The first ever VGX Awards (formerly known as the Spike TV Video Game Awards) were held last night and the best games of 2013 were once again crowned by GameTrailers.com’s Geoff Keighley (with an assist from Community‘s Joel McHale). The general consensus among the Internetatti is that the show still doesn’t know what it wants to be and that the “intimate studio setting” (and McHale) made the whole thing feel a bit bizarre. But what about the award winners?
In what is sure to be the first of many, Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V was named “Game of the Year” by the VGX Advisory Council. Rockstar’s crime saga also took home “Best Soundtrack.” But, the developer missed out on “Studio of the Year” honors. That award went to Naughty Dog for their work on The Last of Us. Their apocalyptic story was also awarded “Best PlayStation Game.” “Best Voice Actor” (Troy Baker), and “Best Voice Actress” (Ashley Johnson). Other multiple award winners include indie sensation Gone Home (“Best PC Game” and “Best Independent Game”) and BioShock Infinite (“Best Shooter” and “Best Song in a Game”).
A complete list of this year’s winners, including the remaining genre awards, “Best Xbox Game” (the surprising Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons), and “Best Nintendo Game” (Super Mario 3D World), can be found after the break. (more…)
Michael Biehn, the 80s action hero who has tangled with both Terminators and Aliens, recently sat down with Microsoft’s Major Nelson for an interview on his Major Nelson Radio podcast. During the course of their chat, the Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon star revealed that Ubisoft Montreal is considering a sequel to the well-received downloadable title:
“Dean [Evans, Creative Director of Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon] was with me on the phone last night. He was pretty jacked up. He was going into a meeting today. I think he wants to turn it into some sort of franchise. He’s got a sequel in mind.”
So don’t start planning your Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon 2 party just yet, but it sounds like Ubisoft knows they have a hit on their hands. And knowing Ubisoft as I do, I’m sure they’ll ride that pony to sequel-land sooner or later.
What? You don’t remember six years ago when an evil warlord built a skull-shaped fortress of death and rampaging Blood Dragons roamed the countryside? And Mark IV Cyber Commando Rex Power Colt saved the day? Is this really news to you?
Good thing we have Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon to chronicle this neon and chrome drenched war. It’s available to download from the Xbox Live Arcade today for 1200 Microsoft Points ($15). And if you’re unfairly being kept away from your 360 all day, might I suggest viewing the launch trailer above?
Or reading the game’s righteous description:
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is THE Kick-Ass Cyber Shooter taking place on a bizarre open-world island crawling with evil. Welcome to an 80’s VHS vision of the future. The year is 2007 and you are Sargent Rex Colt, a Mark IV Cyber Commando who’s fighting against a cyborg army gone rogue. Your mission: get the girl, kill the baddies, and save the world. Experience every cliché of a VHS era vision of a nuclear future, where cyborgs, blood dragons, mutants, and Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens, Navy SEALs) collide.
The over-the-top cliches, pulsing neon, and sheer lunacy that make up Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are now available on the PlayStation Store. Ubisoft’s masterpiece is joined by Telltale’s poker room crossover, Poker Night 2; Keiji Inafune’s first post-Capcom game, Soul Sacrifice; and one of the greatest PS2 Classics of all time, Katamari Damacy.
A pair of special editions are also available on the PlayStation Store this week including “The Director’s Cut” of the divisive Deadly Premonition and Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, the PS3-exclusive special edition of Ninja Gaiden II.
Finally this week, the PlayStation Store will see the release of Zombie Tycoon II: Brainhov’s Revenge, a PS3/Vita Cross-Buy title and the final “Spring Fever” game, and T.A.C. Heroes, a PSP shooter.
More details on all of these games can be found after the break and a rundown of this week’s new game add-ons is available at the PlayStation Blog. (more…)
Dig out those leg warmers and sweat bands, poof out that big hair, and warm up the VCR, because we’re heading back to the 80s in the coolest, funniest, and awesomest game in years. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a hilarious parody of the great action movies of the 1980s that takes the player on a ridiculously fun ride that will have you laughing at every corny turn. (more…)
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is just a few days away and Creative Director Dean Evans has decided to give us all an extended look at the open world of the game in the walkthrough video posted above. It’s got it all… grenades, shotguns that shoot flaming bullets, a “flip the bird” button, and dragons with frickin’ laser beams on their heads.
Dean Evans is a brilliant, brilliant man. And not just because of his cheeky British accent.
The absolutely epicridiculous epic Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is available this week as a PC download. And it’ll also be available to download from the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Don’t worry, Sergeant Rex “Power” Colt, we’ll save the world together! 80s montage… go!
Also available this week is Keiji Inafune’s action RPR for the Vita, Soul Sacrifice. Inafune is the celebrated creator of Mega Man, Dead Rising, Lost Planet, and many other games. Following his post-Capcom career has become a bit of a challenge (he’s connected to a ton of different games), but Soul Sacrifice seems like a good place to start.
It’s been three years, but there’s still no consensus on whether 2010′s Deadly Premonition is the work of a mad genius or someone who’s just mad. But Hidetaka “Swery” Suehiro didn’t let that stop him and he’s bringing Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut to the PS3 this week.
Finally, turn-based strategy game Leviathan: Warships is available this week from Paradox Interactive.
Not only does Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon out-Rambo Rambo, but it makes The Terminator look like a wuss and shows Duke Nukem how **** got done in the 80s. After being the latest “worst-kept secret in gaming” for a few weeks, Ubisoft has officially announced their glorious combination of 80s cheese and modern-day game design.
Using the Far Cry 3 engine (and little else from its predecessor), Ubisoft has crafted a standalone downloadable title that stars Michael “Kyle Reese/Hicks” Biehn as Sergeant Rex Power Colt. Colt is a “Cyber Commando” who is part-man, part-machine, and all sorts of pissed off that one of his Cyber-Commando comrades has gone rogue. Taking its cues from the long-gone “VHS Era,” Blood Dragon puts an army of laser-spewing lizards and angry robots between Colt and his quarry.
I don’t know if your PC, PS3, or Xbox 360 can contain the pure righteousness that is Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, but those platforms will give it their best shot on April 30 (PSN) or May 1 (PC, XBLA).