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It's a wrap-up: Spike VGAs 2010


"You know what? I'm gonna call it: Best VGAs yet," liveblogged Joystiq's Justin Mcelroy. "I don't think I'm kidding."

"Bullshit! Major step back from last year," responded brother and co-correspondent Griffin a moment later, before conceding, "Okay, in terms of news? Maybe." (But "in terms of raw waja? It was the worst one yet.")

It might not be doing Spike's Video Game Awards show justice to separate the newsy bits from the embarrassing shenanigans, but we're doing just that, in this very post, for a couple of reasons: First, we all love recaps -- don't we? And second, there's simply no replacement for enduring the VGAs by watching them directly on your TV. Whether you tuned in or not this past Saturday night, you'll get the goods here, but know that we've neglected to round up some ... things.

The Game-Dropping
To attract viewers, the VGAs airs a number of "big surprises" packed into "world exclusive" video announcements, confirmations and desperation appeals (Hi Thor!). Here they are:

Batman: Arkham City

  • From Rocksteady / WBIE
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
  • Release date: Q3 2011

"My favorite thing about Batman was all the drugs you injected into guards to make them projectile vomit. Right guys?" –Griffin

Clearly, our most-anticipated game of 2011.

Gallery: Batman: Arkham City (12/13/10) | 2 Photos

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • From Bethesda
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
  • Release date: Nov. 11, 2011

"There's a Mortal Kombat video showing Kratos in action. Jesus guys, some of us are trying to have a panic attack about Elder Scrolls V over here!" –Justin

Clearly, Justin's most-anticipated game of 2011.

Gallery: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim | 5 Photos

Forza Motorsport 4
  • From Turn 10 / Microsoft
  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Release date: Fall 2011

"Oh, Forza 4 didn't look too bad. Not a lot of gameplay footage, though." –Griffin

Also: Kinect functionality confirmed.

Gallery: Forza Motorsport 4 | 5 Photos

  • Volition / THQ
  • Platforms: TBA
  • Release date: 2013

"A horror game from Volition and del Toro sounds hot as Hell, and you know it. Too bad it's coming out in 2013, well after the heat death of the universe." –Griffin

Oh yeah, and it's a trilogy.

Gallery: inSane (logo) | 1 Photos


Mass Effect 3
  • From BioWare
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
  • Release date: Holiday 2011

"There's the devastation we've seen previously, a British guy waiting for help from Shepard in what appears to be Big Ben on Earth. It. Looks. Awesome." –Justin

Gallery: Mass Effect 3 | 5 Photos

Mortal Kombat
  • NetherRealm / WBIE
  • Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
  • Release date: April 2011

We repeat: "There's a Mortal Kombat video showing Kratos in action. Jesus guys, some of us are trying to have a panic attack about Elder Scrolls V over here!" –Justin

There are also Mortal Kombat special editions with bonus ... action.

Prototype 2
  • From Radical Ent. / Activision
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
  • Release date: 2012

"This trailer is completely incomprehensible. There's an army dude trying to kill Alex Mercer, and he looks cool." –Justin

"I really wish they'd commit and call this one 'final product.'" –Griffin

SSX: Deadly Descents
  • From EA Canada / EA Sports
  • Platforms: "All"
  • Release date: "Next Winter"

"SSX features mountains based on real world mountains. 'Cause that's been my complaint with them. With SSX games. The reality." –Justin

Gallery: SSX: Deadly Descents | 3 Photos

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
  • Naughty Dog / Sony
  • Platform: PS3
  • Release date: Nov. 1, 2011

"Drake's walking across a desert, he looks ... a bit different in the face. He grabs a rifle from a dude buried in the sand. We see the shot that's been going around of him in front of the burning plane. We see a bit of Sully, some great gameplay, and a date! 11-1-11! That's how you tease!" –Justin

Did we say Arkham City was our most-anticipated game of 2011? Yeah, well ...

Gallery: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception | 10 Photos

See also: Resistance 3 release date; X-Men Destiny trailer

The Awards
You know, sometimes we forget, but there are actual awards and trophies handed out during the show -- even to the host!
  • Best Song, too:

The Celebs
Spike rolled out the red carpet, and look who just walked by!

Gallery: VGA 2010 Red Carpet | 16 Photos

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