Like many gamers around the world, I got together with a friend and watched The Video Game Awards 2016 last night. As a gamer since I was 3 years old, The Video Game Awards are something I’ve looked forward to ever since they were a big deal on Spike TV. As I’ve gotten older, there’s something about the Video Game Awards that always felt off, and it’s something that has come up in conversation many times, in many different places, from many different people.The game awards are starting to feel flat-out disrespectful and never actually portray or highlight anything good about the gaming industry.
When the Game Awards moved from Spike TV to the current format of streaming online, a lot of things changed. Geoff Keighley has been trying to make this a big event for 3 to 4 years now and after some major missteps, I thought it was heading in the right direction, that was until I watch last night’s show. For whatever reason last night’s show just put me off from ever watching The Game Awards again.
This isn’t about how amazing games like The Witness and Hitman were missing from the GOTY ballet. This isn’t about how Overwatch shouldn’t of been anywhere near the GOTY list at all, let alone winning the award. This isn’t about how the voting process is completely dumb. This isn’t even about how the show still airs in December before major games like Dead Rising 4 and Final Fantasy 15 are released. (though seriously, why the hell can’t they do it in January? Or even the end of December?) Okay maybe this is a little about those things, but there is a much bigger issue about the Game Awards that would need to be fixed first.
This is about how The Video Game Awards don’t respect and celebrate video games. It’s an award show that doesn’t focus on the awards. It’s a gaming event that cares more about the future then celebrating current accomplishments. It’s a show that has more musical acts by musicians that don’t have any real relevance to the industry instead of highlighting real developers and their accomplishments. All around it’s just a big disappointment .
The end of October and early November became shooter central. Cory and Basher have played all 3 of the big shooters. Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and they both give their run down on which they think is the best.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare takes the franchise to the stars, and while it tries to be ambitious, it falls short of telling a compelling narrative and doesn’t offer the usual multiplayer shake up players are accustomed to.
At one point Infinity Ward changed the shooting game genre on its head with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. It took a game series that was focusing on historic battles and instead shifted its focus to a more modern era that was gritty and more realistic. Infinity Ward is once again looking to change the genre and is taking the Call of Duty franchise from Earth too many different planets and the vast openness of space with Call of Duty: infinite Warfare.
Call of Duty: infinite Warfare is indeed a new type of setting for this franchise, but at the same time it doesn’t stray too far from the formula which results in a game that is pretty familiar but with a new atmosphere and setting. Let’s get this out there first and foremost, Infinite Warfare does not change the landscape of Shooters the way that Modern Warfare did. Modern Warfare created a picture that was not yet seen in video games, and even though the campaign of Infinite Warfare is good, in terms of World building and atmosphere it doesn’t really do anything that is mind-blowing.
Game season is here! No news this month since every developer on the planet is trying to get your money by releasing their games just days apart.
Gears of War 4 hit Xbox One and PC, and believe it or not the entire 4LOG crew not only played it, but played it together. Its freaking good.
Forza Horizon 3 came out as well, and while its amazing on Xbox One, the PC version is on fire.
Rounding out the Microsoft Block, Recore came out as well, and while its something special it falls short in the end.
Basher picked up God Eater and explains why Swords that eat monsters is right up his alley.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare beta hit the PS4, and Cory explains why hes optimistic, but shades of Call of Duty Ghosts are creeping in.
Basher also finally played Rise of the Tomb Raider, and mirrors Cory’s talk since it was his GOTY of 2015.
Cory picked up a PS4! He talks about The Order 1886 and Until Dawn.
Killer Instinct Season 3 adds more to the already stellar game from Microsoft’s fighting franchise.
Killer Instinct has been a surprising success for Microsoft ever since the brand was rebooted during the launch of the Xbox One. The initial review was met with a lot of skepticism over a developer that wasn’t proven, but it was quickly realized by the fans and players of the game that Killer Instinct was back and it was something truly special.
The first season only having 8 characters left fans and players eagerly awaited season two to add more characters to the roster as well as add some new game modes that the first season just didn’t offer. Season 2 had a new developer in Iron Galaxy, and while it added what fans really wanted it still didn’t feel quite complete Enter Killer Instinct Season 3. Armed with new characters, new and old, as well as new modes to keep players fighting long into the night.The main thing that Killer Instinct season 3 needed to add was that final layer to make it a complete title. I think it’s fair to say that Iron Galaxy has made Killer Instinct a true fighting Contender now with wrapping up season 3.
The holiday season is almost here, but before that crazy story of games hit, it’s time to talk about all the betas for those games.
Cory and Basher played the Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 Tech Tests, and both seemed to underwhelm them quite a bit,
Steam World Heist has been sitting on Basher’s computer for quite awhile, but he finally got around to experiencing its’ greatness.
Chris is still playing Tokyo Mirage Sessions on the Wii U, and embraces his inner Anime singing self.
Cory picked up Hitman, and is blown away how much the episodic nature of the game ended up being possibly the best part.
PS4 Pro has finally be revealed by Sony, and the 4LOG crew has trouble understanding who the console is for, as well as a discussion of PS4 Pro VS Scorpio obviously pops up.