As 2016 draws to a close, Sid and Brian sit down to discuss a number of things. This includes the 2.5 hour advert called The Game Awards as well as the Top 10 Fails of 2016. We apologise in advance for any controversy.

We open the show with Brian discussing a rogue-like game called Curious Expeditions. A game where players must accrue fame and glory as they explore a procedural world in the 19th Century. On the other hand, Sid’s been playing the PC port of Watch_Dogs 2, a game following the events of the previous game. With a new cast and the meme-lord writings of Ubisoft, it turns out to be a fun and well-optimised game. Although it isn’t without criticism. It’s control scheme feels awkward, along with some of the driving mechanics. This, combined with the pseudo-terrorist feel that game gives you when supplying you with weapons, feels off. It’s highly recommended that you play Watch_Dogs 2 and play it in a ghost/non-lethal route.

The main crux of this week’s episode comes down to the Game Awards. Which turned out to be a two hour advertisement. Following successful years of the show, this year turned out to be one of the worst with CG trailers and sponsorships thrown all over the place. In the premier categories, a number of upsets include Overwatch winning more awards then it deserved, in our opinions. We’re all fans of Overwatch on the show, however it winning both Best Game, Best Studio/Game Direction and Multiplayer Game doesn’t sit right considering the competition.

Notable exclusions include ABZU not being nominated for Best Soundtrack and Stardew Valley losing out to Inside in Best Independent Game.

One of the biggest moments from the show include Ryan Green’s emotional speech after being handed the award for Games for Impact. After being handed the award by a smiling MatPat and Justine Ezarik (very awkward considering the context), Ryan gave a very heart-wrenching speech about the games development and his son. That Dragon, Cancer tells an autobiographical tale of Ryan’s son, Joel, and his fight with Cancer. The game sparked some controversy, however few have felt open to discuss openly about a game that profits from the the death of a son. It’s a tough subject to cover.

And in conclusion, Sid summarises 2016 in a glorious clickbait list. The biggest failures of gaming in 2016 including No Man’s Sky, CSGO Lotto, Battleborn and a surprise Number One.

 

After what seems like a very long week, Sid and Brian are back again, and in this episode they’re discussing the nominations for Geoff Keighley’s Game Awards 2016.

In a surprise move, Joseph has returned from his damnation to join us for a three hour episode of shenanigans. In what was planned by Sid as a method to create some interesting discussion and heat between Brian and Joseph, let’s just say it backfired. It turns out, two very different co-hosts may end up having some similarities.

The Game Awards 2016’s nominations feature a lot of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. One of the biggest releases of the year. Both Brian and Joseph feel that the game doesn’t deserve this many commendations. However, Sid does his best to explain that the Jury that are both nominating and deciding on this year’s winner are more likely to pick something like Uncharted as it’s the biggest system seller and the most overall appeasing game across anything released in 2016.

Other notable nominations include Overwatch, Blizzard’s newest game and IP aswell as Doom, Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2.

The most interesting categorys in this year’s selection seem to be the Action, Action/Adventure, Strategy and Independant Game categories. All with strong contenders that make it hard to choose and/or decide what the final outcome will be.

In other news, Collector’s Editions of Mass Effect Andromeda no longer include an actual copy of the game. Naturally Brian and Joseph aren’t too happy at the proposition.

In conclusion, we hope you enjoy this double stuffed episode of I’m Just Playin’ and welcome back Joseph to the team.