2011 VGA Coverage

Posted: 11/12/2011 in Uncategorized

You might be asking “Why are we covering another video game list?” The reason for this is the amount of premieres this show brings. Some of the previous announcements have been The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which ended up getting the GOTY award. This is an example of the games revealed on this show are sometimes big, mainstream hits. The following are the roundups of the reveal trailers released

The Last of Us
The first premiere of the show was a game called The Last of Us. This is a Sony published game that appears to be a mix between a standard zombie horror and I Am Legend. One big thing the teaser showed was the main female character. It seemed to be modeled after Ellen Page, who voices the character. Other than this, the teaser didn’t reveal anything overly mind-blowing. Something to keep an eye on for sure.

Mass Effect 3
The trailer for this RPG was nothing short of awe-inspiring. What we saw in this in-game trailer Shepard, Gaurus and Rex going up against a Reaper. The trailer then shows Shepard run towards the giant beast, dodging the legs of the Reaper all the way. Eventually, Shepard reaches a stand with some sort of button on it, and then starts running back to the “truck”. At this point, a Thresher Maw, a creature anybody who has played the other ME will instantly recognize, comes out of the sand and takes down the Reaper in one swift lunge. The trailer gives off nothing we haven’t already seen, except for the two enemies we saw in the sequence. I think we can all say, however, that we are itching to get more Mass Effect.

Command & Conquer Generals 2
This small trailer was nothing special. The Frostbite 2 engine seems like a good fit for the new Command & Conquer game. Other than the new engine, the trailer showed nothing overly special. It showed us that there is a new C&C, which is coming out in 2013. Besides this, there’s nothing to say about the 10 second reveal.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Patriots
The small peak we had at the new Tom Clancy game was explosive. We took in a small monologue from some sort of super-power agency, and then saw a man thrown into a street from a skyscraper with a pack of C4 attached to his torso. The man fell around 20 stories into the streets of what appears to be New York, and explodes in a puff of fire and smoke. It looks like a fresh new start for the Rainbow 6 franchise.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
The trailer that we saw put many puzzled faces on our skulls. It is a teaser, and it may want to leave us puzzled, but it seems there might be a little bit of unfairness. It reminded us of Halo 1 and 2. In Halo, we were left with what seems an impossible scenario, getting home. We then got no information in the teaser, and in Halo 2 itself. It was only with the novels were we able to understand. I fear that this might turn out the same way, which would be a big disappointment for a series. However, the trailer was exciting. We saw a montage of clips of Alan doing who-knows-what. These clips showed up a bunch of new weapons, some of which included a machinegun pistol. We loved the trailer, and hope this game doesn’t go the way of Halo.

The Amazing Spider Man
The latest Spider Man trailer feels disappointed. It felt desperate and far-fetched, even for a super hero game. The only thing you need to know about this trailer is that it has giant robots. This is something that seems desperate, as a franchise like Spiderman could bring in any number of villains. However, they had to take the robot route. The trailer itself didn’t show much, other than the predictable giant robots. As far as a game, it looks fine, but our expectations are already low. We hope we’re wrong, of course.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
The trailer starts out with a small fight sequence on a metal platform. We see a few battles, a few giant robots, and a lot of fire. The thing we’re happy about is the lack of a movie tie-in. The best transformers game was the War for Cybertron. When the Transformers games can have their own stories, the games are quite good. We hope the Fall of Cybertron goes the same way.

This new IP gave off the vibe of the offspring of a Disney movie and COD zombies. It shows a very cartoony group of adventurers gathering parts for a fort. They then go back and build a fort in an afternoon. The night comes around, and the fort is bombarded by zombie-looking creatures. The art style seems a bit odd for some sort of horror game, but holds the promise of really standing out. If there was an underdog award for these trailers, this game would win.

Diablo III
If there was a weirder way to show off Diablo III, we don’t know of it. The way they showed Diablo was with a small story of a girl and her uncle who predicted the coming of the demons. The story wasn’t bad, but it was weird that Diablo would try to have a story. It may be something they’re going to develop off of, but we doubt it. If they scrap it, however, the trailer will seem oddly out-of-place. They’ve put themselves in a rough catch-22. If they stick with it, it will force a story that might not be well-received in a game like Diablo. It they scrap it, they will have wasted a trailer. What they’ll do with it, we don’t know. We just hope Blizzard doesn’t screw it up.

Bioshock Infinite
One of the most anticipated games for 2012, Bioshock showed its face in the award show. The trailer went over most of the city that we’ve seen, from the iconic statue to the clock tower. What we got a nice view of was the weapon system and more of the pretty graphics. The visuals are simply stunning. It easily is the most jaw-dropping setting any of us has seen in a game. We are all pumped for its release in the New Year. However, we just need to keep on waiting for it, as the trailer doesn’t give much away.

Metal Gear Solid Rising
Possibly the craziest reveal of the night, Metal Gear Solid Rising shows us that blades are still in. The trailer showed us what seems to be a cyborg protagonist tearing up humans and mechs alike. We also saw a small amount of gameplay, which showed the sword cutting up humans in a slow-mo sequence in which it swiped through the body of an unfortunate soldier. This trailer put the Metal Gear Solid series on our radar. This is our favorite trailer out of the bunch. We think it holds a bunch of promise for the future of the franchise. We can’t wait to slice up baddies in a new beautiful metropolis world.

This is our summary of the 2011 VGA’s. If you like what you see, we encourage you to look at the rest of the articles, comment, give us suggestions, subscribe, and like us on Facebook. Look out for the next post from Islandgamer!
-Darcy Hebert & Ryan McCallum


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