Nominees for The Game Awards 2017 announced and more!

 

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

It’s that time of the year again gamers. Where the year is wrapping up and we prepare to indulge in our gaming consoles full speed ahead.  As the holidays fast approach and we are hit with the years most anticipated releases or waiting for the years most anticipated deals on Black Friday. After the shopping and gaming is done we usually get to reflect on the past year by way of the Game Awards. With that being said The Game Awards will premiere this year on Dec 7th, 2017 5:30 P.M. (Pacific Time) Which a few of our fellow WUPS members will be there to give us the skinny on the event. That being said today marks the point of announcements for the upcoming event. Today Geoff Keighley has announced the nominees for the Awards show and trust us there is a lot to cover. Here are the Nominees so far of which you can check the video announcements & the list below:

Please note you can vote for your selections here

Game of the Year

  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Persona 5 (Atlus)
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Game Direction

  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Resident Evil 7: biohazard (Capcom)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda)

Best Narrative

  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • NieR: Automata (Platinum Games / Square Enix)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda)

Best Art Direction

  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Persona 5 (Atlus)

Best Score / Music

  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • NieR: Automata (Platinum Games / Square Enix)
  • Persona 5 (Atlus)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Audio Design

  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Resident Evil 7: biohazard (Capcom)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch as Aloy in Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Brian Bloom as BJ Blazkowicz in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Claudia Black as Chloe Frazer in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Laura Bailey as Nadine Ross in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Melina Juergens as Senua in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Games for Impact Award

  • Bury Me, My Love (The Pixel Hunt / Figs, ARTE)
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm (Deck Nine / Square Enix)
  • Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)
  • Please Knock on my Door (Levall Games)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive)

Best Ongoing Game

  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
  • Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar Games)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
  • Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
  • Warframe (Digital Extremes)

Best Mobile Game

  • Fire Emblem Heroes (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)
  • Hidden Folks (Adriaan de Jongh / Sylvain Tegroeg)
  • Monument Valley 2 (Ustwo Games)
  • Old Man’s Journey (Broken Rules)
  • Super Mario Run (Nintendo)

Best Handheld Game

  • Ever Oasis (Grezzo / Nintendo)
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)
  • Metroid: Samus Returns (MercurySteam / Nintendo)
  • Monster Hunter Stories (Capcom / Nintendo)
  • Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World (Good-Feel / Nintendo)

Best VR Game

  • Farpoint (Impulse Gear / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Lone Echo / Echo Arena (Ready at Dawn / Oculus Studios)
  • Resident Evil 7: biohazard (Capcom)
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Red Storm Entertainment / Ubisoft)
  • Superhot VR (Superhot Team)

Best Action Game

  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activison)
  • Nioh (Team Ninja / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Prey (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda Softworks)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best RPG

  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 (Larian Studios)
  • Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix Business Division 2 / Square Enix)
  • NieR: Automata (Platinum Games / Square Enix)
  • Persona 5 (Atlus)
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Ubisoft San Francisco / Ubisot)

Best Fighting Game

  • ARMS (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Injustice 2 (NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (Capcom)
  • Nidhogg 2 (Messhof Games)
  • Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Best Family Game

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft)
  • Sonic Mania (PagodaWest Games + Headcannon / Sega)
  • Splatoon 2 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Strategy Game

  • Halo Wars 2 (Creative Assembly + 343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft)
  • Total War: Warhammer II (Creative Assembly / Sega)
  • Tooth and Tail (Pocketwatch Games)
  • XCOM 2: War of the Chosen (Firaxis Games / 2K Games)

Best Sports / Racing Game

  • Gran Turismo Sport (Polyphony Digital / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • FIFA 18 (EA Vancouver / EA)
  • Forza Motorsport 7 (Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)
  • NBA 2K18 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PES Productions / Konami)
  • Project Cars 2 (Slightly Mad Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Call of Duty: WWII (Sledgehammer Games / Activision)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
  • Splatoon 2 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Most Anticipated Game

  • God of War (SIE Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)
  • Red Dead Redemption II (Rockstar Games)
  • Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Independent Game

  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
  • Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)
  • Pyre (Supergiant Games)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive)

Best Student Game

  • Falling Sky (Jonathan Nielssen, Nikolay Savov, Mohsen Shah; National Film and Television School)
  • From Light (Alejandro Grossman, Steven Li, Sherveen Uduwana; University of Southern California)
  • Hollowed (Erin Marek, Jerrick Flores, Charley Choucard; University of Central Florida – Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy)
  • Impulsuon (Hugo Verger, Rémi Bertrand, Maxime Lupinski; IIM – Institut de l’Internet et du Multimédia)
  • Level Squared (Kip Brennan, Stephen Scoglio, Dane Perry Svendsen; Swinburne University of Technology)
  • Meaning (Hariz Yet; DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore)

Trending Gamer

  • Andrea Rene (What’s Good Games)
  • Clint Lexa (“Halfcoordinated”)
  • Guy Beahm (Dr. Disrespect)
  • Mike Grzesiek (Shroud)
  • Steve Spohn (AbleGamers)

Best eSports Game

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
  • Dota 2 (Valve)
  • League of Legends (Riot)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix)

Best eSpots Player

  • Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu (Seoul Dynasty, Overwatch)
  • Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi (Team Liquid, Dota 2)
  • Lee sang-hyeok “Faker” (SK Telecom 1, League of Legends)
  • Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)
  • Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovac (FaZE Clan, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

Best eSports Team

  • Cloud 9
  • FaZE Clan
  • Lunatic-Hai
  • SK Telecom 1
  • Team Liquid

Best Debut Indie Game

  • Cuphead (Studio MDHR)
  • Golf Story (Sidebar Games)
  • Hollow Knight (Team Cherry)
  • Mr. Shifty (Team Shifty)
  • Slime Rancher (Monomi Park)

Best Chinese Game

  • Gumballs (QcPlay Limited)
  • Icey (FantaBlade Network)
  • Jx3 HD (Kingsoft Corporation)
  • King of Glory (Timi Studio Group)
  • Monument Valley 2 (Ustwo)

(Editors Opinion: Well the selection is pretty robust on the PlayStation Side of things. It has definitely been a great year for the PlayStation Centric Gamer many of us feel like 2018 will be on par or even better as a gamer. As this is a great time to be not only a PlayStation gamer but a gamer in general. My only hope with the game awards is that there aren’t any horrible Musical Performances this year as some of the previous years have provided some of the most cringe worthy moments of Gaming and Entertainment related cross-over attempts. I’m still undecided on attending this year but I still look forward to the announcements, reveals and more.)

What do you think of the categories do you feel there are any games missing that should have been nominated? Also don’t forget that the Game Awards premiere December 7th and the times you can view are posted below:

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Also you can view the event via your respective consoles and usual Social media sites.

Once again you can cast your votes here. And if you’re in the LA area you can purchase your tickets here. With that being said whether you’re planning to attend in person or stay home in the comfort of your home be sure to vote for your favorites. For news like this and more make sure to keep us bookmarked and check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation as we look forward to you guys/gals feedback!

 

 

 

 

CCP Games- Sparc PSVR Interview

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

It was a pleasure to have an interview with CCP Games Community Lead Thomas Cheung to talk about their newest PlayStation VR game called Sparc. During the interview we learned that Sparc will run its online matches on dedicated servers and the release date is ahead of schedule, so we can expect a date to be announced soon. If you’re interested in playing a competitive game using PSVR, for more information on Sparc click here to check out their site.

CCP Games will be holding their first reddit AMA within the /r/PSVR subreddit this Friday at 1pm EST. If you have any questions or concerns about Sparc be sure to ask there.sparc2Sparc1What does Sparc have to offer?

Sparc is a skill-based, fast-paced, and physical sport only possible in virtual reality. In Sparc, players utilize their PlayStation®Move motion controllers to aim and throw projectiles at each other inside a sleek virtual arena, while defending themselves by dodging, blocking, or deflecting incoming attacks from a live opponent. Players can compete against their friends or find challengers via online matchmaking.sparc3Players can watch Sparc matches in-person and queue up for the next match through “Courtside,” a freeform social area that allows for spectating in VR. Sparc includes multiple two-player game modes as well as a selection of single-player challenges and training modes, plus a wide range of visually striking customization and personalization options for competitors.

For more PlayStation related gaming news make sure to check back with us here at: “What’s Up PlayStation”

BlazBlue: Central Fiction OVERDRIVE Tournament Full Stream

Anime Fighting Game Weekend was amazing, but just in case you missed it. Here is BlazBlue: Central Fiction OVERDRIVE full live stream hosted by MistaOfficialVG(WARNING EXPLICIT LANGUAGE WAS USED IN THIS STREAM)

Check out The Online Arcade upcoming tournaments by visiting our Challonge page.

E3 with The Council 

What’s Up PlayStation Nation!

E3 is here & The Council has you covered on ALL things E3! From EA to Sony, we will be hosting Live Reaction & aftershow streams for all the conferences. Choose your favorite conference & come hang out with The Council!

  • EA Conference & aftershows will be streamed here starting 3PM EST. 
  • Microsoft conference & aftershow will be streamed Here on Sunday 5PM EST. 
  • Bethesda aftershow will be streamed Here on Monday at 1PM EST. 
  • Ubisoft conference & aftershow will be streamed Here starting Monday at 4PM EST. 
  • Sony Conference will be streamed Here on Monday at 9PM EST. 

We look forward to giving you guys the best E3 experience possible! Hope to see you there.

The Online Arcade Present August Premier Month

We are so grateful for all the support we’ve received for The Online Arcade and as promised we plan to deliver as much content as possible. Earlier we announced Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Injustice 2, and Marvel Vs Capcom Infinite will be our four official premier tournaments for The Online Arcade. In August we plan to bring you two premier tournaments within the month, deeming it as “Premier Month”. Both tournaments will take place on the PlayStation 4 platformIt is important all participants use Challonge as your tournament guide for match ups/check in, messages, rules and the tournament description.

Here are the two premier online tournaments for August:injustice 2 NOInjustice 2: No Justice No Peace with be the first premier tournament which will take place on August 12th starting at 5 pm EDT. The tournament will be hosted on GamingWithPersona YouTube channel. You can sign up today by clicking here. All participants of No Justice No Peace will have access to discord, for match up updates or any question pertaining to the tournament.  Flash vs SupermanInjustice 2: No Justice No Peace prize pot information: Prize Pot total will be $150 dollars. ( Money earned from being in the Top Three will be distributed through PayPal)

1st Place-$80 dollars

2nd Place-$50 dollars

3rd Place– $20 dollars

tekken 7 Raging FistContinuing the next week, the second premier tournament begins with Tekken 7: Raging Fist on August 18th at 7 pm EDT. Raging Fist will be hosted on Upchuckgaming YouTube channel and you can sign up today by clicking here. All participants of Raging Fist will have access to discord, for match up updates or any question pertaining to the tournament.  Tekken 7 RFTekken 7: Raging Fist prize pot information: Prize Pot total will be $165 (All money will be distributed through PayPal)

1st place-$100 

2nd place-$40

3rd place-$25

That’s a total of $315 dollars for both tournaments. If you’re planning on viewing both tournaments, as premier tournaments there will be giveaways throughout each live stream. If you enjoy what we do here at The Online Arcade, support us on Patreon where your contribution will assure a healthy online tournament experience throughout the year, giving more variety of games to have a tournament within the year. Just remember it is not mandatory!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us on Twitter @Jay_BariYT, @Persona_YT, @MistaOfficialVG or @upchuckgaming.

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road To Greatness Tournament

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

The Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4: Road To Greatness tournament just passed but WhatsUpPlayStation has you covered. For those who missed the tournaments live stream you can watch it now, with the annotations displaying each individual match fight times. Hope you all enjoy and look for more online tournaments to come.

THE ONLINE ARCADEIf you like what The Online Arcade is doing you can support with our Patreon. The money earned from the Patreon will help towards Prize money for the winning participants, the giveaways during the live stream, and commentating crew that helps during each tournament we do. The Patreon contribution will assure a healthy Online Tournament experience through live streams throughout the year, giving more variety of games to have a tournament through out the year.

Media Player on PS4 Pro Now Supports 4K Video

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

Media Player for the PS4 is a feature that many may or may not beware of as far as it’s capabilities but for many like myself it is an well invited convenience. Well today that convenience gets even better.As reported via the PlayStation blog. The PS4 Media Player will be updated to support 4K video and more here’s the details below:

The Media Player app is getting an update to support 4K video playback on PS4 Pro. Following this update, 4K videos in mp4 format saved on a USB stick or home server can be played on the Media Player app (remember, you’ll also need a 4K compatible TV to watch the videos in 4K).

Your home server will appear as a media option in the Player automatically, so finding your media is simple and quick. Just a reminder: USB storage that’s already been formatted as extended storage for your PS4 can only be used to save games and apps — it can’t be used to save and play videos.

For those of you that own PlayStation VR in addition to PS4 Pro, Media Player will also update to support playback of 4K VR video content. PS VR’s display resolution is 1920 X RGB X 1080, so 4K VR videos will be displayed in a higher image quality compared to HD VR videos. Capture stunning 360 degree 4K footage, and then immerse yourself in that footage in VR at home — just as if you’re right back in the scene you shot.

The PS4 Pro already supports streaming 4K video via Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu all have 4K content available. With that being said do you intend to use these features? What more would you like to be supported in regards to 4K content on the PS4 Pro? Comment below and let us know. For this and all things related PlayStation make sure to check back with us here at What’s Up PlayStation.

The Council-Podcast Episode 99 Kicking Off 2017 Right!

 

What’s Up PlayStation Nation,

We are a conversational podcast where we speak about the games we are playing throughout the week, on gaming new that happened during the week, and set topics where we save until later on during the show.Welcome to another episode of The Council-Podcast. This is the first Council Podcast for 2017 and we couldn’t be happier to comeback. PlayStation 4 is starting off the year really strong and we are excited to play all the games that are coming soon.

News:

  1. PS4 wins December 2016 NPD’s/ Microsoft PR spin
  2. Kingdom Hearts 3/Final Fantasy 7 Remake is still ways to go
  3. PS4 4.50 update Beta sign up
  4. Guerrilla Cambridge unfortunate closure
  5. Sora is coming to the World of Final Fantasy/Patch update
  6. New PS4 slim white coming to Europe/Asia Japan
  7. PlayStation teases more games to come in 2017.

Plugs:

  1. Horizon: Zero Dawn new story trailer
  2. Fate/Extella The Umbral Star releases January 17th

Topic:

  1. Will you purchase a xbox one after Scalebound’s delay?

**WARNING EXPLICIT LANGUAGE WAS USED IN THIS PODCAST**

 

The Council Features It’s Snapchat Geofilter at PlayStation Experience 2016!

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What’s Up PlayStation Nation?

PlayStation Experience is nearing and will take place this year in the sunny city of Anaheim, CA, December 3-4th.  Inside the Anaheim Convention Center, attendees will get hands-on time with the PS4 Pro on 4K TVs and dozens of PlayStation VR demos, PlayStation Showcase, developer panels, merchandise, and a whole lot more. If you’re one of the many guests attending, you’ll also get to take advantage of WhatsUpPlayStation.com’s very own geofilter Saturday, December 3rd! Members of The Council and contributors to WhatsUpPlayStation.com will be visible all throughout the convention and will be Snapchat ready! Your Snap could be featured on our website as a part of the PSX 2016 Highlight footage! So make sure you have the app loaded and look for “The Council” t-shirts at PlayStation Experience 2016! See you there!  (See geofilter below)

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