When it comes to new announcements and debuts for the gaming industry, E3 has long held the crown as the place for such reveals to take place. However, as the gaming community has grown by leaps and bounds for the last 20 years, more and more events have cropped up to give developers and publishers a stage to show off their latest projects. That was made extremely evident this past weekend with the 2016 Game Awards and the Playstation Experience keynote conference, which definitely had their share of big reveals.

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Geoff Keighley, the host and mind behind the Game Awards, worked overtime this year to deliver some major reveals and debuts for fans tuning into the event. It was kicked off in grand fashion thanks to Hideo Kojima who, after receiving this year's industry icon award, surprised fans with an brand new trailer for "Death Stranding" (his newest game and first since his departure from Konami last year). This new trailer gave fans a glimpse at a character clearly modeled after Guillermo Del Toro, who was partners with Kojima when "Silent Hills" was announced before the fallout between Kojima and Konami.

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It also offered a look at what appears to be the game's villain, played by Mads Mikkelsen, and joining Norman Reedus, who was revealed as part of the game back at E3 2016.

It was a great way to kick off the reveals, but there were still plenty of surprises. One of the more notable was the reveal that Telltale Games' mystery Marvel project is going to be a "Guardians of the Galaxy" series, reflecting how big the characters have gotten since the 2014 film.

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Telltale also showed off more "The Walking Dead: New Frontier," the upcoming third season of their "Walking Dead" series. This was punctuated by the first gameplay footage of "Mass Effect: Andromeda," two new videos showing off "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," and a new trailer for "Halo Wars 2" that provides a deeper look into the game's villain. Certainly not a bad way to start the weekend.

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This was followed up by Sony's keynote on day one of the Playstation Experience event in Anaheim for their fans, and they certainly came to play.

The show opened with gameplay of "Uncharted: The Lost Legacy" -- the stand-alone DLC story that will put players in the boots of Chloe Frazer instead of Nathan Drake. The Playstation brass then had the official announcement of "Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite," the latest entry in the long-running fighting game series. This was followed up with "Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy" and "Wipeout: Omega Collection," full remakes of the classic series for PS4.

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They also peppered in a surprise announcement for "Knack II," the sequel to the PS4 launch title that, while certainly showed off some of the technical power, was a bit underwhelming. Clearly they hope to nail it the second time around.

The biggest reveal came at the end of the show, with Naughty Dog officially announcing "The Last of Us Part II," the follow-up to the 2013 game that was hailed as one of the best games of the last generation. This caught many in the audience off guard because, while a possible sequel had been rumored for quite some time, Naughty Dog had remained staunchly quiet on the prospect of a sequel to the emotional hit.

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They did debut it in grand fashion, with a trailer that showed off an older Ellie singing and playing guitar after what appears to have been an attempted raid by scavengers that met a violent end. She is then joined by a man believed to be Joel, punctuating the announcement in stellar fashion.

All in all, this was a great weekend for fans of Video Games. With so many announcements, debuts, extended looks and so on, it certainly showed that the gaming world has plenty to look forward to in the coming years.

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