I’ve been wary of mainstream video game awards, but this year, Geoff Keighley appears to have struck gold with his newly rebranded and transformed The Game Awards. Set in Las Vegas for its inaugural year, a veritable who’s who of game celebrities including Peter Moore, Reggie Fils-Amie, and others grace the stage with a new breath on the modern video game awards.
There was the usual fanfare of it. It was not over-the-top like Spike does it. The performances had more of a…professional feel to it. Having Imagine Dragons perform at the end was magnificent.
There was also some heart-felt moments as the winner of the Trending Gamer, totalbiscuit gave an amazing speech from his home on the other side of the pond to let everyone know about fulfilling a wish for a cancer patient, but he couldn’t make it because he himself was diagnosed with cancer.
What really finished the night was when Riggie Fils-Amie gave the audience a preview on the new Legend of Zelda for Wii-U. It featured an amazing next-gen look with a map that looks to rival that of a Final Fantasy game. Also announced was the release of Legend of Zelda would be 2015, right after the release of StarFox for Wii-U.
All in all, it was a great awards show. To those that missed it, you have to see it.
Here are some of the winners:
Game of the Year: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Developer of the Year: Nintendo
Best Independent Game: Shovel Knight
Best Score: Destiny
Best Performance: Trey Parker – South Park: The Stick of Truth
Best Remaster: GTA5
Best Shooter: Far Cry 4
Best Action/Adventure: Shadow of Mordor
Best Fighter Game: Super Smash Bros. – Wii-U
Best RPG: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Best Family Game: Mario Kart 8
Best Online Experience: Destiny
Best Sports/Racing Game: Mario Kart 8
So what do you think? Were these winners deserving?