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Checkpoint: Spike VGA 2009 Edition


I guess the Spike VGAs aired last night while I was watching Star Trek (excellent movie). Oh well. Not a big loss if the show was anything like the previous efforts. The only thing I really care about are the new teasers, trailers and footage which are all now available online. No need to sit through awkwardness to watch these.

I’ve posted the noteworthy ones for your viewing pleasure.

Batman: Arkham Asylum 2

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Halo: Reach

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Medal of Honor

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Spec Ops: The Line

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True Crime

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The Halo: Reach trailer is supposedly in-game footage and I believe it. It’s too poor to be Halo CG. We’ve seen Halo CG before. It’s prettied up, but it’s still nice to see Bungie finally give their engine its much needed upgrade. This was by far my favorite reveal trailer.

Medal of Honor was my most anticipated trailer, but I was a bit underwhelmed by this trailer. I didn’t know what to expect. Their PR line was promoting this as “the most authentic modern war experience”, but then I see the lightly stylized character models and was taken aback. This could still work though. We still don’t know very  much about this game.

I guess the most surprising reveal was Batman: Arkham Asylum 2. Not because it exists though. It was the fact that it was revealed so soon and the fact that it had the #2 attached to it. The next logical step would be to take the game into Gotham City itself and it looks like they’re doing just that. I hope Rocksteady isn’t being rushed to do this. We don’t want to squander an awesome beginning for quick cash-ins.

The rest of the trailers were alright. True Crime seems interesting enough with its Triads angle and Spec Ops: The Line has potential.

Oh, and congrats to Naughty Dog! Uncharted 2: Among Thieves definitely deserved to be Game of the Year.

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