That was a long and exciting night, wasn't it? If you joined us overnight for the VGAs, then it was nice to have your company. But if you were out doing social things or getting a good night's sleep, we've got you covered: included within is every trailer, every award and every shock from the big American awards ceremony.
The big news was undoubtedly The Last Of Us, which was confirmed — to much surprise — to be in development at Naughty Dog. The game's debut trailer showed an unbelievably pretty post-apocalyptic landscape, with two survivors left fighting off infected humans in a deserted North America. Prior to the event, show producer — and video game industry mogul — Geoff Keighley fuelled the hype for The Last Of Us, but we think his campaign was justified. The game's announcement was a genuine surprise.
Other important reveals included the "truth" about Metal Gear Solid: Rising, or Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance as we'll now have to get used to writing. The trailer showed a campy, fast-paced action slasher, with Bayonetta developer Platinum Games at the helm.
Other reveals were less surprising, but no less memorable. Irrational Games countered the bombast of other trailers with a slow tour of BioShock Infinite's Columbia set to warm, acoustic country music, and Activision announced Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, a compilation of favourite levels from the original games remastered in high-definition.
Here's all the headlines you need to get up to speed:
- Sony Releases Debut Trailer For PS3 Exclusive The Last Of Us, Naughty Dog Confirmed As Developer
- Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD Harks Back To The Glory Days
- Shepard Kicks Some Tail In New Mass Effect 3 Trailer
- The Amazing Spider-Man Swings Into Action In Debut Trailer
- Rainbow Six: Patriots Raises The Stakes In CG
- Epic Games Lifts The Lid On Fortnite
- Latest BioShock Infinite Trailer Gives Us Goosebumps
- Yes, Platinum Games Really Is Developing Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Fights Its Way Onto PlayStation 3 Next Year
- Activision Rolls Out Debut Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron Trailer
- New Hitman: Absolution Trailer Shoots Everyone In The Face
With the exclusive trailers taking the centre stage, the Video Game Awards didn't quite live up to its namesake. But awards were given — in montages and behind-the-scenes — with Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception scooping up gongs for Best PlayStation 3 game and Best Graphics.
Bethesda triumphed, winning Studio Of The Year and Game Of The Year awards for Skyrim — despite the game's well documented troubles on PlayStation 3.
We've compiled all the winners after the break. Let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments.
- Game of the Year The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Studio of the Year Bethesda Game Studios, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Character of the Year The Joker, Batman: Arkharm City
- Gamer God - Blizzard Entertainment
- Hall of Fame Shigeru Miyamoto, The Legend of Zelda
- Best Xbox 360 Game Batman: Arkham City
- Best PS3 Game Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception
- Best Wii Game The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- Best PC Game Portal 2
- Best Handheld/Mobile Game Super Mario 3D Land
- Best Shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- Best Action Adventure Game Batman: Arkham City
- Best RPG: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Best Multiplayer - Portal 2
- Best Individual Sports Game Fight Night Champion
- Best Driving Game Forza Motorsport 4
- Best Fighting Game Mortal Kombat
- Best Motion Game - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- Best Independent Game Minecraft
- Best Adapated Video Game Batman: Arkham City
- Best Song in a Game Setting Sail, Coming Home (End Theme) by Darren Korb, Bastion
- Best Original Score Bastion
- Best Graphics Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception
- Best Performance by a Human Male Stephen Merchant as Wheatley, Portal 2
- Best Performance by a Human Female Ellen McLain as GLaDOS, Portal 2
- Best Downloadable Game Bastion
- Best DLC Portal 2 Peer Review
- Most Anticipated Game Mass Effect 3
- Trailer of the Year Assassins Creed: Revelations, E3 2011 Trailer