The DeanBeat: The Game Awards show gaming’s bright future

The Game Awards was everywhere in the web final night time, as the highest trending merchandise on Twitter and airing on 40 world video networks, together with dwell protection in China. It definitely felt extra momentous than last year, with so many extra world premieres of video games throughout greater than hours of programming.

If solely the Oscars have been this entertaining. You see, the advantage of Geoff Keighley‘s present is that it exhibits you gaming’s previous with the awards, nevertheless it additionally factors to the longer term with the sneak peeks at subsequent yr’s video games.

And the awards weren’t boring, as a result of there was some powerful competitors this yr with video games like Purple Useless Redemption 2, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Celeste, Useless Cells, and God of Warfare. Josef Fares, who declared final yr “F*** the Oscars,” got here out onstage once more at this yr’s The Recreation Awards, however he didn’t have to present his rant about how video games are as culturally related as motion pictures. With everybody doing the Fortnite dance, that’s form of apparent now.

God of War wins!

Above: God of Warfare wins!

Picture Credit score: Danielle Takahashi

I used to be shocked to see Sony’s God of War take each the Best Game Direction and Game of the Year titles, partly as a result of it got here out final spring and since Purple Useless Redemption 2 appeared to be sweeping quite a lot of the large awards.

Nevertheless it was so good to be shocked. The yr earlier than, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild ran away with the awards as a result of it had no actual competitors. However Nintendo didn’t have to fret a lot, because the largest cheer of the night time got here after they introduced a brand new character from Persona would seem within the Tremendous Smash Brothers Final recreation.

I’d have picked Red Dead Redemption 2 for Recreation of the Yr (and I did, within the voting). I felt prefer it raised the bar for seamless interplay between cinematics, scripted scenes, and gameplay. I felt so immersed in that world as I performed the sport for greater than 50 hours throughout 105 missions. You may inform it was constructed with care, with greater than 2,000 folks engaged on it for so long as eight years.

The story was huge, and maybe it was just a bit too large, as I’m positive many individuals haven’t completed it but.

However I’d not begrudge God of Warfare, which Sony Santa Monica remodeled seven years. That recreation was a superb reboot of the franchise, because it turned a hack-‘n’-slash title into one thing a lot deeper.

Three amigos.

Above: Three amigos.

Picture Credit score: Danielle Takahashi

The story of Kratos, the God of Warfare, and his son Atreus is so touching. It transforms the sport right into a narrative a few father and son. It has a surprising ending, and the Santa Monica gang wove a good story over 25 or so hours, or about half the size of Purple Useless Redemption 2’s story. God of Warfare is good. I performed it all through, and so I wasn’t sad that it delivered an upset blow to Purple Useless Redemption 2.

I shook the hand of Cory Barlog, God of Warfare’s recreation director, and he was equally shocked that he received. He referred to as everyone a winner. It was heartwarming to see the crew collect outdoors the Microsoft Theater for a bunch image.

And I’d not really feel sorry for Rockstar Video games and Purple Useless Redemption 2, as that recreation may very effectively promote 20 million games by the top of December. With Purple Useless On-line launching, Rockstar doesn’t have to fret about something.

I used to be pleasantly shocked to see so many large video games coming in 2019, like BioWare and Digital Arts’ Anthem, Ubisoft’s subsequent Far Cry: New Daybreak recreation, id’s Rage 2, Mortal Kombat 11, and lots of others. It additionally made me really feel good to see the Epic Game Store go dwell, bringing competitors to the Steam, Mac, and Home windows shops on the PC. We don’t have to fret that video games aren’t a wholesome enterprise.

And maybe most of all, it made me really feel good to see the Three Amigos — Phil Spencer of Microsoft, Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo, and Shawn Layden of Sony — go up onstage on the similar time to have a good time the approaching collectively of the video games trade. It’s like issues are superb for everyone, there’s loads of birthday cake to go round for everyone, and no person has to stress that the cake is a lie.

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