Last night a bunch of us sat through a terrible awards show for the simple fact that we wanted to see as many trailer reveals as possible. How could you blame us? With games like Uncharted 3, Resistance 3 and rumored Mass Effect 3 to be shown during the event, it almost felt as though we were obligated to watch. Unfortunately, the assumption that the Spike TV Awards would be disappointing and a let down were pretty much spot on.
It’s no doubt that the decisions behind bringing in Dane Cook, Rachel Bilson (seriously?) and a few others were questionable, but despite the bad performances that each of the guest presenters gave — nothing hit home more than underwhelming reveals of games we were excited for.
Though I’m sure fanboys are raging with love over reveals of titles they’ve been eagerly awaiting, a lot of what was shown left us disappointed on a large scale. Of course, not everything was bad, but out of the things that were, these were easily the worst.
I wanted to start this off with something everyone can agree on — including the host of the show — Neil Patrick Harris. Throughout the entire night, we watched B-list stars come on stage and read off this terrible script that was neither funny nor compelling enough to keep anyone’s attention. Sadly, I’d like to give Dane Cook the benefit of the doubt and blame the teleprompter for his performance, but chances are, his dialogue was all improved by himself and ended up just as bad as his stand up routine.
Regardless of how you look at it, the script writing was awful. The fact they had reject actors reading out those lines only made it worse. If Spike TV ever plans on having people feel that their award show is anywhere near legit, they’re going to have to hire some people who can make the show actually worth watching with a decent script to read from.
It wouldn’t surprise me if next year a slew of potential hosts turn down the network due to the terrible performance of this year’s show. I’m sure the ratings were fantastic, but even NPH felt the show sucked and he gave that vibe off clearly before it went off the air.
That’s right — We’re including Forza 4 in here and listing it as a complete disappointing when it comes to a high-profile reveal. The majority of this reveal stood hiding behind real life drivers driving around a track and then Turn10 decided to randomly throw in the same lousy Kinect cut that they showed months ago. How this factored in to being labeled as a ‘World Premiere” trailer, I’ll never figure it out. Someone needs to figure out that it doesn’t qualify as a world premiere when everyone has already seen the majority of the trailer.
Furthermore, apparently the game is less than a year away, right? So why the need to show pretty much nothing from the actual game itself? As someone who put in over 75+ hours easily on Forza 2 and probably 35+ hours into Forza 3, I couldn’t have been any more let down from a Forza 4 reveal than I was last night.
I’m starting to think that Forza 4 wasn’t supposed to be revealed last night, but instead, due to Microsoft pulling the Gears of War 3 trailer, they needed something to take its place. Thus, they edited together some footage of real life racers and threw in some of the Kinect Forza 4 from E3 2010 and called it a night. I honestly don’t believe that this was the type of reveal Turn10 or Microsoft would produce for one of its larger exclusive franchises. Forza 4 deserved more than this and so did fans of the series.
I bet after reading about Forza 4, a lot of you guys were like “These Ps3 fanboys are just asshurt,” right? Not so. Just like how Microsoft dropped the ball on a major reveal, I believe Sony and Insomniac Games dropped the ball as well. Resistance 3 isn’t just a Sony exclusive that is anticipated and loved by PlayStation 3 owners. Insomniac Games isn’t developing a game coming off of a Game of the Year performance like Naughty Dog is with Uncharted 3. No — IG is having to prove themselves capable of creating something outside of the world of Ratchet & Clank that has actual staying power and deliverance to fans at a higher level.