VGAs Round Up

What happened at today's Spike TV Video Game Awards? New game announcements, first look trailers (some with actual gameplay), release dates, and Neil Patrick Harris. Catch up on the most important news right here if you missed anything.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Bethesda Game Studios reveals the sequel to Oblivion, the role-playing game known as Skyrim, via short teaser. The game is also given a release date — November 11, 2011. [HD trailer]

Mass Effect 3

BioWare's next shooter space opera is formally announced as a battle for Earth and given a release window of Holiday 2011. [HD trailer]

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Naughty Dog brings back Nathan Drake for another adventure, this one set in the desert and beyond. The PlayStation 3 game also gets a release date of November 1, 2011. [HD trailer]

SSX: Deadly Descents

EA unveils its next SSX, in which video game snowboarders "explore the story of a team who seek to be the first to descend the faces of the most treacherous mountain ranges on the planet." [HD trailer]

Resistance 3

We get our first peek at gameplay in Resistance 3 and a release date for the PS3 game, September 6, 2011. [HD trailer]


Director Guillermo del Toro teams up with THQ and Volition Inc for inSane, a horror game that's quite far off. The teaser trailer definitely looks like a game that won't hit until 2013. [HD trailer]

Prototype 2

Developer Radical Entertainment officially unveils the next Prototype game. It won't go head to head with Infamous again, because Prototype 2 won't be released until 2012. [HD trailer]

Kratos Comes To Mortal Kombat

The God of War joins the fray in a PlayStation 3 exclusive. Kratos wins! [HD trailer]

Batman Arkham City's New Bad Guy

Dr. Hugo Strange knows Batman's biggest secret in Arkham City, which delivers a cool new trailer. [HD trailer]

Forza Motorsport 4

The Xbox 360 racing series doesn't have much to show, with a mostly-live action teaser trailer formally announcing its existence. [HD trailer]

Portal 2

Valve releases a new Portal 2 trailer. It looks like a Pixar movie. [HD trailer]

Thor: The Video Game

Hey, there's a Thor video game! [HD trailer]


    Few titles here that I'm really interested in.
    Mostly Mass Effect 3, Portal 2 and Prototype 2.

    Liking the concept that Prototype 2 will have you hunt down Mercer, interested in looking into that further.

    Haven't played ME2, since I didn't enjoy ME as much as others. But a few friends have been lauding it, so will give it a try.

    And Portal 2.
    I mean, come on. A sequel to Portal.
    Who wouldn't want to give it a whirl?

      My only concern with a sequel to Portal is that one of the brilliant things about the original was that it was a very small, short game (which is why it was released as part of The Orange Box rather than a full price retail product on its own).

      That was a masterstroke, as it meant they didn't have to pad it at all to extend it out to some minimum length to justify a full retail price. The game never lost momentum, never lost focus and didn't hang around long enough to wear out its welcome.

      So yeah, I just worry that by making Portal 2 a full-scale release it might end up being a somewhat diluted experience compared to the original. But hopefully it won't work out that way.

      I didn't enjoy the first ME much, but I stuck with it and ME2 was the reward.

      Portal 2 looks to have a lot of variety if you check out some of the puzzles. I can't see it losing its creative steam even in a full title.

    No mention of the upcoming Assassins' Creed: Brotherhood (PC) then?

      Look out for a sneaky / afterthought press release from Ubi in January. PC doesn't warrant headline act status unless it's from Blizzard; the market's just not there to justify the cost.

      It's taking them longer than expected to get their new DRM up and running. It takes a while to top what they did with ACII.

      They're recruiting for it now, though. Apparently if you buy the game they'll actually have a person come round to your house and physically sodomize you every time you attempt to play it.

        geez, they're taking realism to an all new level.

        you serious though about DRM stalling the PC release?

          No, it was sarcasm.

          Or at least I hope it was.

          "you serious though about DRM stalling the PC release?"

          Considering GT5 was held back so Sony could load it up with the latest PS3 security fixes, I wouldn't put Ubisoft past it either...

    Did anyone else notice that out of that list of 12 games, only 2 are original, and the rest are sequels (many 3+)?

    Anyone notice what's missing from that list of some of 2011's biggest, most interesting games?

    That's right. Not a single game doing anything remotely interesting with Kinect or Move. And the less said about Wii the better.

    Diablo 3 where are you :'(

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