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Spike TV has held on to The Video Game Awards show for years, with last year's VGX livestream possibly the worst attempt at a serious awards show yet. Geoff Keighley has decided to take matters into his own hands and is producing his own livestream award show, simply called The Game Awards. He polled 28 publications (we were not one of them, grrrrr) for nominations in several categories, and the awards will be doled out on December 5th at 9 p.m. EST. You can attend if you're in Las Vegas or watch from the comfort of your couch on the awards site.

Most of the categories are you usual snuff, but Keighley has added a few new ones, including Best E-Sports Team and Best Fan Creation.

The full list of categories and their nominees are after the break. Yes, we will be holding our own Game of the Year Awards regardless.

"This list is aweful, but so too have been the games this year. I am a total gamer and have a LOT... - mendobendo"5


Please email me at keri at actiontrip dot com with your mailing address and I will put it in the mail before I take off for the Thanksgiving holidays. I hope you enjoy smashing things with elepants in Kyrat!

Thanks to everyone for playing! 

"I appreciate all of the Love Fellers!!! - Annihilator"5

Due to recent debacles with the Steam Early Access program, Valve has stepped in to help consumers from buying broken games off Early Access. With Early Access, gamers can purchase and play games before they are complete. It's almost like paying to be part of an open beta, since the feedback helps the game's developers polish and complete it.

Valve is now saying that developers who wish to release their game in Early Access must be absolutely clear that the game is incomplete in the game's description. 

"We work really hard to make sure that customers understand what they are buying when they get an Early Access title on Steam," Valve said. "But we've seen that many of these titles are sold as keys on other websites where there is no explanation of what Early Access is or what the current state of your product is now versus what you hope to achieve...For example, there is no way you can know exactly when the game will be finished, that the game will be finished, or that planned future additions will definitely happen. Do not ask your customers to bet on the future of your game. Customers should be buying your game based on its current state, not on promises of a future that may or may not be realized."

Valve has also set the following additional rules (although some should go without saying, I would think):

  • Don't launch in Early Access if you can't afford to develop with very few or no sales.
  • Make sure you set expectations properly everywhere you talk about your game
  • Don't launch in Early Access without a playable game.
  • Don't launch in Early Access if you are done with development.

I've only bought one game in Early Access, BroForce, and I had a great experience with it. Anyone else have horrible experiences with Early Access games?


"Bought Arma 3 Alpha was worth it DayZ a F**king mess never again. - Smiley_ie"5

Calling all Xbox One owners...(so that's what, 3 of you here?) for Saturday and Saturday only, Sunset Overdrive will be available as a free trial for a full 24 hours. This isn't a demo version or a set trial that will end at a specific point in time.

"This is the full game; players will earn achievements and be able to save how far they progress during that 24 hour span," Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb explained on his blog. "If you decide to purchase the game at a later point, you will be able to start again right where you left off."

If you ignore the side missions, it's possible to finish the entire game in that amount of time.

Sunset Overdrive is a fantastic game for anyone who enjoys the silly, something I harped on in my review.

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If you love Assassin's Creed, this is your lucky year. Ubisoft spat out two AC games. We'll be brining you our full review of the next-gen title, Assassin's Creed Unity tomorrow. Before we do, let's dive into what's probably Ubi's final AC game for last-gen consoles. Here's a snip:

Gameplay wise though, this game has almost everything we liked and enjoyed in earlier iterations. Free-running is still very much the key thing here, in addition to carrying out a variety of tasks and upgrading your character and of course going on numerous story-driven missions that help you unravel more mysteries about the eternal conflict between Templars and Assassins. It’s quite exciting to finally have a glimpse into how the other side thinks, and not just merely looking at the world from the Assassin ideology, which hinges on the centuries-old motto ‘everything is permitted’.

Read our review for Assassin's Creed Rogue.


ActionTrip Twitter brings me into contact with some wacky and unique game devs, so the page is worth maintaining just for that. Today, while browsing through my notifications I discovered these French dudes who call themselves Artifice Studio. They made a game called Conflicks: Revolutionary Space Battles. Now, it just says that the game is supposed to be releases this Fall for PC, Mac and Linux, but no exact launch date, so I can't be certain if it's out yet. At least I don't think it is.

Anyway, you should check out this trailer:

"lol, good one - Rafal"1

Fetch me a bucket-full of good morning, stat. Get me some games, stat. Don't give me any games, in fact, because there are too many games, stat. 


Just, some medicine and alcohol, stat. 

This morning post was all about the word 'stat'.

"Silly Reikhardt. Everyone knows that 99% of all internet stats are 90% made up. - Whisky"11

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Remember that last Game of Thrones game that released back in 2012? Well, it wasn't the greatest of games, and while it stuck true to GRRM's formula of being depressing as shit, it didn't satisfy that Game of Thrones burning so many fans have. Telltale is promising a different experience, and from this teaser trailer, they aren't messing around. I give it 5 out of 5 Dinklages.

"Telltale are making too many good games - run_like_snot"2

Ubisoft has run two closed beta sessions for The Crew, and they are calling an open beta in a matter of days, starting on November 25th through November 27th. Considering how rocky Ubisoft's last two game launches have been, especially with the multiplayer, it's rather crucial that they get this launch absolutely right.

Oh and there's a new trailer too, The Crew 101.

The Crew will launch on December 2nd for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 4.


I'm back again with another Collector's Edition to open! This time I'm sharing unboxing the Dragon Age Inquisition Collector's Inquisitor's Edition and all of the little crap that comes in that ginormous box. I'm an even bigger idiot this time around, but at least the lettering on my shirt isn't backwards this time.

Baby steps people. Baby. Steps.

Check out the video in its silly glory at our new YouTube Channel and, well, here. Or below. Whatever.

"Get this chick into a 12 step program, stat. - Whisky"10

If you've been playing Assassin's Creed Unity and have been thwarted at every turn trying to open those yellow Initiates chests, don't worry, there's a good reason why you can't figure out how to open them or play Initiates on Uplay. It's because it's a bit broken.

Ubisoft is releasing a patch this morning to hopefully resolve these issues, including the ability to record and upload what you've already played in previous games. Leveling up in the Initiates game unlocks legacy armor from past legendary assassins, including Arno's legacy armor.

The Initiates site will be down for about an hour as the patch goes into effect. This patch is just one of many that Ubisoft is cranking out to fix the various bugs in Assassin's Creed Unity.



Activision sent out a press release this morning with quite the bold claim. They say that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is not just their biggest launch this year, but that it's the "bigglest entertainment launch of the year," as it bested "not only all other video games, but also the biggest movies, music and books launched in 2014."

"Since Activision created the Call of Duty franchise in 2003, franchise revenues have exceeded $10 billion in sales worldwide, far exceeding box office receipts for such household movie franchises as Hunger Games, Transformers, Iron Man and Avengers, combined," Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said. "Advanced Warfare is the biggest entertainment launch of 2014 in terms of revenue, surpassing all movie, music and book launches this year."

While the company did not give a number for how much they made at the game's launch, they did explain that their boast comes from the gross revenues received in the game's first week post-launch as compared to all other forms of media entertainment.

They also happily pointed out that in that first week, gamers played over 370 million online matches and leveled up over 200 million times.

"I don't like and haven't played CoD after Modern Warfare (1), but at least this series' were... - Avus"4

Care to play Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes on the PC? Well, you're going to be able to do that soon and here are the system requirements:

Minimum Specifications:

OS: Windows Vista 64-Bit or later
Processor: Core i5 SandyBridge 4Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above
Memory: 4 GB RAM or above
Graphics: GeForce GTX 650 or above
DirectX: Version 11 or above

Recommended Specifications:

OS: Windows Vista 64-Bit or later
Processor: Core i5 SandyBridge 4Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above
Memory: 8 GB RAM or above
Graphics: GeForce GTX 760 or above
DirectX: Version 11 or above

Update via Steam.


The latest WoW add-on may have gone off to a shaky start, but Activision Blizzard is boasting that the MMORPG, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor sold 3.3 million, pushing the game's subscriber base back to 10 million.

Blizzard CEO and co-founder Mike Morhaime said: "We're thrilled that so many players jumped in to play Warlords of Draenor on day one and are having a great time with the new content. "We poured a lot of hard work and passion into this expansion, and we appreciate all the kind words from players and the overwhelming support they continue to show for World of Warcraft."

So, how many you plan to return to the once most popular drug in gaming? I for one never started any MMORPG and I don't intend to do so. Diablo 3 is enough of an addiction, thank you very much.

"I'm actually quite enjoying the new expac. The garrisons are a fun addition and the quests... - IcedEarth"2

We're on the brink, the Borderlands, and we call for help we give out a Far Cry to all. Then again, in this Dragon Age everybody expected the Inquisition. It's time for all the Assassins to Unite, Rogue and all. Secretly though, I keep fighting This War of Mine, daydreaming about Reaping Souls in a world filled with delicious l00t!
"Morning, Still fixing PC problems. Fucking miserable. - Reikhardt"12

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