Happy Wednesday! What games are you playing this week? I finally bought a Switch last month and have been happily playing Night in the Woods, Let’s Go: Eevee, Skyrim, and Paladins on it. I also started Doki Doki Literature Club, which is available free for PC and Mac. Let us know on Twitter what games you’re playing and what upcoming games you’re excited about!
The Game Awards and SonicFox
The Game Awards happened last Thursday night. Here’s a full list of winners. God of War took home Game of the Year. Also nominated in that category were Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Celeste, Spider-Man, Monster Hunter: World, and Red Dead Redemption 2. God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Fortnite won some of the highest profile awards. Notably, Florence, which stars a Chinese-Australian main character, won Best Mobile Game. Celeste won Best Independent Game.
Huge congratulations go to the winner for Best Esports Player, SonicFox. In his acceptance speech, he said, “As you guys also may know, or may not know, I’m also super gay, so I mean, I want to give a super shoutout to all my LGBTQ+ friends that have always helped me through life.”
— IGN (@IGN) December 7, 2018
Dragon Age: The Dread Wolf Rises and Anthem
Also at The Game Awards, BioWare teased the long-awaited next Dragon Age game:
— BioWare (@bioware) December 7, 2018
Solas’ voice is featured in the teaser video. Not many other details are out yet, which might be because BioWare seems to be heavily focused on the release of Anthem in early 2019. A demo for Anthem will be available to those who pre-ordered the game, EA Access subscribers, and Origin Access subscribers on January 25 and to all on February 1.
Despite the lack of information, this Dragon Age 4 teaser already has the Sidequest team making drastic life decisions:
— Honourary Comics Carl (@nightxade) December 7, 2018
Overwatch Winter Wonderland
Overwatch‘s annual winter event returned this week and runs until January 2. Mercy, Widowmaker, Bastion, and Symmetra are among those receiving new event skins each representing a different winter sport.
Straight from Sweetzerland.
Play as pixie perfect SUGAR PLUM FAIRY MERCY (Legendary). 🧚
Winter Wonderland returns Dec 11. pic.twitter.com/TE2Y4e6cIe
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) December 7, 2018
— 🦋Faeb🍃 (@Faebelina) December 7, 2018
Ready to win frost place!
Go for the gold as BIATHLON WIDOWMAKER (Legendary)! 🥇
Overwatch Winter Wonderland begins Dec 11. pic.twitter.com/zbMxb5UwxY
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) December 8, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released on December 7th. Check out this guide to getting started and unlocking new characters.
Far Cry New Dawn Gameplay Trailer Revealed
Far Cry New Dawn, which releases in February 2019, takes place 17 years after the events of Far Cry 5.
Mortal Kombat 11 Trailer Revealed
Mortal Kombat 11, which releases in April 2019, revealed its first trailer.
- Epic Games released its new store last week, featuring games from various studios. Subnautica, which is enjoying some buzz among a number of Twitch streamers, is free from December 14 to December 27. Epic Games’ new store is a welcome move in the eyes of many gamers especially since Steam has been the subject of significant issues over the past year.
- Magic: The Gathering is getting a pro league.
- Daybreak, the maker of DC Universe Online, announced layoffs last week.
Welcome to Games Bleat! I’m Kael, and I’m the head gaming supervisor at Santa’s workshop. It’s tough work, a lot of hours spent grinding for those Fortnite skins the kids keep asking for. Along the way I’ve also discovered some hot sales and new releases that would make perfect gifts for that special someone this year!
First, the deals!
- Smith and Winston $8.03
- Detective Chirpums: Private Investigator $2.25
- Localhost $3.34
- Zorkkron 1998 $1.00
- Forgotten $1.33
- Erth $1.39
- Gerrymandering: Red vs Blue $2.99
- Shootout $1.00
Now for some releases fresh from the gaming factory!
First is GRIS! This highly anticipated puzzle platformer has been predicted to be one of the most beautiful games of 2018. It’s easy to see why, its illustrative style reminding me a bit of 2012’s Journey. The main character learns from her surroundings as the story goes on, and the setting changes to reflect that. Simultaneously, the game sets aside death mechanics and the punishing difficulty that platformers are often known for. Best of all, it’s hitting both PC and Nintendo Switch, meaning I can take it on the go!
Next is The Doll Shop by Atelier Sentô. Atelier Sentô is a French development duo who take inspiration from their frequent trips to Japan. The Doll Shop is a visual novel drawing on time spent in the countryside. Its blend of romance and horror was artfully hand painted by students at ECV art school in Bordeaux, France. It looks both haunting and beautiful, and I’m excited to dive in a little later!
Finally I have Hot Pot Panic, one of the most relatable games I’ve ever stumbled across. You play a very hungry person catching up with a friend over hot pot. You want your friend to feel listened to and appreciated, but you also want to scarf down the entire store’s supply of meat and broth. As the player, you juggle the two by shifting your attention between the friend and bowl full of cooking meat, truly trying to live the best of both worlds.
And that’s it for this week’s bleat! I’m about to go get destroyed by Rudolf in Smash, but I’ll catch you next week for more news, games, and deals!
Writer at Sidequest and WWAC; past: Newsarama, Comicosity, executive editor of Kollaboration. I’ve watched over 200 hours of Life is Strange playthroughs. Talk to me about LiS, The Last of Us, and the games and fandoms you love! Twitter: @loudlysilent