Guild Wars 2: Rock The Nightmare Music Video Contest

Guild Wars 2? Music Videos? Rock and Roll? Prizes? If any of those words raise an eyebrow or quicken your pulse, then you should enter the contest! ArenaNet is asking players to create and submit their very own music video in a chance to win a grand prize worth several hundred bucks.

To enter, be sure you go to the official page and submit your entry properly.


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Prepare to Rock the Nightmare! In the November 12 Guild Wars 2 release The Nightmares Within, you’ll storm the sinister fortress of the Toxic Alliance and face your fears!

Few things are as “metal” as a sorcerous tower full of evil, so to commemorate The Nightmares Within release, we’re hosting a heavy metal music video contest from November 5 through November 26.

Create your own Guild Wars 2 music video using our all-new “The Nightmares Within” song. The most creative video creators will winSteelSeries gaming gear, and the grand prize winner will receive a unique customGuild Wars 2 guitar from Sygnus Guitars – there isn’t another one like it on Earth or Tyria!

The Rock the Nightmare Music Video Contest runs from November 5 through November 26, so don’t delay – get rocking today!

Winners will be announced right here on GuildWars2.com on or around December 13, 2013.

Prizes

1 Grand Prize

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2 First Prizes

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How to Enter

  1. Create an original music video no longer than one (1) minute in length to the song “The Nightmares Within” by ArenaNet’s Maclaine Diemer.
    Download it for free from Soundcloud.
  2. Upload the video to YouTube.
  3. Complete the Rock the Nightmare Music Video Contest entry form from November 5-26, and include a link to your video.
  4. Read on for the complete official rules.

Good luck and keep rocking!

FAQs

Can I create a live video or does it have to include Guild Wars 2 gameplay footage?
Yes, feel free to use live footage, animation, gameplay footage, or whatever media you wish, as long as it accompanies the song.
Can I record vocals over “The Nightmares Within” song?
Yes, you can add an English vocal track to “The Nightmares Within” instrumental. English only, please – we need to understand what you’re saying!
Can I modify “The Nightmares Within” song?
Yes. You can modify the original version of the song, provided your video and song is approximately one minute in length.
Can I use other music to enter the Rock the Nightmares Music Video Contest?
No, you must use the song “The Nightmares Within” in your video.
How do I get a copy of “The Nightmares Within” song?
Download the song for free from the ArenaNet Soundcloud page athttps://soundcloud.com/arenanet.

Guild Wars 2: Major League Gaming Invitational Tournament

Not to have their international competitions end at PAX Prime 2013, GW2 is now part of MLG and the next tournament begins today.


MLG Guild Wars 2 Invitational Tournament on September 27

Our friends at Major League Gaming are hosting an invitational tournament on September 27, 2013 at 2:00pm PDT. Eight of the top Guild Wars 2 teams will be battling for prizes and fame! For complete details, head over to the MLG tournament page today!

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2013 Dragon Slayer Awards: Winners Announced

As we mentioned back in June, GameSkinny.com had opened voting for their 2nd Annual Dragon Slayer Awards in cooperation with GuildLaunch.com. They collected over 500,000 votes by the player community in 11 categories throughout this summer. Here’s the video of the award announcements. The awards summary is after the video and includes all nominees and winners. Congrats to the winners!

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2013 Dragon Slayer Awards Winners

NOTE: Both the “Hype Train” and “Most Dramatic Change” categories were removed between June and the actual awards presentation.

Best Gaming Innovation

  • Foc.Us
  • Gunnars
  • Logitech G-500
  • NVIDIA Shield
  • Oculus Rift – WINNER
  • OUYA
  • Steele Series Free

Best Gaming Comic

  • DOTA 2 – Are We Heroes Yet?
  • Goblins
  • Looking for Group
  • Penny Arcade – WINNER
  • The Daily Blink
  • The Trenches
  • WTF Comics

Notable Kickstarter of The Year

  • Camelot Unchained
  • Dreamfall Chapters
  • HEX
  • Massive Chalice
  • Pathfinder Online
  • Shadowrun Returns – WINNER
  • Shroud of the Avatar

Notable Machinima or Video Series

  • Battlefield Friends
  • Fails of the Weak
  • Mass Defect
  • Red vs Blue – WINNER
  • Slightly Impressive
  • Table Top
  • The Guild
  • The Weekly Marmot
  • Two Best Friends Play
  • WoWCrendor

Notable Gaming Personality

  • Felicia Day
  • Gary Gannon
  • HuskyStarcraft
  • LuminousInverse
  • Sha of Happiness
  • Tobuscus
  • TotalBiscuit – WINNER
  • Wil Wheaton

Community Manager of the Year

  • Andrew “Tamat” Beegle (LoL) – WINNER
  • Bashiok (WoW)
  • Brandon “Branflakes” (Cryptic Games)
  • CCP Guard (EVE)
  • CCP Navigator (EVE)
  • David Bass (WildStar)
  • Margaret Krohn (PlanetSide 2)
  • Martin Kerstein (GW2)
  • Nethaera (WoW)
  • Nix “Daxxarri” Gianozakos (Blizzard)
  • Rick “Sapience” Heaton (LOTRO)
  • Rygarius (WoW)
  • Sam “Nakatoir” Dempsey (Blizzard)
  • Stephen “Rockjaw” Reid (Gazillion Games)
  • Vaeflare (Diablo III)
  • Zarhym (Blizzard)

Best Gaming Team, Guild, or Clan

  • Alea Iacta Est (AIE)
  • Blood Legion
  • Dota 2’s Alliance
  • Dragonfly Kinship
  • Grey Wardens
  • Minecraft Middle Earth
  • Team Solo Mid
  • The Family
  • The Lonely Mountain Band – WINNER

Most Passionate Fan Base

  • Dota 2
  • EVE Online
  • Final Fantasy XIV
  • Guild Wars 2
  • League of Legends – WINNER
  • Lord of the Rings Online
  • World of Warcraft
  • World of Tanks
  • Terraria

Top Community Management Team

  • Blizzard – WINNER
  • Diablo III
  • Dota 2
  • EVE Online
  • LOTRO
  • Shroud of the Avatar
  • Sony Online Entertainment
  • Turbine
  • World of Warcraft

The Secret World: “Get Your Art In Our Game” Contest Voting

If you weren’t aware, Funcom created a player-based outfit competition: anyone could submit costume designs and the best of the best would be voted on and the winners would have their costume ideas actually implemented into the game. The finals are here! The top 10 male and female costumes have been whittled down by the devs and now its the community’s turn to pick their favorites. I’ve added a couple of my favorite images below. Be sure you vote in both the male and female categories!

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Our “Get your art in the game” contest has ended, and it’s time to move onto the next step: voting! There were more entries submitted than we were expecting, wow! As a result, we’ve extended our finalists to 10 male entries and 10 female entries. It’s been absolutely wonderful seeing all of the talented artists in our Community come forward to participate in this contest. Thank you, everyone for your hard work!

There were so many great submissions that we wish we could pick more than one female and one male winner, but we simply do not have the capacity to do so at this time. We hope that you all continue to remain active in the Fanpages & Fanart forum. Feel free to show off more of your artwork, because you might just inspire us with your creativity!

Voting Guidelines

  • You may vote for up to 10 different entries.
  • You may not vote for an entry more than once.

Keep in mind that voting for all 10 entries will have no real impact on the results. Voting will be open for 5 days. Following the voting period, the winners will be contacted. It’s up to the Community to decide which of these entries will be added to the game. Good luck, everyone!


 

 

PAX Prime 2013 Hosts $1+ Million eSports Prizes (GameSpot.com)

Though these prize amounts don’t begin to rival DOTA 2’s nearly $3 million in total cash awards, if Major League Gaming has it’s way, they soon will. Several games, including Guild Wars 2’s PVP tournament, will find either their national or international championship bouts fought at PAX Prime this year. At first glance, it seems PAX is ready to see over $1 million dished out to deserving teams.

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Halo 4, League of Legends Championships lead eSports at PAX

$300,000 on the line for Halo’s first-ever Global Championship, with $200,000 going to the winners.

The Halo 4 Global Championships, League of Legends Season 3 North American Playoffs, World of Tanks International World Finals, MLG Call of Duty Invitational, and Smite North American Invitational will all be held at PAX Prime this weekend.

Several former Major League Gaming Halo champions are competing, including Michael “StrongSide” Cavanaugh, Eric “Snip3down” Wrona, and Faisal “Goofy” Khan. A schedule and live stream information can be found on the official official 343 site. An interview with Frank O’Connor, Development Director for the Halo franchise at 343 Industries will be available this weekend.$300,000 is on the line for Halo’s first-ever Global Championship, with $200,000 going to the winners. The tournament will be held at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, the same location Valve used for the Dota 2 International Championships.

Last week at Gamescom, three European teams–Fnatic, Lemondogs, and Gambit Gaming–qualified for the League of Legends World Championships in October.

Now another $100,000 is on the line and four spots for the North American teams to the World Championships. With North America’s win over Europe at the All-Star game, the region gets an additional spot at the Finals.

Teams Cloud 9 and Vulcun wait in the wings, as fan-favorites Team SoloMid, Counter Logic Gaming, Curse, and Dignitas battle it out in the opening rounds. A schedule and live stream information can be found on the official Riot eSports site.

Major League Gaming and Turtle Beach are hosting an 8-team $10,000 Call of Duty Invitational featuring Anaheim Champions Complexity, EnvyUs, Impact, Unite, Kaliber, Soar, Faze, and Bad History.

Teams were invited based on their 2013 Call of Duty Championship and MLG Pro Circuit performances and the MLG Pro Points Rankings. The broadcast schedule can be found onMLG’s site, and the stream can be watched on MLG TV.

The world finals of the World of Tanks Open tournament will be on display, with $100,000 up for grabs for the best teams from North America, Russia, Europe, China, South East Asia, and South America. Twitch.tv will be broadcasting the tournament on Sunday, September 1 at Showbox SoDo in Seattle.

The Secret World: Get Your Art Designs Into the Game!

Not be outdone by recent EverQuest Landmark announcements, Funcom is now going to allow players with mad outfit art skills to get their designs into the game. This contest runs until September 15th, so get your works in now!

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Funcom“Get your art in the game!” Contest Entry Details

As announced in this article on The Secret World website, we are holding a contest where you can send in a design for an outfit (male and/or female) you created yourself.

The contest runs from August 16th until September 15th, 2013. During that time, you can enter your design suggestion (as a drawing, sketch, painting …). You can also send in more than one design. A jury consisting of a team of our developers will then rate all entries and will pick the five best designs for each male and female outfits – so a total of 10 designs. Those 10 designs will then be put up on the forums where everyone will have the chance to vote on his/her preferred design. So you – the players – will pick the final winner of the contest.

The winning outfit design will afterwards be created by our dev team and will be made available in-game in the The Secret World item store. The winner will of course receive this outfit for all of his/her characters for free!

Here are the rules about how to send in your entry for the contest:

  • Every art contribution sent must be of your own creation or be sent with the consent of its creators!
  • For unisex outfits, please provide a male and female drawing, as part of the same submission, so we can see how it fits each gender.
  • Post your design (graphic should be a high resolution .JPEG or .PNG file with a neutral background (preferably white or grey)) in this thread on the The Secret World forums. That thread also provides additional guidelines for potential entries so please make sure you read it before submitting an entry.
  • Alternatively you can also upload your art file (graphic should be a high resolution .JPEG or .PNG file with a neutral background (preferably white or grey)) to a file sharing service of your choice. For example the free service WeTransfer (https://www.wetransfer.com/).
  • If you post your entry on the forums, you don’t have to do anything in addition.
  • If you chose to upload your file to a file sharing service, you have to send us the link to your file by email to contest@thesecretworld.com .
    Please include the following information with your email:
    Subject: “Get your art in the game”
    Text:

    • Your full name
    • Your address (street, city, country)
    • The donwload link to your art file

TERA: Cosplay Contest – Get Dressed!

Have they done this before and I just didn’t see it? TERA is a perfect MMORPG to cosplay. (Unfortunately, IRL, I’m the lovechild of a Baraka and a Popori.)

Be sure to create your best TERA-related cosplay outfit and snap a few pics (as well as following all of the rules below) to send to the devs. The top three submissions will win the Elin statue and an eight-piece Halloween themed accessory bundle. Best of luck!

(By the way, is anyone as excited as me to see someone cosplay a BAM? That’d be awesome!)

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TERA Cosplay Contest

TERA Cosplay Contest

Do you have an amazing castanic outfit that you showed off at San Diego Comic-Con? Maybe you’ve been working for months on your kumas outfit so you could debut it at PAX Prime!

Well then, this is the contest for you! Create or re-use your TERA cosplay, and send us a picture for your chance to win an Arcadia elin figurine! Make sure to submit your pictures by 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 27, 2013 for your chance to win!

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Prizes:

The top three submissions will receive one elin figurine (pictured above) and one Halloween accessory bundle. The Halloween accessory bundle contains one of each of the following:

  • Sunbright Mask
  • Nightsky Mask
  • Sunbright Domino Mask
  • Nightsky Domino Mask
  • Frankenhat
  • Ailuri Giantkiller Mask
  • Red Bat Hairband
  • Black Bat Hairband

Instructions:

  1.   Create or re-use a previously created TERA cosplay.
  2.   Take a minimum of two (2) pictures.
    • a.    At least one picture should be of you holding a sign or piece of paper that says “TERA Rocks 2013” on it. This picture will not be posted to our website, even if you win. You do not have to be wearing your outfit in this picture—but the photo needs to provide reasonable verification (as determined by our judges) that you are responsible for the cosplay in the other photo(s).
    • b.    At least one picture should be of you in your cosplay outfit. More pictures are always good as it allows us to see the detail! These pictures can be from a previous event or taken at different times.
  3.   Do not modify your pictures with any image-enhancing programs (such as Adobe Photoshop) except to resize.
  4.   Submit a .JPG version of the photos to community@enmasse.com by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sunday, October 27, 2013.
    • a.    In your email, please include your main character and server name.
    • b.    Each photo should be no larger than 2MB in size.
    • c.    Limit of one entry per person.
  5.   This contest is for participants in North America only.
  6.   All standard En Masse Entertainment contest rules apply.
  7.   The winners will be announced on October 31, 2013.

En Masse staff will judge each submission on the creativity, technique, and overall look of your outfit. Extra points will be awarded to anyone who cosplays a BAM!

Happy crafting!

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – Free Digital PC Copy Contest!

Update: The contest participation window is now closed. We will be sending out the winner announcement later today! Thanks for being a part of our first big giveaway!

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Since we began /LFG 10 weeks ago, we’ve posted over 230 articles, received over 6,600 hits, and have nearly 60 followers! In true gamey, nerdy fashion, /LFG is giving away one free digital PC copy of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. (Sorry PS3 fans!)

The game officially launches on August 27, 2013, but this copy is a preorder and will get you into the world of Eorzea on August 24, 2013 instead. If you’re unfamiliar with FFXIV, the game description (from Amazon.com) is posted below – after the contest rules.

What’s the catch? How do I enter? Who can win?

1. Reply to this post describing what you love most about FFXIV.

2. The response we like the best will win!

3. You will be notified this Friday, August 23, 2013 about the win and I’ll update this post so everyone can congratulate you (and rush out to buy their own copy!). I’ll email you the promotional code first, then follow-up with the preorder early access code when it ships.

That’s it!

Best of luck and see you in Eorzea!

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for the PC platform that invites you to rediscover the realm of Eorzea with friends online. Designed as a relaunch of the 2010 PC release, Final Fantasy XIVA Realm Reborn allows players to enjoy a true Final Fantasy flavored MMO experience the way game developer/publisher Square Enix intended. Game features include: a persistent and evolving world with immersive storylines, a flexible 18 choice class system, guild-based activities, optimized graphics, the choice of solo or group play, a breathtaking musical score, and cross-platform play with PS3 players.

Now Comes the Decline of the Seventh Umbral Era

The realm of Eorzea is ancient, with a conflicted history marked by cycles of prosperous “Astral,” and disastrous “Umbral” eras. Past interpretations of this led many to predict that the current Astral Era would last into eternity, but now the land stands poised to enter another age of decline, a period known as the Seventh Umbral Era. On the eastern border, the Garlean Empire masses its troops for invasion, while the native beast tribes summon their deities, the otherworldly primals. The threats facing Eorzea will not easily be overcome, but overcome they must be.

Gameplay

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that invites players to explore the realm of Eorzea with friends from around the world. The game is an updated version of the PC game, Final Fantasy XIV, which was originally released in 2010. In it, classic Final Fantasy type themes and environments are merged with MMORPG play mechanics as you form a party and adventure with a multitude of players from across the globe. Forge friendships, mount chocobos, and board airships as you and your companions create your own unique stories in Eorzea. Set out alone or enlist the aid of friends as you undertake epic quests, battle familiar Final Fantasy monsters, and acquire unique abilities and equipment. All the classic elements from the series that you have come to know and love are waiting. Embark on the adventure of a lifetime to help reforge the fate of Eorzea.

Key Game Features

  • All the hallmarks of the Final Fantasy franchise, including genre-leading graphics and high-definition real-time cutscenes that advance the game’s rich storyline. Incredible new graphics engine that delivers a high level of detail and quality.
  • A flexible class system that allows players to change to any of the eighteen different classes on the fly simply by changing their equipped weapon or tool.
  • Guild-based activities focused on catering to players with different gaming styles.
  • Breathtaking musical score by renowned Final Fantasy series composer Nobuo Uematsu.
  • Cross platform play on Windows PC with PS3 players, and Robust gameplay features — such as Free Companies, story-driven player–Vs-player content, and primal summoning — to bring players together.

Additional Screenshots

Conversation in-game in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

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Screenshot of the in-game battle UI from Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

More responsive battle system.
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Customizing a Miqo'te character in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Easily customized characters.
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Final Fantasy style monsters.
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Product Description

FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn is a massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) for Windows piece and PlayStation3 that invites you to explore the realm of Eorzea with friends from around the world. Form a party and adventure with a multitude of players from across the globe. Forge friendships, mount chocobos, and board airships as you and your companions create your own unique stories in Eorzea. Set out alone or enlist the aid of friends as you undertake epic quests, battle familiar FINAL FANTASY monsters, and acquire unique abilities and equipment. All the classic elements from the series that you have come to know and love are waiting. Embark on the adventure of a lifetime to help reforge the fate of Eorzea on PS3 or piece on 08.27.13. Eorzea. A Land embraced by Gods and forged by Heroes. Seeking control of this realm and its abundant crystal resources, the Garlean Empire sends forth a massive host on a campaign to conquer its southern neighbor. Driven by madness, the commander of the invading forces silently plots to tear the moon from the heavens and hurl it down upon the land. The people of the realm soon learn of this foul scheme, and join their hands in prayer in an eleventh hour attempt to entreat the aid of the gods, only to see their endeavors fail. From within the moon emerges Bahamut, an ancient terror seething with rage fueled by countless generations of imprisonment. Sensing the tug of Fate, a powerful magus channels the last of his strength to send Eorzea’s heroes into a temporal rift. There they wait, untouched by the flames of destruction, until they are needed again. Those heroes are you, and the hour of awakening is now. Come and witness a realm reborn.

Guild Wars 2: Invitational Tournament!

After several years of major Guild Wars PVP competitions, Guild Wars 2 has tossed its hat into the ring. This is a 64-team tournament that will include up to 320 players representing both Europe and North America. The 5-man teams will compete in best 2 out of 3, single elimination matches. The final match will be played during this year’s PAX Prime on August 31st in Seattle, WA! The winning team receives $10,000 in cash!

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Announcing the Guild Wars 2 Invitational and Regional Qualifying Tournaments

We’re proud to announce the very first Guild Wars 2 Invitational Tournament on August 31, 2013 at PAX Prime!  We’re teaming up with our partner MMORPG.com to host an exciting PvP tournament where the top North American and European teams will face off in a best-three-games-out-of-five match with a cash prize pool of $10,000 on the line.

To determine which teams from each territory will qualify for the Guild Wars 2 Invitational Tournament, teams of five players from Europe and North America will compete in regional qualifying tournaments hosted by MMORPG.com and Mist League.

The European regional tournament will be on July 27-28 and the North American regional will take place on August 3-4.

Both regional qualifying tournaments will have a maximum of 32 teams. The format will be five vs. five single elimination matches, and the winners of each match will be determined by the victors of two out of three games. After the qualifying tournaments are complete, the winning teams will be hosted on August 31, 2013 during PAX Prime for a competition between the two best Guild Wars 2 teams.

We’re very excited to be working with both MMORPG.com and the Mist League on this tournament, and we can’t wait to see the incredible competition at the regional qualifying tournaments and to host the Guild Wars 2 Invitational Tournament during PAX Prime 2013.

Registration will open next week, for players that live in Canada, United States of America, Mexico, and European Union countries and are 18 years of age or older, so solidify your team and watch GuildWars2.com for more information about registration, rules, and eligibility requirements.

Original GW2 Article

IGN’s Best of E3 2013 Awards

IGN has not only provided their list of game winners in 25 categories for E3 2013, but also provided a number of runners-up and then listed every single game that was in contention for the award. Needless to say, it’s a VERY long list (covers five pages on their site). I’ve truncated that substantially and posted only the winners so this version of the article doesn’t require scrolling for 10 minutes to reach the end. You can head over here for the original, much more expanded list of nominees and such.

(By the way, IGN’s list is quite different from what TenTonHammer put together for their list of winners. I think you’d be surprised at the differences.)

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The most important gaming event of the year is now. Who won it?

WINNER: TitanFall Of all the games on display at E3, none said “next-gen” as loudly and clearly as Titanfall. Respawn Entertainment’s debut demo showcased the chaotic possibility of what players can do, rather than simply teasing the potential of what it may be. It’s beautiful, creative, and could upend the shooter landscape. For that, it’s IGN’s best-in-show.

WINNER: TitanFall Titanfall is the Xbox One’s killer app, at this point. Its use of cloud processing allows for competitive multiplayer that features the spectacular style of a single-player campaign, fills the world with A.I. ripe to mine for XP, and more ways to get through a multiplayer match than almost anything we’ve seen — especially on a console.

WINNER: Infamous: Second Son Killzone: Shadow Fall and Knack are undeniably fun to play, but it’s Infamous: Second Son that truly stood out among the PS4-exclusive pack. The promise of Second Son – being a superhero in an open-world sandbox – is much like the first two Infamous games, but its new protagonist, Delsin Rowe, really promises to be a game changer (pardon the pun). The game also looks beautiful and totes motion-captured cutscenes, a first for Sony-owned Sucker Punch, and something that will allow them to elevate their storytelling.

WINNER: Super Smash Bros. Wii U Despite the hilarity of Super Mario 3D World or the depth and strategy of Pikmin 3,Super Smash Bros. for Wii U immediately stole our hearts once Masahiro Sakurai did a live, on-stage battle between Mega Man and Mario. We couldn’t technically play the game ourselves, but seeing that fight made us realize that nothing between now and that murky 2014 release date truly mattered. We’ll put on our Mario Cat Suits. We’ll help Donkey Kong fight Vikings. We’ll race with our hovering karts. But thanks to some brilliant trailers and new information, we just want to see how the Wii Fit Trainer will keep up with Link, or the Animal Crossing Villager will manage to KO Samus Aran.

WINNER: TitanFall PC gamers who grew up playing Starsiege Tribes and MechWarrior will find a lot to love about Respawn’s new multiplayer shooter. But it’s not just all nostalgia. The fresh design and fantastic next-gen graphics are sure to earn this game a spot on your hard drive. Just watching one of those giant Titans scoop up a tiny human pilot is enough to get us excited.

WINNER: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds At a glance, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a carbon copy of A Link to the Past, albeit with a more 3D visual treatment. Yet things are not as simple as they seem, and while the overworld of this sequel seems to be a carbon copy of its predecessor, the simple addition of the hieroglyph ability is enough to flip the proverbial ‘Zelda table.’ Suddenly off-limit areas are accessible, and barred windows might as well be open doorways. Though not as evident in the open fields of Hyrule, just five minutes in a dungeon reveals the potential of this new Zelda game. It’s that kind of brilliant mechanic, combined with classic, top-down Zelda gameplay, that has us craving for more.

WINNER: Killzone: Mercenary PlayStation Vita gamers are desperate for a competent first-person shooter, and by the look of it, they’re about to get what they want when Killzone: Mercenary launches in a few months. Mercenary’s three modes – Campaign, Contracts and Online – all gel with one another to create a compelling ecosystem worth exploring, and since a Sony-controlled studio is making the game, chances are this game will understand Vita’s capabilities and limitations better than others.

WINNER: Batman: Arkham Origins This prequel is built upon the foundation Rocksteady laid down in Batman: Arkham City, but the way its enhancements tantalized us at E3 proves we’re not nearly sick of Batman’s open-world crimefighting adventures yet. New more difficult enemy types, random street crimes that you can choose to intervene in, and an intriguing new detective system that allows you to reconstruct events to identify the perpetrator all make Arkham Origins stand apart.

WINNER: Rain Rain is a gorgeous example of what makes the PSN ecosystem so special. Told in a storybook format, Rain is a charming adventure game that stars an invisible boy wandering through a rain-filled city while searching for a mysterious girl. He can only be seen as he steps into the rain, and this mechanic creates brilliant puzzles that grow progressively more complicated as he progresses. Rain is a creative, truly unique work of art and a beautiful way for Sony to say goodbye to this generation.

WINNER: Deus Ex: The Fall Deus Ex: The Fall is the real deal, and it feels great. It offers all the same dirty futuristic open-world exploration found in Human Revolution, now in the palm of your hand. The Fall is compromise-free and demands your attention. Get ready to read more fake office emails, but now on your real tablet.

WINNER: Watch Dogs GTA5 is going to be tough to beat this year, but seeing Watch Dogs’ high-speed chases through its extremely detailed open-world version of Chicago reminded us of what its next-gen edge can deliver. Aiden Pearce has some good moves on foot, too – and not just his ability to hack people’s cell phones and find their porn stash. The E3 demo showed him use bullet-time gunplay and deliver some brutal baton beatings that show some tricks Ubisoft picked up making Assassin’s Creed games.

WINNER: TitanFall At an E3 where most other shooters played it safe, Titanfall took a risk to say “We know you want more from your shooters, so here’s something familiar enough that you know how to play it, but different enough to throw you off your game.” This isn’t just Call of Duty with robots. The Titans are not a gimmick. Jetpacks, wall-running, sci-fi weaponry, and robots to pilot give you plenty of new ways to play a fast-paced online action game.

WINNER: Super Smash Bros. Smash Bros. trailers are always spectacular events for Nintendo fans and gamers in general as they manage to feel both familiar and packed with surprises. But nobody could have guessed the rush (no pun intended) of nostalgic joy that hit the moment Mega Man took to the screen to knock around his opponents with vintage boss weapons and signature moves. We can’t wait to see which characters show up next in this fantastic looking fighting game.

WINNER: The Division The most stunningly detailed recreation of New York City you’ve ever seen is the backdrop for an always-connected action-RPG where survival meets open-world freedom. We were blown away by the interweaving of action, role-playing, and massively multiplayer systems and can’t wait to see what other mysteries lurk in the post-pandemic Big Apple.

WINNER: EVE-VR on Oculus Rift Developer CCP Games made it very clear before we donned our Oculus Rift prototype headset that the “game” we were about to play would never be released. It’s a tech demo. But holy &^#$ what a tech demo it was. Space dogfighting with headtracking and immersion like you’ve never experienced. You look down and you can see your own body. But it’s not your body! WHAAAAAAAAAAAT!

WINNER: New HD Oculus Rift The aforementioned EVE-VR demo for Oculus Rift is on the current version of the virtual reality headset. And as life-changing an experience as it was, it was a tad blurry because the screens were “only” 720p. But elsewhere at E3, a 1080p version of the device lurked. And it could change everything. Wow.

WINNER: Sony slams Microsoft over used games and always online

The PlayStation faithful had gotten used to, in recent years, a sort of blundering approach to Sony’s communication. For all of the amazing studios making great games for PlayStation platforms, Sony always managed to trip over itself. 2013 – and the roll-out of PlayStation 4 – has been very, very different. It all came to a head when Sony fired salvo after salvo at Microsoft during its press conference, impressing the gaming world and forcing Microsoft, in turn, to change its DRM, always-online tune.

WINNER: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U This epic clash of famous franchises would have easily outclassed its competition alone, but with Smash Bros. coming to Wii U and 3DS, and the addition of awesome fan favorites like Mega Man, the Animal Crossing boy and the bizarrely funny Yoga Instructor from Wii Fit, this looks like the best (set of!) Smash Bros. we’ve ever seen

WINNER: Rayman Legends Building on 2011’s excellent Rayman Origins, Legends includes dozens of beautifully imagined, seemingly hand painted platforming worlds to hop, bop and slap your friends around in. Throw in giant boss battles and the brand new music stages that have you running for your life to insanely deranged covers of classic rock and pop anthems and you’ve got the best platforming game of the show, easily.

WINNER: The Elder Scrolls Online Playing solo adventures in the world of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is fantastic, but one of the most requested features is the ability to play together with (or against) friends in Tamriel. The Elder Scrolls Online is built around that idea, and especially now that it has the series’ signature option of first or third-person perspective, it that idea is more exciting than ever. And because it’s designed for next-generation consoles and PC, the graphics look great!

WINNER: Madden NFL 25 After starting from scratch at the beginning of this console generation, the venerable Madden series has evolved into a powerhouse of a football sim, with nuanced on-field gameplay complemented by TV-like presentation. Madden NFL 25 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, however, takes all of that to new heights. We saw it, we played it, and we like where the next generation of video game football is heading.

WINNER: Scribblenauts Unmasked Scribblenauts’ usual sandbox puzzles where you can literally write in your own solutions gets a super-powered makeover in Scribblenauts Unmasked. Think you know the DC Universe? Prove it by typing in any – and we mean ANY – DC hero, villain, or gizmo you can think of and he, she, or it will pop up onscreen to help or hinder your progress. Want to see Ma Hunkel (the golden-age Red Tornado) sock Darkseid in the jaw? We can practically guarantee you’ll never see that match-up in any other game.

WINNER: Total War: Rome 2 The original Rome is still the best game in the Total War series and this year’s update looks to take all the lessons the studio learned over the past decade to make an even better sequel. From building projects along the frontier, to assassinating your rivals in the Forum, to marching at the head of massive army of legionnaires, Rome 2 is the strategy game for all would-be Caesars.

WINNER: The Crew Remember the cheese-tastic, supercar-filled fun of 1980s film Cannonball Run? Or more recently, the unfulfilled potential of Need for Speed: The Run?The Crew looks to finally make a cross-country racing game a reality, with an always-connected driving experience that lets you roll with crews and challenge other clubs while visiting over 1,000 landmarks recreated in the game world, from the Grand Canyon to Miami’s South Beach. We played it, and it’s every bit as fun as it sounds.

WINNER: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Stunningly beautiful and almost impossibly huge, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was IGN’s readers’ pick for the best game of E3 2013 – and for good reason. The morally ambiguous Geralt faces monsters, both supernatural and human, in an intricately detailed open world that dwarfs that of The Witcher 2. Looking for a game that will really push the limits of your PS4, Xbox One, or high-end PC? You just found it.

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