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Nolan North, the prolific voice actor known for playing Nathan Drake in Uncharted and dozens of other roles, seemingly admonished the SAG-AFTRA voice acting community as a whole, which has been striking against some of the biggest publishers and developers in the industry since October.

North used the platform given by his win for his work on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End to stand up for the artists and programmers at Naughty Dog that brought his character to life.

“Performance matters. The performance of every designer, every programmer, of every hard working and talented person who works in that office {at Naughty Dog]. That performance is so important. …And their performance matters more than mine. And that’s important in this day and age, with all this talk going back and forth. Because without their performance, my performance wouldn’t matter. It wouldn’t even exist.”

-Nolan North, voice actor

Shovel Knight saga continues with Specter of Torment

Yacht Club Games released a trailer for Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, a prequel set in the Shovel Knight saga.

Instead of the little blue hero, Yacht Club revealed, we get the villainous Specter Knight. Players will work to establish the Order of No Quarter, the evil group that fights against Shovel Knight in the original game.

It seems to maintain Shovel Knight’s trademark retro aesthetic.

New footage revealed from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Nintendo debuted new footage from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild during the Awards’ pre-show.

The video showed Link fighting off monsters, riding his trusty steed and avoiding the chaos that plagued his home.

Breath of the Wild is scheduled to launch sometime next year on the Wii U and forthcoming Switch.

Atriox introduced in Halo Wars 2 trailer

Halo Wars 2 got a new trailer focusing on the real-time strategy game’s story and antagonist Atroix.

Atroix is a Brute enslaved by the Covenant, before he rebelled and inspired the formation of the Banished army of mercenaries. The UNSC takes issue with these folks, since the Banished may soon get their hands on “the most powerful weapons platform the galaxy has ever seen,” according to the trailer’s description.

Halo Wars 2 will have a $79.99 Ultimate Edition, with the game’s season pass and the Definite Edition of the original Halo Wars. People who pre-order the Ultimate Edition will receive early access to the Definitive Edition starting Dec. 20.

The game will launch Feb. 21 on Windows and Xbox One.

Winners

Here are a full list of nominees that left Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater a winner, winner, chicken dinner last night:

  • Game of the Year: Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Best Game Direction: Blizzard (Overwatch)
  • Best Narrative: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/SIE)
  • Best Art Direction: Inside (Playdead)
  • Best Music/Sound Design: Doom (id/Bethesda)
  • Best Performance: Nolan North (Nathan Drake, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End)
  • Games for Impact: That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)
  • Best Independent Game: Inside (Playdead)
  • Best Mobile/Handheld: Pokemon Go (Niantic)
  • Best VR Game: Rez Infinite (Enhance Games)
  • Best Action Game: Doom (id/Bethesda)
  • Best Action/Adventure Game: Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda)
  • Best RPG: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine (CD Projekt RED)
  • Best Fighting Game: Street Fighter V (Capcom)
  • Best Strategy Game: Civilization 6 (Firaxis Games/2K)
  • Best Family Game: Pokemon Go (Niantic)
  • Best Sports/Racing: Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games/Microsoft Studios)
  • Best Multiplayer: Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Most Anticipated Game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
  • Trending Gamer: Boogie2988
  • Best Fan Creation: No winner announced
  • Best eSports Player: Coldzera – Marcelo David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Best eSports Team: Cloud 9
  • Best eSports Game: Overwatch (Blizzard)

Telltale’s Walking Dead season three premiere will feature first two episodes

The premiere of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: A New Frontier is called “The Ties That Bind.”

The season takes place four years after the zombie plague began, but part of the episode offers a glimpse at the moment of the outbreak’s inception, with a devastating death in the family.

“When family is all you have left… how far will you go to protect it? Four years after society was ripped apart by undead hands, pockets of civilization emerge from the chaos? But at what cost? Can the living be trusted on this new frontier? As Javier, a young man determined to find the family taken from him, you meet a young girl who has experienced her own unimaginable loss. Her name is Clementine, and your fates are bound together in a story where every decision you make could be your last.”

-Telltale Games, in the synopsis

According to Telltale CEO and co-founder Kevin Bruner, two of the season’s five episodes will be available on release day since the premiere was too big to fit in one chapter. Basically, the first two episodes will split “The Ties that Bind.” The entire season will launch on Android, iOS, Mac, PS3, PS4, Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox One with the premiere launching Dec. 20.

Latest Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay trailer highlights frightening fight for survival

We finally got to see live gameplay from Mass Effect: Andromeda, getting a tour through some of the game’s most beautiful planets.

“You are the Pathfinder, part explorer, part soldier, part guide. It’s your job to find a new home for humanity. … Resources are scarce. Planets are hazardous, or outright uninhabitable.”

-Mass Effect Andromeda trailer narrator

The trailer features the Pathfinder, known as Ryder, driving vehicles, scanning for discoveries, bickering with questgivers, and getting into it with some unhappy aliens … some of whom won’t hesitate to get a mouthful of Ryder.

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