The Spike Video Game Awards are an event that says more about the coming year than it does about the current one. Last night gave us more than a dozen trailers, half of which concerned games about which we knew nothing, or next to nothing, before Zachary Levi started handing out the hardware. As to that, there were plenty of strange scenes on the stage and in the crowd, from the puerile to the cringe-inducing to the bizarre.
Here’s your roundup of all the trailers from last night’s show, plus excerpts of the ceremonies themselves. If you care about who won what, check out this list of all the winners and nominees in the 26 categories recognised at the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards.
Games We Haven’t Seen Yet
It appears the trailer for the next Metal Gear game, Metal Gear Rising, has leaked ahead of the Spike Video Game Awards. If it’s real, it contains an interesting little conclusion. More »
Having teased such an announcement earlier in the week, at tonight’s Spike VGAs skate legend Tony Hawk made it official: after a short hiatus in 2011, his series will be back in 2012 with Tony Hawk HD. More »
The PS3 exclusive title The Last of Us is being developed by Naughty Dog, the studio that brought us the Uncharted Trilogy. More »
Just announced at the Spike Video Game Awards, BioWare’s next project is a Command & Conquer sequel entitled Command & Conquer: Generals 2 More »
This is Alan Wake: American Nightmare, the downloadable sequel to Remedy’s 2010 narrative game for the Xbox 360. In it, the protagonist author Alan Wake fights against his murderous doppleganger. More »
After two games that weren’t exactly dripping with hot web-slinging action, developer Beenox takes things open world in the Amazing Spider-Man. How focused are they on swinging this time around? So focused that they haven’t noticed they’ve stolen the plot from a Robocop movie. More »
They teased it earlier this week and tonight on the VGAs, the makers of Gears of War 3 revealed their newest game. Called Fortnite, it appears to expand on the fortification/tower defence mechanics introduced in Gears of War 3 with an all-new art style that leaves the gritty, steroidal look of previous Epic games behind. More »
Here’s a pure hype video for Tekken Tag Tournament 2, to be shown later tonight at the Spike Video Game Awards. Namco says it’ll be here for the holiday season next year. More »
Games We Have
Told from the terrorists’ perspective, this is the debut trailer for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Patriots, shown moments ago at the Spike Video Game Awards. Even given its fuck-the-man tone, it was little weird hearing the crowd cheer that suicide bombing with such verve. More »
The Spike VGAs aren’t about awards. They’re about trailers. Here’s one for the new Hitman game, Absolution. More »
The VGA Awards Mass Effect 3 trailer has hit, demonstrating one way to handle a gigantic intelligent robot creature hell-bent on the extinction of everything: Giant bug sex. More »
The opening cinematic for Diablo III debuted tonight at the Spike VGA awards, featuring the falling of more than one star and the passing of a torch from uncle to niece. More »
The upcoming BioShock: Infinite has a new trailer. It’s for the VGA Awards. This is it. The trailer looks great and features a fantasy cover of the hymn “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?” It is, however, a tad on the short side. More »
Hot damn. I know it’s just a pre-rendered trailer, and I know the song is corny, but this 1:47 of Transformers action spoke to me more as a Transformer fan than Michael Bay’s three films put together. More »
Crazy Weird Wacky Stuff
Fresh off a week of denying reports that he’s retiring, the creator of Mario and Zelda was caught on camera rocking out to a little live music from The Black Keys during the VGAs tonight. More »
Video Game Awards Show Host Gets Teabagged. This Ain’t the Oscars.
If you win an Oscar and ramble through your acceptance speech, the orchestra will drown you out and the cameras will cut away. But, if you’re a game developer and you prattle too much at the Spike Video Game Awards, you might have a man drop his crotch on our face. More »
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 picked up the award for best shooter during Spike TV’s Video Game Awards show tonight, but not without a casuality. More »