Xbox draws an unexpected game in Game Pass and promises Day One games surprises coming soon

A few days before the Game Awards ceremony, Xbox begins to heat the room. The gaming branch of Microsoft has announced the immediate arrival of Serious Sam 4 in Xbox Game Pass and has already teased four Xbox Game Pass Day One game for PC which will be unveiled on Thursday.

Serious Sam 4 is coming to Xbox Series

Serious Sam 4 is coming to Xbox Series // Source: Croteam – Devolver

These are nothing short of the Oscars of video games. On the night of Thursday to Friday, Geoff Keighley will host the new edition of the Game Awards from Los Angeles, the ceremony rewarding the best video games of the year.

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A ceremony with all the gratin present, as welcomed the Mr. Loyal of the evening, but without the slightest representative of Activision, entangled in a matter of manners and sexual harassment. The publisher’s games Call of Duty Cold War vying for certain prizes will be part of the list of nominees.

The Game Awards ceremony will be held on December 9 in Los Angeles

The Game Awards ceremony will be held on December 9 in Los Angeles

More than knowing who from Resident Evil Village, Psychonauts 2, It Takes two – whose publisher Take-Two (NBA 2K, Mafia) cries out brand theft… –, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Where Deathloop will win all the votes, this evening is also an opportunity for the main publishers and manufacturers to stand out by unveiling their next big releases, or even their new console as Xbox had done for its Xbox Series X to everyone’s surprise.

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And in this game, Geoff Keighley took the lead. In an interview published in USA Today, the former journalist and now manager of the major video game events of the year (Summer Game Fest, Opening Night Live at Gamescom) wants the Game Awards to be even more an opportunity to salute the industry for the past year and look to the future, with some distinguished guests in passing like Keanu Reeves who returns for an unprecedented experience with Unreal Engine 5 and The Matrix Awakens.

I’ve been waiting a long time for a moment like this.

Thursday, witness the future of interactive storytelling and entertainment. #TheMatrixAwakens world premieres at #TheGameAwards

Pre-download now on PS5 + Xbox Series X / S to be a part of a next-generation # ue5 experience. pic.twitter.com/rYxRulV17z

– Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 6, 2021

Four new games to discover therefore Thursday evening and which should garnish the subscription service next year. In the meantime, to wait, Xbox surprised its players to add Serious Sam 4 to their Xbox Game Pass. The new part of the saga edited by troublemaker Devolver, which arrived last year on PC (Steam, GOG) and on Stadia, is added to the catalog of titles available this month from December 7.

Serious Sam 4 is a slightly crazy shooter in which you must save the world from the threat represented by the horde of Mental. Leading the Land Defense Force, Sam Stone and his men form a heavily armed commando to face the chaos. Note that the game is also available in parallel on PS5.

The list of nominees for the Game Awards

Here are some of the prizes that will be awarded on the night of Thursday to Friday during the Game Awards. Most named games this year, Deathloop des Lyonnais d’Arkane Studios (9 nominations), It Takes Two (5 like Psychonauts 2), EA’s game that brought true two-player cooperative play to light, or Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (6) are the big favorites to succeed The Last of Us Part II.

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Of the 30 categories in total in which the awards will be awarded, Sony and Xbox have a total of 11 nominations each. Note that Bethesda has 10 for its own titles (Starfield is also named as the most anticipated game).

Game of the year

Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda)
It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / EA)
Metroid Dread (Mercury Steam / Nintendo)
Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine / Xbox Game Studios)
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games / SIE)
Resident Evil Village (Capcom)

Better direction of play

Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda)
It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / EA)
Returnal (Housemarque / SIE)
Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine / Xbox Game Studios)
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games / SIE)

Deathloop, one of the most nominated games this year at the Game Awards

Deathloop, one of the most nominated games this year at the Game Awards // Source: Bethesda

Best artistic direction

Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab)
Sand (Shedworks / Raw Fury)
The Artful Escape (Beethoven & Dinosaur / Annapurna)
The Forgotten City (Modern Storyteller / Dear Villagers)
Valheim (Iron Gate / Coffee Stain)

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Best in-game storytelling

Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda)
It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / EA)
Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine / SQUARE ENIX)
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal / SQUARE ENIX)
Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine / Xbox Game Studios)

The most anticipated game

Elden Ring (FromSoftware / Bandai Namco)
God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)
Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games / SIE)
Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo)
Starfield (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda)

Best Indie Game

12 Minutes (Luis Antonio / Annapurna Interactive)
Death’s Door (Acid Nerve / Devolver Digital)
Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab)
Inscryption (Daniel Mullins Games / Devolver Digital)
Loop Hero (Four Quarters / Devolver Digital)

Best First Indie Game

Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab)
Sand (Shedworks / Raw Fury)
The Artful Escape (Beethoven & Dinosaur / Annapurna)
The Forgotten City (Modern Storyteller / Dear Villagers)
Valheim (Iron Gate / Coffee Stain)

Best Multiplayer Game

Back 4 Blood (Turtle Rock / WB Games)
It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / EA)
Knockout City (Velan Studios / EA)
Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom)
New World (Amazon Games)
Valheim (Iron Gate Studio / Coffee Stain)

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Best family game

It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / EA)
Mario Party Superstars (NDcube / Nintendo)
New Pokémon Snap (Bandai Namco / The Pokémon Company / Nintendo)
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury (Nintendo)
WarioWare: Get It Together! (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)

It Takes Two, the revival of co-op play that deserves a prize

It Takes Two, the renewal of co-op play that deserves an award // Source: EA

Best music

Cyberpunk 2077 (Marcin Przybylowicz, Piotr T. Adamczyk, Composers)
Deathloop (Tom Salta, Composer)
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139 (Keiichi Okabe, Composer)
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Richard Jacques, Composer)
The Artful Escape (Johnny Galvatron & Josh Abrahams, Composers)

Best sound

Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda)
Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games / Xbox Game Studios)
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games / SIE)
Resident Evil Village (Capcom)
Returnal (Housemarque / SIE)

Accessibility Innovation Award

Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft Toronto / Ubisoft)
Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games / Xbox Game Studios)
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal / SQUARE ENIX)
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Games / SIE)
The Vale: Shadow of the Crown (Creative Bytes Studios / Falling Squirrel)

The Accessibility menu in Forza Horizon 5

The Accessibility menu in Forza Horizon 5 // Source: Xbox – Playground Games

Best game with societal impact

Before Your Eyes (GoodbyeWorld Games / Skybound Games)
Boyfriend Dungeon (Kitfox Games)
Chicory (Greg Lobanow, Alexis dean-Jones, Lena Raine, Madeline Berger, A Shell in the Pit / Finji)
Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine / SQUARE ENIX)
No Longer Home (Humble Grove, Hana Lee, Cel Davison, Adrienne Lombardo, Eli Rainsberry / Fellow Traveler)

Best mobile game

Fantasian (Mistwalker)
Genshin Impact (MiHoYo)
League of Legends: Wild Rift (Riot Games)
MARVEL Future Revolution (Netmarble)
Pokemon Unite (TiMi Studios / The Pokemon Company)

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